The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured conceptually interesting and visually stunning landscape photographs by Daniel Kukla, a living room wrapped around the iconic Christopher Columbus statue in New York City, a neat simple drawing machine that will inspire the Picasso in anyone and street artwork inspired by the bodies of people captured by Google’s Street View cameras.

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An interactive media canvas made of an expandable LCD matrix.

A visual history of the scrollbar.

Hungry trees.

Paper-cut action silhouettes.

The 9 circles of hell from Dante’s Inferno recreated in Lego.

The Writer's Block Library

Artists Jonny Love and Samuel Jordan (aka LoveJordan) have created "The Writer's Block Library", a miniature paper library enclosed in a glass dome filled with books, scrolls, envelopes, paper stacks and files. They even created a smaller dome with an even smaller library inside! According to their website, "Writer's block can strike at any time rendering all ideas blank and unclear. The Writer's Block Library takes all those blanks and stores them, waiting to be filled."

Tsuyoshi Ozawa: Vegetable Weapons

Tsuyoshi Ozawa’s "Vegetable Weapons" is a series of photographic portraits of young women holding weapons made from the vegetables needed to create recipes typical of their culture. The ingredients are then prepared as a meal to be shared between the artist and participants. The project which pokes fun at the stupidity of war and violence, will be on display as part of a group show at Misa Shin Gallery.

Florentijn Hofman: Slow Slugs

"Slow Slugs" is a large-scale installation by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, created for the Accroche Coeurs Festival in Angers, France. The giant slugs are made out of 40.000 plastic bags that move in the wind. The slugs are ascending the steep city staircase that leads up to a huge church, essentially signifying their slow crawl towards death, according to Hofman's website. "The work reminds us of religion, mortality, natural decay and the slow suffocation of commercialized societies."

Daniel Kukla: The Edge Effect

During his residency in southern California’s Joshua Tree National Park, artist Daniel Kukla caught glimpses of the border space created by the meeting of distinct ecosystems in juxtaposition, referred to as the Edge Effect in the ecological sciences. Armed with a camera, a large mirror and a painter’s easel, Daniel set out to document this unique confluence of terrains and opposing elements within the environment. Using a single visual plane, this series of images unifies the play of temporal phenomena, contrasts of color and texture, and natural interactions of the environment itself.

Things: Drawing Machine

A do-it-yourself way to make art! This neat simple toy from the London based company All Lovely Stuff, uses an oak cotton reel, a clothespin, a felt tip pen and a rubber band to assemble an analog drawing machine that will inspire the Picasso in anyone.

Sterling Allen: Ready Made Houses

During his residency at Artpace San Antonio, artist Sterling Allen's created three identical miniature houses fashioned from objects purchased at yard sales and thrift stores, and even salvaged from dumpsters. Each includes many features that an actual home would have, though they are constructed from random
objects. An outdoor faucet sports a round weekly pill organizer in place of a handle. Wooden salad utensils serve as rooster-topped weathervanes. Each rooftop is covered in videocassettes dating from the 1980s to the present, in the same sequence on each home. Allen used an assembly line process to make each house “identical.” Through repetition and the use of recycled materials, the artist questions the nature of readymades, and the influence of visual association.

Tatzu Nishi: Discovering Columbus

For his latest project titled "Discovering Columbus", Japanese artist Tatsu Nishi wrapped the the iconic Christopher Columbus statue located in Columbus Circle in New York, in a six-story-high "living room". The massive Columbus figure perches on a table surrounded by chairs, couch, rug, and flat-screen television, the d├ęcor reflects the artist’s interpretation of contemporary New York style. Tatsu even designed wallpaper inspired by memories of American popular culture. The installation runs through Nov. 18 and is free but requires a pass available at or inside the Shops at Columbus Circle.

