Alan Powdrill: Party Animals

Alan Powdrill's latest project titled "Party Animals" is a series of portraits of festival go-ers at Bestival where the chosen dress theme was 'wildlife'. "The UK has long since had a tradition of hard partying which seems to be increasing year on year with hundreds of music festivals and events held all year round," Powdrill says, "this project aims to offer a humorous sideways glance at the 'party animals' on the frontline of the UK's party culture."

Skull Sculptures by Frodo Mikkelsen

Working exclusively with the primal image of the skull, Danish artist Frodo Mikkelsen creates miniature worlds that playfully remind viewers of their own mortality. The sculptures feature cottages, cabins and pristine green landscapes sitting on top of silver plated human skulls. Domestic yet unsettling, these intricate miniatures reminds us of our deep human desire for security and our fear of loss.

Bence Hajdu: Abandoned Paintings

For his latest series of works titled "Abandoned Paintings" Hungarian art student Hajdu Bence erased all traces of the main characters from Renaissance paintings revealing the complexity and beauty of the architecture. Speaking about the projects Hadju says, "I am a student at the university of fine arts, Hungary. At one of the descriptive geometry classes we had a task to find and draw the perspective and horizon lines of renaissance and other pictures with significant perspective space. I thought it is not that interesting to just draw lines, so I decided to erase all the characters from them and examine how the painter really created the perspective space and how it actually looks. "

Adam Shield: Sleeping Patterns

"Sleeping Patterns" is an ongoing project and Tumblr blog by Glasgow-based artist Adam Shield, documenting in photographs discarded mattresses and the patterns they display. Adam explorations are an attempt to expose the beauty in the ordinary, in the everyday surroundings and objects that are so often overlooked in our daily lives. 

Delaney Allen: Self Portraits

"Self Portraits" is a series of photographs by artist Delaney Allen that are not so much traditional portraits, but rather evocations of his journeys, mindset, interests, and experiments. Allen never reveals his face, but prefers to camouflage it using different fabrics and various objects. Regarding this series, he says, "We tend to identify ourselves through others- I am her son, their friend, his girlfriend… But how do we find ourselves when we are alone?"

Pencil Sculptures by Jessica Drenk

Artist Jessica Drenk creates impressive sculptures using hundreds of pencils that have been glued together and sanded to make forms inspired by nature. Speaking about her work Jessica says, "By transforming familiar objects into nature-inspired forms and patterns, I examine how we classify the world around us. Manufactured goods appear as natural objects, something functional becomes something decorative, a simple material is made complex, and the commonplace becomes unique."

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of grotesque assemblages created using recycled plastic toys, geometric food art by Hamburg-based artist Sakir Gökçebaga, a laser cut book that opens out to reveal a beautiful three-dimensional diorama and series of tattooed blood oranges and pomegranates created by New York based artist Amanda Wachob.

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Ai Weiwei goes 'Gangnam Style'.

50 blue snail sculptures on the Duomo in Milan.

More hilarious photos of dogs playing fetch underwater.

Darth Vader and son, a Star Wars childrens book.

A human-powered helicopter.

Robert Schlaug: Limited Area

Using digital manipulation, German photographer Robert Schlaug creates uneven divides by dragging streaks of colour across each section of his photographs resulting in a series of visual images that capture the scary moment when the computer screen freezes and the image in front of you appears to be distorted. “In a time when one considers the possibilities of humanity unlimited, we experience its limitations on a daily basis,” Schlaug says, “Sometimes we feel we’ve run into a wall or stand in front of a precipice, not knowing how to proceed further. Or suddenly there opens up before us an insurmountable wall, and we know no way out. Even our thoughts and our imagination constantly finds their limits.”

Henry Hargreaves: Jell-O Presidents

Photographer Henry Hargreaves recently released a series of presidential portraits molded from Jell-O. Henry used the color palette of the American flag, and small biographical info to give us some insight into the life and character of each president. According to the key at the bottom of the poster, the presidents who face right have served two terms of office while presidents with smaller stars have died while in office - the colors of the presidents’ heads refer to their political leanings.

