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Chairs and Other Sculptural Objects That Melt Into the Floor by Tatiana Blass

November 15, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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“Tail Chair” (2005), wood chair and lacquered wood, 100x150x200 cm, images courtesy of Tatiana Blass

In an installation titled Tails from 2006, Tatiana Blass (previously), presented several wooden chairs and other sculptural objects that seem to melt into the ground. The works merge with the floor through additions of specifically cut lacquered wood or fiber glass, solid forms that give the illusion of both brightly colored and woodgrain patterned liquid. The Brazilian artist is represented by Galeria Millan in Sao Paulo. You can see more of her past and present works on her website.

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“Tail Chair” (2005), wood chair and lacquered wood, 100x150x200 cm

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“Sofia” (2006), wood and lacquered painting, 200x180x150 cm

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“Golden Cashew” (2006), wood chair and lacquered wood, 100x150x200 cm

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“Tail #2” (2005), acrylic ball, lacquered wood, and fiber glass, 40x180x150 cm

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Installation view, “Tails,” (2006)

 

 



Design Illustration

An Elegant 2017 Letterpress Lunar Calendar by Alec Thibodeau

November 10, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Designer Alec Thibodeau just unveiled his newest letterpress-printed lunar calendar design for 2017. The calendar is calibrated for the Eastern time zone but is accurate to within a day for anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere. The piece was designed, drawn, and printed in Providence, Rhode Island with help from DWRI Letterpress. Limited edition prints are available through Thibodeau’s website. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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Animation Art Design

Artist Charles Young’s Growing Metropolis of 635 Paper Structures

November 8, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Last year we were thrilled to discover this little paper world constructed by artist Charles Young who conceived of the idea as a 365-day creative project to explore different architectural forms through paper, every single day for a year. Except… it turns out he never stopped. The tiny paper metropolis has now grown to 635 buildings, many with moving parts that Young expertly animates and shares daily on his Tumblr. The entire papercraft city will be on view from November 10-26, 2016 at the NEoN Digital Arts Festival in Dundee, Scotland.

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Design

Stunning Highlights from the 2016 International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest

November 3, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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#1 (Grand Prize) Takayuki Fukada, Japan / All images courtesy IAPLC & Aquabase.

Since the 1990s, an intrepid group of aquascaping artists have gradually raised the bar of what’s possible with the design of a traditional aquarium. Using only natural elements, the aquariums you see here are years in the making to ensure plants and animals all exist in harmony while trying to achieve merits on an exhaustive list of aesthetic criteria. Over 2,000 participants from 60+ countries submit designs for the annual International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) and here are some of our favorites from this year.

The 2016 winner was Takayuki Fukada (who also won last year’s grand prize) and you can see more photos on Facebook courtesy André Albuquerque of AquaA3.

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#2 Chao Wang, China

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#3 Junichi Itakura, Japan

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#4 Katsuki Tanaka, Japan

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#5 Adriano Montoro Nicácio, Brazil

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#6 Yoyo Prayogi, Indonesia

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#12 Yi Ye, China

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#14 Yanfei Qian, China

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#18 Wei Chen, China

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#19 Yucheng Pan, China

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#21 Hoai Nam Vu, Vietnam

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#27 Juan Puchades Rufino, Spain

 

 



Art Design

Artist Aki Inomata Provides Bagworms with Snippets of High Fashion to Create Matching Cocoons

November 3, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Commenting on female consumer culture in Japan, artist Aki Inomata decided to dress female bagworms in extravagant attire, handing clippings of women’s dresses to the insects in order to transform them into protective cases. In nature, male bagworms shed these cases when they become moths. Females however, remain in these cases their entire lives, waiting patiently for the attention of a male. Reminded of the similarities to her own gender performance in Japan, Inomata exhibited her work with female bagworms at a department store that sells women’s clothing, her own commentary on what lengths women must still go to in order to be aesthetically accepted by society.

This is not the only time Inomata has worked with bugs or animals to alter their interpretation of the world. From 2009-2016 she crafted shells for hermit crabs based on differently global cities, and in 2009 she took French lessons with a parakeet. Inomata is represented by Maho Kubota Gallery in Tokyo and you can see more of her work on her website.

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Art Design

New Resin Mushroom Lamps Embedded with LEDs on Driftwood by Yukio Takano

November 1, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Japanese artist Yukio Takano (previously) has a knack for recreating the delicate properties of mushrooms with dyed resins illuminated from the inside with hidden LED lights. The electrical components are then hidden inside real driftwood bases that sometimes incorporate a fancy retro “on/off” switch. Takano first exhibited his lights 12 years ago and they now disappear as fast as he creates them. Unfortunately, the pieces are too delicate to ship overseas, so he only produces and sells them locally.

You can see a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio here (in Japanese) and see more photos of his more recent works on Tokyobling, Silver Shell Gallery, and ocasionally on his blog.

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Design

Light Cycles: Bicycle Wheels Rigged with LEDs Create Tron-Like Light Trails

October 24, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Filmmaker Mike Gamble and VFX creator Tom Wood had the wild idea of rigging up a few mountain bikes with LEDs and trying to create light trails similar to the lightbikes in Tron. The resulting video is pretty fantastic, both the straight footage of the circular light wheels rolling through the woods and the post-production special effects that stack the frames to make spirograph-like light designs. Watch the video below. (via Colossal Submissions)

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