An Aerial View of Anish Kapoor’s Reflective ‘Cloud Gate’ Sculpture 

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Photographer Gray Malin was recently in Chicago where he shot a number of amazing aerial photos around the city including beaches, Navy Pier, and spots around Millennium  Park. For some reason, even though it’s been on view for nearly 8 years now, I’ve never seen a photo of Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate taken from directly above like this. It looks almost exactly like a small lake filled with Chicago’s skyline. You can see more from Malin’s trip here. (via Art Effect)

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Photographer Thomas Herbrich Took 100,000 Smoke Plume Photos Looking for Unexpected Shapes 

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Over the last three months photographer Thomas Herbrich snapped some 100,000 individual photographs of smoke, looking for unexpected anamalies and fortuitous coincidences where familiar shapes emerged. It’s fascinating to see how the brain tries to create order out of chaos, just like looking up at the clouds, suddenly familiar patterns seem to stand out: faces, hands, or scrolls of paper. After carefully sifting through each image Herbrich selected 20 final shots for this series, aptly titled, Smoke. These are a few of our favorites, but you can see the rest here.

Update: Apparently the psychological phenomenon of seeing images or recognizing patterns in random images/data is called pareidolia. Thanks, Sam!

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Dreamlike Conceptual Self-Portraits Fused with Dance by Kylli Sparre 

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Fine art photographer Kylli Sparre (previously) has continued to create her dance-inspired photographs, almost all of which depict the artist herself in various dreamlike states and situations. Working with outdoor landscapes, and bodies of water or ice, Sparre fuses years of formal ballet training with these dramatic and performative photographs. The artist has a show in Amsterdam next month at Qlickeditions, and you can follow her work more on Facebook.

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Murals Composed of Frenetic Linework by DALeast 

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Photo by Spencer Elzey

Since we last covered work by DALeast, the artist has painted numerous pieces around the world, particularly a number of bird-themes murals in Poland, Spain, and now New York City where he just completed a towering painting of a bird clutching another bird on the side a Manhattan building. Born in China, the muralist/sculptor/painter is currently based out of Cape Town where his use of frenetic lines to compose animals, people, and other forms is almost instantly recognizable. You can follow his latest adventures on Facebook. (via StreetArtNews)

Update: DALeast opens a solo exhibition at Jonathan Levine Gallery on September 6.

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Cut Paper Sculptures and Illustrations by Elsa Mora 

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Artist Elsa Mora recently updated her portfolio with a number of beautiful paper sculptures created for both private clients and exhibition. All of Mora’s pieces are created with little more than acid-free paper and glue which is carefully cut, layered, and assembled to create 2D and 3D images. Several of the pieces are currently at the Racine Art Museum in Wisconsin for a show titled Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Contemporary Art that runs through August 31. You can see more on her website and over on Facebook. (via Brown Paper Bag)

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Paintings by Michael Kerbow Warn of Dire Consequences for Current Actions 

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Their Refinement of the Decline, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches

Michael Kerbow is an artist based in San Francisco who works in a variety of mediums including painting, assemblage, drawing and digital photography. Of particular note are his large oil and acrylic paintings that depict surreal and at times nightmarish visions of the future, where industry and human development has grown without regulation or care for the environment. Kerbow shares via email:

My work explores the way in which we engage with our surroundings and the possible consequences our actions have upon the world in which we live. Through my work I attempt to question the rationale of our choices, and try to reveal the dichotomy that may exist between what we desire and what we manifest. Recently my work has focused upon the mechanisms that power our society and examines how they may influence the construct for a possible future.

Kerbow will have work at an upcoming group show called “Real Surreal” at Sandra Lee Gallery in San Francisco.

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Their Refinement of the Decline, detail

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Diminishing Returns, oil on canvas, 48 × 60 inches

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Diminishing Returns, detail

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Witching Hour, acrylic on paper, 34 × 42.5 inches

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A New Religion, oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches

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Hollow Pursuits, acrylic on canvas, 54 × 54 inches

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Fool’s Gold, oil on canvas, 60 × 48 inches

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