Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days

Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days performance art installation humor architecture
Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

Two Artists Live and Work on a Giant Rotating Hamster Wheel for 10 Days performance art installation humor architecture
Photo by Scott Lynch courtesy Gothamist

Artists Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley have constructed a giant wood hamster wheel with a 25-foot-diameter where the duo are currently living and working for 10 days until March 9 at the Boiler in Williamsburg, Brookyln. Why? Because …art! Titled In Orbit, the piece is a continuation of numerous installations where the artists live together in public spaces including Counterweight Roommmate and Stability which they refer to as “architectural performance pieces.”

For In Orbit, the rotating house is designed so that Shelley can live on the exterior of the wheel nearly 30 ft. off the floor, while Schweder lives on the inside due to a fear of heights. Through coordinated movements the pair can rotate the wheel to access beds, desks, chairs and even a kitchen-bathroom combo. You can learn more over at Gothamist and Peirogi Gallery. Photos and video by Scott Lynch. (via Laughing Squid)

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm, detail

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Gully

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost, detail

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond, detail

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole, detail

Belgium-based artist Catherine Nelson (previously) just unveiled a new series of works titled Expedition. The digitally “painted” collages are made from hundreds upon hundreds of photographs that Nelson meticulously assembles into sprawling worlds that straddle the line between real and imagined. The five pieces you see here were nearly 10 months in the making.

Unlike her previous collages that resemble tiny planets, the pieces from Expedition subvert traditional landscapes with a horizon and single vanishing point and instead seem to sprawl in every direction, as if being viewed from multiple vantage points at once. Each landscape is quite large, measuring 60″ tall by up to 115″ wide and is rich with details like hidden snakes, bats and lizards, all elements influenced by Nelson’s memories of her natural surroundings growing up along the east coast of Australia.

Nelson will soon have work at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney this May with Michael Reid Gallery and a solo show in August at Gallerysmith in Melbourne.

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands mountains landscapes clouds Canary Islands
Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke

While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:

This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.

You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

Amazing Lighting Effects for the ‘Cavity’ Music Video Made with a Humble Flashlight

Amazing Lighting Effects for the Cavity Music Video Made with a Humble Flashlight music video light

Amazing Lighting Effects for the Cavity Music Video Made with a Humble Flashlight music video light

This is a stunning new music video for American indie band Hundred Waters latest single Cavity directed by Michael Langan. Langan previously worked on the wildly popular experimental film Choros featured here last year. Amazingly Cavity was filmed without the use of CG, but instead relies on simple lighting effects. He shares via email:

The video is a kind of pas de deux between the woman (Nicole Miglis), and light − evading it, summoning it, and ultimately being consumed by it. We’re playing with the idea of hollowness, attempting to define emptiness by its edges, visually.

There’s no CG in the video, just practical effects. Most of the video is lit by a single flashlight, drawn slowly over the landscape and later “echoed” up to 500 times to create patterns that fill the scene with light. We used a projector mounted to a motorized lazy susan to achieve the “sliver” shots of Nicole.

It helps that the stunning visuals are paired with such a great song. Miglis has an amazing voice. (via Colossal Submissions)

DIY House Plant Cupcakes

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

DIY House Plant Cupcakes plants food DIY cooking cake cacti

Apropos of I’m on a diet and am also a masochist, Brooklyn-based baker Alana Jones-Mann has a sweet DIY article on how to make cupakes that look like common miniature cacti. It turns out all you need is mass quantities of tasty, tasty frosting (because why does anyone eat a cupcake anyway), green food coloring, and an unreasonable amount of baking talent. If you liked this, you might also like cakes that look like planets. (via Neatorama, Blazenfluff)

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

New Architectural Watercolors by Maja Wronska watercolor painting illustration architecture

Architect and freelance illustrator Maja Wrońska (previously) continues to amaze with her beautifully executed watercolor paintings of iconic cityscapes from around the world. From London and Paris to Prague and even Disney Land, the Polish artist brings a colorful, dreamlike perspective to everything she paints. Wrońska has been extremely active since we first covered her work here back in 2012, see much more on Behance, and pickup prints and other things on Society6.

Línea de Horizonte: An Installation of 60 Morphing Heads by Javier Perez

Línea de Horizonte: An Installation of 60 Morphing Heads by Javier Perez sculpture multiples

Línea de Horizonte: An Installation of 60 Morphing Heads by Javier Perez sculpture multiples

Línea de Horizonte: An Installation of 60 Morphing Heads by Javier Perez sculpture multiples

Línea de Horizonte: An Installation of 60 Morphing Heads by Javier Perez sculpture multiples

Línea de horizonte is a 2006 sculpture by artist Javier Perez depicting a sequence of 60 heads as they gradually morph into (and out of) detail. The multidisciplinary artist frequently explores aspects of mortality through anatomical forms in sculpture, painting and other mediums. Perez has upcoming solo shows at both the Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art in Austria and the Centre d’Arts des Pénitents Noirs in France later this year. You can follow his work on Tumblr and over on Facebook. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

A Hand-Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water

A Hand Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water wood water kinetic automata

A Hand Cranked Automaton That Mimics the Effect of a Raindrop Hitting Water wood water kinetic automata

This little wood automaton is meant to mimic the effect of a water drop hitting a body of water, all using concentric rings cut from wood that are manipulated by a hand crank. The piece was created by UK-based designer Dean O’Callaghan, inspired by the work of Reuben Margolin (most likely his round wave sculpture). (via The Automata Blog)

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