Category: Art

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112-Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Gasometer Oberhausen / Wolfgang Volz / Urbanscreen

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Wolf © 2014

320° Licht: A Repurposed 112 Meter High Gas Tank Converted into a Cathedral of Light projection light installation
Thomas Machoczek © 2014

German creative studio Urbanscreen have just unveiled ‘320 Licht,’ a massive light projection inside the cathedral-like interior of the 20,000 square meter Gasometer Oberhausen in Germany (the same space that housed Christo’s Big Air Package last year). Urbanscreen utilized both the ceiling and 320 degrees of the interior space of this former gas tank to project a 22-minute loop of digital animation with 21 high-powered Epson projectors.

“This experience is based on the vastness of the Gasometer,” sound designer Jonas Wiese told the Creator’s Project. “We tried to work with that expression to make the space bigger and smaller, to deform it and to change its surface over and over while not exaggerating and overwriting the original effect of the room.” He continues, “the age of the screen is coming to an end, digital interfaces will dissolve and merge into the social space [...] we poetically contribute to this through art.”

320 Licht is part of the exhibition The Appearance of Beauty and will be on view through December 30th, 2014. Watch the included video above from the Creator’s Project to learn more about how it all came together.

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Tomcat Brothers: The Illustrated Adventures of Two Space Age Boys and Their Graffiti Cat street art illustration digital cats

Digital painter and concept artist Piotr Jabłoński creates brutally detailed paintings for videogames and comic books which often veer into the realm of horror, but in his spare time dabbles in somewhat tamer sketches and other random ideas that he shares with fans on Facebook. A few months ago he stumbled onto the idea of two small brothers in futuristic space helmets who explore the world with a feline pal, a giant cat mural that follows them everywhere, provided there’s a wall. The response online has been incredible, with fans demanding an art book or even an entire comic book series. While nothing is concrete yet you can see more on Behance, and a few of the panels are available now as prints.

Sixteen-Year-Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper-Realistic Pencil Portrait

Sixteen Year Old Artist Wins National Art Competition with Masterful Hyper Realistic Pencil Portrait portraits illustration drawing

For the past four years, 16-year-old artist Shania McDonagh has participated in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition, an art contest for children in Ireland held every year since 1955. Just looking at the astounding portrait above, it may come as no surprise that McDonagh has won the top prize for her age category every year since she was 12, and today snagged the top prize for the 2014 competition with this hyperrealistic drawing of a man titled Coleman.

The judging panel chairman, Declan McGonagle, director of the National College of Art & Design, remarked that the girl’s work could position her “as one of the most talented artists of her generation, and one whose skill could see her become one of Ireland’s foremost portrait artists of the future.” We would be inclined to agree.

For her talent McDonagh snagged a $2,075 (€1,500) award which she will receive next month. You can read more and catch a video over at The Irish Times. (via PICDIT)

Update: The original photo was taken by James Fennell, depicting fisherman and seaweed harvester Coleman Coyne.

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

Impermanent Animal Murals Drawn with Chalk and Oil Pastel by Philippe Baudelocque street art pastel murals drawings chalk

French artist Philippe Baudelocque is known for his street murals of animals created with impermenant mediums like chalk or white oil pastels. Each animal is created with a mosaic of delicate line work in the form of organic and geometric patterns that merge to form each piece. Baudelocque most recently participated in the ongoing BergeStreet art event along the banks of the Seine in Paris where he drew the rhinocerous pieces above. You can see much more over on his website. (via Arrested Motion)

Trompe L’oeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Trompe Loeil Constructions Made from Layers of Plywood by Ron Isaacs wood sculpture

Starting with layers of Finnish birch plywood artist Ron Isaacs builds elaborately designed constructions onto which he paints, in a trompe l’oeil fashion, the delicate details of leaves sprouting from clothing or the textured surface of twigs and bark. Each piece merges three recurring subjects found in most of his works: vintage clothing, plant materials, and found objects. Isaacs shares via his artist statement:

My three primary recurring subjects are vintage clothing (for the way it continues the life of the past into the present, for its rich structures and colors and shapes, and for its anthropomorphic presence as a stand-in for the figure); plant materials in the form of sticks, leaves, and flowers (for too many reasons to list); and found objects. They combine in appropriate or surprising juxtapositions, sometimes purely as a visual “poem” of sorts and (if I’m lucky) sometimes as an image with real psychological resonance. Objects occasionally reappear in other contexts and take on new meanings, like a repertory company of actors playing different roles in different plays.