Dan Goldstein: The Re-Ply Chair

Designer Dan Goldstein has designed a comfortable minimalist recliner made from discarded cardboard boxes. Dan uses a patent pending manufacturing process to mold and fold four plys of cardboard into a strong, comfortable shell. "Every element of the chair emerges from multiple functions. For example, only one pair of bolts attaches the seat to the metal base. These same bolts hold the crease and allow the chair to gently rock – all in one move." Dan is is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter.

Sakir Gökçebag: Geometric Food Art

Turkey-born, Hamburg-based artist Sakir Gökçebag arranges and organizes various fruits and vegetables to create srtiking geometric patterns. At first glance these photographs may give the impression of nicely cut and paste pleasing digital images. However, after a deeper look it's clear that not the images, but the objects themselves are cut and brought together to create these amazing optical illusions. 

Yuri Suzuki: Sound Taxi

The ‘Sound Taxi’, created by London-based artist Yuri Suzuki in collaboration with audio design company AIAIAI, converts the noises heard during a trip through the streets of London into original music in real-time. Passersbys hear the music via the 67 speakers built into the entire car body and the big, shiny Indian horns mounted on top of the taxi’s roof. Finally, the passengers of the sound taxi can tune-in to the converted sounds via headphones installed inside of the vehicle. The project was created to help promote AIAIAI's ‘Make The City Sound Better‘ campaign to coincide with the release of their latest headphones, the Capital.

Anton Alvarez: The Thread Wrapping Machine

Anton Alvarez' "The Thread Wrapping Machine" is a tool to join different types of material with only a glue-coated thread to bond it. No screws ore nails are used to join the different components of the furniture. By using this construction method materials such as wood, steel, ore plastic can be joined to form colorful objects. Speaking about the project Anton said, "I wanted to create an externalised joint that would enable me to combine a big range of different materials that normally would require very time consuming methods of jointing them together. At the same time a decorative pattern appears with the different colors of the thread."

Amanda Wachob: Tattooed Fruit

"Fruit" is a photographic series of tattooed blood oranges and pomegranates created by New York based painter and tattoo artist Amanda Wachob. When beginning a conventional tattoo apprenticeship, fruit is often the practice surface before skin. In a sophisticated take on this, Wachob has used her tattooing needle as the medium to further develop her vision. Wachob, who takes her inspiration from the work of the abstract expressionists, has said,"In the same way that a brush can paint the interior of a house or render a fine oil painting, I see the tattoo machine as a tool that can make art."

Toy Sculptures by Freya Jobbins

Artist Freya Jobbins creates grotesque Arcimboldo inspired assemblages using doll parts and recycled plastic toys. By using these materials Jobbins makes a reference to consumerism and the rapid circulation of things.The artist says of her work: "Due to our society's overspending on children's plastic toys, especially dolls, the materials for my assemblages are very accessible."

Yusuke Oono: 360°Book

The "360°Book" is a palm-sized laser cut book that opens out to reveal a beautiful three-dimensional diorama. The book was designed by Yusuke Oono and was the worthy winner of the You Fab 2012 laser cutter design contest, based in Tokyo. Speaking about the project Yusuke said, "I am so thrilled to have been selected as the winner of the Free Fab category for You Fab 2012. I like finding new ways to express dimension, and it occurred to me to create this palm-sized book that opens out to form a 3D world. I hope that everyone who opens the book enjoys it and is surprised by the dramatic transformation."

Video: Young Rival - Two Reasons

After Canadian rock band Young Rival discovered the blog of Michigan-based face-painting artist James Kuhn on reddit in 2011, they decided to e-mail him to ask if he'd be willing to collaborate on a music video project, and he said yes. The band was physically mailed CDs over the few months that contained 25 videos of lip-synched performances by Kuhn, which they edited into the final video.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of cityscapes made entirely from cardboard, clever photo manipulations by German photographer Robert Rickhoff, blackboards from various Quantom institutions photographed with a large-format camera, and a series of large-scale sculptures constructed from discarded wood and other materials.

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The first-ever glimpse inside Google’s data centers.

20 pairs of shoes vs. 20 lettered cost equivalents.

An inflatable bridge in Paris.

Best cat cosplay ever.

Mind-boggling in-camera panoramic distortions of time.

