Art

A Multi-Layered Anatomical Mural by ‘Achilles’

April 19, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Here’s a fun piece by Athens-based street artist Achilles that utilizes a series of three wall murals to produce a composite anatomical rendering of a woman’s face. The artist often utilizes perspective in unusual ways, more examples of which you can find on Facebook.

 

 



Art Photography

Futurist Architecture Formed From Neatly Stacked Chewing Gum by Sam Kaplan

April 18, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images provided by Sam Kaplan

Commercial photographer Sam Kaplan‘s latest project, Unwrappedtransforms sticks of chewing gum into monumental structures, stacking the sticky treat in shapes that imitate architectural forms. Hundreds of pieces of gum criss cross and stand upwards to create pyramids, columns, and arches—held tightly together with support from super glue. Each image within the series received minimal editing, the final image coming from a single shot rather than one that was digitally combined.

Kaplan was initially interested in finding a way to manipulate a material into a 3D pattern, rather than finding a way to photograph gum. “I wanted to find a material that could be both repeatable and remain uniform,” said Kaplan. “I also wanted a high level of malleability and after a lot of trial and error I landed on gum. I have always been interested in futurist and Mayan architecture, and this project was a way to combine both of those to make new forms.”

For Kaplan the most difficult thing about the shoot was having to unwrap nearly 500 individual pieces for each image. You can see behind-the-scenes videos and more of Kaplan’s two and three dimensional patterns on his Instagram. (via Under Consideration)

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Art Craft

Embroidered Psychological Landscapes by Michelle Kingdom

April 18, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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LA-based artist Michelle Kingdom continues to impress with her masterful command of thread and needle. Her stitched tableaus and landscapes depict individuals caught in the middle of intriguing yet ambiguous situations like something out of a dream, with characters lost in worlds out of their control or in the process of searching for meaning. She shares about her process:

Decidedly miniature in scale, the scenes are densely embroidered into compressed compositions. While the work acknowledges the luster and lineage inherent in needlework, I use thread as a sketching tool in order to simultaneously honor and undermine this tradition. Beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.

You can explore more of Kingdom’s work on her Tumblr and Instagram. (via Lustik)

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It had already become the past

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Tomorrow will insist

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Because reality takes shape in the memory alone

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Here we can whisper

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Some imagined future

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Promises cannot obscure the sun

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Truth breaks a thousand times

 

 



Art

Bits and Pieces: An Expandable Kinetic Toy Sphere Installation by Nils Volker

April 18, 2016

Christopher Jobson

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Bits and Pieces, 2016. Nils Völker. Plastic balls, wood, motors, custom electronics and programming, size variable. Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de

For his latest kinetic installation titled Bits and Pieces, artist Nils Volker (previously) repurposed 108 toy Hoberman spheres which he suspended from microcontrollers inside a space at NOME Gallery in Berlin. Once attached to motors, the spheres are then synchronized to various rhythms and patterns to create moving sequences that mimic living organisms. The piece was on view through last week, but you can see more photos on Volker’s website.

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Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de

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Photo by Bresadola+Freese/drama-berlin.de

 

 



Art Design History

A Vault of Color: A Peek Inside Harvard’s Collection of 2,500 Pigments

April 15, 2016

Christopher Jobson

Although it’s only been a few months since we mentioned Harvard’s splendid pigment collection housed inside the Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, the team over at Great Big Story just took their cameras inside for a closer look. Straus director Narayan Khandekar takes us through the collection to see some of the rarest pigments including a particularly vivid shade of yellow produced from the urine of cows that are fed only mango leaves. Delightful!

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Art Craft

New Plaster Cast Tiles That Immortalize Flowers and Veggies by Rachel Dein

April 14, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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Carrot by Rachel Dein, all images via the artist’s Etsy.

Rachel Dein (previously) chooses to immortalize plants that might otherwise wither away shortly after their appearance in the spring. Dein places theses flowers, vegetables, and foliage in arrangements within clay, making an impression of the plants before applying a layer of plaster. Once hardened, the initial clay is peeled way to reveal a relief formed by the delicate leaves and buds. A silicon rubber mold is then used to cast each tile in plaster using the shades of light white, green, or blue.

Dein sells her botanical work on her Etsy shop, a selection of which will be included in the Chelsea Flower Show this May, and in her first solo exhibition at Hampton Court this July. You can see more of her plant-based tiles on her Instagram.

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Honesty, Lavender, Californian Poppy, Clematis seed head, Salvia and Achillia in Blue Wedgwood

Honesty, Lavender, Californian Poppy, Clematis seed head, Salvia and Achillia in Blue Wedgwood

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Long Carrot in Emerald Green Wedgwood

Long Carrot in Emerald Green Wedgwood

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Daisy, Dandelion and Bramble in Blue Wedgwood

Daisy, Dandelion and Bramble in Blue Wedgwood

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Honesty in Blue Wedgwood

Honesty in Blue Wedgwood

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Peas in Duck Egg Blue Wedgwood

 

 



Design Science

A Topographically Accurate Lunar Globe Designed with Data From NASA

April 14, 2016

Kate Sierzputowski

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All images provided by Oscar Lhermitte

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Product designer Oscar Lhermitte has collaborated with design studio Kudu to produce a topographically accurate lunar globe that turns along with the phases of the moon. MOON exists at a 1:20 million scale and was created with data from NASA to reveal all of the moon’s craters in precise detail. As the round light or “sun,” rotates around the globe, dramatic shadows are cast across its surface.

With three settings, you can manually twist the moon to the position you desire, place it on demo mode to let you see all phases in 30 seconds, or switch it to live mode to have the piece synchronize with the current position of the moon itself. In addition to a physical similarity to the moon, the globe also has an intrinsic connection to it. MOON’s computer system has the exact same memory as the Apollo 11 computers that landed the first men on the earth-orbiting giant.

You can check out more about the project on MOON’s Kickstarter. (via Faith is Torment)

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