Color Waves

Julio Radesca's 'Lambda' is an interactive display case that consists of 500 vertically aligned pencils in two rows connected by plastic tubes, suspended between ceiling and floor by two nylon threads. Touching and turning generates waves flowing up and down the structure, creating an infinite amount of morphing shapes and colors.

Antartica in a Bag

Transforming ordinary materials into an ambitious series of photographs, Belgian architect Francois Delfosse created these Arctic landscapes using only light and a plastic bag. The end result is pretty impressive!

Pinned Shoes

Polish artist Erwina Ziomkowska has transformed a pair of old shoes by hammering four and a half pounds
of metal pins into them, visually communicating the pain women sometimes put themselves through to fit societal definitions of beauty. The heads of the pins give the surface a reflective quality and texture, however
on the inside, the repetition of sharp points render the shoes unwearable.

In the Back Seat

Alicia Rius' "From the Back Seat of My Car" is a series of photographs taken from the back seat of abandoned cars. Alicia says, "I did not plan this project. I never looked for these cars, and in fact, I think they found me. I wanted to immortalize their beauty and turn them into something romantic."

Books: Taylor Holland - Eurobus

'Eurobus' is a great collection of tour bus graphics by graphic designer, photographer and artistTaylor Holland. This series of 58 digital photographs was shot on bicycle commutes in Paris, France in Spring 2011. The book is dedicated to the anonymous designers of European tour bus graphics, who have embraced an underappreciated art space and made it their own.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a new collection of altered cabinet cards by Alex Gross, gouache & acrylic landscapes by Philadelphia-based artist Amze Emmons, a creative project by photographer Ilrika Kestere and an interactive gallery piece designed by Scott Garner.

The Bow Tie Collection

Recycling connoisseur Nicholas Ruiz has created a collection of quirky bow ties using a variety of objects such as LEGO bricks, wine corks and guitar picks. The 'Bow Tie Collection' was inspired by different exhibits that took place at MoMA over the course of 2011 and is one of the most interesting collections of wearable art we've seen recently.

Camera Heads

Recently I came across this strange series of photos on Flickr and had to share a few of my favorites. Unfortunately I know very little about the photographer who took these pictures (his website is in Japanese), but these are just a few of his bizarre and humorous portraits of people wearing cameras on their heads.

Re-Constructions

For her latest series of large photographic prints titled 'Re-Constructions', artist Alejandra Laviada gathered discarded material from an abandoned hotel in Mexico City and used it to create a number of ephemeral sculptures off-site. Alejandra explains, "The hotel was left abandoned for several years and is now being redeveloped. Throughout this period of time, I have revisited the site several times to photograph various aspects of its decay and transformation. The images in Re-Constructions explore photography’s role and relationship to sculpture and to the history of the readymade."

The Art of Alex Gross

Los Angeles-based artist Alex Gross has created a new collection of altered cabinet cards for an upcoming show at Jonathan LeVine gallery beginning february 25th, 2012. The once sepia-toned albumen photographs are transformed by means of mixed media and reimagined as contemporary comic book superheroes.

Compost Abstractions

For his ongoing series titled 'Pourri' (meaning 'rotten' in English), French photographer Frédéric Delangle documents the process of decay through composting. His photographs bring together different textures and colors transforming the images into complex abstractions which are both fascinating and repulsive.

The Girl with Seven Horses

'The Girl With 7 Horses' is a creative project by photographer Ilrika Kestere based on a fairy tale about a girl whose drying laundry is taken away by a storm and as she travels to far distant lands she dicovers that the clothes have taken on a life of their own.

Still-Life

Scott Garner's 'Still Life' is an interactive gallery piece that takes traditional still life painting into the fourth dimension with a motion-sensitive screen on a rotating mount. Set in a wooden frame, the fruits and vases of the seemingly ordinary still life painting begin to tumble when a user rotates the work.

