Video: Chemin Vert

This beautiful short video takes you on a road trip at supersonic speed spanning across five continents and four seasons. The video titled "Chemin Vert" was created by Rome-based artist Giacomo Miceli using panoramic frames from Google Street View from different parts of the world mapped as stereographic projections. Music by A Ghost Train.

Things: Space Bowls by Sebastian Errazuriz

Designed by Sebastian Errazuriz for Kikkerland, these celestial serving bowls are part of a small series of products exercises to help create resources to self fund the next series of public art interventions. No pretensions, just a small design exercise done with much love.

Yumiko Matsui: Paper Cities

NYC-based paper artist Yumiko Matsui has created miniature versions of the city of Tokyo using nothing more than colored paper and water-based glue. She then photographed her creations to alarming realistic effects. Yumiko's work reminds us of the tremendous aesthetic potential of basic art-making tools.

Nick Stern: You Are Not Banksy

For his photo series titled "You Are Not Banksy", LA-based photographer Nick Stern re-created some of Banksy's most iconic works, with a twist of reality. Nick explains, “I have always been intrigued by Banksy’s work and thought it would be fascinating to try and recreate some of his most famous images on camera.”

Francesca Pastine: ArtForum Excavations

Artist Francesca Pastine creates beautiful sculptural interventions using ARTFORUM magazines as her medium.The cut magazines are made by working through the pages, cutting around the paper until the only parts remaining are what she chooses. Speaking about her work, Francesca said, "Maintaining a strong connection to the physicality of drawing, my X-acto blade mimics a pencil. I eschew glue or other manipulations that change the inherent character of the magazines. In this way, they retain their association to what they are, carriers of information that have been handled, earmarked and scuffed over time."

Miller Goodman: Faces

For their latest Tate commissioned book called ‘Faces’, design duo Miller Goodman created a series of playful sculptures combining re-appropriated objects and old toy parts. Fun though these wooden 'faces' may look, they were also the inspiration for a series of art pieces that Zoe Miller and David Goodman exhibited at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of photographs documenting the fluorescent-lit grocery stores of Paris, human faces modeled on the grid of several colanders, a backgammon board made from cheap kitchen sponges and paperback books transformed into beautiful and mysterious masses of mineral matter.

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An epic video of a Slinky on a treadmill.

Handmade meat balloons.

A stop-motion love story in 873 stock images.

Yarn Bombing Rocky and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

A clock made from biodegradable cardboard.

A series of “fabulous” depictions of tyrants, dictators and popes.

Diana Scherer: Nurture Studies

Diana Scherer's "Nurture Studies" is a photographic archive of flowers grown in vases over a six-month period. At the end of the process the plant’s corset is removed, exposing roots that retain their shape as an evocation of the now absent container. Via her website: "Scherer’s photos are carefully rationed, showing a single moment as the culmination of a long process of growth. She documents the flowers at their peak, just before they begin to shrivel as the plants start to die."

Film: Division by Johan Rijpma

"Division” by Dutch artist Johan Rijpma is a hypnotic experimental film in which a piece of paper is divided by hand into an even number of pieces and then reassembled. A photograph of this finished composition is then printed and divided again and again.This makes the impossible possible, tearing the now included empty spaces that make up the tears in the paper. This feedback division process is repeated while the number of imprecise manual divisions gradually increase. Everything is created by division.

Alexis Arnold: Crystallized Books

Sculptor and installation artist Alexis Arnold explores the visual manifestations of time and memory upon objects. Using Borax crystals and paperback books, Arnold transforms ordinary reading material into beautiful and mysterious masses of mineral matter. She says, "The crystal growth highlights or creates the aesthetics of these once-utilitarian objects that are entering the world of obsolescence, as well as acts to suggest past narratives and post-human futures laden with nostalgia, wonder, and the interminable progression of time."

Frank Bayh & Steff Rosenberger-Ochs: Tent City

German photographers Frank Bayh & Steff Rosenberger-Ochs have been documenting some of make-shift homes that have been set up in Stuttgart, Germany by protesters demonstrating against the controversial "Stuttgart 21" rail project. The photographs showcase a number of eclectic structures built with everyday materials such as tarps, umbrellas, sticks and blankets. 

