The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured amazing hyper-realistic paintings on newspaper, swarms of magnetic butterflies on the streets of Indianapolis, an outdoor art project that promotes the environmental benefits of walking and city pigeons dyed bright shades of green, blue, yellow and purple.

And from around the Web...

Drawing Manhattan in the blink of an eye.

A brilliant Breaking Bad remix video.

Russia's futuristic QR code covered pavilion.

Designers share what’s in their trash bins.

Portraits made from old keyboard keys.

Carl Kleiner: Lollipops

For his latetst project titled "Lollipops" Swedish photographer Carl Kleiner created series of geometric frozen treats using objects from his studio. "Im a collector of different materials, and I have a lot of samples arranged in my studio window." Carl says, "I re-arrange them every now and then. It is like my japanese garden. One hot summer day I built a composition looking like an ice cream that I felt Ettore Sottsass would have liked, and I felt very inspired and made this series."

The Colorful Pigeons of Venice

"Some Pigeons are More Equal Than Others" is the title of the latest collaboration between Swiss artist Julian Charrière, and German photographer Julius von Bismark during the 2012 Venice biennale. The duo dyed city pigeons bright shades of green, blue, yellow and purple, in an effort to change people's negative perception of them. Without harming the birds, Charriere and Bismarck painted the feathered critters using a bird trap with a conveyor belt mechanism where the pigeons get automatically airbrushed in different colours.

Tasha Lewis: Guerrilla Sculpture

Artist Tasha Lewis has been creating swarms of magnetic butterflies and installing them on the streets of Indianapolis, creating guerrilla art that does not cause any harm to public property. Speaking about the project she says, "My current project, the butterfly swarm, can be installed on any magnetic metal object. I have put them up on telephone poles, electric boxes, fences, recycling bins, cans, and iron or steel sculptures. Due to the very small size of the magnets they do not cause any harm to the public art that I use as a canvas. I do not intend to promote any kind of art that would deface these sculptures. My intent is solely to transform and revive art in an urban public space."

Alexander Dijulio and Alexander Larsen : Warehouse Series

Combining their backgrounds in sculpture and photography, Alex Larsen and Alex Dijulio work to create a marriage of the two disciplines. Through the presentation of photographs the artists tie the site of the gallery to the specific and undisclosed locations in which the sculptural installations are created. Via their website, "The works, although decidedly guerilla, differ from many forms of street art in the sense that they will never be seen in person by the viewer. The sculptures are exclusively comprised of materials found in the space, and these materials are facilitated in a way that removes them from their intended functions and allows them to act as pure aesthetic devices."

Newspaper Art by Shin-Young An

New Jersey artist Shin-Young An uses newspapers as the backdrop for her hyper-realistic paintings. Applying oil paints with meticulous care, the artist juxtaposes ordinary routine tasks with exceptional and often disturbing events. She says, "The main theme of my recent work is exploring the unfortunate reality of our present world."

Ka-Lai Chan: Play

As part of a community art project called "Play", Netherlands-based designer Ka-Lai Chan took over the living room of a gallery space in Utrecht and covered everything with tape. "With my creations", says Ka-Lai "I want to reveal the hidden value of everyday objects and materials, allowing people to see the beauty of things and experiment them in an unusual way."

Michael Jantzen: The House as a Metaphor

Michael Jantzen's "The House as a  Metaphor", is a series of conceptual-art sculptures that incorporate a simple symbolic shape of a house in each of the pieces. Michael explains, "In some cases the title of the piece is very directly related to its finale form, and in others, the title and the form are more abstractly connected. In every case, the intention was to play with the image of the house, and have some fun with it."

