Skeletons in the Closet

Greek design studio dede has created the "Skitch," a hanger in the shape of a skeleton that combines playfulness with function. The shoulders hold shirts, while the ribs can be used for belts and other accessories. I guess skeletons in the closet are no longer just a dark secret!

Small Wonders

Artist Paul Chiappe creates minute, hyperrealistic drawings of found photos that are quite creepy. Paul admits that his images verge on the dark and uneasy, he says, "I find it particularly interesting looking at people in old photographs and appreciating the differences and similarities, across different periods, cultures and personalities. Using old photos allows me to play with the idea of memory more than a very current image would and works as a device to force people to cast their minds back."

Curious Artifacts

Recently, London-based photographer Thom Atkinson shot a series of curious and extrodinary artifacts from the Wellcome Collection. The small selections from the vast treasure trove was shot against a warm off-white background, to allow the objects to speak for themselves. Thom says, “We chose to keep to structures rules about scale, angle, background, and lighting so that the whole series would gel and so that you could better compare each object with another.”

Unwearable

Munich based jeweller, artist, designer Lisa Walker creates ready-made objects that have been deconstructed, mutilated and re-assembled in a variety of ways. Her work is a study into the differences between an acceptable notion of beauty or stereo-type, and something else – the search for an aesthetic that we hardly ever see, but nevertheless perhaps recognise.

Video: Mound by Allison Schulnik

Artist Allison Schulnik just released her sixth and most complex animated film, titled 'MOUND'. Created solely by the artist and featuring over 100 hand-sculpted and sewn puppets, the labor-intensive piece took nearly eight months, at times requiring two hours to create a single frame. The soundtrack to the film is “It’s Raining Today” graciously lent by legendary singer-songwriter Scott Walker.

Microwhat

Microwhat is a new Tumblr blog that shows before and after photos and GIFs of things being microwaved. They even give you an opportunity to suggest the next item to be zapped. Hmm, lets see, how about cake?

Senseless Drawing Bot

As part of the “Utopia Announcement” (Yutopia to shirase) exhibition, artists So Kanno and Takahiro Yamaguchi created a self-generated drawing machine that draws abstract dynamic lines in real time using spray paints of different colors.

Attraction

For his series titled 'Attraction', French photographer Renaud Marion replaced street performers wowing the crowds, with zoo animals. The series questions the way in wich modern society views the natural world and the connection between wild animals and humans.

Sentient Kitchen

Christine Chin's 'Sentient Kitchen' examines the convergence between technology and biology. Taking inspiration from some of nature’s most ingenious engineering, Christine has created a series of hybrid kitchen gadgets that explore the benefits of smarter, more sensitive solutions to our daily dining needs.

The Hive

Canadian artist Kristiina Lahde transforms old telephone books into complex architectural structures. Using patterns borrowed from nature, Lahde creates modular sculptures that emulates the structure of a honeycomb, cross-referencing the social behaviours of insects and humans.

Viennese Diners

Stefan Fürtbauer's ‘Eiterquellen’ is an ongoing photographic project about Viennese Diners and fast-food culture. Most of the time these Diners are isolated islands of food supply in an ancient surrounding with plenty of cultural heritage. Isolated both in the sense of appearance as well as in resisting global operating fast-food chains.

Fear Less

 For their collaborative project titled 'Fear.Less', Daniel Ting Chong & Jordan Metcalf created a series of objects representative of weapons used in acts of crime in South Africa, both by criminal and the law. The project seeks to playfully examine the place of fear and crime in South Africa context, framing our obsession with violence and the casual paranoia we all seem to suffer from. By scaling the objects and turning them into artworks, the artists aim to re-contextualise the place these items hold in our everyday lives.

Mummified Barbies

E.V. Day’s "Mummified Barbies" is an ongoing project, exploring western cultural ideas surrounding beauty and the often obsessive quest in contemporary society to preserve female beauty. Ironically, as Day mummifies or preserves the Barbies, their stereotypical beauty is concealed, and their iconic figure is transformed into something more playfully subversive.

