Photorealistic painter Steve Mills sold his first painting at the age of 11 and has been known to sell entire shows in about ten minutes. Using oil paints he examines some of life’s most mundane moments as if through a magnifying glass. Via his website:
Influenced by the works of Andrew Wyeth, his early paintings consisted mostly of landscapes. After seeing the work of Richard Estes at a show in Boston, MA, Photorealism became his passion. Today his interests are somewhat varied though his main focus is on the “extraordinarily-ordinary”. Mills takes your eye to a place where most would need a magnifying glass. Getting in so tight the viewer can see the stressed metal in a bottle cap or the texture of a newspaper.
Mills has numerous paintings scanned at a pretty high resolution that you can check out here. (via limber)
Colossal has seen its fair share of commendable book and paper work the last few weeks, but this was too good to pass up. UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick constructs these wonderfully tiny dioramas using the topographies of carved books. Via the artist:
My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape. I present man-made objects and natural materials simultaneously to form carefully and meticulously composed installation works. I capitalize on intrigue taking objects out of context reinventing their use, pushing the viewer to see beyond what I present before them, a glass could be interpreted as a lake or a metal bracket a cliff.
This neon colored mutant hamburger is a new project from French paper-craft extraordinaires Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim and Zou (previously) . The piece was made for the February cover of Icon Magazine, and you can see much more over on Behance.
The Page Turner is the latest device from New York born, New Zeland raised, and Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher who builds elaborate Rube Goldberg machines that use complex chain reactions to complete mundane tasks. Some of Herscher’s effects here are subtle in their brilliance. He often creates small loops where his devices refer back to earlier steps, for instance the final state of step 25 is also used again as part of step 30. You can see more videos of his ingenious work here. (via automata, junk culture)
First: watch the video. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.
dailyDuJour has the first coverage I’ve seen of five new works by Japanese artist Haroshi who uses layered and pixelated pieces from reclaimed skateboard decks. Via his website:
Haroshi makes his art pieces recycling old used skateboards. His creations are born through styles such as wooden mosaic, dots, and pixels; where each element, either cut out in different shapes or kept in their original form, are connected in different styles, and shaven into the form of the final art piece. Haroshi became infatuated with skateboarding in his early teens, and is still a passionate skater at present.
These new pieces were on display last night as part of an exhibition at a distribution center for streetwear manufacturer HUF in L.A., and you can see much more over on dailyDuJour and Haroshi’s Facebook page. The last piece above, the moose, is another recent sculpture (not part of the HUF exhibition) that now hangs in the home of professional rally driver Ken Block. Out of control amazing.