Jody Xiong: Green Pedestrian Crossing

The China Environmental Protection Foundation in collaboration with Jody Xiong of agency DDB China, developed an outdoor campaign, to creatively promote the environmental benefits of walking versus driving. The campaign involved laying an enormous canvas on the ground, covering the pedestrian crosswalk with a large leafless tree. Placed on either side of the road beneath the traffic lights, were sponge cushions soaked in green environmentally friendly quick dry paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing they would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a photographic series depicting roadkill on American highways, a series of portraits exploring dough in its various forms, mind-bending photo mashups of urban spaces and life-sized mirrored animal sculptures by London-based sculptor Arran Gregory.

And from around the Web...

What happens when a squid listens to Cypress Hill.

Behind the scenes with Spanish performance collective Luzinterruptus.

The smallest cinema on earth.

How not to restore art.

Water wigs by Tim Tadder.

New Works from Aakash Nihalani

Recently artist Aakash Nihalani was awarded a residency by Lisa de Kooning at the Willem de Kooning studio located in East Hampton, NY. As one of three artists in residence for the Summer, Nihalani created several works in the studio as well as a number of site-specific installations on the grounds of the de Kooning estate featuring his distinctive trompe l’oeil 3-D boxes.

Csilla Klenyánszki: X Marks the Spot

"X marks the spot" is an ongoing series by Hungarian-born photographer Csilla Klenyanszki which is about finding the hidden possibilities related to form and function. Speaking about the project she says, "My inspiration is my house and my environment (it’s kind of a kitchen chemistry), which becomes a playground. I like to work with common objects and discover their possibilities, give a new function for them. I try to play with the borders of the nonsense; something that looks foolish at the first place can always find its right place at the end."

Faig Ahmed: Embroidered Space

Faig Ahmed explores composition of a traditional Azerbaijanian carpet by disjointing its structure and placing its elements into open space. With his large-scale piece titled "thread installation", Faig re-interpreted the traditional carpet materials of his homeland by creating a type of spatial 'stitching' with the yarn across the surface of a wall. Speaking about his work Faig says, "I’ve been always fond of investigating and researching every detail of anything that had interested me and sometimes this researches reached inconceivable depths mixing up with my imagination. I’m heretofore harried by a question others have left in childhood – 'what is inside?. That’s why I’m changing habitual and visually static objects making them spatial, giving them a new depth.and this as if reveals the essence of this object – the object that was mediocre just a minute ago."

Jamie Brown & Luke Kirwan: 20th Century Palate

Art director Jamie Brown and photographer Luke Kirwan were asked to contribute a series of images for the first edition of food and culture journal, " The Gourmand". They came up with the idea to represent design movements of the 20th century through specially arranged plates of appropriate food, finished with hand cut patterned paper table cloth backgrounds. Speaking about the project they say, " The shoot day was waste not want not. How glorious it was! Any one session that allows you to eat crab sticks, emmenthal, grapes, radish and pink wafers in one sitting is up there with the best. "

Søren Dahlgaard: Dough Portraits

Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard has created a series of "Dough Portraits" of people in his native Copenhagen, Kosovo and the Maldives as part of an art project that has traveled throughout the world. The posers were invited to play with and mold the dough before placing it on their heads. The result is an innovative take on the traditional self-portrait. But why dough? Søren Dahlgaard explains: “Dough and bread are universal. They are things we can all relate to. We know how it is made, how it feels to touch it, but when it appears in art, it can be difficult to place. It wakes people’s curiosity.”

Dionisio González: Favelas

Architect and documentary photographer, Dionisio González constructs spatially and socially complex worlds that challenge the established history of photography and architecture. At first glance, the photographs appear to be objective depictions of urban locations. However, a closer look reveals heavily processed photo mashups of urban spaces, stitched together to create enormous imaginary shanty towns.

Arran Gregory: Wolf

London-based sculptor and illustrator Arran Gregory reimagines wildlife through gorgeous faux-taxidermy  rhino and wolf sculptures. His show, titled “Wolf” at Print House Gallery in London, consists of life-sized mirrored animal sculptures, as well as heavily-detailed drawings.

