Origami tutus and ballet in public spaces by montreal artists

The PLI.Ē Project fuses the delicate balancing act of ballet, and the intricate, yet subtle touch of paper folding into a colorful display of movements. The project was created by two Montreal based artists, who were seeking for ways to bring their different field into one working performance. Featuring dancers in human size, paper apparels, the PLI.E project sorts to showcase dance and paper crafts.

Creators Melika Dez ( who manged the photography and models) and Pauline Loctin ( who created the costumes ) came together in 2018 for the first part of the project. Each focusing on their area of prominence and diving location and placement of dancers between themselves.

“Paper can be a fragile material to work with and that is exactly why we decided to make the impossible, possible. No matter which element we would be confronted to, water (rain), wind, we wanted to show that we are limitless.” Pauline Loctin

young Serbian artist draws complicated animal ecosystems

Young Serbian , Dusan Krtolica, is a talented 16 years old quite gifted with the art of pencil sketches. producing simple sketches of animal anatomy to complex ecosystems, featuring several queries, all made exclusively with lead pencil.

“drawing is my greatest passion, and I find my inspiration in nature. I am mostly fascinated by animals and their great diversity, as well as their amazing ability to adapt to living in many different environments.”

Surreal glass sculptures by Simone Crestani

I am an artisan first, before being an artist.
Glass working is a very complex technique that requires years of study and extreme dedication. I was fortunate to learn this technique while I was still young. Glass chose me, before I had any idea what I wanted to become.
I feel blessed to be the medium through which glass can express itself, in the continuous search for its full potential.

In these years of study, my thoughts were forged by the delicate rules of glass working: ignited by the high melting temperatures, stemmed by the risk of breaking, withstanding the test of time, continuously searching for limits to overcome.

Photos from winners of the Sony World Photography Award 2019

Photography , some say, say a thousand words. This ancient quote is effectively captured in the recent installment of the Sony World Photography Awards,” one of the many photography contest from the Japanese camera company.

The contest is currently the 12th installment, and with the goal to showcase the best contemporary photography around the world.

+15 satifying images of Los angeles by George townley

California artist George townley celebrates the spirit of Los Angeles with incredibly colorful, and minimalist depictions of its important landmarks in 2d rendering.

+10 surreal crochets of animal anatomy by Caitlin MacCormack

Philadelphia based Illustrator Caitlin Mccormack   crafts intricately detailed macabre arts works of wool and cotton; all sculptures of the skeletal structures of animals encased in built frames.

Her really abstraction knitting feature weird , surreal headless animal-like creatures and also paintings rendered on books and original sketches.
Caitlin McCormack received a BFA in Illustration in 2010 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia PA. She lives with two cats in South Philly and crochets to forget the world, in the chaos of her slovenly, nest-like studio. She currently receives representation from Paradigm Gallery + Studio.

Whimsical food arts by DIY creative Helga stentzel

Uk based creative Helga stentzel is one to ‘play ‘ with food. Several of his work follow the theme of edible form of animals, or fun , quacky situations created with food items. A few of his works are below.

+15 surreal sculptures inspired by the sea by Rohan Mersh

Rowan Mersh is a multi-media sculptor who explores form through intuitive application of a material’s inherent qualities. His diverse and experimental approach to creation is epitomized by his ability to take very ordinary materials and transform them into the extraordinary. From textile sculpture to kinetic and interactive installation, Mersh’s pieces are inventive and multipurpose, bridging the realms of art, design and fashion.

Regularly exhibiting internationally with Gallery FUMI, Mersh’s sculptures have been acquired by major private and public collections the world over, most notably the V&A, Jerwood and The Crafts Council collections. His commissions and special projects include works for the Mercury Music Prize, Fendi and Veuve Clicquot.

Mersh, a graduate of the Royal College of Art in 2005, continues to live and work in London.

