French artist Fabienne Rivory creates these unusually beautiful images by working with mirrored photographs and watercolor paints. Rivory has been making artwork that blends paint and photography since 2007, a process she likens to the exploration of memory versus reality. Her most recent series titled Miroir is well worth a look, and prints are available here. (via colossal submissions)
As part of an ongoing exploration of high speed photography, Jon Smith has been filling standard incandescent light bulbs with various objects, liquids and other substances before causing them to explode in front of his camera. In some of his more interesting shots the photographer experiments by first dipping the bulb in paint, or carefully layering different colors of sand to create unexpected patterns as everything is hurled through the air. A number of Smith’s photos are being turned into metal prints which will be on exhibition at Fisher’s Town Hall later this year. See much more in his photostream.
I love this new piece by street artist Seth, spotted today in Paris. You may remember his work from a few weeks ago in the temporary gallery space at the shuttered Les Bains nightclub. According to StreetArtNews the piece can be found on Rue de Julienne right about here. (via this isn’t happiness)
Recently installed in New York’s Nolita neighborhood the Free Little Library is a temporary outdoor shelving unit that functions as a free library. The clever design protects the books from the weather while allowing people to duck under a cover to see what’s available. The library was designed by Venezuelan design firm Stereotank as part of a collaboration with the Architectural League of New York and the Pen World Voices Festival who have selected 10 designers to build miniature free libraries in downtown Manhattan through September. Can’t wait to see the rest. (via designboom)
Though cast from bands of stainless steel ribbons, these figurative sculptures by Texas-based artist Gil Bruvel seem more fluid than solid, as if the wind could simply blow them apart. The works above are all part of the artist’s Flow series that he says are meant to reveal “an essential underlying fluidity that exists simultaneously within the physical, quantum, and metaphoric realms.” Bruvel was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1959 and he began learning the basics of sculpting at the age of nine before embarking on an artist career that now spans nearly 40 years. If you’re in San Francisco next month you can catch Bruvel’s work at Chloe Gallery starting June 30th, and you can see plenty more right here.
Prolific sound artist Zimoun (previously here and here) has completed work on what may be his most ambitious project ever, a towering sound installation inside an abandoned toluene tank in Dottikon, Switzerland. The permanent installation uses 329 of the artist’s trademark prepared dc-motors and cotton balls that have been affixed to the inner tank walls, and relied on contributions from Hannes Zweifel Architecture, Davide Groppi, and many others. The result is a whirring, rhythmic soundscape that is completely camouflaged within an old factory. Via Zimoun’s artist statement:
Using simple and functional components, Zimoun builds architecturally-minded platforms of sound. Exploring mechanical rhythm and flow in prepared systems, his installations incorporate commonplace industrial objects. In an obsessive display of simple and functional materials, these works articulate a tension between the orderly patterns of Modernism and the chaotic forces of life. Carrying an emotional depth, the acoustic hum of natural phenomena in Zimoun’s minimalist constructions effortlessly reverberates.
Zimoun has completed several additional installations in the last few months, all of which can been seen on his website.
Our friends at Beers.Lambert Contemporary in London have just announced an open call for their 4th Annual Open Exhibition, Contemporary Visions IV, an annual exhibition that seeks to identify current trends in contemporary art through the discovery and exhibition of artists working in all artistic disciplines. This is an excellent opportunity for artists of all backgrounds and mediums to exhibit in a vetted, curated group exhibition in the heart of London’s vibrant art community. One or more artist will be selected for a solo-exhibition.
The show will be juried by gallery director Kurt Beers, artist Andrew Salgado, the Chair of Collections at Contemporary Art Society, Cathy Wills, as well as yours truly. So I highly urge you to submit your work, the whole process takes place online and will be open through July 1. I’m extremely excited to be part of this process and look forward to seeing your art!