Isaacs will have several new pieces on view at Snyderman-Works Gallery in Philadelphia starting May 2, 2014. You can also see more of his work over at Tory Folliard Gallery. (via The Jealous Curator)

New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive

New Bird & Butterfly Flip Book Machines by Juan Fontanive kinetic sculpture installation flipbook device butterflies birds automata

Artist Juan Fontanive (previously) constructs perpetually looping flip book machines that depict flying birds lifted from audubon guides and illustrations of butterflies. Part film and part sculpture, almost every aspect of the flip books are assembled by hand from the minutely toothed gears, clips, nuts, bolts, wormwheels and sprockets to the carefully screen printed imagery. Of the curious devices Gild Williams remarked, “Fontanive’s artworks seem strangely possessed, producing curiously moving animals that are neither living nor dead, or creating ghostly systems which seem to float mid-air and follow a pace and logic of their own.” You can see much more of his work over at Riflemaker.

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

From the series “Lost & Found”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

From the series “Lost & Found” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Against the Wind” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze”

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Derweze” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | Spring, breeze in Arabic

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | detail

Sculptures Made from Cut and Curled Paper by Gunjan Aylawadi sculpture paper birds

“Rabie” | detail

The Sydney, Australia-based artist Gunjan Aylawadi creates intricate, colorful sculptures that appear to resemble woven textiles. However, upon closer observation, her work—inspired by patterns and motifs in Islamic art—are made entirely from curled paper. The process, long and intricate, can cost the artist months on a single artwork. And not just any old paper will do. For example, “Against the Wind” is made from hand-cut strips of paper from old music books, which are then individually hand rolled and assembled. Although complicated, Aylawadi’s reasons for making art are simple: “What I enjoy most about making my work is the experience people have when they look at it,” she says. “They stop for a moment to have a closer look and the moment turns into long minutes of being fascinated by the beauty a simple medium like paper can add to the work infront of their eyes.” (via Lustik)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Spruce Gran Picea #0909 – 11A07 (9,550 years old; Fulufjället, Sweden)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Welwitschia Mirabilis #0707-22411 (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Antarctic Moss #0212-7B33 (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Jōmon Sugi, Japanese Cedar #0704-002 (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history
Underground Forest #0707-10333 (13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED

Artist Rachel Sussman Photographs the Oldest Living Things in the World before They Vanish science plants nature history

Since 2004, Brooklyn-based contemporary artist Rachel Sussman has researched, collaborated with biologists, and braved some of the world’s harshest climates from Antarctica to the Mojave Desert in order to photograph the oldest continuously living organisms on Earth. This includes plants like Pando, the “Trembling Giant,” a colony of aspens in Utah with a massive underground root system estimated to be around 80,000 years old. Or the dense Llareta plants in South America that grow 1.5 centimeters anually and live over 3,000 years. This is the realm of life where time is measured in millennia, and where despite such astonishing longevity, ecosystems are now threatened due to climate change and human encroachment.

Sussman’s photographs have now been gathered together for the first time in The Oldest Living Things in the World, a new book published by the University of Chicago Press. Sitting at the intersection of art, science, and travelogue, the book details her adventures in tracking down each subject and relays the valuable scientific work done by scientists to understand them. It includes 124 photographs, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Carl Zimmer.

You can learn more about Sussman’s project in her 2010 TED Talk. (via Hyperallergic)

Update: Rachel Sussman was just named a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow.

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