New Colorful Paper Portraits Comprised of Densely Quilled Paper by Yulia Brodskaya 

Spirits

Paper artist Yulia Brodskaya (previously) continues to produce elegant paper portraits, mixing geometric and organic forms through paper quilling to establish the details of each face. Over the last few years Brodskaya has been commissioned to create pieces for dozens of corporate clients from Starbucks to the New York Times, but still pauses to work on this portrait series that has slowly evolved over time. You can see new works and process photos on her Instagram and she’ll be speaking at the Reasons To: conference in Brighton this September.

Embrace

Girl with peacock earrings

Nature warrior

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For Your Must-Do List: Santa Fe Celebrates Global Arts & Culture (Sponsor) 

New Mexico Museum of Art

From Velázquez’s magnum opus Las Meninas to stunning photographs of Frida Kahlo, from the mind of Leonardo da Vinci to the innovation of Steve Jobs, from passionate Flamenco to soul-stirring Opera — visitors to The City Different throughout 2017 will experience a vast and dazzling array of high-quality, global cultural masterworks.

Experience Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum, the debut of an international exhibition at one of two U.S. venues, featuring works by artists such as Michelangelo and da Vinci. The show offers an insight into the fundamentals and history of drawing as a thinking medium from master draftsmen across five centuries.

Meow Wolf, “House of Eternal Return,” Santa Fe

Visitors can also blaze their own path through Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, an interactive art experience driven by non-linear storytelling that unfolds through exploration, discovery, and 21st century interactivity. The installation is comprised of 70 unique rooms created by a team of over 500 artists.

All of this comes along with the many undeniable attractions that consistently draw visitors to The City Different year after year. World-class shopping, breathtaking vistas, countless outdoor adventures and soul-satisfying relaxation awaits in what will be a enjoyable, inspirational, and unforgettable getaway.

Find details and schedules on all of the planned exhibitions, performances, and markets along with information on lodging, restaurants, and transportation at santafe.org.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market (© Jim Arndt)

Narrative Optical Illusions Painted by Rob Gonsalves 

Canadian artist Robert Gonsalves explores childlike stories of wonder through his surrealist paintings, capturing peeks of one’s internal daydreams through dual scene optical illusions. The works express both the real and the imaginative, painting a space where one can explore beyond physical limits. In his pieces inspired by the work of MC Escher and Magritte, subjects discover secret gardens hidden in carpets, forests just beyond the border of living rooms, and castles in misty lagoons. You can view more of Gonsalves paintings on Facebook. (via Booooooom)

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Expansive Black and White Patterns Mixed With Chrome Color Spectrums in Murals by Felipe Pantone 

Argentinian-Spanish artist Felipe Pantone creates public murals that integrate black and white patterns with bright sweeping color spectrums. His tag “Pantone” is an evolution of his original name “Pant” chosen when he was just thirteen, a complete coincidence despite his color-rich works. His mash-up of grids and glitch-like 3D forms imbue the pieces with a throw-back digital futurism, an aesthetic that feels extremely grounded in 80s graphic design.

Pantone travels all over the world painting his bold murals, visiting Seoul, Madrid, Taipei, and Ibiza within the last year. One of his most recent, Chromadynamica, was created for LisbonWeek and can be seen below. You can view more of his graphically-oriented public works on his Instagram and Facebook. (thnx, Laura!)

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A Mirrored Golden Egg Sauna is Hatched in Sweden 

Architects Bigert & Bergstrom recently unveiled Solar Egg, an egg-shaped wood-burning sauna that can seat up to 8 people. The project is part of an urban redevelopment effort lead by developer Riksbyggen in the northernmost city in Sweden called Kiruna. Standing 16 feet (5m) tall, the eye-catching egg is comprised of a pine wood interior and highly reflective gold plated steel panels that reflect the environment surrounding the sauna. In the center rests a heart-shaped sauna stove cast from iron. From Bigert & Bergstrom:

In the arctic climate of Lapland the sauna occupies a key position, as a room for warmth and reflection. B&B have taken up this tradition and developed a sculptural symbol that prompts thoughts of rebirth and an incubator that nurtures conversation and exchanges of ideas. The project is a continuation of the artist’s strategy to incorporate the climate into the experience of the artwork which was initiated with the Climate Chambers in 1994.

When not in use, Solar Egg can be broken down into 69 separate components which can be reassembled elsewhere, rendering the entire sauna completely mobile. You can learn more about Solar Egg here. (via Contemporist)

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Creating The Never-Ending Bloom: The Amazing Mathematical Wonders of John Edmark 

We’ve long marveled at artist John Edmark's (previously) kinetic objects that function as a medium to express a variety of mathematical formulas and concepts. The spiral-like sculptures often defy description and even when looking at them it’s hard to understand how they work, something he refers to as “instruments that amplify our awareness of the sometimes tenuous relationship between facts and perception.” The folks at SciFri recently visited with Edmark in his studio to learn more about how he works and to catch a glimpse of some rather unusual sculptures he’s created over the last few years.

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