Film: Of Dolls & Murder

John Waters narrates this tiny world of big time murder in the documentary film 'Of Dolls & Murder'. Directed by Susan Marks, the film features miniature dollhouse dioramas known as the 'Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death', and the life of the first pioneer of forensic science, Frances Glessner Lee. The documentary will make it's regional premiere here in Lowell on Tuesday, October 25, with a guest appearance by director Susan Marks. Don't miss it!

The Ten Seconds Project

Alma Haser’s 'Ten Seconds Project' plays homage to the childhood game of hide and seek. The project rules are loosely based on the game - Alma gives herself ten seconds to try and hide, or make herself as small as she possibly can, before her camera goes off on self-timer. The photographs show Alma in a variety of domestic locations, with her adult body squeezed into confined spaces, never completely concealed, but also never revealing her true identity.

QReo

Can a functional QR code be built out of nothing but OREOs? Ad agency Redpepper decided to find out, and they created a scannable QR Code made out of sugary goodness. In this case the product is the marketing. Literally.

Stacked

Artist Victoria Reichelt paints collections of stacked books and magazines exploring the cultural shifts that might occur with the disappearance of print. With the recent popularity of iPads and Kindles, Reichelt believes that the days of seeing piles of magazines on coffee tables are numbered. Reichelt calls her latest series of works, "An ode to the potentially unhappy future the hardcopy magazine faces; now more or less in a state of analogue-digital flux."

Brief Notes on Exsistence

Peter Happel's "Brief Notes on Existence" is a photography-based book arts project that involves the sweeping, gathering and record-keeping of dust bunnies from public and private environments. Peter explains, "A dust bunny is a material trace of time, much like a photograph, and I enjoy examining the similarities and differences of dust from different locales (imagining what bits of history might be in each) as well as exploring its possible connection with real clouds."

The Small Times

As part of their recent collaboration with Chronicle Books to produce the World’s Smallest Post Service stationery kit, Leaf Clutter studio decided to create an entire fictional newspaper to be crumpled up as packing paper for tiny packages. And of course, the newspaper is not only itty bitty, but every article and image is tiny themed too!

Film: Mourir Auprès de Toi by Spike Jonze

Mourir Auprès de Toi is a short film by Spike Jonze, hand made in collaboration with Olympia Le-Tan. In the short Olympia's embroidered clutch-bags spring to life during the after hours of a parisian bookstore. Enlisting French filmmaker Simon Cahn to co-direct, the team wrote the script between Los Angeles and Paris over a six month period, before working night and day animating the 3,000 pieces of felt Le-Tan had cut by hand.

Leather Menagerie

For the launch of the My Monogram service on Small Leather Goods, Louis Vuitton asked British Artist Billie Achilleos to work on four animals made of Louis Vuitton leather goods. Billie masterfully transformed wallets, bags and belts into a menagerie of animals, including a grasshopper, an armadillo and a beaver.

Model New York

A model maker for the film and TV industry, Los Angeles artist Randy Hage has recently embarked on a more personal project, making lifelike 1/12-scale models of iconic New York storefronts that are disappearing due to gentrification and urban renewal. He says, "They're purely a labor of love, my love for the city and the individuals who live there is all going into this."

Video: Melvin the Machine

In this movie filmed in a warehouse on the outskirts of Eindhoven, the ringing of an alarm clock triggers four minutes of craziness which you just have to witness yourself! Dutch design studio HEYHEYHEY originally constructed the machine, named Melvin, during Dutch Design Week 2010 but reassembled this improved version a year later.

Yuken Teruya: Notice Forest

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya uses tiny scissors to cut intricate tree shapes into high-end designer store bags. Yuken explains, "I cut out one side of disposable paper bags. Then I assemble a tree from the cut-out-part, stand each tree in the same bag that it came from. When you see it under the natural light, the delicate tree shows inside a paper bag, shows us the strength and the proof of existence of living tree."

