Lego artist Mike Doyle creates these incredible Victorian mansions using no foreign materials, just pure tiny plastic bricks. The latest work on top, Victorian on Mud Heap, uses nearly 130,000 pieces and took 600 hours to complete. He says of the piece:
For me, this piece speaks to the inherent unpredictability of those things which we call our foundation. Like a little dollhouse, a seemingly secure home is plucked up and set on a new path. This charming home, lovingly embellished with ornamental fancy was no match for nature. The fancy embellishments serve as a reminder of our earlier focus on the material world, while the aftermath removes us from that focus. The piece offers no answers or necessarily any hope, but rather points to life’s fragility.
Happy Friday folks. This was a slower week than I would have liked, but for good reasons that I can’t really talk about for a few months. Suspense! Have a great weekend. (image via present and correct)
Arts collective NAM (previously) has again teamed up with Numabooks (previously) to create a mobile pop-up book shop, this time shaped like a cat. Visitors can purchase books from the cat but the goods are shipped via the mail when the exhibition ends. Numabookcat is on display through October 30 at NADiff Window Gallery.
Update: Johnny at Spoon and Tamago clarifies the book buying part in a nearly simultaneous post: “For 4200 yen you have a little conversation with the host, who, based on those talks, will select 12 books for you. You will then get 1 book in the mail for an entire year.” Love it.
Michael Murphy’s solo show, LOOK, recently opened at gallery nine5 in New York. His artworks span a wide variety of media including multi-layered 3D sculptures, sound installations, and paintings with materials including nails, shadows, water, and sandblasted bullet-proof glass. Some of my favorite pieces are shown above, and you can see more in the show’s catalogue. Better yet, stop by gallery nine5 through October 6. (thnx, irina!)
First: watch the video. Twenty-five year old, Toronto-based artist Amy Shackleton paints these lusciously drippy paintings without use of a brush or fingers, instead she relies on good old gravity (and occasionally string as a guide) to move the paint slowly across the canvas in delicately controlled pours. The video above captures the somewhat tedious yet brilliant process in detail, as a 30-hour painting session condensed into two minutes. I find this so unbelievably amazing and beautiful. See more of her work here, and you’ll have a chance to see it in person at Art Toronto 2011 in October. (via gizmodo)