Russian paper artist Yulia Brodskaya (previously) just finished her latest artwork, an intricate portrait of an older woman smoking a pipe using a colorfully explosive palette of quilled paper. Brodskaya lives and works in the UK where she illustrates with paper for dozens of the world’s largest brands and publications. See much more here.
Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images just off the California coast. Of these particular shots Orias says:
I often use the camera to see our world in ways our eyes cannot see. I do this by using long shutter speeds and camera motion to achieve this goal. I am often asked where the colors on my waves come from. I shoot mostly at dawn and the geography of the location allows higher ambient light levels before the full illumination by the sun. Colors are created by different weather conditions, amount of clouds or even smoke in the air from local wildfires which are often prevalent.
Although we just covered the work of Federico Uribe a few days ago in this space, the artist also shared with me this additional work which I thought warranted its own post. Titled Tapete (Carpet) the work is a large carpet made from thousands of perfectly placed computer components: fans, cables, keyboard keys, motherboards, mice, and other parts. I recommend not wiping your feet here. Photography by Pipe Yanguas.
Quarterly is a online subscription service that’s a mix between a magazine and an online shop that lets you receive awesome things in the mail from various people and organizations. I’m excited to announce that I’m now a contributor and you can subscribe to me on Quarterly. Here’s an idea of what to expect:
As editor of Colossal I spend absurd amounts of time scouring the web for art, design, photography, and other visual goodness in an attempt to share things I think few people have ever seen—things that’ll make you smile, laugh, or simply go, “Holy what the what!” I’ll try to encapsulate those same feelings in my mailings for Quarterly. Expect limited-edition artworks, fun design-y objects for your workplace, toys, kinetic sculptures, and things made by hand.
The price is $50 per quarter and we’re already discussing some amazing ideas. Expect the first shipment to arrive in about three months. So sign up!
I’m Google (direct link) is an ongoing digital art project by Baltimore artist Dina Kelberman that documents digital patterns through non-artistic photography found on Google Image Search. When I first started scrolling through her Tumblr I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking at: frame after frame of airplanes pouring orange fire retardant on fires which slowly morphed into an orange kayak and then an orange bridge and on and on until I realized every single image shared a slight visual characteristic with the image before it. Via her artist statement:
I’m Google is an ongoing tumblr blog in which batches of images and videos that I cull from the internet are compiled into a long stream-of-consciousness. The batches move seamlessly from one subject to the next based on similarities in form, composition, color, and theme. [... ] I feel that my experience wandering through Google Image Search and YouTube hunting for obscure information and encountering unexpected results is a very common one. My blog serves as a visual representation of this phenomenon. This ability to endlessly drift from one topic to the next is the inherently fascinating quality that makes the internet so amazing.
I cannot urge you strongly enough to spend a few minutes scrolling through this impeccably curated collection of seemingly mundane photography that collectively creates something visually transcendent. (thnx, sara k!)
Italian graffiti writer, painter and sculptor Manuel Di Rita (aka Peeta) lives and works in Venice where since 2000 he has risen to international fame for his unique 3D graffiti style. Using a variety of shading, gradients and shadows his work often appears to be hovering just off the surface on which it is painted. Peeta not only creates work in public spaces but also creates similar figures with paint on cavas as well as sculptures. Above is a mixture of artworks both old and new, and you can see much more over on Flickr and at Ayden Gallery.
Coming to the fore in the early 1990s, bio art is neither media specific nor locally bounded. As an international movement, several sub-genres exist within this overarching term:
The iconography of molecular matter and reproductive technologies
The employment of computer software, systems theory and simulations which investigate evolution, artificial life and robotics
Artist work with wet-lab mediums, including tissue engineering, plant breeding, and ecological reclamation
Of particular importance to bio art is to summon awareness of the ways in which altering nature also transforms social, ethical and cultural values in society.
This residency will take place at the School of Visual Art’s Fine Arts Nature and Technology Laboratory located in New York City’s Chelsea gallery district, equipped with microscopes for photo and video, skeleton, specimen and slide collections, aquariums, and a library. Faculty will include Suzanne Anker and Brandon Ballengée.
So this is completely amazing. Destin from Smarter Every Day stopped by Orbix Hot Glass in Fort Payne, Alabama to explore a fascinating phenomenon called a Prince Rupert’s Drop. Apparently when molten hot glass is dropped in cold water it forms an object that’s almost completely impervious to brute force, even a sold hammer strike to the center of the teardrop-like shape won’t break the glass. Yet gently cut or even bump the tip of the drop and suddenly the entire thing shatters in an explosive chain reaction traveling at a speed of over 1 mile PER SECOND. Watch the video above to see the effect in 130,000 fps glory. (via the awesomer)