Paolo Cirio: Street Ghosts

Artist Paolo Cirio has created street artwork inspired by the bodies of people captured by Google’s Street View cameras. The posters are printed in color on thin paper, cut along the outline, and then affixed with wheatpaste on the walls of public buildings at the precise spot on the wall where they appear in Google’s Street View. Speaking about the project Paolo says, "In this case, the artwork becomes a performance, re-contextualizing not only data, but also a conflict. It’s a performance on the battlefield, playing out a war between public and private interests for winning control on our intimacy and habits, which can change permanently depending on the victor."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a large-scale interactive installation created out of 6,000 light bulbs, beautiful mandalas created from soldered electrical components, a musical instrument that translates any object into audible frequencies and a pair of GPS shoes to help guide you home.

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A sadly accurate web series about aging hipsters.

Movie scenes from past to present.

A sculpture of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

The Museum of Cigarette Packaging.

A mobile coffee cart serving the streets of London.

Film: The Junk King

Vince Hannemann (aka the Junk King), has spent much of his life constructing the Cathedral of Junk in Austin, TX. In 2010, the city of Austin requested a building permit and Vince was forced to tear down nearly half of his creation. Despite this traumatic event and with the help of many supporters, Vince was still able to keep the Cathedral alive and continue its legacy. This short documentary directed by film-maker Evan Burns gives us a little insight into his world.

Guillaume Reymond: Animated Tower

"ANIMATED TOWER" is a stop motion film created by Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond (aka NotsoNoisy) and Trivial Mass Production, in celebration of the ten-year anniversary of Swiss medical school HESAV (Health High School Vaud). Over 100 students, staff, and friends gathered on June 16th, 2012 to turn the building into a large analog display by opening and closing the windows and shutters to create complex choreographed patterns on the side of the facade.

An Instrument for the Sonification of Everyday Things

Created by Dennis P Paul, "An Instrument for the Sonification of Everday Things" is a musical instrument which rotates everyday things, scans their surfaces, and transforms them into audible frequencies. A variety of everyday objects can be mounted into the instrument. Their silhouettes define loops, melodies and rhythms. Thus mundane things are reinterpreted as musical notation. The instrument was built from aluminum tubes, white POM, black acrylic glass, a high precision distance measuring laser,a stepper motor, and a few bits and bobs.

Leonardo Ulian: Technological Mandalas

London-based artist Leonardo Ulian uses electrical components to create beautiful symmetrical mandalas. These assemblages are intricately crafted, complex works that combine the suggestive and spiritual meaning of Hindu and Buddhist mandalas with technology. "The search of perfection as necessity within the electronics industry has stimulated my curiosity to produce this series of pieces in order to evocate that specific need." Leonardo says, "I wanted to show what has been hidden from the eyes of the consumer, representing electronic circuits as extraordinary objects where the perfection of the design can becomes almost something ethereal.

Caitlind Brown: Cloud

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive installation by Calgary-based artist Caitlind Brown for the arts festival Nuit Blanche in Calgary. Created out of 6,000 donated burnt out light bulbs, CLOUD invites the viewer to wander through a rain of pull strings switching on and off lights. By manipulating the sculpture audiences  activate CLOUD’s inner sphere animating light bulbs and creating the illusion of lightning on the cloud’s surface.

Natalia Pereira: Dismorfobina

Barcelona-based artist Natalia Pereira's photo series titled "Dismorfobina" explores the deformation of our identity when we desperately try to fit into a perfect mold that is not our own. The photographs brings attention to body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), a mental illness involving body image issues that results in depression and social phobia. According to the artist, Dismorfobina is a “[d]isorder suffered by those who have been dominated by the habits of consumerism."

Dominic Wilcox: No Place Like Home

Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has created a pair of shoes equipped with a GPS navigation system and LED indicators that will guide you home no matter where you are in the world. After uploading your required destination via a piece of custom made mapping software and a USB cable, the GPS, which is embedded in the shoes, is activated by clicking the heels. Speaking about the project Dominic says, "I thought about the Wizard of Oz and how Dorothy could click her shoes together to go home. " The shoes are currently on display at Dominic Wilcox's solo exhibition at KK Outlet, until the 26th September.