Manuel Felisi: Giardinetta

For his installation titled "Giardinetta", artist Manuel Felisi transformed an old Bianchina automobile into a germinator of blossoming new life. The rooftop of the abandoned car functions as a hanging plant rack complete with glass test tubes, while inside the car, and underneath the flowers, rain falls within the compartment and creates a damp, moist world for bacteria and organisms to grow. Via his website, “Giardinetta is the story of the invincible force of life, which gets the upper hand even in a hulk of the industrial age, that in Felisi's hands becomes a little terraforming experiment.”

Isaac Cordal: Cement Bleak

For his latest street art intervention in Dalston, London, artist Isaac Cordal created a series of faces modeled on the grid of several colanders projecting their shadows on the pavement. The installation is a test implementation of what the artist hopes will be a larger shadow projection project using the resource of city lighting in darkened streets.

Richard Vantielcke: Urban Oasis

Richard Vantielcke's "Urban Oasis" is a series of photographs documenting the fluorescent-lit grocery stores immersed in the darkness of the Parisian night. Speaking about the series, Richard says, "I always enjoyed these grocery stores open late at night, first of all because they often saved the life of a starving photographer, then because they all look more surreal as each other, becoming oasis of light."

Video: Peter Brings the Shadow to Life

Skateboarder and filmmaker Joe Pease brings shadows to life in this fantastic video based on an essay about Peter Pan, which contains paragraphs such as, "It is not uncommon for children to play with their shadows or to imagine that they are tangible. However, in order to grow up, children must leave behind this fantasy...no one ever fully grows up. Instead, growing up is a process that continues throughout life." Of course, it might just be a bunch of shadows. Music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.

Things: Sponge Backgammon

This backgammon board by Greek studio Dede Dextrousdesign was created using cheap kitchen sponges. The project’s aim was to take advantage of the sponge sound absorption qualities to make a backgammon board which is identical to the real thing, with one big difference: It doesn't make any noise! The backgammon board was created as part of the 'Once Upon a Sponge' exhibition at taf (The Art Foundation).

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of macro photographs documenting the daily activities of a fly, amazing portraits of famous people created using carefully arranged wooden pins, 17th century Dutch paintings recreated with the help of foam packing materials and a gigantic helium balloon in the shape of Magritte’s floating rock.

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The world's tallest LEGO tower.

Filmmaker John Waters picked up by a band while hitchhiking in Ohio.

Laser-cut cardboard kinetic creatures.


An animated GIF project by Ryan Enn Hughes.

Marc Jacobs vs. graffiti artist Kidult.

Sharon Moody: Comic Book Paintings

Artist Sharon Moody recreates comic books as hyper realistic paintings painstakingly rendered to capture not only the graphic illustration of the original comic, but also the excitement that comes from flipping through the pages. "My goal as a painter is to create space, whether the table top space in a still life work or the more shallow space of a trompe l'oeil composition" she says, "Illusionism, especially the heightened mimesis found in trompe l'oeil, invites the viewer to enter the space of the piece and then persuades them to linger and explore the meaning of the work."

Tadao Cern: Blow Job

For his latest project titled "Blow Jobs", Lithuanian photographer Tadao Cern created a series of hilarious portraits of people enduring gale-force winds blown directly into their faces. Speaking about the project, Tadao said, "I wanted to do something fun for myself and the visitors, just laugh and have a good time. I was surprised that there were so many laid-back people who were not afraid to look funny! The spacious studio was bursting at the seams and everyone was crying with laughter, laughing at themselves and at each other."

Film: A Brief History of John Baldessari

A towering figure in the art world, standing at 6'7", John Baldessari's epic career is crammed into six minutes of visual and mentally stimulating entertainment narrated by none other than Tom Waits. The short was directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman as a commission from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Onishi Yasuaki: Reverse of Volume

In his installation titled "Reverse of Volume RG", artist Yasuki Onishi uses the simplest materials — plastic sheeting and black hot glue — to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float inside the Rice University Art Gallery space. Rice University art gallery's assistant curator Josh Fischer explains, "The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind."

