Category: Art

Swing to Infinity Inside Thilo Frank’s Mirrored Room

Swing to Infinity Inside Thilo Franks Mirrored Room swings mirrors installation

Swing to Infinity Inside Thilo Franks Mirrored Room swings mirrors installation

Swing to Infinity Inside Thilo Franks Mirrored Room swings mirrors installation

Measuring just 4 x 4 x 8 meters this small, windowless room might normally be considered a claustrophobic nightmare if it were’t lined from floor to ceiling with dozens of mirrors creating a reflective universe that seems to stretch into infinity. Titled “The Phoenix is closer than it appears,” the room was constructed by artist Thilo Frank at the Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. The Matrix-like space also features a swing that allows visitors an opportunity to view hundreds of cloned reflections swinging at all possible angles. I can think of quite a few illicit substances that should probably not be consumed before entering this room. (via designboom, myedol)

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You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

You Are Beautiful: An Art Movement Turns 10 street art installation Chicago

Ten years ago Chicago artist and designer Matthew Hoffman decided to print a batch of 100 stickers that read simply “You Are Beautiful” which he gave to friends and colleagues who found the phrase to be inspiring, hopeful, and infectious. Requests for the stickers began to trickle in so Hoffman started selling them in small batches online at You-Are-Beautiful.com. Demand quickly began to swell, so much so that he’s now printed over 500,000 of them. Soon the stickers were accompanied by numerous public art installations in Chicago and eventually the message began appearing around the world on fences, street overpasses, and sidewalks. To celebrate 10 years of ‘You Are Beautiful’ Matt is putting together a book with help from Kickstarter that documents the evolution of the project including photography, stories, and tons of really awesome rewards including his hand-cut wood signs and of course tons of stickers. Join me in helping Matt get this thing off the ground, there’s just three days left.

Update: You Are Beautiful has also partnered with Threadless for a t-shirt design contest.

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Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals
Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals

Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska sculpture glass animals

Using carefully broken shards of colored glass, Polish artist Marta Klonowska assembles translucent animals in life-like proportion and size. Almost all of her sculptures are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens or Francisco de Goya next to which they are often displayed. Her work appeared most recently at European Glass Context 2012, and you can see many more images over on lorch + seidel contemporary. (via lustik)

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Elk Art Print by DKNG

Elk Art Print by DKNG trees screen printing posters and prints illustration elk

Elk Art Print by DKNG trees screen printing posters and prints illustration elk

Elk Art Print by DKNG trees screen printing posters and prints illustration elk

Design/illustration studio DKNG just released this gorgeous elk art print based on an earlier Dave Matthews Band tour print from last year. The four-color screen print is available in their shop in a limited edition of 300. (via this isn’t happiness)

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Photo-Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Photo Realistic Portrait Drawn by Kelvin Okafor portraits drawing black and white

Artist Kelvin Okafor took the time to photograph over 50 steps as he drew his latest portrait titled Mana. I love seeing how artists create such detailed work, especially with portraiture drawings like this. You can see many more images of his work over on Facebook. (via booooooom, it’s nice that)

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The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

The Bizarre, Flexible Paper Sculptures of Li Hongbo sculpture paper

What at first look like delicate works of carved porcelain are actually thousands of layers of soft white paper, carved into busts, skulls, and human forms by Beijing artist Li Hongbo. A book editor and designer, the artist became fascinated by traditional Chinese toys and festive decorations known as paper gourds made from glued layers of thin paper which can be stored flat but then opened to reveal a flower or other shape. He applied the same honeycomb-like paper structure to much larger human forms resulting in these highly flexible sculptures. Hongbo recently had a solo show at Dominik Mersch Gallery in Australia who made the videos above, and you can see much more of his work on their website.

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Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

Miniature Wire Bonsai Trees by Ken To wire trees

I’m really enjoying the color and form of these tiny bonsai trees sculpted from copper by artist Ken To. While certainly not a new artform (we’ve covered wire trees here previously), I find To’s work exceptional in its simplicity and focus on shape versus ornamentation which other artists in the same vein seem to rely on for visual embellishment. The trees are for sale, however because of recent coverage online it looks like he’s currently sold out on Ebay and Rondei. Stay tuned. (via ian brooks)

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