Self-Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An

Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body
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Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body

Self Portrait Diagrams by Minjeong An infographics body

Unfortunately I know very little about Korean artist Minjeong An (her website is currently down), but these are just a few of her incredibly complex self-portraits illustrated using some kind of information visualization. My guess is she’s using a mix of actual data, or a perceived translation of sensory input along with simply beautiful drawings. You can see a bit more on Prosthetic Knowledge and 50 Watts.

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Hyper-Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Hyper Realistic Paintings by Steve Mills photorealism painting

Photorealistic painter Steve Mills sold his first painting at the age of 11 and has been known to sell entire shows in about ten minutes. Using oil paints he examines some of life’s most mundane moments as if through a magnifying glass. Via his website:

Influenced by the works of Andrew Wyeth, his early paintings consisted mostly of landscapes. After seeing the work of Richard Estes at a show in Boston, MA, Photorealism became his passion. Today his interests are somewhat varied though his main focus is on the “extraordinarily-ordinary”. Mills takes your eye to a place where most would need a magnifying glass. Getting in so tight the viewer can see the stressed metal in a bottle cap or the texture of a newspaper.

Mills has numerous paintings scanned at a pretty high resolution that you can check out here. (via limber)

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Fictional Landscapes

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Fictional Landscapes sculpture paper miniature dioramas books

Colossal has seen its fair share of commendable book and paper work the last few weeks, but this was too good to pass up. UK-based artist Kyle Kirkpatrick constructs these wonderfully tiny dioramas using the topographies of carved books. Via the artist:

My practice is primarily concerned with the notion of the imagined landscape. I present man-made objects and natural materials simultaneously to form carefully and meticulously composed installation works. I capitalize on intrigue taking objects out of context reinventing their use, pushing the viewer to see beyond what I present before them, a glass could be interpreted as a lake or a metal bracket a cliff.

I don’t know about you but given the right disposable book (blasphemy!) I’d love to try making something like this. The first image and the vertical stack are photos by the artist, the rest are by Leo Reynolds and you can see even more work over on Saatchi Online. (via i want your lungs to stop working without me)

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The Future of Food

The Future of Food paper magazines geometric food covers

The Future of Food paper magazines geometric food covers

The Future of Food paper magazines geometric food covers

The Future of Food paper magazines geometric food covers

This neon colored mutant hamburger is a new project from French paper-craft extraordinaires Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim and Zou (previously) . The piece was made for the February cover of Icon Magazine, and you can see much more over on Behance.

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What Happens in Bookstores at Night

What Happens in Bookstores at Night video art Toronto stop motion fantasy books animation

After organizing their own bookshelf earlier this year, Sean Ohlenkamp and wife Lisa re-doubled their efforts for Type Books in Toronto. After several sleepless nights of animating with a crew of over 20 people, the Joy of Books was born. Music composed especially for the short by Grayson Matthews. See many more books here. (via metafilter)

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The Page Turner: A New Rube Goldberg Machine from Joseph Herscher

The Page Turner: A New Rube Goldberg Machine from Joseph Herscher Rube Goldberg machines machines kinetic sculpture automated

The Page Turner is the latest device from New York born, New Zeland raised, and Brooklyn-based kinetic artist Joseph Herscher who builds elaborate Rube Goldberg machines that use complex chain reactions to complete mundane tasks. Some of Herscher’s effects here are subtle in their brilliance. He often creates small loops where his devices refer back to earlier steps, for instance the final state of step 25 is also used again as part of step 30. You can see more videos of his ingenious work here. (via automata, junk culture)

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Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin sculpture resin painting fish

First: watch the video. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori paints three-dimensional goldfish using a complex process of poured resin. The fish are painted meticulously, layer by layer, the sandwiched slices revealing slightly more about each creature, similar to the function of a 3D printer. I really enjoy the rich depth of the pieces and the optical illusion aspect, it’s such an odd process that results in something that’s both a painting and sculptural. Wonderful.

Fukahori just closed an exhibition at ICN Gallery in London titled Goldfish Salvation, and you can see many more images via the gallery’s Facebook, but probably the best resource is this set of photos by Dominic Alves. (via the awesomer)

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