Artist Nick Albertson takes an intimate look at texture in this Work in Progress series, in which household items are carefully arranged into textural patterns. Under the artist's careful guidance, ordinary objects like rubber bands and paper clips become a study in composition and depth. Albertson is currently an MFA candidate in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, and his first solo show will be at Aspect Ratio Projects in Chicago in early 2014.

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Photographer Timothy Corbin captured these ice-covered trees after a storm on Lake Ontario. Even in unforgiving weather, the trees find a way to bloom with these frozen formations.

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After a particularly harrowing round of Draw Something where it took me 17 tries to draw a decent-looking Pegasus, I stopped playing. There is just an unforgiving rejection I feel from having to pick the beginner's word to draw because I can't illustrate "Scarface" or "surgery" or "Kanye West". As I've told my former opponents many times, enough is enough, because my fingers just don't make art. That's why it's frustrating for me to see these detailed finger paintings from Iris Scott, who takes the mechanism of smudging paper with a thumbprint, and turns it into a modern and brilliantly-executed form of pointillism.

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Valerio D'Ospina captures an impatient world with his blurred oil paintings, with subject like factories and shipyards, as well as cities in constant motion. The results are dramatic and create a strange blend between the old industrial world and modern urban landscapes. In October, the artist was featured in a solo show at the Hall Spassov Gallery in Washington.

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We're all artists in our own right but even the most imaginative illustrators and designers can get a little stuck sometimes. This new book Comics Sketchbooks: The Private Worlds of Today's Most Creative Talents is a collection of sketches and doodles from the people who so passionately inspired us. Featuring rough and unpublished work from the minds of Jim Steranko, Bill Plympton, Peter de Seve, Ann Telnaes, Robert Crumb and more.

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Bill Gekas is a self-taught photographer living in Melbourne who takes playing dress-up with his daughter to the extreme. Using his daughter as the living subject, Bill recreates historically famous works of art, as well as original images in the style of those works. The results are a little silly, and pretty spectacular. A note to all the other dads out there: it's time to step your game up.

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Presenting: The LeeUm Samsung Museum of Art located in Seoul, South Korea. The architects were unable to agree on a style of design, and so incorporated three distinctive and separate influences into the assemblage of buildings. The museum "village" is nestled into a mountainside and connected by a universal courtyard. The three buildings contain the finest collections of art and each installation is placed into the environment that suits it the best. Designed by Thomas Balsley Associates.

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013 16:19

Animals on the London Underground

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Animals on the Underground is the pet project of Paul Middlewick, begun in 1988. Paul found his first animal, the elephant, while he was staring at his tube map one day. From there, not unlike discovering the constellations, Paul kept finding more and more animals. Today, the animals having nearly taken over the underground, as the number of new creatures continues to grow. The animals now appear on clothing, bags, and bibs. Paul's original elephant is the star of his book, Lost Property, about "the helpful elephant who can't help losing his memory."

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It's not every day that you'll see typography in the animal kingdom, but graphic illustrator Dan Fleming is trying out a new way to classify the various species. Each animal is created by hand using the letters in their name, to create a sort of personalized animal logo. You could also perhaps use Mr. Fleming's work to speed up your kid's literacy by showing them this creative intersection of taxonomy and typography.

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Friday, 08 February 2013 21:12

Beautiful Japanese Manhole Covers


I never thought I'd want to use the words "beautiful" and "manhole" in the same sentence, but here we are. These lovingly-designed manhole covers are all over Japan, and each region or town gets to design their own, like a personalized flag that has just a bit more function. Street art has just reached a whole new level. There are also whole Flickr groups dedicated to collecting all the different covers, and each is more detailed than the last. Scroll through for some of the highlights, and then go check out the thousands more on Flickr.

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