Art Craft

Lush Hand-Embroidered Portraits by Artist Lisa Smirnova

December 16, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Artist Lisa Smirnova hand-embroiders colorful works that appear like delicate colored pencil drawings, appropriate since she couples the craft with a dedicated drawing practice. Her works on cloth depict both the anonymous and famous, stitching renditions of Frida Kahlo and Charles Bukowski along with images of tattooed men, rabbits, and a lush floral arrangement punctuated with a human heart. Using thread, cotton, and wool her works can take months to complete, the piece below taking exactly three.

You can see more of the Russian artist’s detailed embroidery on her Facebook, Instagram, and Behance. (via Lustik)

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Art

Deep Tunnels and Caves of Suspended Torn Paper by Angela Glajcar

December 16, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Depth is not a concept immediately sparked when we think of thin pieces of paper, however artist Angela Glajcar gives the typically 2D medium a new sculptural life—stringing together dozens of sheets to create cavernous works often lit from their core. The trailing sculptures are ripped haphazardly from within to create narrow pathways through their centers, yet their outer edges stay crisp and streamlined throughout space.

Although her sculptures vary in position—the works hang above the viewer’s head, at eye-level, or protrude from a wall—each is always comprised of white paper and textured rips. Channeling caves or mountains, the pieces incorporate light and space just as equally as their material form, works feeling voluminous despite their airy compositions.

Glajcar’s work is currently on display in the exhibition “White is the New Black” at Heitsch Gallery in Munich through Feburary 13, 2016. (via Hi-Fructose and Booooooom)

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

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Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

Image provided by Heitsch Gallery

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Image provided by Angela Glajcar

Image provided by Angela Glajcar

Image provided by Angela Glajcar

Image provided by Angela Glajcar

 

 



Photography

Hilarious Winners of the First Annual ‘Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards’

December 16, 2015

Christopher Jobson

WINNER---Julian-Rad

Winner, Julian Rad / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

There are quite a few annual wildlife and nature photography awards these days, and it’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all, but if there’s room for just one more distinction, I suppose it’s the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. Founded this year by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks, the competition is open to anyone with outrageous and weird photos of animals doing, well, funny stuff. Collected here are some of the winners and highlights of the 2015 competition, you can see more here. (via Photojojo, My Modern Met)

SILVER-RUNNER-UP---William-Richardson

Silver Runner Up, William Richardson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Alison-Buttigieg

Highly Commended, Alison Buttigieg / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Charlie-Davidson

Highly Commended, Charlie Davidson / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Graham-McGeorge

Highly Commended, Graham McGeorge / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Julie-Hunt

Highly Commended, Julie Hunt / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Marc-Mol

Highly Commended, Marc Mol / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Tony-Dilger

Highly Commended, Tony Dilger / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Highly-Commended---Yuzuru-Masuda

Highly Commended, Yuzuru Masuda / Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

 

 



Art Craft Design

Micro Matter: Vertical Dwellings Inside Glass Test Tubes by Rosa de Jong

December 15, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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For her series Micro Matter, Amsterdam-based designer and art director Rosa de Jong created towering houses and tall buildings inside the narrow confines of large glass test tubes. Perhaps comparable to a ship in bottle, the little houses and buildings are all handmade using natural objects and some model making elements like faux moss. Some pieces even play with gravity and appear to grow both upward and downward, reminding me of paintings by Cinta Vidal or sculptures by Thomas Doyle. See more over on Behance. (via Lustik)

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Art Design

A 100-Year-Old Church in Spain Transformed into a Skate Park Covered in Murals by Okuda San Miguel

December 15, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Photo by Lucho Vidales

Originally designed by Asturian architect Manuel del Busto in 1912, the church of Santa Barbara in Llanera, Asturias, was abandoned for years and crumbling from neglect. Luckily, a group of enterprising individuals lead by a collective called the ‘Church Brigade,’ with help from online fundraising and Red Bull, the church was salvaged and turned into a public skate park dubbed Kaos Temple.

As if having a skate park inside a beautiful abandoned church wasn’t enough, artist Okuda San Miguel was commissioned to cover the walls and vaulted ceilings with his unique brand of colorful geometric figures. Nearly every flat interior surface is covered with a rainbow of color, illuminated from every side by tall windows, making this a truly special place to skate. Watch the video below to see an interview with Okuda where he talks about his inspiration both for Kaos temple and his other works around the world. (via designboom)

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Art

New Book by Chris Maynard Explores the Symbolism and Art of Sculpting with Feathers

December 15, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Delicately wielding a scalpel, Chris Maynard (previously here and here) slices into feathers to create images of the very creatures that shed them, reproducing birds of flight within his tiny found canvases. Not only is Maynard concerned about the material aesthetically, but is also interested in how humans have treasured feathers and their meaning for thousands of years.

Often Maynard places the positive cut-out next to its negative shape, making it appear as if the tiny bird is flying from the feather, or escaping its original form. Each feather varies in size and color, from the tiny and muted to large and brightly colored. The feathers used in his works are acquired legally from zoos and private aviaries, all naturally shed by birds that range from crows to peacocks.

Recently the Pacific Northwest artist, author, and naturalist has compiled his works into a book that provides detail into his creative process, the lifespan of his subject, and the symbolism of feathers titled Feathers, Form and Function. Maynard also covers the biological in the book, outlining how how feathers have evolved and grow. You can see more of Maynard’s writing and works on his blog here.

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Art

The Audubon Mural Project Attracts 314 Endangered Birds to the Facades of Manhattan

December 14, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Endangered Harlem, by Gaia

Since October 2014, the streets of Upper Manhattan have become an unexpected destination for rare sightings of some 314 endangered birds. The Audubon Mural Project is a collaboration between the National Audubon Society and Gitler &_____ Gallery to commission murals of climate-threatened birds surrounding the old neighborhood of John James Audubon.

So far 20 artworks have been painted on storefronts, building facades, window panels, and retractable security grates. The number of species depicted isn’t arbitrary, it reflects a report from last year highlighting 314 birds most threatened by climate change. The growing list of involved artists includes Gaia, Iena Cruz, Hitnes, Lunar New Year, and many others. You can learn more about the artworks and the birds depicted in them, including a map of where to find them, on the Audubon Mural Project Website.

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Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

The Swallow-tailed Kite mural contains 12 other climate-threatened species. The church tower to the right of the mural is the location of John James Audubon’s final resting place.

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Swallow-tailed Kite and other birds by Lunar New Year. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon

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Black-chinned Hummingbird, by Ashli Sisk. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society

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American Redstart, by James Alicea. Photo: Mike Fernandez/National Audubon Society

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Fish Crow by Hitness