Friday, 08 February 2013 15:35

Paper Magic by Eiko Ojala


Eiko Ojala is an illustrator and graphic designer living in Estonia whose work has often been featured in books and magazines. His artwork includes these incredible paper crafts, including one "portrait" that looks a lot like Ron Swanson, or his alter ego Duke Silver. Check out Eiko's portraiture and other work below, which put your pop-up construction paper projects to shame. 

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Street artist Barry McGee was commissioned for an art piece. He was given free reign to splat his style all over the side of the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Work such as his has played a large role in swaying society's definitions of graffiti, and teaching the ability to distinguish vandalism from art. Watch the video of his creation below.

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"I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing." – Paul Cézanne

Happy Birthday Paul Cézanne!


Paul Cézanne ( January 19, 1839 – 1906) was a French Post-Impressionist painter whose work is often considered to bridge the Impressionism of the 19th century and the Cubism of the early 20th century. Cézanne's work is marked by small brushstrokes that form complex fields, and reveal the artist's intense study of each of his subjects. Both Matisse and Picasso have been attributed with saying that Cézanne "is the father of us all."

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Thursday, 17 January 2013 20:55

Exploring Art and Solitude: Path of Beauty

PathofBeautyA woman in France takes a day to explore the Musée du Louvre, enjoying the fine art, the fragments of ancient times and the historical gifts it has to offer. She is all by herself, refusing to invite friends or colleagues on her journey. There is no one else around, because Parisians were busy that day. I hope she realizes there will be no one to help her in the gift shop, either. A short film directed by Florent Igla.

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Take some naked models, paint them into your canvas background and put pop culture references on them. There, you've made yourself some art. Australian artist Emma Hack reigns the kingdom of body artwork and names this series "Pop!" as a callback to the Pop Art trends of the early 1960s and a commentary on the dialogue of today.

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A YouTube user and Counter-Strike enthusiast who goes by the moniker "Nipper" finds beauty in unexpected places. Or rather, he finds unexpected places to put beauty. Counter-Strike, the first-person shooter video game from Valve is especially popular because of the susceptibility of the game to modification, cheats, and flexible modes of play. In this case, the artistically minded Nipper who dabbles in "stopmotion and other garbage" on YouTube, modified one of the maps to create a walkthrough of the major works of Vincent van Gogh, set to Bach's Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006.

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For Breda


This stunning mural in Buenos Aires was painted by artist Martin Ron for the Meeting of Styles 2012. It features a giant turtle flying out of a hole in the wall.

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Friday, 28 December 2012 20:28

Uncommon Goods: The Art of Kumi Yamashita


Kumi Yamashita is a Japanese artist who uses unusual mediums to bring you her vision. The little boy above is created using a single, unbroken strand of thread, carefully arranged over nails on a white board. This particular series is called "Costellation", after the tradition of finding mythological creatures and star formations in the night sky. Yamashita's work also includes a series of shadows, each created by a single light source.

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Layers aren't just for Photoshop anymore. Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi creates panoramic landscapes on plexiglass acrylic, using a laser printer and infinite views. His drawings aim to change the way we percieve the world, if only for a minute, and to extend our limited eyesight, presenting solid matter that we experience with our whole body. The result is a sliced up, flowing vista, which I imagine can be appreciated much more in person. His exhibition of layered landscapes entitled "Time + Space" was featured at the Hildebrand Gallery in Geneva.

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If you're a stationary buff who loves nothing more than the search for the perfect pen, the smoothest card stock, and the most pristine journals, here's the hobby to end all hobbies. Paper marbling has historic roots in East and Central Asia, where calligraphy is a deeply respected art. In many Asian countries, especially Turkey, where the process is called Ebru, the laborious, but beautiful art lives on. Below, some hypnotic samples of this elaborate art form.

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