Category: Art

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

Early last year, artist Sonja Hinrichsen (previously) and some 60 volunteers wearing snowshoes trekked out onto the frozen Catamount Lake in Colorado to trample miles of swirling and twisting patterns into the deep snow. Titled Snow Drawings at Catamount Lake, the work was a continuation of her community-based snow drawing projects that bring together local volunteers to transform snowy landscapes into temporary artworks based on parameters provided by Hinrichsen. From her statement about the project:

It is important to me that participants experience the elements of nature while they help me transform their own familiar snow landscape into a piece of art. I hope that the aerial photographs that I take right after completion of each piece can demonstrate also to a larger audience how the landscape is transformed into a piece of art through a system of designs. This changes our perception of the landscape and accentuates the beauty and magic of the natural environment, and thus inspires awe and appreciation for art as well as for nature. I deem this important – especially as modern society becomes increasingly disconnected from the natural world.

Hinrichsen most recently completed a snow drawing project that traced the original flow of the Yampa River in Routt County, Colorado and has upcoming projects scheduled in Illinois and the French Alps.

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

An Expansive Swirling Snow Drawing Atop a Frozen Lake by Sonja Hinrichsen  snow land art lakes Colorado

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Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

Thread Paintings: Densely Embroidered Portraits by Cayce Zavaglia portraits photorealism embroidery

When scouring through the minute details of artist Cayce Zavaglia’s embroidered portraits (previously), it’s difficult imagine each work is scarecely larger than 8″ x 10″. Her process, which she refers to as both “thread painting” and “renegade embroidery,” begins with a photoshoot of each subject, namely friends, family, and fellow artists. Roughly 100-150 photos are winnowed down to a single selection which she then begins to embroider with one-ply embroidery thread on Belgian linen. She shares via her artist statement:

Over the years, I have developed a sewing technique that allows me to blend colors and establish tonalities that resemble the techniques used in classical oil painting. The direction in which the threads are sewn mimic the way brush marks are layered within a painting which, in turn, allows for the allusion of depth, volume, and form. My stitching methodology borders on the obsessive, but ultimately allows me to visually evoke painterly renditions of flesh, hair, and cloth.

Zavaglia is also interested with the backs of her portraits, a tangled mesh of thread and knots resembling a more abstract version of the exacting portrait on the reverse. In a return to her roots as a painter, she creates gouache and large format acrylic paintings of the backsides, effectively creating a painting of an emboirdery of a photograph. Included here are several works from the last two years including works that will be on view at Art Miami this December through Lyons Wier Gallery. (via Booooooom)

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Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Piet Mondrian

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
René Magritte

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Vincent van Gogh

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Pablo Picasso

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Jackson Pollock

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Georges Seurat

Thanksgiving Special: How 10 Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Dinner Thanksgiving humor
Andy Warhol

In this fun series of photos titled Thanksgiving Special, San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein imagines Thanksgiving dinners as plated by famous artists throughout history. Gravy, corn, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, and even the plate itself is used as a medium for edible artworks in the style of Jackson Pollock, Cindy Sherman, Georges Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. To see all 10 artworks head over to Rothstein’s website. Prints of the artistic plates are available, and Rothstein is donating 10% of the profits to the SF-Marin Food Bank. (via Coudal, Quipsologies)

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Trash and Found Objects Transformed into Birds by ‘Bordalo II’

Trash and Found Objects Transformed into Birds by Bordalo II trash street art installation birds

Trash and Found Objects Transformed into Birds by Bordalo II trash street art installation birds

Lisbon-based street artist Bordallo II (previously) recently completed work on two new bird installations, an owl and heron, created from painted trash and other objects affixed to a wall. You can see additional new works by following on Facebook.

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Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract

Chicago-based artist Bruce Riley fills canvases with abstract organic forms made from layer after layer of dripped paint and poured resin. While looking at images of his work online, it’s difficult to grasp the depth and scale of each piece which can be penetrated by light from multiple angles, casting shadows deep into the artwork. Riley works using a number of experimental techniques, frequently incorporating mistakes and unexpected occurrences into the thick paintings that appear almost sculptural in nature. Filmmakers Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky recently stopped by Riley’s studio and shot this brief studio visit. You can see more of his paintings on Flickr, and at Packer Schopf Gallery. (via Colossal Submissions)

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Blu’s Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals

Blus Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces street art Rome murals
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Italian street artist Blu (previously) just wrapped up work on this giant mural that wraps around two sides of a building in Rome. The pieces utilizes nearly 50 windows to create the mouths and eyes of some 27 bizarre faces all vying for attention. You can see some more views of the piece on his blog and explore it in detail on Google Street View. See it up close here.

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Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Twisted and Curled Forms Carved from Pine Wood by Xavier Puente Vilardell wood sculpture

Brussels-based sculptor Xavier Puente Vilardell turns blocks of wood into twisting, curled objects that look more like scrolls of paper or pieces of fabric than lumber. You can see a bit more of his pine wood sculptures over on Behance and on his website.

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