Exquisite Corpses

'Our Exquisite Corpses' is a project by artist Catherine Martin created in collaboration with the Huichoi people of the Sierra Madre mountains in Western Mexico. The result is a series of one-of-a-kind beaded skulls featuring religious and symbolic motifs that translate into beautiful colorful patterns. Each skull features its own unique design, and is exclusive to retail store LN-CC.

Aftermath

Artist Tom Berenz creates paintings inspired by photographs documenting the aftermath of natural tragedies across the United States. Responding to the environmental and social devastation caused by natural disasters, Tom depicts the physical remnants of man-made structures subsumed by the crushing forces of nature.

Everything but the Manual

Amsterdam-based designer Davis Graas conceived 'Everything but the Manual' as a furniture system that has the potential to be anything. The system comes in the shape of a cube consisting of 260 identical oak building blocks that can be connected with bolt and screw to create endless combinations. The only limitation is your own imagination (sorry, there is no manual provided).

Cybertrash


Artist Rémy Tassou creates amazing three dimensional totems using a variety of materials hidden inside data-processing machines, electric and electronic articles. Tassou defines his sculptures by the concept of “cybertrash”. Unique pieces, that tell the memory of a technology damned to obsolescence right at the origin.

Hirotoshi Ito: Pleasures of Paradox

Artist Ito Hirotoshi uses various kinds of stones combined with everyday objects to create whimsical and surreal works of art. Though Ito's mastery of such hard material was difficult to attain, he continues to find new and original ways to create sculptures that invite people to take a second look.

Sand Carpets

'Sand Carpets' is a project by design studio muurbloem that utilizes one of the first materials people used to create images - sand. The patterns are created using a perforated PVC tube filled with the granular substance. "These whimsical floor coverings do not last long however, a day at most in public spaces, but their ephemeral character lends a particular aesthetic quality. it is probably one of the simplest ways imaginable to formally decorate just about any place imaginable."

Cardboard People

Singapore based artist Anton Tang creates miniature cardboard figurines and places them all around the city, expressing his uniquely playful and comic take on life, and its fragility. Anton says: "There are times when many of us would like to cover our heads with a cardboard box and shield ourselves from the outside world. Other times, we walk around feeling as if we're enclosed in such packaging anyway - like faceless, boxed-up products on an assembly line."

Greenhouse Lamp

'Greenhouse' by Czech designer Kristyna Pojerova is a lamp, whose main purpose is to provide fresh herbs for urban environments. Herbs are planted on the inside of a glass container around the hole, which not only allows easy access to plants and transmission of light from the bulb, but also ensures adequate air circulation, helping to create a natural microclimate.

Feats Per Minute

Feats Per Minute is the brilliant collaborative invention of Amsterdam-based trio Merel Sloother, Liat Azulay and Pieter Frank de Jong, bringing together their combined skills in graphics, illustration, conceptual and industrial design to create a bicycle that allows you to play records on its wheels as you cruise through the city.

Video: Piers Faccini 'Tribe'

English singer/songwriter Piers Faccini just released a new stop-motion video for the track ‘Tribe’ made entirely out of discarded maps. The video will take you on a musical journey echoed perfectly with visions of tribes, colours and visual entertainment.

Custom Eyes

As part of a workshop for the MUDAM Museum of Contemporary Art Luxemburg, French designer Emilie Voirin inspired budding designers to create their own sunglasses by gluing various found accessories like toys, plastic animals and other knick-knacks to the frame of second hand glasses. To make each set of glasses more uniform, Voirin completed the pieces by flocking the sunglasses in red, green and blue.

Playing with Crayons

Artist Herb Williams creates original sculptures out of individual crayons that may require as many as hundreds of thousands. He is one of the only independent buyers in the world who maintains an account with Crayola. Herb explains, "Crayons are a gateway drug. To most adults, the sight and smell of crayons produce specific memories of childhood. The twist in the road to nostalgia is the creation of a new object, from a medium in which it was not intended. This element of unexpected interaction and play had me at hello."