Pedro Reyes: Imagine

Since 2008, Mexican artist Pedro Reyes has been turning to weapons as an art medium to address the crime rates in his native country. His latest project titled "Imagine" consists of a set of 50 musical instruments fabricated out of destroyed weapons – revolvers, shot-guns, machine-guns, etc. A group of 6 musicians worked for 2 weeks shoulder-to-shoulder turning these agents of death into instruments of life. Speaking about the project Pedro said, "It’s difficult to explain but the transformation was more than physical. It’s important to consider that many lives were taken with these weapons; as if a sort of exorcism was taking place the music expelled the demons they held, as well as being a requiem for lives lost."

New Work by Italian Artist Never2501

This enormous sleeping giant is a large-scale installation by Italian street artist Never2501, created for the garden at the Museo Archeologico “Paolo Giovio” in Como, Italy. The sculpture was constructed using dead trees and roots that were collected in the forest. No tools or nails were used to assemble the pieces. The piece is entitled “"In Cammino Per Trasformarsi Nell'istante Presente" or “Moving to transform into the present.”

Alejandro Guijarro: Momentum

"Momentum" is a 3-year project in which photographer Alejandro Guijarro travelled to the great Quantum Mechanics institutions of the world and photographed the blackboards just as he found them. Once removed from their institutional environment the large drawings take on a far more artistic appearance. Each line and smudge has its own history and meaning,  produced by a scientist unaware of their artistic merit. Momentum can be seen as an attempt to bridge the gap between science and art.

SuttonBeresCuller: Small Moons

SuttonBeresCuller are a trio of artists (John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler) who have worked collaboratively since 2000. Their latest project titled "Small Moons" is a site-specific installation consisting of huge conglomerations of household objects, collected through local donations in response to the artists’ ad on Craigslist. In order to create the giant geodesic spheres the artists built armatures out of PVC pipe and started attaching the objects. Small Moons is on view at LOT Gallery through November 2.

Tim Noble and Sue Webster: Nihilistic Optimistic

"Nihilistic Optimistic" is Tim Noble & Sue Webster’s first major UK solo exhibition in London since 2006. The show features six large-scale sculptures constructed from discarded wood and other materials. Each work appears abstracted or even unfinished, but when illuminated by a light projector the assemblages cast shadow portraits of the artists upon the gallery walls. “There was a kind of deliberate choice not to use such recognisable objects any more, and to start fracturing things up - splintering things." Tim says, "So the mind has to wander in a different way, like you’re giving and taking, and it’s as much about the gaps and holes in between.” The exhibition runs from October 10 to November 24 2012 at Blain|Southern gallery in London.

Robert Rickhoff: Out of Place

The work of German artist Robert Rickhoff challenges our basic assumptions about public spaces and architecture. At first glance, it's not clearly evident what is out of place in Rickhoff's photographs, but a closer look reveals a series of objects that have been digitally moved to places highly impractical for actual use. The series appropriately titled "Out of Place" gives us a humorous look at urban planning in an alternate universe.

Andy Rudak: Cardboard Cities

London-based still life advertising photographer Andy Rudak has recently embarked on a more personal project, creating a series of cityscapes made entirely from cardboard. With the help of master set-builder Luke Aan de Wiel, Andy recreated dream-like views of London, New York, Mumbai, Paris and Tokyo. "I knew I wanted the shots to portray a scene of serenity" Andy says, "I had decided I wanted these scenarios to be void of any obvious human presence so I used an animal for each shot as the main focal point. From this I was drawn to the idea of the taxidermy animals. I felt they were crucial to achieving the feeling of serenity I was after." A book following the process of construction from start to finish is being published with an exhibition of final images touring agencies and galleries this autumn and winter.

Sylvain Dumais: My Body is a Temple

Sylvain Dumais' "My Body is a Temple" is an on-going photographic series that combines the spiritual meaning of Tibetan mandalas with everyday junk food items and other comestibles. The message conveyed through these images is clear, we should take good care of our body… we are what we eat!

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured whimsical miniature insects created with found objects, thirteen papercraft works inspired by infamous haunted locations from horror movies, a series of delicate circuit board fossils inspired by nature and a pair of classic Oxford shoes with soles made out of 1,050 teeth dentures.

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A giant papercraft boombox with a car inside.

Panoramic perspective drawings of Rorik Smith.