Emma Kisiel: At Rest

Emma Kisiel's "At Rest" is a photographic series depicting roadkill on American highways and addressing our human fear of confronting death and viewing the dead. Both morbid and beautiful at once, Emma builds and photographs these roadkill memorials at the location at which their life was taken. Speaking about the project she says, "My images draw attention to the fact that, while man has a vast impact on animal and natural life, dominant American religions insist that animals do not have a place in Heaven and are, therefore, of little value in our society."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured mixed-media sculptures created using a variety of found materials from thrift stores and yard sales, virtually impossible views of interiors shot from below the floor, striking images of faceless figures draped in different fabrics and textiles and a delicious looking pencil holder inspired by flatbread.

And from around the Web...

Canned air from cities around the world.

A wax-lamp that re-creates itself over time.

Morse code signals sent by Twitter.

Colorful explosions of paint pigments.

A typewriter for the iPad.

Vadim Kibardin: Black Paper

Russian designer Vadim Kibardin has created an armchair made of 37 layers of paper and cardboard. "Black Paper 37" is a result of experiments with various materials and an exploration of the co-existence of "Chaos and Sequence". Speaking about his design Vadim says, "Simple paper not only possesses high constructional characteristics but can also dazzle through the beauty of its contours. A distinctive texture of the chairs’ overlay encourages a dialog with a user, where a distinctly personalized form of the chair can be created by rumpling and chopping paper layers"'

Decaying Books at Jardin de la Connaissance

In 2010 , artist Rodney LaTourelle and landscape architect Thilo Folkerts of100 Landschaftsarchitektur collaborated on an installation at Jardin de la Connaissance in Quebec involving hundreds of books stacked as walls, rooms and benches that will eventually dissolve into their environment. The books are organized between structural coloured plates, while their deterioration is further stimulated and accentuated by mushrooms that are cultivated on the books. The garden becomes a sensual reading room, a library, an information platform, an invitation to a different realm of knowledge

Dave Rittinger: Color Pencil Tree

Dave Rittinger's “Color Pencil Tree” is a proposed art installation that would turn the branches of public trees slated for removal into giant colouring pencils. Speaking about the project Dave says, "My work is often playful, colorful and incorporates a sort of metaphorical blending of objects and function, so the fact that pencils are made of trees just made perfect sense. I really liked the idea of morphing the raw material into an embodiment of a manufactured product at this exaggerated scale."

Stacked Chairs Pavillion by E/B Office

Composed of approximately 400 simple wooden chairs arrayed and stacked in a sine wave surface drawn into an agitated vortex rising from the ground.the ‘SEAT’ public pavilion, by E/B Office, is a recently completed winning entry for this year’s Flux Project in Freedom Park. The chairs are connected to each other via simple lag bolts, clamps, and screws that are hidden from view. At the base of the vortex, chairs turn inward to create an intimate, compressive space for visitors to converse and regard the upward flow of chairs transcending their function. Chairs suspended above ground between these zones re-constitute the role of the seated object as one that can also play as structure, decoration, and enclosure.

Things: Pita Bread Pencil Holder

Created by Mohar Design In collaboration with Baruch mogilevsky, this delicious looking pencil holder was inspired by a local pita bread of Jerusalem called Ashtanur. The pencil holder is equipped with a leather strap to hold anything: from pencils to paint brushes to scissors. Happy pita filling!

Peter Root: Plot

Artist Peter Root has created an incredibly detailed potato-carved Metropolis using 176lbs of spuds, a kitchen knife and a bicycle repair kit. Details include homes, office blocks and places of worship. Although the art installation named "Plot" was created in Istanbul, Peter says his creation wasn't modeled on the Turkish city, but rather influenced by various aspects of the city. Speaking about the project Peter says, “I chose potatoes because they are available in abundance and are amazing things to sculpt with. “They can be chopped, carved, sliced, drawn into, balanced, dried.”