Stained mirrors by French- Italian designer Inga Sempe

With a mirror you can see yourself, but above all you can liven up a wall and light your room, as if it were a window or a lamp always left on. In antique shops you can often find what we know as Venetian mirrors, in which the central glass is surrounded by other smaller pieces of mirror, a simple and attractive way to both frame and reflect.

I wanted to develop this idea in the Vitrail collection, combining clear and coloured mirrors. I created mirrors made up of several pieces in contrasting colours. They are held together by an injection moulded rubber frame : its softness allows the fragments to be inserted into the triangular gaps in the thin rubber structure.

Vitrail comes in four different formats which can be hung horizontally or vertically. The collection includes a small square, a large rectangle, and an oval, all made up of a large, clear, central mirror decorated with two coloured fragments. These versions are injected in both colours ; each one features a distinctive combination of lateral mirrors. The fourth model is round, and is divided into five strips.

It comes in two contrasting versions : a light grey frame with fragments of pastel green glass, and a green frame with fragments of mirror fading from black through to light grey. It can be hung in three ways : horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The Vitrail collection have a total of eight versions of mirrors.

Maude White crafts incredible detailed single thread paper art

Maude White is a papercutting artist living in the Hudson Valley. She loves the great strength, yet delicacy of paper. Her work is done on the macro as well as the micro level. Every cut is exact and meaningful.

She enjoys playing with positive and negative space to create fantastic scenes and stories. She considers herself an artist and a craftsperson and has a deep respect for the paper she transforms. In pursuing her work, she hopes to make visible to others the immense world of possibilities that every piece of paper holds.

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Hanna Dovhan handcrafts fluffy woolly items for interior space.

My name is Hanna Dovhan, I’m a Ukrainian designer based in Kharkiv. I craft special figurines and toys with soft wool; from animals to food, fancy items to decorate your home or to give as gifts.

A simple watercolor swan sparks a painting war

A simple water color Swan on Reddit has lead to some creative works been threw about the internet space. The spark plug of this creative exchange was pioneered by a Reddit user Daddafo, who had posted his Mum’s art , asking for some appraisal to encourage her creative strides.

But the response he got took a surprisingly weird turn. With different Reddit creatives coming up with unique ways to depict his Mum holding her painting.

The art -inception follow series of artist as they attempt to capture the initial water colour Swan painting and other depictions of the painting in other painting, all in unique styles and forms ; they are familiar with.

The art-inception follow several branches of the ‘inception” with several been made spreading into a web like interconnected links of artist drawing each other , who drew Daddafo’s Mum.

Wu chu amazing sculptures from upcycled gold foils

Creativity takes various famous, either a sureal sculpture from fruits or a colourful bird from paper, they are worth appreciating. Most importantly when it uses up garbage and lessens the amount of trash going to landfill.

Creative Ciro Wai  , a Chinese artist utilizes waste wrappers from Ferrero Rocher ( a chocolate brand ) for a series of impressive miniature sculptures. His process up-cycles the left-over gold foils in a series of sculptures dedicated to Chinese zodiac signs. And with several other collection of real and mythical animals.

A few of his projects are shown below:

200,000 straws forms colorful plastic wave in Vietnam

each straw we use — for 10 minutes or 10 seconds — will likely float in oceans for 450 years. by 2050, there’s estimated to be more plastic in the sea than fish. these statistics and others like them are sewn together in a spoken word story by steve connell in the video above, ‘the last straw.’

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Shanell Papp crafts an exact replica of the human skeleton in Crochet

Shanell Papp from Lethbridge, Canada decided to explore the human body she picked a method that excited her just as much as the theme. Crochet.

John Ed crafts intriguing paper portraits of pop culture icons

John Ed De Vera is a multidisciplinary designer who creates impressive imaginary worlds with simple tools like paper and scissors. His paper art mesmerizes people with its intricacy as well as its use of depth and shadow, created by stacking several layers of paper together.