Object Sculptures by Andy Vible

Artist Andy Vible creates life-size sculptures of human bodies whose heads have been replaced by everyday objects. These objects determine the action the bodies are engaged in (sitting, eating, drinking, knitting, etc.), making the piece a self-referencing loop. "I use objects that people are already familiar with because they communicate a language that everyone understands." Andy says, "I substitute these objects for a person's head and create a vicious cycle by putting the person in a chicken-and-egg circumstance with no escape."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a print on demand paperback of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens, a site-specific installation created out of 497 VHS videotapes, a series of hand-painted saws as part of a statement project about international budget cuts and a series of photographs of shattered flowers which have been soaked in liquid nitrogen.

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An amazing music video created using multiple projections.

iPhone oil paintings.

Musical swings on the streets of Montreal.

50,000 discarded toys turned into art.

Eliciting a double take with a sidewalk tetherball.

Luzinterruptus: Literature vs Traffic

Well, Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus is at it again. This past June the group travelled to Australia to create a massive, traffic-stopping installation using thousands of glowing books scattered across Federation Square in Melbourne. Titled "Literature vs Traffic" the installation was created using books that had been collected by the Salvation Army after being discarded from public libraries. The project aimed to take control of public space and install itsel in the streets, stealing precious space from the dense traffic in the area.

Olga Kostina's Bottle Cap House

Far away in the remote village of Kamarchaga, located in the Siberian Taiga, Russian pensioner Olga Kostina has decorated her wooden home with colorful patterns and images made from over 30,000 plastic bottle caps. Olga collected the bottle caps from soda bottles over the course of many years and she began using them to decorate the walls of her wooden house once she felt she had accumulated enough. She placed every single bottle cap by hand, using a hammer and nails to create traditional macrame motifs and various images of creatures living in the neighboring woodland.

New Works from Isaac Cordal

Artist Isaac Cordal has created a new series of cement artworks, as part of an outdoor installation in Zagreb, Croatia for the street art museum, MUU. Cordal's new "Cement Eclipses" series is a research project about the urban landscape, in which miniature stone-men merge with the existing architecture.

Vault 49: Typographic Hand Saws

New York-based design studio Vault49 has created a series of hand-painted saws as part of a statement project about international budget cuts, titled “(SUB)PRIME-CUTS”.  Speaking about the project they say, "Budgets are being butchered all around the world, and even worse it’s been done in such bad taste. These finely crafted financial tools should trim the fat nicely." Sink your teeth into these viciously hand-crafted beauties!

Jozef Mrva: Masks

Nietzsche-influenced free-thinker, artist, Jozef Mrva has created a series of animal masks made from readily available cardboard. Mrva himself describes his process for creating the masks, "I consider these masks as experiments with identity, especially in a rituallistic way. Animal masks resemble skulls or remains or abominations, they bear shamanic, dionisian symbolism, the form, material and overal execution is primitive, harsh and expressionistic. They are made to inspire the inner forces of man and allow behavioral self-expression through identity alternation. "

Books: 56 Broken Kindle Screens

“56 Broken Kindle Screens” is a collaboration project by Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso_ that consists of found photos depicting broken Kindle screens. The print on demand paperback takes as its starting point the peculiar aesthetic of broken E Ink displays and serves as an examination into the reading device’s materiality. As the screens break, they become collages composed of different pages, cover illustrations and interface elements.

Noah Scalin: Dead Media

"Dead Media" is a site-specific installation created by Skull-A-Day's Noah Scalin out of 497 VHS videotapes. The piece, which is approximately 20 feet long by 9 feet wide, was built in the style of the skull in Holbein's The Ambassadors and meant to be viewed from a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image. The installation will be on display at the TCC Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, Virginia from September 15 through November 1st, after which it will be dismantled and used to create new artworks by the students of Tidewater Community College.