Best Friends

For his project titled 'Best Friends' artist and designer Colin Pinegar created an installation based on data he gathered by taking a lengthy survey about his Facebook "friends." Colin explains, "I asked myself questions ranging from personal to generic and assigned each of my cyber-friends a score ranging from 1-25. Each score was then plotted on a color spectrum.I then made a wax bust for each person in the color that corresponded to their score. The result shows how close I am to my Facebook “friends,” purple being those of my “friends” that I actually know intimately and interact with in person.

Disintegration and Sprawl

Philadelphia-based artist Amze Emmons creates colorful gouache & acrylic landscapes depicting the ruins of industrial, capitalist societies fallen into decline. A multi-disciplinary artist with experience in drawing and printmaking, Amze’s work surprises with it’s playful nature set in stark contrast to the landscape.

Oozing with Talent

American artist Daniel Arsham creates installations that cause walls to appear in a state of flux, as if they are melting or dripping. His show, titled “the fall, the ball, and the wall” at OHWOW gallery in Los Angeles , on view through Feb. 16, illustrates the artist's continued interest in "manipulating architecture and in challenging expectations of accepted realities." 

Video: The Skulls of Derik Van Beers

The Perez Brothers (www.perezbros.com) proudly present the modern ceramic art of Derik Van Beers in their artist profile film entitled, The Skulls of Derik Van Beers. Working exclusively with the primal image of the skull, the art of Van Beers is meant to provoke themes of lost innocence and to playfully remind viewers of their own mortality. In an effort to celebrate the emerging art scene in their hometown of Oakland California, the Perez Brothers have created a short film that simultaneously attempts to exhibit the finest techniques in both film and ceramics. 

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of bird's eye view photographs of traffic cones by Peter Emerick, a project by Lilly McElroy documenting social connections, sex and gender, the sculptural works of Netherlands-based artist Stefan Gross and potholes transformed into miniature gardens by Steve Wheen.

Meteors

With stories of doom and destruction surfacing in the news, the Mayan’s prediction that 2012 was the year it would all go tits up and more serious warnings of double dip recession, Thomas Brown's 'Meteor Series', draws tongue-in-cheek parallels between threatening, yet weightless, meteors and balls of scrunched-up paper, sending the message that there is little point dwelling too much on things beyond our control.

Micro-Macro

Micro-Macro by filmmaking collective Encyclopedia Pictura is a short movie that goes from subatomic structures to the universe, without microscopes or telescopes and with a whole lot of vegetables and imagination. Think of it as "Powers of Ten" redone in stop motion.

Everyday Drawings

Vancouver-based artist Janice Wu creates meticulous drawings of everyday found objects. Her work explores how meaning, value, and associations are placed upon things in the material realm. Janice explains, "I am interested in how seemingly worthless objects have the potential for whimsy and how the ‘inanimate’ mundane can reveal poetic and narrative possibilities. Through re-imagining the mediocre, the ordinary can become playful and even precious."

Little Press

Copenhagen-based designer Ishac Bertran built this ingenious miniature letterpress, using only leftover material from his previous projects. Three blocks of wood, a couple of brass rods and a some parts from an old radio cassette player ultimately determined the shape of the device. Still Ishac notes that his little letterpress falls short in terms of accuracy: "I must say this is not the most precise letterpress ever."

The Pothole Gardener

Worried about bicyclists getting hurt driving over London's potholes, guerrilla gardener Steve Wheen created these small urban gardens to alert city officials of the growing problem (no pun intended!). Part art project, part labour of love, part experiment, part mission to highlight how terrible the roads are – the pictures and gardens are supposed to put smiles on peoples faces!

Sustainable Trash

Is art nothing more than sustainable waste, garbage with purpose and a place in the future? These are some of the questions that inspired the recent work of Netherlands-based artist Stefan Gross. The exhibition titled ‘Sustainable Trash,’ on view at Harlan Levey Gallery is influenced from the ten years that Stefan spent to become a Stain Glass master and the notions of color and material he continues to explore. Toys in particular become a theme, as Stefan fills them with human organs in order to recreate a familiar, playful object as something weighted, deadly and serious.