Each step requires meticulous hand-crafting. Each element is first traced on bond paper and then, transferred to a thicker piece that is cut and compiled into a colorful arrangement. From fictional characters to famous pop-culture icons, we have no doubt this artist can make anything jump off the page with his paper creations.

10+ detailed shell painting by Mary Kenyon

Texan creative Mary Kenyon has spent some time painting and and crafting trinkets from beads and colored stones. Her recent works blends her passions into “treasures like shell”

Several of her , handpicked seas shells are ornamented with details and colors to give them an added flair.

The new ‘grass’ sneakers by Nike causing a lot of Buzz

The Jordan airMax 1 was first designed by American company, hatfield after since it became the most famous of the Nike brand, selling over million in pairs. In other to keep up with demand, the German Appreal maker NIKE has taking to adding a new version to this quit famous product.

The Nike Air Max ‘grass” was designed for the PGA golf tournament and comes with a ‘grassy’ top marked by the signature ‘strike’ logo. With a rubber sole and monochrome laces, the grass sneaker is definitely a hot pick among she enthusiasts.

In Vietnamese heart and soul, Tet holiday is the biggest season of the year, when family can gather around  and celebrate the new year and grant wishes for their loved one.This is the time  when the all the custom and tradition come back and wide spread. 

The most familiar images of Tet holiday was painted in old poems, with banh chung ( square rice cake ), watermelon and the blossom yellow apricot flower. Besides that, the Swallow Bird gathering on Tet holiday is a beautiful symbol of spring, fortune and sincere happiness.
With those core values and inspiration,  Poster is handcrafted and made of art paper and MDF wood .

The natural material and the crafting techniques is a great way to preserve the beauty of Vietnam tradition and heritage.

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Masayo Fukuda cuts single paper into very intricate artforms

Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda cut paper into intriguing [paper art form. Her latest “Karie form” is an intricately detailed Octopus which took over 3 months to complete.

photographer explores Hong kong in amazing symmetry shots

Hong Kong is a Chinese city quite famous for its little spaces, tight corners and packed high-rise buildings. Known as the most densely settled part of the world, this former English colony consist of a group of rocky Islands along the pearl river Delta, with very little land left to build on its people had to compensate for living spaces by building up.

Parked and stuffed to the shims the city looks so uncomfortable to live in , from an outsider’s point of view, but to the contrary , it is a well managed metropolis with efficient services. Most of it 8 million, majorly ethnic Chinese live along the Kowloon peninsula ( 9 dragons)

Brazilian Travel photographer Dietrich Herlan Brazilian has taken to documenting this spectacular city, and its aligning sister city of Macau ( formerly Portuguese ) in a s3eries of symmetry shot of its tall architecture photographer based in Hong Kong.

French artist encases coral reefs in colorful glass displays

Since childhood, a real feeling of helplessness and guilt has been eating away at the way the human species works, without worrying about the environment.

At the origin of my practice was to find how to live with, learn to listen to this pain rather than bury it to finally know the appeasement. This gave birth to a first series of works entitled “Lungs of the Oceans” intended to awaken the feeling of wonder for the nature that surrounds us and the desire to protect it

Series created between 2014 & 2018, dummy corals in textile & recovery materials – Fred Margueron p .

Created by Aude Bourgine , a french artist from Rouen, Aude has always been overtaken with strong feelings of guilt and powerlessness surrounding the human species way of acting without a care for its environment.

Her practice began as a search for a way to live with, and to learn to listen to, the distress of the ocean, rather than burying it to attain a certain peace of mind. 

“If we do not rapidly change our relationship with our environment, oceans will be dead by 2050. Their disappearance will entail a disastrous imbalance on all ecological, climate and human levels.”

Aude Bourgine has taken on this topic in her meticulous and dreamlike style, driven by the hope of raising awareness on these issues and convincing us that we can still get our act together.