Nicholas Hendrickx: The Adventures of Mr. Fly

“The Adventures of Mr. Fly” is a series of macro photographs documenting the leisure activities and pursuits of a fly who enjoys skateboarding, bike riding, playing piano and an occasional dip in the pool. The photos were created by Belgian artist and photographer Nicholas Hendrickx, who clearly has great appreciation for  small things.

Ahmet Öğüt: Castle on a Giant Balloon

Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt created a gigantic helium balloon in the shape of Magritte’s floating rock, as part of an outdoor installation for Belgian art festival, TRACK: a contemporary city conversation in Ghent. Ahmet replaced the mysterious castle on top of the rock with a replica of the Vooruit building, a cooperative where the working-class people of Ghent assembled from the end of the nineteenth century until the early 1970s and which ran both a centre for festive occasions and a newspaper .

Suzanne Jongmans: Portraits with Foam Sculptures

Photographer Suzanne Jongmans uses discarded packing and insulation materials to create caps, collars and dresses inspired by 16th and 17th century paintings. By using these materials Jongmans makes a reference to consumerism and the rapid circulation of things. "I use the elements in the present as in the past, the objects in my work are used as symbols of values" she says, "I mutate old costumes into new plastics and old masters in new photographic works. By using time foreign materials, plastics and techno's, I am creating a time crux, a tension of time."

Alison Ruttan: Man-Made Disasters

Alison Ruttan's "Natural Disaster", is a series of ceramic sculptures based on an ever-expanding archive of images of destroyed buildings found on the web. While much of this work may look similar to the effects of natural disasters it is important to remember that these are not accidents of nature but entirely man made acts of destruction.

Philip Karlberg: Pin Art

Swedish photographer Philip Karlberg used clever lighting and carefully arranged wooden pins to create a series of unique celebrity portraits for Plaza Magazine.  "A couple of months ago I came up with an idea I have had in mind for years" he says, "I just didn't know what I could use it for. But then I did a test with sunglasses, and it really turned out great. So I sent an image with the test to Plaza Magazine, and a week later I started shooting. It was a real challenge to recreate the famous faces with their iconic sunglasses. It took me 6 days to shoot the 6 faces, and around 1200 sticks were used.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of small sailing boats navigating a sea of beds, artificial indoor tornadoes, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” recreated with colored pencils and a series of black and white photographs depicting the transformation of darkened rooms into uncanny light sculptures.

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Gorgeous LEGO representations of British birds.

Troll high-fiving at the leaning tower of Pisa.

A real-life Instagram Camera.

London cityscape drawn on a human canvas.

The hipster hunt.

 A wonderful stop-motion animation using thousands of handmade foam models.

Nic Joly: Under Foot

British artist Nic Joly creates brilliant shadow box installations using various found objects and miniature figurines. His creations include a man balancing on the edge of a razor blade, a girl flying a butterfly like a kite and a workman dumping a cigarette butt in dumpster. Nic can spend up to a week painstakingly moulding and painting his miniature models, which sell for up to 1,200 pounds.

Jennifer Rubell: Nutcrackers

Jennifer Rubell's latest interactive installation titled "Nutcrackers" consists of 18 life-size mannequins that have been retooled to function as a nutcracker. Visitors interact with each sculpture by placing a pecan in the mannequin’s inner thigh, then pushing down the upper leg to crack it open. The installation was inspired by nutcrackers depicting female figures - and in particular one found on the internet of Hillary Clinton. Jennifer says, "These interactive sculptures embody the two polar stereotypes of female power: the idealized, sexualized nude female form; and the too-powerful, nut-busting überwoman. "

Hong Seon Jang: Type City

New York-based artist Hong Seon Jang re-imagines lead type letters as a sprawling metropolis reminiscent of his New York City home. His show, titled “Labyrinth” at David B Gallery in Denver, on view through through June 16th, will feature Jang’s mixed-media sculptures and this miniature cityscape formed from letterpress pieces.

Ryan Hopkinson: Tornadoes

For his experimental project called "Tornadoes" photographer Ryan Hopkinson in collaboration with Lightning+Kinglyface created a series of artificial tornadoes using coloured smoke spun into a vortex by an industrial extractor fan. Ryan explains, "We managed to create twenty tornadoes, each around 4ft in height all with their own personalities and weight. The delicate nature of our creations was a big juxtaposition in many ways between natures own, but being able to create one and see it up close, regardless of its size and power was mesmerising."