A black and white video that slowly turns to colour.

Portraits of famous people on fingers.

A Taiwanese restaurant made entirely from cardboard

Henry Hargreaves: Mark Rice-Ko

Inspired by the recent defacing of a painting by Russian-American artist Mark Rothko, photographer Henry Hargreaves and stylist Caitlin Levin have recreated the artist's famous artwork with rice. In 1958 Rothko was commissioned to paint the Seagram Murals for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. Rothko, who despised the excess and pretense of the elite crowd, accepted the commission and claimed that he tried to create "something that will ruin the appetite of every son-of-a-bitch who ever eats in that room." "We decided to take this tale full circle and reinterpret the works from rice," Hargreaves says, "We hope that this puts a smile on some people's faces and they can learn a little back story to one of the 20th century's most infamous painting series."

Fantich and Young: Apex Predator Shoes

British artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young have re-interpreted the classic Oxford shoe by replacing the rubber soles with 1,050 teeth dentures. The "Apex Predator Shoe" visually addresses the parallels between social evolution and evolution in the natural world. Nature as model or nature as a threat. These shoes are designed for predators with no predators of their own, residing at the top of their food chain.

Lorenzo Durantini: 2,216 VHS Tapes

Mixed media artist Lorenzo Durantini uses VHS videotapes to create impressive sculptural installations. For his series of large-scale works titled "2,216 VHS Tapes" and "445,368" Lorenzo created everything from 5-foot VHS towers to rooms full of 250,000+ feet of old tape. “They have just passed their point of cultural utility and are transformed into a sort of contemporary relic,” Durantini says, “I hope they provide an alternate and somewhat critical viewpoint of the structures that surround image production and distribution.”

Bill Finger: Crime Scene Dioramas

Seattle-based photographer Bill Finger - who worked earlier in his career as an assistant cameraman - uses his knowledge of cinematography and set design to create amazingly realistic crime scene dioramas. Each diorama is constructed specifically to be photographed. Like filmmaking all staging and lighting is done looking through the lens. Once photographed the diorama is then destroyed. Bill explains, "Through this process I create a temporary space, which like a film set, only lives on within the image.”

Oscar Monzón : Sweet Car

For his project titled "Sweet Car", Spanish photographer Oscar Monzón shot a series of voyeuristic portraits of people seen through their car windows at night in downtown Madrid. The series raises questions about privacy and surveillance in a high-tech world. Oscar explains, "I invade the false privacy of the inside of the vehicles that drive along a big city in the most violent photographic way, showing the audience a reality altered by the same media that represents it." 

Peter McFarlane: Circuit Board Fossils

Mixed media artist Peter McFarlane uses reclaimed circuit boards to create delicate sculptures inspired by nature. His whimsical approach to art and to life, results in innovative use of materials that would normally be destined for the landfill. Speaking about his work Peter says, "The used object is just the foothold for my interrogation of understanding. It is not so much about re-cycling as it is about a poetic re-contextualizing of object and idea."

Marc Hagan-Guirey: Horrorgami

Inspired by infamous haunted locations from horror movies, London-based artist Marc Hagan-Guirey has created a series of thirteen papercraft works, each one cut from a single sheet of paper. The series titled "Horrorgami" is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with the macabre. Each construction represents an iconic location taken from a cult horror movie, with subjects including The Overlook Hotel from The Shining, and 112 Ocean Avenue from The Amityville Horror. Each piece comes in a high quality display case and back lit light box. Horrorgami will be showing at Gallery One And A Half in Hackney, London. The exhibition runs for 2 weeks from 1 November.

New Works from Rune Guneriussen

Rune Guneriussen is a Norwegian conceptual artist who creates outdoor installations using everyday items such as lamps, chair, desks and books. He is the only witness of the site-specific installations, leaving the audience with nothing but the photographs as tangible proof which documents the brevity of his objects. Guneriussen is opening a solo exhibition of new works in Bonn, Germany at Rheingalerie Bonn gallery which will run until November 10. He'll also be showing three works as part of a group exhibition at Bugno Art Gallery, in Venice, Italy at the end of October.