Pakistani dentist puts glitters and diamond on everything to make them sparkle

Several of her works feature ordinary items, which are made to sparkle after intense editing. crystal Sparkles is a project which aims to bring curiosity and delight to the viewer as it blankets images with sparkly diamond, crystals and rainbows.

The work of a Pakistani dentist– in training- unsatisfied with her career directions, and obsessed with glamorizing the world around her,  the largely self taught artist had start off putting her favorite fashion item on body stretchmarks to beautify a feature which is strongly associated with negativity as a means to finding healing.

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The resulting project, Bodyglitters, a serious of models with glitters ‘pimped out ‘ stretchmarks,  inspired by her obsession was made a hashtag on social media to push a rethink and encourage positive body image. A project which set the template for her new direction into photo editing.

She moved on to general glitterizing, and with several uploads later her editing had gone viral attracting the likes of Emirates, Swiss luxury brands : Bally and Swarovski and an award from glamour Italy

origami enthusiast craft intricately detailed, aesthetically satisfying cranes

Featuring over a 1000 different Japanese cranes in exquisite colours, shapes and intricate designs, this paper enthusiast injects modern flair into an otherwise traditional art form of paper folding.

In a break from convention, he mixes cuts and folds ( origami and Kirigami ) in several delightful avian paper-arts forms; an amazing list featuring several feathery cranes,  with more details and empathize on the wings.

Paper creative Cristian Marianciuc once set himself an ambitious of a  1,000 origami cranes in 1,000 days — which is a form of prayer for goodwill in Japanese culture —  which he as long achieved yet still persist with his crafts and has grown his gallery over his pre-set goals, and with unique elaborate wing designs.

“I never stopped folding and decorating new ones. It just wasn’t on a daily basis anymore,”

he says .

He is focused more on exploring themes as techniques and trying out new creative mixes.



Paper folding is a traditional act from Japan which allow a single sheet of paper become any incredible peice of art, the crafter so chooses but It focuses on folds, and cuts without a single glue to the paper frame which is traditional “Kirigami” in Japanese.

‘absorbed by light’, are a series of sculptures which queries phone addiction

created a series of statues for the Amsterdam light festival, in a work which shows individual absorbed by their hand held technology, taking up focus and drawn to the warm illuminating light of the virtual worlds. The installation is titled Absorbed by light. 

the installation is a partnership between Gali May Lucas ,a brit installation designer and method sculptor Karoline Hinz

Turkish photographer shows 100 faces through Istanbul airport

Inspired by the numerous, and unique faces though the departure hall in Ataturk airport daily, and the seemingly endless casscade of cultures on display from every corners of globe, a turkish photographer is collecting faces.

Mustafa, a part-time photographer from Istanbul has created  “100 Faces 100 Countries ” a photography project which focuses on keeping a peice of those transient cultures in human portraits, through Turkey, for posterity.


”  It is like a treasure for a photographer like me! This inspired me to combine my passion for photography with my work at the airport “

Mustafa Çankaya collects experiences as well as expressions. He not only seeks oddity in physical aesthetic, clothing,  hairs, and carry-ons but also the story behind the travelers.

“100 face from 100 countries” started in 2018 and has do far featured 117 portraits from 77 different countries, and on track to reaching a 100 different countries.

Scotland


Russia


Russia Siberia


Lebanon


Bash the percussionist arrived from the burning man festival in Nevada 🇺🇸 & now heading to Cairo country 


Rwanda



Ibrahim Zethy dancer from Rwanda at the Airport,  

South Korea


Philip Chang  arrived from Sweden with his friend,

Ukraine


Nicole is a tattooer from Odessa, Ukraine 


Philippines


Jonnel is a seaman from Philippines  on his last journey he was 10 months and 20 days over the sea, at the moment taking a rest with his family for Christmas


Slovenia


Miha is a photographer + filmmaker + travel writer

New York based creative Hou de Sousa unveils glowing rainbow cubiod in Prismatic

Prismatic is a kaleidoscopic experience of light, color, and space that frames a myriad of perspectives. The piece is unique on all sides, encouraging the public to explore the exterior, as well as meander through its translucent “streets”. Iridescent cords weave between a light-weight steel lattice. Gaps between the cords provide transparency, while also producing a dynamic visual effect known as a moiré.