The Art of Colored Pencils

To promote Faber-Castell’s top of the line artist pencils, advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather recreated masterpieces such as Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” and Vincent Van Gogh's "Terrace Cafe at Night" using thousands of colored pencils.

James Nizam: Trace Heavens

James Nizam's "Trace Heavens” is a series of black and white photographs depicting the transformation of darkened rooms into uncanny light sculptures. Manipulating sunlight via perforated and sliced walls, and with the aid of small mirrors fastened to ball joints for easy pivoting, Nizam creates images that bend our perception of reality.

Video: Bounce Bounce by Hayley Morris

Playing with different techniques and materials,stop-motion extraordinaire Hayley Morris created this delightful new video for Hilary Hahn and Hauschka's song "Bounce Bounce". This handmade underwater wonderland was created using simple materials such as paper, felt and maple tree seed pods. Morris explains, “When Hauschka performs he takes different recognizable objects and places them into his piano to alter the sound. I wanted to take the same approach as the music’s creation and have the materials themselves create a narrative and look.”

Luis Gonzalez Palma: Ara Solis

For his project titled "Ara Solis", Guatemalan photographer Luis González Palma created a series of images representing small models of 15th century sailing boats, symbolically ‘crossing the seas’ of different sleeping beds. Ideas of migration, intimacy and dreams of the future are brought about in this wonderful series.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured multi-layered stencil paintings on found cardboard by German artist Evol, small scale models based on photographs of real buildings by Louise Bristow, a sculptural installation by Liliana Porter and a selection of altered benches created by Danish artist Jeppe Hein.

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Urban plant tags.

The history of whistling courtesy of the Collective Cadenza.

A visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways.

A one minute history of pixelated cameras.

Superhero Fingers.

Sandy Skoglund: Food

From the late 1970's artist Sandy Skoglund has used colour photography to create images that continue to be effective and topical. Corn, cake, carrots cut into cubes and other natural products are presented in strange ways, placed against colourful backgrounds which deceive the common perception. Sandy says, "I used the subject of food as a means to create a common language. After all, everyone eats. So, my purpose in working with the subject of food was initially to create a bond with the spectator of my work."

Paintings of Cityscapes on Found Cardboard by Evol

German artist Evol creates multi-layered stencil paintings of cityscapes and urban environments on found cardboard. The artist carefully selects materials with a weathered appearance to use as his canvases incorporating torn edges, dents, tape fragments, box markings and exposed corrugated textures. Evol explains, “clean surfaces don’t speak to me, so recording these marks is a process of visually remembering the charm of a place that will soon be painted over.”

Charles Matton: Enclosures

A retrospective of handmade miniature interiors by Charles Matton is on exhibit at Galerie Michael Haas in Berlin. Matton, who died in 2008 of lung cancer, built ‘Boxes'’ that recreated elaborate libraries, studios of classical sculptors, rooms of famous writers - even simple bathrooms. Matton and his assistant painstakingly hand-built, painted and sculpted every visible detail to 1/7 scale, from fading wallpaper to broken light sockets.

Street Seats

Street Seats is a furniture project developed by Bade Stageberg Cox for the Pier 94 Coffee Bar at The Armory Show. The 50 chairs, found abandoned on the streets of New York, were repaired and given a new life with a coat of taxi cab yellow paint. Like the city’s residents, the chairs are an eclectic mix, migrating throughout the fair during its five-day run. The bottom of each chair is stamped and documented with the date and location it was recovered.

Louise Bristow: Models

UK-based artist Louise Bristow explores the concept of scale and illusion by creating small scale models based on photographs of real buildings. Lousie meticulously rebuilds these structures using cardboard, bits of collage, balsa wood and wire. She explains, "These models started out as 'props' for my paintings. Most of them are based on real buildings which I have visited and photographed, or on photographs I have found in books. Recently I have come to see the models as finished works in themselves."

Rose Sanderson: Bugs on Book Covers

England-based artist Rose Sanderson repurposes old book covers as canvases for her delicate, yet expressive paintings of insects. Seeing beauty in the seemingly ugly, Rose's paintings, aim to provoke in an understated way; producing pieces that are fresh and intriguing.