Sweet Tweet

UK-based communications agency Uniform created a cuckoo clock that dispenses sweets for their team to eat, each time they get a new follower on Twitter. "We wanted to explore the idea of Physical Apps, objects that connect to the internet to perform dedicated tasks, enabling users to access information or services without using a standard interface like a mouse, keyboard or touchscreen."

Target Practice

For her project titled 'I Throw Myself at Men' artist Lilly McElroy went to a lot of bars and literally threw herself at strangers. The photographs pose questions concerning relationships, social connection, sex, gender, and the desire to form relationships quickly that are both intense and long lasting. The project comes from a place where the desire to make a positive connection with another person is coupled with the knowledge that a connection might not be possible.

Koans

Peter Emerick's "Koans" is a series of bird's eye view photographs of traffic cones found on the street. The photographs invite the viewer to move between perception, presenting the cones in a way in which the imagery shifts away from cones and resembles abstract art.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured an incredibly complex and convoluted Rube Goldberg machine  by Joseph Herscher,  broken butterflies repaired with new wings and bodies by artist Anne ten Donkelaar,  a series of miniature lights shaped like a box of pills by French designers Valulot&Dyèvre and a series of subway maps made with common everyday objects by Henry Hargreaves.

Flesh Love

For his latest project titled 'Flesh Love" Tokyo-based artist / photographer Hal created a series of portraits of couples vacuum-sealed together into a single entity. He says, "“The two lovers draw closer until they finally transform into a single being. But seriously, when looking at these vacuum-sealed “packs of love”, it makes me wonder about true love between these couples and a whole different, intriguing and confined world."

Life is Beautiful

Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri's latest installation titled 'Life is Beautiful', was created using hundreds of knives stabbed directly into a gallery wall. The use of everyday objects, which on occasion can become lethal weapons, reveals the underlying sarcastic ambiguity of Farhad's statement.

Video: The Joy of Books

After organizing their own bookshelf almost a year ago, Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa decided to take it to the next level. They spent many sleepless nights moving, stacking, and animating books at Type bookstore in Toronto. The final result is nothing short of amazing!

The Dushanbe Scrapbook

In Oct 2010 while on a research trip in Tajikistan, visual artist Paul Prudence came across a curious scrapbook of Soviet-era graphics in a junk-shop in the capital city Dushanbe. The moleskine book features collages depicting cosmonauts, political figures, musical iconography and political illustrations. In some cases panels were glued on top of other images and sometimes with interesting juxtapositions.

Solar Pills

As part of the MINIFLUX exhibition for the Festival of Lights in Lyon, designers Valulot&Dyèvre created a series of miniature lights shaped like a box of pills. Via their website: "Moodiness, flaccid skin, looking dull, tendency to depression! You are obviously in lack of sunshine. Our range of supplements restores the vitality you need. Sunset Laboratories offers a wide range of solar radiation, Borabora, the Maldives, Haiti and the Bahamas, ask your pharmacist.".

Domestic Scandals

For his project titled "Domestic Scandals", photographer Takashi Yusumura documented random objects found in his parents' middle-class home over the course of seven years. With humor and irony, Takashi captures the paradoxical beauty found in the meeting of traditional and modern objects.

Subway Series

For his "Subway Series" project, photographer Henry Hargreaves recreated five different subway maps using common everyday objects. In experimenting with spaghetti, M&M’s, yarn, pipe cleaners and ribbon, Henry was able to transform simple materials into iconic designs.

Feet First

Photographer Tom Robinson got the idea for his series titled "Feet First" while sitting on a Brighton beach with his new girlfriend and looking at their feet pointing out to sea. Ever since they've continued to document their travels in this way, resulting in a collection of over 90 photos. In 2011 the series took a new twist with the arrival of a third set of feet – their daughter Matilda.

The Future of Food

Zim&Zou is a creative studio based in France that explores different fields including paper sculpture, installation, graphic design, illustration. Their latest project titled "The Future of Food" was created for the February cover of Icon Magazine and was inspired by 3D food printer technology.