Mark Oliver: Litter Bugs


Using various 'found' objects as his medium of choice, British artist Mark Oliver creates whimsical miniature insects full of personality and character. This series of urban entomology called "Litter Bugs" is brought to life entirely from trash, using eyeglass-arms for antennae and clock hands for legs. The little creatures have adapted so uniquely to the modern urban environment that they've become virtually invisible in their normal habitat.

The Week-End

Our most popular posts this week featured a series of photographs shot through window screens, netting and scrims, double exposures of people and places shot on the same roll of film, a modern rendition of the legendary Trojan horse built entirely out of resin and recycled computer keys, and historic London buildings screen printed onto the edges of discarded books.

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Amazing animations of fruit and vegetable MRIs.

A limited edition typographic chess set.

An exhibition that gives visitors the power to control the rain.

The human butcher shop located at London’s Smithfields Meat Market.

A sculptural, ghost-like arts center in France.

Nandan Ghiya: deFacebook

Using a combination of photographs, paints, and other found items, self-taught artist Nandan Ghiya creates interesting mixed media pieces which address the profound influence of digital technologies, the web and social networks in contemporary artistic practice. According to Nandan,"We all recycle, clip and cut, remix and upload. We can make images do anything. All we need is an eye, a brain, a camera, a phone, a laptop, a scanner, a point of view. And when we’re not editing, we’re making. We’re making more than ever, because our resources are limitless and the possibilities are endless."

Marcio Kogan: Prostheses and Innesti

"Prostheses and Innesti" is a collection of furniture created by construction workers at various building sites and then reinterpreted with gentle interventions by Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan and his Studio MK27. Born out of various necessities these pieces have been created with materials available at the sites. Kogan and the architects at MK27, mindful of the wealth of ingenuity displayed in these anonymously constructed works, modified and added elements to these pieces. These interventions to the original objects evoke an effect of contrasts, prolong their lifespan and offer new meanings and materiality.

Jonas Leclasse: Imaginary Doors

The concept for Jonas Leclasse's clever street photography series titled "Les Portes" is very simple, draw doors in chalk on street walls, and then ask strangers to pose with them. Speaking about the project Jonas says "My work often takes public space as a theater and my approach is based on a playful spirit. I am developing a world where reality and fiction mingle, where space, viewer and image interact."

Daniel Speight: Book Block

Inspired by London’s street design and historic geography, artist Daniel Speight has turned rows of discarded books into detailed screen prints of everyday buildings from the historic but relatively unknown Lower Marsh neighborhood, tucked behind Waterloo station. Working from photographs or renderings of buildings, Speight uses graphic design programs to create the artwork for his screen prints. "Everyone prints on paper so I wanted to challenge myself by printing on old, unwanted items" Daniel says, “I’m excited to now print on old books, combining them with my London obsession"

Matthew Tischler: Screen Series

"Screen Series" is a series of photographs by New York-based photographer Matthew Tischler. Shot through window screens, netting and scrims, Matthew employs these grids and barriers in order to dissect, pixelate, filter and flatten landscapes and space. "None of the subjects in my photographs have any discernible features" Matthew says, "rather they are faceless characters whose identities are defined by their surroundings. Although the photographs originate from 35mm negatives, I hope to reference both video technology and painting techniques.”

Babis Pangiotidis: Hedonism(y) Trojaner

"Hedonism(y) Trojaner" by Nuremberg-based artist Babis Pangiotidis, is a modern rendition of the legendary Trojan horse built entirely out of resin and recycled computer keys. Just Like the Greek myth, the sculpture is a metaphor for something harmful sneaking onto the scene by masquerading as something appearing harmless or desirable - it points to our vulnerability in an electronic age.

Julien Palast: Minerals

For his latest series titled "Minerals", French photographer Julien Palast, created a series of vibrant "spin paintings" by pouring popular brands of nail polish on a revolving surface. The series brings to light the beauty in materials often dismissed or taken for granted.

People vs. Places

For their collaborative project titled "People vs. Places", photography duo Timothy Burkhart and Stephanie Bassos have created a series of double exposure photos by shooting the same roll of film. Stephanie exposes a full roll of 35mm film of only "people," and Timothy reloads the film again into the same camera, to imprint only "places" and locations to the same roll. Speaking about the project they said, "This double exposure project allows us to step back from having full control of the image making process and trust in one another while allowing coincidences to happen naturally on film. "