For their latest intervention titled “Radioactive Control” Spanish performance collective Luzinterruptus created a mysterious army of 100 illuminated radioactive figures advancing threateningly upon their natural surroundings. The installation was created for the Dockville Festival in de Hamburg which tried to demonstrate, in a humorous tone, the paranoia that we are suffering from since the escape of radioactive material in Japan, has brought into question the safety systems at the nuclear power plants.
Ian Addison Hall's " Future Trash" is a series of photographs of trash, duplicated, mirrored and programmatically assembled into three dimensional cubes. The project shows how New York City's garbage can be revived and restored in a way that creates something new. Ian explains, "This series uses photos taken of piles of trash to create spiritual, cubic shrines. The end result commemorates the discarded consumer goods and attempts to restore some of the emotional energy and purpose that they had before they were thrown away."
octopus chair', the 'Rhino Chair' is composed of an inner frame along its main body in order to support its weight and reinforce its stability and balance. There is not a better animal than the rhino to reflect nature's capacity and mightiness.
KK Outlet challenged a group of leading artists, designers and stylists to take an everyday object, remould, rebuild and repurpose it to create an entirely new item using as little additional materials as possible. Sound artist and designer Yuri Suzuki created a Theremin using three normal am radios. Yuri explains, " “I am really interested in the link between sound and objects and how sound affects human behaviour. Sound objects can provoke people in different ways.”
Todd McLellan’s Disassembly series, Qi Wei lays bare the various shapes and textures, to show how much more expanded some flowers can get when they are disassembled . He says, ""Of course, the incredibly ordered world of flowers lend itself to this technique wonderfully. My layout is slightly different in that I try to show (as far as possible) the relative positions of the petals, stamens and pistils with each other so that the radial symmetry is preserved and the flower is recognizable, but only just so."
The folks over at Skrekkogle have created "Solitaire Win", a 5 foot wide 3D sculpture made of black foam, paper and tape that immortalizes the old Windows game of "Solitaire". The project was made purely for fun, "Because we love beating the game, watching all the cards hop around. Hop hop hop. It took over a thousand cards, some of which had to be cut down and customized to create the hopping effect, to create the final sculpture."
Following the success of her wallpaper made of recycled newspapers, designer Lori Weitzner created a new line of wall coverings using vintage movie posters. Lori explains, "“Recycled cinema posters are collected, cut and woven into a riot of color hinting at the drama, romance and action of the movies they once advertised.”Made with 70% post-consumer recycled materials, the Lori Weitzner Cinema Posters wallpaper is an environmentally conscious alternative to regular wall coverings.
Things &People simply aims to show what objects mean to people and offer an insight into their owners. There are no criteria for the choice of object, it can be anything, from the most poignant talisman of someone loved, to the funny, to the wilfully ugly. Many of the objects are handmade, passed down or found; as unique as their owners.
Tibi Tibi Neuspiel created a series of small beeswax-moulded sculptures consisting of a slice of processed cheese in the shape of a map, mounted on an incredibly realistic slice of faux-toast. Although political statement is not this artist’s primary concern, it would be misleading to overlook both the political and socio-cultural undertones of these open faced sandwiches.
Photographer Jane Thomas captures the macroscopic properties of soap bubbles, transforming familiar films of soapy water into abstractions that almost resemble outer galaxies. Jane explains, "These are the colours and patterns arising naturally from the interference of reflected light rays from the front and rear surface of a thin film of water and soap held in a tiny frame (a 'bubble wand'). The inner circle which I use for these photos measures 18mm. Some of the shots are of tiny areas within that ring."
VandM.co just launched a limited-edition series of thirty irreverent reinterpretations of the hammer, cleverly manipulated and hand-forged by Canadian artist Roy Mackey. Roy created the pieces by heating hammers and cutting them up, then playing with the parts, he explains, “I liked the challenge of taking this fairly restrictive shape and trying to pull something out of it.”