Ramsay de Give and Kristen Joy Watts: The Weight of Objects

Friends Ramsay de Give and Kristen Joy Watts have been collaborating on a portrait project called "The Weight of Objects". Each diptych features a portrait of an individual and an object with a personal story. A very powerful body of work that continues to grow weekly.

Michael Rohde: From Below

German photographer Michael Rohde Aden creates virtually impossible views of interiors shot from below the floor. His pictures are made up of hundreds of individual photos. Cupboards, drawers and fridges are photographed from below and then reassembled into a single seamless composite image. "I'm not a photographer," Michaels says, "I see myself more as an artist."

Donald Edwards: Junk Art

Donald Edwards is an artist, collector and [self-proclaimed] hoarder living in Baltimore. His work is a result of collecting material from thrift stores, yard sales, dumpsters and saving things from work and home that would have otherwise gone to the land fill. In his work he is trying to our fetishization of consumer culture and its role in our everyday lives.

Patty Carroll: Anonymous Women

For her latest series titled "Anonymous Women", artist Patty Carroll created striking images of faceless figures draped in different fabrics and textiles. Carroll's work is well known for her visual play on domestic objects and their relationships to women. Regarding this series, Carroll says, "Making a home, whether through physical renovation or an internal sense of comfort, remains a constant, universal issue for many women. As a woman artist, I am addressing multiple issues of domesticity; the home can be a place of comfort, a place where decoration becomes an obsession, or where a woman merges with her domestic interior to become almost invisible."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured beautiful aerial photography shot from an opendoor helicopter, a series of photographs featuring twisted and darkly hilarious situations inspired by day-to-day life, graphic star-patterns printed on the sand of Spain's Laga beach and a series of little bronze hands that have been installed in various locations around Wellington, New Zeland.

And from around the Web...

Olympic synchronized swimming photos flipped upside-down.

A collaborative art project that uses public phone booths as its medium.

Water light graffiti by Antonin Fourneau.

A hanging canopy constructed of 208 repurposed traffic cones.

Giant working table fan sculpture by Tal Tenne Czaczkes.

Carroll Taveras: You Are Here

In collaboration with photographer Caroll Taveras, agency Mother London has created "You Are Here," a photo project documenting lost spectators and athletes in East London during the Olympics. The project aims to have Caroll take a snap-shot of the lost souls, and then help them ffind their destination. Speaking about the project she says, “I allow space for them to be who they are. I may ask them to hold their head in a certain way, but that's pretty much it,” she explains. “I'm looking for an interesting photo, which usually happens when people are themselves.”

Video: Ball by Everyone

Once again filmmaking team Everyone brings you another brilliant short film. This new video directed by Daniel Mercadante is an elegant meditation on spherical shapes inspired by hundreds of ball-shaped images taken from Google image search. 

Allan Teger: Bodyscapes

Self-taught American photographer Allan Teger creates beautiful black and white miniature scenes using different parts of the body to mimick the contours of natural landscapes. Teger was initially trained as a psychologist, and after 12 years he left academics to devote full time to art. His background in psychology of consciousness, mysticism, and meditation have greatly influenced his work, "I remember the moment that the idea for Bodyscapes® came to me. I was thinking that the shape and structure of the universe repeated itself at every level and suddenly I had the image in my mind of a skier going down a breast. This was it – the universe repeating its shapes – a body looking like a mountain. It was also an example of two realities coexisting."

Yuken Teruya: The Taste of Victory

This tree carved from a McDonald's Olympic paper bag is the latest work from talented Japanese artist Yuken Teruya. Teruya is known for creating intricate artworks by carefully cutting delicate trees inside paper bags. The sculpture is currently on display at David B. Smith's new group show in Denver, Colorado, which will be running through to 1 September, 2012.