As visitors turn their gaze or walk about the space, patterns in the background and foreground continuously converge and de-laminate, resulting in the perception that static surfaces are somehow in motion.   

The project has been designed specifically for Georgetown Waterfront Park. The form and space of the sculpture is sub-divided by a juxtaposition of geometric and contextual factors. This design process occurs in three phases. First, a box is cellulated by prisms radiating from a central point, followed by the echoing of contextual features, such as the outline of the water fountain and existing pathways, as well as the Potomac River, which then split and spread the box apart. The result is a diverse array of apertures and perspectives, collectively focused on a central core, but shaped by one’s vantage point and relative position from within or outside the sculpture. 

The project was assembled in Brooklyn and designed to fit onto a single 46ft flatbed truck. The rebar lattices were welded together, painted, and then interwoven with iridescent cord. The result is a sturdy structure with an appealingly low ratio of weight to volume.

The world in Infrared by Italian photographer

Humans tend to believe in what they are able to conceive, to see, to hear. Though truth is wider than what our eyes are able to focus on. this is why
Italian photographer Paolo Pettigiani  chose to curate the world around him in infrared photography: to make the invisible evident. With his recent installation #InfraScapes , Paolo aims to show something that is broadly recognizable to the human eye, under a new and unexpected point of view.

 The intalian photographer spent three years in Arts and Design courses at Politecnico in Turin, specializing in how to use colour to distort reality. Majority of his works are shot  with a Nikon D750, converting Full-Spectrum, to explore the light’s spectrum emanated by plants. A spark that lies just beyond the beam visible to the naked eyes.

Christopher Payne shows lead pencil production in satisfying colours

 Pencils are a common item, and an important tool in design, hence why architectural photographer Christopher Payne visits a family ran factory to show the process of production.

General pencils is a generational pencil plant in New jersey which has been producing lead, and colored pencils for decades. Payne’s work is an attempt to follow the “uncurated” production in the grounds of the factory and, to depict the life of the declining American middle class workforce. 

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Payne’s recent work, including a series in progress on the American textile industry, has veered away from the documentation of the obsolete towards a celebration of craftsmanship and small-scale manufacturing that are persevering in the face of global competition and evolutions in industrial processes. Just completed is Making Steinway: An American Workplace, a tour through the famous Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, Queens. Here a team of skilled workers creates exquisite instruments considered to be some of the finest in the world. Payne captures moments of the choreographies of production, and inspects the parts and pieces of the instruments that will never be visible outside of the factory, telling a story of intricacy, precision, and care he fears is becoming all too rare in the American workplace.

Payne has been awarded grants from the Graham Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work has been featured in publications around the world and several times in special presentations by the New York Times Magazine.

Ancient art styles inspires bold contemporary designs

Brazilian artist, and art director seeks to draw inspiration from ancient art masters, and to expand design boundaries, and eventually incorparete their works into more– more contemporal works. 

Milton OmenaFolgen shared several famous artists ( picasso , Da Vinci etc. )   and the designs their works would have inspired.  Several of this new adoption feature on products labels and as logo fonts. 

I thought of painting styles and painters personalities and how each of them would have a unique logo, brand or product 


LEONARDO DA VINCI

A painter whose geometric and mathematical use of primary colors created neoplasticism and left a mark in history. His style influenced not only art but architecture and dgraphic design for the remaining years


SALVADOR DALÍ

An amazingly weird man who transcended reality while maintaining a stunning realistic style. Known for his glorious mustache and irreverence. This was one of the logos I had the most fun designing. No grids, just freehand illustration.


