Category: Art

Cosmic Flower Unfolding: An Abstract Metaphysical Animation by Ben Ridgway

Animator Ben Ridgway creates abstract animations that explore organic and metaphysical imagery, relating to aspects of life and interconnectedness. His latest film, Cosmic Flower Unfolding, recently won several awards and has been touring film festivals around the world since late last year. He shares about his work via his website:

My abstract animations investigate the metaphysical features of reality. They are designed to stimulate archetypal associations and invite the viewer to make personal connections to the visual and auditory experience without any reliance on narrative or spoken language. […] My work is abstract by nature and uses non narrative film making techniques. The undercurrents of my work point to themes centered around time, cycles, the concept of infinity, and the similarities between artificial and natural systems. In a world where technology and artificial systems are becoming more prevalent, my films are a reminder that they are both a product of nature.

(via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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Site-Specific Street Art by JPS

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Site Specific Street Art by JPS street art

Here’s few fun pieces by UK street artist JPS who creates small and lage-scale stencil works, paintings, and installations in urban areas. While most of his work seems greatly influenced by pop culture icons, horror movie characters, and comic book heroes, I tend to enjoy these one-off pieces a bit more. You can see more over on his Facebook page.

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Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Tiny Embroidered Animals by Chloe Giordano illustration embroidery animals

Based in Oxford, England, illustrator Chloe Giordano creates delicate depictions of miniature animals rendered with freehand embroidery. The final works of a sleeping fawn or mouse are scarcely larger than the size of a thimble, yet can take long periods of time to complete as she mixes myriad thread colors to achieve perfection for each piece. Giordano also creates various 3D sculptures which you can see more of over on her Tumblr, and says that she is currently available for projects and comissions.

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Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag sculpture flying flight cardboard

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag sculpture flying flight cardboard

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag sculpture flying flight cardboard

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag sculpture flying flight cardboard

Imaginative Industrial Flying Machines Made From Cardboard by Daniel Agdag sculpture flying flight cardboard

If you want to create detailed and imaginative flying machine sculptures that look like they’re about to take flight, cardboard is hardly the material to use. Unless of course you’re artist Daniel Agdag (previously), who has been toiling away creating a series of new works each more detailed and fascinating than the next. “The Principles of Aerodynamics” is Agdag’s first solo exhibition where his series of cardboard contraptions that portray his “ongoing pursuit of escape through the metaphor of flight” will be on display through Aug 31, 2014.

As he’s done in the past, Agdag forfeits all blueprints, drawings and plans choosing, instead, to work only from mind and scalpel. His industrial beasts–get close and you can almost smell the oil and smoke; hear the clanking and buzzing–come together only from sliced cardboard hinged with glue.

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3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

3D Sculptural Paintings by Shintaro Ohata sculpture painting optical illusion

Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata (previously) currently has two new sculptural paintings on view at Mizuma Gallery in Singapore. Ohata places vibrantly painted figurative sculptures in the foreground of similarly styled paintings that when viewed directly appear to be a single artwork. In some sense it appears as though the figures have broken free from the canvas. These artworks, along with several of his other paintings, join works by Yoddogawa Technique, Enpei Ito, Osamu Watanabe, and Akira Yoshida, for the Sweet Paradox show that runs through August 10th. (via F*ck Yeah Painting, My Modern Met)

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Towering Animals by ‘Irony & Boe’ Stalk the Streets of London

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Towering Animals by Irony & Boe Stalk the Streets of London street art murals London animals

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s post about an enormous dog mural by Smates in Belgium, here’s another great collection of humongous animals by UK duo Irony & Boe (aka. Whoam Irony and Placee Boe). The pair have collaborated on several large pieces in London over the last year including this wacky chihuahua that appeared on Chrisp Street in East London about a month ago. (via ordinatissimum chaos, Inspiring City)

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New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser-Cut Paper by Eric Standley

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Either/Or Newmarch. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Either/Or Newmarch, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Either/Or Newmarch, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2014.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Zeno of Elea. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper Zeno of Elea, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Zeno of Elea II. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Zeno of Elea II, detail. Cut paper, 20″x20″, 2013.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Either/Or Tetragon 6.7.1. Cut paper, 8″x10″, 2014.

New Stained Glass Windows Made from Stacked Laser Cut Paper by Eric Standley sculpture paper
Either/Or Tetragon 6.7.1, detail. Cut paper, 8″x10″, 2014.

Virginia-based artist Eric Standley (previously) brings a whole new meaning to the term “cutting edge” with his methodical stained glass windows created entirely from laser-cut paper. Standley stacks well over 100 sheets for many of his pieces which involve months of planning, drawing, and assembly. The artist says his inspiration comes from the geometry found in Gothic and Islamic architectural ornamentation which he somewhat jokingly calls “folk math.”

Standley currently has work as part of “Fold, Paper, Scissors” at the Mesa Arts Center in Arizona, and is an included artist in the upcoming book Mandala Masterworks by Paul Heussenstamm. You can see many new pieces from the last several years on his website.

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