Mary Whalley: Ornamental Thoughtfulness

“Ornamental Thoughtfulness” by Mary Whalley is a small public arts project consisting of a series of little bronze hands that have been installed in various locations around Wellington, New Zeland. In walkways, shortcuts and places people pass on their paths to work or school. Their purpose is to hold offerings. Anonymous tokens of generosity or thoughtfulness.

Maison Gray: A La Plage

Shooting from doorless helicopters, photographer Maison Gray has been documenting beaches around the world, from the U.S. to Brazil to Australia. From above, a simple beach or pool becomes a blank canvas that allows the viewer to see the world as art. People and objects become patterns creating repetition, shape and form. These photographs are a visual celebration of color, light, shape—and summer bliss.

Gunilla Klingberg: A Sign in Space

For her installation titled "A Sign in Space", artist Gunilla Klingberg created a graphic star-pattern printed as a relief on the sand of Spain's Laga beach using a mechanical device, a manufactured steel-cylinder, with the graphic pattern as a matrix relief made of truck tires. The cylinder is connected to the beach cleaner tractor which drives from side to side of the beach in the morning, creating the pattern covering the whole beach area. Following the lunar and tidal calendar, the pattern is remade again and again at all possible days at low tide.

Lee Materazzi: Feels Like Home

San Francisco-based photographer Lee Materazzi visually manipulates everyday occurrences to create twisted, and often darkly hilarious situations inspired by ordinary things. Her interactions and struggles with everyday objects are an attempt to break out of conformity. Materazzi explains, "I am attracted to the chaotic and dysfunctional associations that are harbored and displaced within routines and the psychological impact that they can bring into our day-to-day life."

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

Oregon-based artist Matthew Picton creates detailed three-dimensional maps of famous city grids using books, newspapers and other textual materials. Matthew engages with this tradition of humanising the city by deconstructing the clean, uncompromising aesthetic of the cartographic city plan and imbuing it with the unique history and culture of each place. Matthew says: "Some cities exist in the imagination more powerfully than others. I like to engage in specific events that cities have undergone as these are frequently the moments of pivotal change."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of sponges turned-pretty popsicles that look good enough to eat, the typical daily diets of five Olympic athletes re-created and photographed by Sarah Parker and Michael Bodiam, a large scale installation consisting of 5,000 illuminated plastic bags, and manicured miniature scenes on fingernails.

And from around the Web...

China's amazing optical illusions interactive exhibit.

2012 olympic stadiums built with LEGO.

Surf  popsicles with wooden surfboard sticks.

Beautiful MetroCard Collages of New York City.

A portrait of René Redzepi created using real food.

Reena Saini Kallat: Cobweb

Reena Saini Kallat's latest installation titled "Cobweb" was created using several rubber-stamps, each hand painted with the flag of a nation and bearing the name of an individual who’s been denied a visa to another country. "Stamps confirm identities in a world full of bureaucracy, functioning as well as a confirmation of visas that are either approved or declined. In a world where nationality, culture, religion and politics decide whether one can enter or leave a country, the "right" stamp is existential."

Newspaper Collages by Alexandros Vasmoulakis

Artist Alexandros Vasmoulakis creates striking collages using small colorful pieces of newspaper. Lots of artists use newspaper as source material for collages and paintings, but few do it as well as Alexandros. The London-based artist uses pop culture images and historical subjects to create stunningly textured images inspired by Regency portraits.

Jimmy Kets: The Pub's Floor

Back in 2008 while travelling around Belgium, photographer Jimmy Kets discovered and became obsessed with the extraordinary floor patterns that are practically in every local pub. The result, is a great series of photographs documenting the crazy hodge-podge of colours and styles of these great historical floors.

Katie Breckon: Set This House in Order

For her series titled "Set This House in Order", artist Katie Breckon meticulously documents objects from her family home, creating an innately personal photographic archive. Katie photographed the objects from every angle, and then re-assembled the images to form a two-dimensional template. Each object was opened up and flattened out, emptied of its object-ness through the act of photography.