CLAUDE MONET 

Monet was the most influent impressonist having the style of impressionism named after one of his paintings. I took inspiration from the famous paintings he made the bridge over the lake in his garden.


VINCENT VAN GOGH

Said to be a very reserverd and thoughtful person and a very meticulous artist I took inspiration from his iconic brush pattern. The brand identity became the only logical way to encompass his enormous influence.


PIET MONDRIAN 

A painter whose geometric and mathematical use of primary colors created neoplasticism and left a mark in history. His style influenced not only art but architecture and dgraphic design for the remaining years.


JACKSON POLLOCK

A rebellious man known for his dripping method of painting abstract expressionism and known for his cowboy attitude. A painter who used to paint on the floor and sometimes leave accidental cigarrete burns on his canvas due to his chainsmoking.


PABLO PICASSO

His paintings are among the most expensive art ever auctioned and is repeatedly referenced as a multitalented artist being not only a painter, but also sculptor. his cubist style is the most recognized even by laymen.


ANDY WARHOL

The biggest name in the pop-art movement. His constrating bright colors were a stire on the allure of fame and commercialism. An interesting man with very large ideas and who valued shock.

Nature photographer adopts cheerful field mice, crafts playgroud village for them

The setting is a carefully crafted miniature village, with several tiny single room abode — and single entrance — constructed with mostly locally sourced natural materials ( twigs, coconut bark, and ferns )  amidst logs pilings protected from cats. the mice village sits side by side a chestnut tree , peaceful, in the backyard garden of this Sheffield home.

This oddly unique ‘ prairiesque’  hamlet is home to George, the cheerful little field mice, and his family , adopted by Simon Dell, a UK nature photographer who spends hours chronicling his merry life with that of his partner and expected liters.  George had charmed his way into the photographer’s heart , who has in turn accommodated the marry mice in his well crafted miniature village.

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Dell, had stumbled upon “George”– while he fled from the neighborhood cats– during his nature walk and decided to offer him shelter considering  and food to as a sort of curiosity which so far has gathered support on his daily Facebook page. .

“Being a keen wildlife photographer I am often taking photos of birds on the feeders in the garden. Then one day I looked down to see a very cute little house mouse standing up in the grass.”

The initial log pilings offered little shelter, so Dell set to task fitting it with tunnels and internal spacing, and adding several opening to allow easy movement.  All of his effort  accumulated in a miniaturized  mice village for little George to run around;  safe from his natural enemies.

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Artist recreate the ocean with massive coral sculpture in the US Embassy

Confluence (Our Changing Seas V) pays homage to Indonesia’s coral reefs and the value they provide to Indonesians and the world.  the monumental, intricately hand-detailed ceramic coral reef sculptural installation is set to inspires a sense of excitement in viewers about the connections we share to reefs while empowering individuals and policymakers to act to conserve. it seeks to celebrate the fragile beauty, diversity and value of Indonesia’s vibrant reefs while highlighting the human-caused threats they face.

Indonesia lies at the heart of the Coral Triangle—the ‘Amazon of the sea.’ With more invertebrate species than anywhere else on the planet and nearly 4,000 species of fish, this exceptional region provides food, livelihoods, coastal protection and joy to nearly 400 million people across six countries. Indonesia’s archipelago of over 17,000 islands is a keystone for this rich ecosystem, with the health of its human population directly linked to that of the reef. Yet today it faces unprecedented threats.

Chosing to use ceramic as a source material for its presence in coral as  calcium carbonate, the installation was specifically handcrafted to fit in the underlining aesthetic of  mundane glazes and ceramic wares.

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Corals are so sensitive that the slightest change to the temperature or chemistry of surrounding seawater can cause rapid devastation. Sea temperatures warmed by climate change stress corals and force them to lose the colorful algae that live within their tissues and provide an important food source, causing these coral hosts to ‘bleach’ white and starve.  The installation was commissioned for permanent collection in the  the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art indonesia.

Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She creates intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.

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Iconic space exploration relics in pink photoshots

When the first man-made satellite, Sputnik, was launched by the Soviet Union over 60 years ago, it’s hard to imagine its designers and engineers, in their pursuit of technological achievement, were ever considerate of the beauty of what they were creating. This pioneering, beeping metal sphere would change the course of history, initiating the Space Race and prompting the creation of a host of extraordinary technological objects, such as the almost mouse-like Sputnik 3 satellite and the ‘saucepan-on-wheels’, Lunokhod lunar rover.

This series documents many of those objects, in celebration both of the achievements of the Soviet space program are Injected with a shock of hot pink for the installation cosmic Pop, all of which are iconic objects of that era, a vivid memorial to the conquerors of space ; featured in charming but brutal designs.

It is particularly notable how the designs of the Soviet program progressed: from the ‘bolt-on’ aesthetic of early Space Race technology to the increasingly homogeneous look of later years, many designs began to mirror, and copy those of their US counterparts.

 

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Created by  visual designer James Ball , a pseudonym as the artist has chosen to remain anonymous. Most of his works fusses colour, subtle restorative manipulation and vintage and modern tech.

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Dustin Yellin stunning visulas under layers of Bajillian glass

featuring series of paints resin artistic stories, behind thickly layered glass panels, painted or collaged with a riot of images that coalesce into shape-shifting narrative scenes, human figures, or isolated natural forms.

For Yellin, these projects are interconnected, as his description of Pioneer Works exemplifies:

“For me, it’s a sculpture. It’s just like you’re working in layers you’re seeing through, whether it’s layers of glass or layers of people, and eventually all those layers are in harmony and in unison to sort of make something like this possible.” Layers define Yellin’s practice.

Dustin Yellin is as known for his image-rich sculptures as he is for his entrepreneurship, reflected in his contemporary art hub, Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, his magazine of artist interviews, Intercourse, and his work in his own studio and running a (now closed) commercial gallery.

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City of Flowers! Cai Guo-Qiang creates daytime explosion for the city of Florence

City of Flowers in the Sky is inspired by Botticelli’s Renaissance masterpiece Primavera. In about ten minutes, using the sunlit sky as canvas, nearly 50,000 customized fabricated fireworks  shoot out smokes resembling thousands of flowers from the Renaissance. As a generous gift to Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, the explosion builds new memories in its name.

City of Flowers in the Sky begins with “Thunder”, and follows with six acts including “God of the West Wind and Goddess of the Land”, “The birth of Flora”, “Venus”, “Three Graces”, “Spiritual Garden” and “Red Lily”.

contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang  ignites the daytime explosion event City of Flowers in the Sky on Piazzale Michelangelo overlooking the city of Florence, the event was organized in collaboration with the municipality of Florence. It will also mark the opening of the solo exhibition Flora Commedia: Cai Guo-Qiang at the Uffizi, which will open its doors to the public on November 20th until February 17th 2019.

 

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Following the artist’s realization of the daytime explosion event Black Ceremony in Doha in 2011, to Elegy on the Huangpu River in Shanghai in 2014, City of Flowers in the Sky is his largest and most complex to date. The artist first drew hundreds of sketches to determine the effect of each product and every scene of the fireworks. A team from Liuyang, the Chinese town of fireworks, specifically developed and produced the explosives in accordance with the artist’s drawings, also generating the technical programming based on Cai’s sketches.

For City of Flowers in the Sky, Cai Guo-Qiang created a 24-meter color gunpowder artwork on handmade hemp paper in an attempt to evince the ambience and framework of the daytime firework in the gunpowder drawing, which in turn became the finale of the ten rooms of the solo exhibition Flora Commedia on view at the Uffizi. The project is realized in collaboration with two Italian local fireworks companies.

