2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

2,000 Suspended Dandelions by Regine Ramseier installation flowers dandelions

Back in September I posted a photograph of an unknown art installation that seemed to show numerous dandelions hanging upside down in a small white room. At the time I was unable to investigate any further and it seemed destined to remain a mystery. That is until shinyslingback did the requisite leg work and discovered the piece was by German artist Regine Ramseier as part of ArToll Summer Lab 2011.

I didn’t stop to think of what it might take to successfully transport 2,000 un-puffed dandelion plants into a building and then suspend them one by one, but this walkthrough of the entire process is really sublime. Apparently the flowers were first treated with a gentle adhesive before being placed in a special palette Ramseier designed to fit in the back of her car. After transport the entire palette system was moved into the room and the flowers were removed and hung one by one. And now you know the rest of the story. (via lustik)

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The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson-Albandoz

The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson Albandoz wood sculpture pattern multiples

The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson Albandoz wood sculpture pattern multiples

The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson Albandoz wood sculpture pattern multiples

The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson Albandoz wood sculpture pattern multiples

The Woodwork of Michelle Peterson Albandoz wood sculpture pattern multiples

For the past decade, I’ve randomly stopped by Las Monos Gallery in Andersonville to check out the wonderful and surprising artists shown there. Early this summer I had the opportunity to meet and chat with the gallery’s owner, Michelle Peterson-Albandoz. Michelle salvages discarded wood from construction sites and uses small, component pieces cut with a table saw to create these brilliant patterns and textures. Inspired by the rainforest of Puerto Rico where she spent her childhood, she uses her creative process to confront humankind’s ecological assault, viewing her art as a sort of reversal of discard and waste. Last week she opened her second solo show at LongView Gallery in Washington D.C., and you can see much more of her work here.

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Sebastian Schramm

Sebastian Schramm portraits people paper absurdist

A wonderfully absurd photo by German photographer and art director Sebastian Schramm. Available as a print over on Saatchi Online.

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Kerem Ozan: Stasis

Kerem Ozan: Stasis tableau sculpture models miniature

Kerem Ozan: Stasis tableau sculpture models miniature

Kerem Ozan: Stasis tableau sculpture models miniature

Kerem Ozan: Stasis tableau sculpture models miniature

Kerem Ozan: Stasis tableau sculpture models miniature

Turkey-based artist Kerem Ozan Bayraktar works with digital image, video and object installations. His most recent series of digital c-prints, Stasis, involves delicately aged model planes, helicopters, bicycles, trains and other forms of transportation in various states of physical suspension. See much more here.

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Ice Mask

Ice Mask portraits ice history black and white Antarctica

The Australasian Antarctic Expedition team explored Antarctica from 1911 through 1914, studying geology, meteorology, and mapping unknown lands. Here, a photograph by Frank Hurley shows the team meteorologist C.T. Madigan with an incredibly thick ice mask after a day of weathering the elements. Here’s another more extreme example. The photo is from the National Library of Australia Commons which recently made several hundred historical images available online.

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Vortograph by Simon Gardiner

Vortograph by Simon Gardiner vortograph urban process cityscapes

The vortograph is an abstract form of photography that creates kaleidoscopic repetitions by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. The process dates back to the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn who is credited for inventing the method in 1917. Photographer Simon Gardiner decided to give it a try and created this stunning, Inception-esque urban vortex. More like this, please. See also the music video for Eskmo’s We Got More. (via dark silence in suburbia)

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Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis Mirror Fountain by David Černý water sculpture mirrors fountain

Metalmorphosis is a mirrored water fountain by Czech sculptor David Černý that was constructed at the Whitehall Technology Park in Charlotte, NC. The 14-ton sculpture is made from massive stainless steel layers that rotate 360 degrees and occasionally align to create a massive head. It even has it’s own live webcam. See many more images here.

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