The Page Turner

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher builds amazing Rube Goldberg machines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His latest contraption, called “Page Turner.” incorporates, falling balls, flames, a tipped vase, strings, a flyswatter, a live hamster, and a dozen other household items.

Broken Butterflies

For her series titled "Broken Butterflies" artist Anne ten Donkelaar repaired the damaged wings of real butterflies using gold, old maps, roots, threads and embroidery. An artist who is inspired by natural forms and structures, Donkelaar uses found objects and materials combined with intricate design details to create stunning pieces of art.

Cakes and Construction

Artist Jay Hardman creates small scale cake sculptures that examine the chaotic landscape of urban renewal and sprawl taking place in American cities. The methodical dividing and carving up of neighborhoods, mirrors the way a cake is consumed. Jay explains, "The cakes have an inherent ability to captivate and gratify an audience both visually and conceptually. They are profoundly linked to our senses of desire and fantasy, so as a material it is ideal for the surreal landscapes I create."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a monologue by Dave Eggers published on a shower curtain,  amazingly innovative 3-dimensional paper assemblages by Daniel Gordon, a series of photographs of abandoned sofas by Paul Batt, and a great project about balloon messages by Jillian Barthhold, Lauren Connolly and Kady Dennell.

Chaology

Tess Hurrell's 'Chaology' grew out of a fascination with the visual power of the photographed explosion. These sculptural forms are created from naïve materials like cotton wool, talcum powder and pipe cleaners. The series is concerned with the terrible beauty of these formations.

Abandoned Sofas

Paul Batt started photographing abandoned sofas as a way of documenting and cataloguing the subtle variations of these discarded pieces of furniture in the suburban environment. Paul explains, " My primary interest in the ‘Abandon Series’ is the apparent state of flux and contrast the subjects exist in. These once intimate, comfort giving, interior objects have become surreally out of place, in the exterior world."

Spirit of the Animal

Lord Whitney is a creative studio based in Leeds that produces life sized illustrations, set designs and installations that are playful, nonsensical and fun. Bringing together their combined skills in photography, prop making and set design, they recently got in touch with their inner animal and with the help of a few miscellaneous objects brought them to life.

Stick Maps

American artist Greg Colson uses salvaged materials to create three-dimensional "stick maps' of cities such as Cleveland, Brooklyn and San Jose. These sculptures are built of found lengths of various materials; measuring sticks, curtain rods, plastic plumbing pipe, wood molding – the structure becoming a metaphor for the manifold influences on a city.

Inflated Deflated

The Inflated/Deflated project is a collaboration between Jillian Barthhold, Lauren Connolly and Kady Dennell - three creatives based out of Chicago, IL. The project features a series of photographs of words and quotes written on deflated balloons ranging from the humorous to the heartfelt.

Visions of the Mundane

Photographer Isaac Layman documents the mundane spaces and objects found in his Seattle home. The artist photographs with a high-resolution digital 4 x 5 camera, often stitching together multiple images and perspectives in a single image. "This work records the places and things that the artist visits many times a day. They are ultimately unremarkable scenes, but Layman feels an affinity to them as they are endearing representations of all he has."

Showering with Dave Eggers

THE THING Quarterly is a periodical in the form of an object. Each year, artists, writers, musicians and filmmakers are invited by the editors to create a useful object that somehow incorporates text. For Issue 16 American writer Dave Eggers published a monologue printed on the outside of a shower curtain with the idea that one would read it while in the bathroom.

A Matter of Form

Artist Cecilia Levy creates beautiful 3-dimensional paper cups using pages from old books. Cecilia explains, "I have a special passion for old paper. Paper that has been around for a while, been thumbed, with wrinkles and discolorations. It has character and personality. I breathe new life into book pages, and I give them a different physical form than the original. "

Lords of Graphite

Lords of Graphite by 5star is a series of complex geometric shapes made from conjoined pencils segments. Reclaiming disposable objects that are generally disregarded and ignored by the everyday person, 5star created a series of unusual and whimsical sculptures that carry a different value from their original intended purpose.