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the sky of Florence is suddenly filled with the roar of rolling “Thunder,” followed by a rush of violent, thrashing silver flashes and smoke colorful columns, as though “God of the West Wind and Goddess of the Land” were playfully resisting the temptation of the opposite sex, and finally merge into one harmony with the birth of Flora. In the following minutes, an upsurge of multicolor explosions covers the sky hundreds of meters above.

the viewer intuits that this is the appearance of Flora, Goddess of flowers and spring—bearing life, nurturing, and flourishing energy. Then colorful smoke spurts, and a large sheet of white cascading fireworks drifts gently downwards, 150 meters above the viewer. Black, white and red smoke weave and tumble to give way to the apparition of “Venus.” Large streaks of pure, white willow fireworks drift downward, interwoven with hints of pink and budding yellow—countless hanging threads—the “Three Graces,” paragons of Renaissance beauty. Immediately after follows the “Spiritual Garden” rendered by shooting smoke that resembles blossoms in white and black. At the finale, lusters of the city’s symbol, “Lily,” converge into a magnificent red cloud.

 

 

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Dutch- Iranian designer 9+ oversized wooden masks to question identity

The nine oversized masks investigate the nature of individualism. Fascinated by the relationship between image and authenticity, Siba designed a series of wooden masks entitled Persona. the open structure of the nine wearable sculptures covers only parts of the face, while leaving the rest unveiled. This form allows the masks to stimulate communication while simultaneously creating distance.

Depicting cultural identity through digital self promotion is a relatively new phenomenon, but it is through our selection of digital self portraits that we strive to find the ‘right’ balance between group identity and personal expression. With her series of nine masks, Siba reflects on the shifting relationship between authenticity and image, between the public and the private. Her masks question what kinds of ‘things’ we are as people in the digital age. The open structures of her architectonical designs allow an interplay of faces and facades. The masks are made out of 18mm thick balsa wood and consist of up to eleven CNC-milled elements that are arranged in a layered composition. The sculptural objects are finished with a light blue coating and measure up to 60 cm in height.

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The title Persona refers to the millennia-long practice of wearing physical and metaphorical masks. Derived from Latin, the term ‘persona’ was originally used to refer to a theatrical, wooden mask. Extending from these origins, it has taken on many different cultural and social meanings. Western psychiatry describes persona as the social face the individual presented to the world and C.G. Jung described it as “a kind of mask, designed on the one hand to make a definite impression upon others, and on the other to conceal the true nature of the individual”.

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Due in large part to social media, and the increasing communication and representation of ourselves through our faces, the 21st century can be described as the ‘era of the face’. The face has become a way to express cultural identity and, in the context of online social platforms, users extend this expression to the creation of a virtual persona.

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Siba Sahabi is a German-Iranian designer. She creates installations, sculptures, objects and films. through her work she explores and reconstructs the meaning of cultural identity. Siba is interested in how relationships around us determine who we are as individuals in our community, and how this ‘mould’ of our cultural identity changes when we are exposed to multiple cultures at the same time.

Siba translates her research on cultural identity into contemporary design through an interpretation of forms and concepts. She creates a wide range of centrepieces—from limited edition designs to large-scale installations and art in public space. Parallel to her artistic practice, she develops concepts and designs products for various labels such as Pols Potten and Rosenthal.

 

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Artist unveils intractive face for British tudor monarch

The Queen’s House, Greenwich has unveiled a major new installation ; using digital scans of Elizabeth’s portraits and the electrotype cast of her effigy, as well as descriptions by her contemporaries, the installation is a chillingly lifelike recreation of Elizabeth I.

Positioned directly opposite the Armada Portrait and suspended in isolation on surveillance mirror, the installation places both the aging and ageless Elizabeth in dialogue. Through this careful juxtaposition, explores the different sides of the queen, both real and imagined, and grapples with notions of mortality, the manipulation of truth, political propaganda and the extent to which female power is tied to appearance and youth.