Jon Shireman: Broken Flowers

For his series titled "Broken Flowers", photographer Jon Shireman soaked various kinds of flowers in liquid nitrogen before using a special spring-loaded contraption to slam them against a hard surface, causing them to shatter like glass. The resulting images allow for a meditation on the fragility and impermanence of nature.

Debbi Nitsan: Baked Electronic Products

Israeli designer Debbi Nitsan created a series of clocks, radios, and flashlights using bread crust as an alternative to traditional plastic shell encasing. The result is a collection of one-of-a-kind baked electronics made from ingredients found in the kitchen. Speaking about the project Debbi says, "The contrast between high-tech and low-tech lead me to combine electricity and bakery. By replacing plastic with a new baked shell, I was able to create unique designs and textures. The best part about these products is that they acually work!"

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a stunning sculpture of an enormous plate shattered into pieces, a series of painterly portraits created using a high resolution scanner, a history of New York in 50 objects and a series of composite images of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake mixed with the modern day cityscapes.

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A guy dressed up like Spider-Man causing mischief in Poland.

Book sculptures by Alicia Martin.

An installation of moving white cubes that act as a pixel display.

Solar system lollipops.

A video of domestic pets set to a cover of Jean Michel Jarre's "Hypnose".

Sue Austin: Creating the Spectacle!

As part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, performance and installation artist Sue Austin created this mesmerizing short film in which she—in her self-propelled underwater wheelchair—explores the magnificence of the underwater world. The piece called “Creating the Spectacle!,” aims to generate a widespread public debate about the nature and value of contemporary arts practice shaped by the experience of disability.

Things: Cardboard Spray Cans

These life size spray can sculptures by Los Angeles based artist Bill Barminski, are lovingly crafted from old cardboard with a glue gun and decorated with slightly fictionalised vintage labels. (they also contain a hi-tech plastic widget so they rattle when shaken). Barminksi produces artwork that critically engages consumer-culture, mass media, and the strange nostalgia people feel towards “classic” products of the postwar era.

Anouk Vogel: Folding for Peace

Swiss landscape architect Anouk Vogel created this amazing paper garden for an exhibition commissioned by the Gardening World Cup in Nakasaki, Japan. The installation titled "Folding for Peace" was inspired by an ancient Japanese legend which promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness. The garden is the physical remain of a wish for world peace. All the plants that compose the garden are folded out of white paper.

Shawn Clover: The Earthquake Blend

In 1906 a massive earthquake destroyed San Francisco, killing thousands and creating destruction throughout the city. Over 100 years later, photographer Shawn Clover created a series of composite images using a variety of vintage photos of the devastation mixed with scenes from modern day San Francisco.

Enrico Nagel: Behind The Glass

For his latest body of work titled "Behind the Glass", Berlin artist Enrico Nagel created a series of painterly portraits by scanning each person's face for 30 seconds with a high resolution scanner. By using this unconventional method Enrico was able to create intimate moments, captured without the filtered gaze of the photographer. The resulting images find their place outside of notions of snapshot or staged photography.

Lucile Soufflet: The Plate

Located in a small Belgian town, "The Plate" by Lucile Soufflet and Bernard Gigounon, is a collaborative public art project that addresses themes of fragility, impermanence and the passage of time. Speaking about the project Bernard says, "As soons a plate is broken, an entire mechanism comes into play, with the broken plate being replaced by another one. This is subsequently also broken and replaced, etc.etc. And the dance begins, thereby giving life to the plate. As a direct reference to the town's ceramics manufactoring heritage, the huge broken plate can be seen as both an archeological artefact -an expression of the industry's decline-, and as an incongruous surreal object."

A History of New York in 50 Objects

Inspired by the British Museum’s BBC radio series “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” The New York Times invited historians and museum curators to identify 50 objects that could embody the narrative of New York. They compiled a great selection which features everything from a checker taxicab, a conductor’s baton, a MetroCard and the iconic blue-and-white coffee cup.