Matchbox Structures

Lygia Clark (1920 – 1988) was a Brazilian artist best known for her interactive sculptures such as these small matchbox structures resembling modernist architecture. The matchboxes, small, delicate and intriguing, and susceptible to manipulation at will by the viewer, were "a different experimental attempt by Clark to heighten the perceiving subject sense of their own subjectivity, and were also among the last such art objects ever made by the artist." 

Tin Soldiers

 Kuwaiti-born artist Ala Younis created an incredible installation for the Istanbul Art Biennale 2011, consisting of 12,235 tin soldiers in the military outfits of Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Palestine, Syria and Turkey, all of which have been implicated in, or subject to, acts of war in the Middle East. Ala explains, "My investigation through research and individual narratives continues to look into the alternative spaces where these soldiers, and in many cases temporary soldiers, practice or express militarism. it started when I realized that many of us are unofficial, unarmed, untrained, frustrated, raised-to-be-readymade-fighters."

Digital Suburbias

Drawn freehand directly on a computer and printed on an inkjet printer, Ross Racine's works do not contain photographs or scanned material. Racine's digital drawings examine the relation between design and actual lived experience, subverting the apparent rationality of urban design and exposing conflicts that lurk beneath the surface.

The King of Legoland


Love this great video showcasing an amazing collection of toys from the 1980's. Titled "The King Of Legoland", the video was directed by Micaël Reynaud with music by the Hunting Charlie's Band.

Bad Apples

For his most recent work, artist John Dilnot created a series of boxes containing rows of diseased "bad" apples neatly arranged on shelves. At first glance the boxes suggests a nostalgic feeling for a lost Eden, but on closer inspection they reveals a more ambiguous intention. The artist has relished recreating these rotting fruits and in so doing subverts the idea that decay is "bad". As a result, Bad Apples becomes a humorous and liberating musing on the inevitability of mortality and mutation.

Art and Sole

“Art and Sole” by Chris Nixon, captures the spirit of London by allowing pedestrians to have an input in the design process. Capturing the footprints to create the design on a piece of paper with varnished text, Chris allowed the random impressions to shape how the term would be displayed and how the message would read.

Blood, Sweat and Fears

Melbourne-based artist Penny Byrne reworks vintage porcelain figurines, transforming them into humorous, politically charged works of art. Penny uses her accomplished skills as a ceramicist to manipulate and reconfigure decorative items that once adorned the shelves in grandma's cupboard. "I won't destroy important decorative art," she says. "I buy vintage figurines, which are poor copies of the original, I think they're just asking for trouble."

Deconstruction

Arrested Motion filmmaker Carlos Gonzalez follows Portuguese-born artist Vhils as he completes his latest work on the streets of Venice, California. This particular piece was done in conjunction with the "European Bailout Show" at the Post No Bills showspace and located just on the side of the gallery. Watch as the process unfolds.

Special Effects for Common People

For his latest project titled "Special Effects for Common People", Croatian artist Igor Eskinja created three-dimensional art installations that play with our depth perception. Igor uses simple inexpensive materials such as adhesive tape and paint applied directly to the gallery’s surfaces which are destroyed once the exhibition is over.

The Life of Michael Jackson

Thomas Pavitte's 'The Life of Michael Jackson' is a limited edition print that lets you create a unique art piece that shows the transformation of the Michael Jackson from child to man. This limited edition print of 50 contains 960 numbered dots precisely positioned. The first 335 dots create an image of the young Jackson and when the remaining dots are joined up it reveals the modern version of Jackson before his untimely death.

Shock Value

Milan-based photographer Robert Gligorov creates shocking images which depict controversial issues like religion, violence and sexuality. His work tantalizes the imagination, awakening it from a state of lethargy. "Confronting a society accustomed to sophisticated and extreme forms of visual communication, Gligorov the shock value of his work in order to compete with the deluge of images that cloud our visual field."

Office Works

Artist Tim Sterling creates intricately, meticulously constructed sculptures using stationery items like pencils, paper clips and zip-ties. Through his manipulation of everyday objects, Tim transforms hum-drum office supplies into exciting, eye-catching sculptural pieces that carry a different value from their original intended purpose.