The Storefront Tile group on Flickr is a collection of images of tile entryways. Tile was a popular material used in storefront design from the late 19th to mid 20th century. There is a large variety of styles, from simple patterns to intricate mosaic designs. Businesses commonly included their name and logo into their tile entryways. Today, tiles' use in storefronts has come back in some commercial construction.
Designer David Hanauer brings the tradition and craft of oriental rugs into the 21st century, creating carpet patterns from screenshots of google earth images.The project shows different patterns for carpets and carpeted floors. It is about identity, google, architecture. It reflects a new identity of products as well as humans and the interaction between them.
, created a collection of iPad covers made from a limited number of personal clothing items belonging to the notorious felon, Bernie Madoff, obtained at an auction held by the US Marshals Service.
Christian Zöllner's SMSlingshot is battery-powered slingshot with a display screen, keypad, and laser. Users can store and type text messages and then release the slingshot to blast them onto surfaces, where they appear within a splash of color and linger as long as the performers decide, and the text is tweeted at the same time. The SMSlingshot is an intervention against increasingly commercialized urban space, which is thus reclaimed and occupied through virtual tags. The device fuses a prehistoric tool, vibrant urban art, and innovative technology into a product that encourages interaction, information, and empowerment in the city
London-based design duo Jiggery Pokery has just unleashed a selection of fast food related ephemera titled "Eat Fast Die Young". The collection features rather bizzarre items including a giant burger cushion, a burger bike bell and a hamburger shaped vanity case. Jiggery Pokery explains, ""We've hunted far and wide, some bits are from America, some from local sources".
Artist Paul Beliveau creates meticulously painted hyper-realistic collections of organized stacks of vintage and contemporary books from his personal collection. Paul formats photographs of his assembled collections in a computer as the starting point for his painting process. By visually constructing an image that seems nostalgic for a lost antiquity or literature, he appears to mount a defense against their loss through time and technology.
The Happy Film is a documentary (currently in production) in which graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister undergoes a series of self-experiments outlined by popular psychology to test once and for all if it’s possible for a person to have a meaningful impact on their own happiness. The film will be visually driven and will be released it in theaters in fall 2011.
Photographer and scientist Mohamed Babu captured these amazing images of translucent ants eating sugar drops mixed with edible food coloring after his wife showed him some ants had turned white after drinking spilt milk. Mohamed explains, "I gave the insects the brightly coloured sugar drops and watched as their transparent stomachs matched the food they were eating. Some of the ants even wandered from one colour to another, creating new combinations in their bodies."
For London Design Week 2011, designer Sebastian Bergne created a functioning greenhouse built entirely from LEGO bricks. The walls, the floors, even the earth is made of LEGO, however the plants and vegetables growing inside are real. Sebastian explains, "what instinctively appealed to me, was that I would finally have the chance to live out a childhood dream and build something huge and usable out of LEGO. as with the majority of my work, I enjoy taking a material or process and pushing the boundary of what can be done with it. this time we have created an interesting juxtaposition of a natural environment growing in an almost digital, mass-produced LEGO structure, and it makes you look at LEGO in a new way,"
For her series titled "Sweet Meat", photographer Jasmin Schuller put consumer perception to the test by transforming meat scraps into mouth-watering sweet treats. In her photos nothing is as it seems. The sundae is actually made from ground meat covered in cream made from grease, and topped with a cherry carved from a pig’s heart. The cherry syrup is real blood. Mhhh, tasty!
Write something and be sure it will be seen! Chicago-based artists and designers Sarah Belknap and Joseph Belknap (aka iamhome), create these one-of-a-kind skulls that are layered with coats of porcelain enamel chalkboard paint so you can write or make doodles on them.
San Francisco artist Agelio Batle creates miniature graphite sculptures which can be used as functional drawing tools. Committed to making art from materials that are part of daily experience, the artist originated this work by casting his own hand in pencil lead, graphite. Agelio explains,"It's not the pencil that draws, it is your hand. Whether drawing lines or inscribing words, the act of making marks lures ideas into the physical world. Hands perceive and reveal things that our eyes and conscious minds may never know."
Find out more about Agelio's work here.