The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

The Mesmerizing Gifs of Graphonaute gifs animation

Science student Hugo Germain (aka. Graphonaute) is just 18 years old, but crates animations and visual effects that seem well beyond his years. Though animation is not his primary focus, Germain spends his spare time mixing live action footage with various 3D tools to create quirky visual effects and experiments. You can see more over on Graphonaute. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Overprotection” | Linz, Austria 2014

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Double Tie” | Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Spain 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

Oslo, Norway 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Grateful death” | Köln, Germany 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“feat. OsGemeos” | Lodz, Poland 2012

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Rotten apples” | San Francisco, USA 2013

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“Monkey Business” | St. Denis, Reunion Island 2012

Gargantuan Street Murals by Aryz street art murals

“love letter” | Lodz, Poland 2012

If you’re trying to find the globe-trotting Spanish street artist Aryz, you’ll have to look up. Because in whatever city he happens to be in, the prominent artist will typically be hoisted 100ft above street level converting large building facades into public canvases. And buildings aren’t the only thing he’s climbed. At just 25 years of age, Aryz (pronounced “Areez”) has risen to be amongst the top ranks of world-renowned street artists like Banksy and ROA.

Aryz was born in Palo Alto but moved back to Spain when he was just three. He began painting (in the form of graffiti) as a teenager, and his style evolved – in part, from his art studies in college – to what it is today. Bones are a recurring motif in the artist’s work, and so are skin-like muted colors. “I feel it’s really aggressive when you paint in a public space, so I don’t really want to play with bright colors,” said Aryz. “It would be too much.”

Have a look at some of his latest pieces, which includes the artist’s most latest: “Overprotection,” painted in late March, on a large industrial building in Linz, Austria. You can follow the artist on Facebook or Instagram.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vo Anh Kiet (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam). Finalist: Travel. Terraced fields during harvest season. Mu Cang Chay, Vietnam, September 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Carol Lynne Fowler (Seeley Lake, Montana). Finalist: Americana. A champion bronco bucks a champion rider at the Helmville Rodeo. Helmville, Montana, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Sergio Carbajo Rodriguez (La Garriga, Spain). Finalist: Travel. Portrait of a young Suri boy going with his father to take care of the cattle. Ethiopia, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Graham McGeorge (Jacksonville, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. McGeorge spent a quiet 6 hours trying to get the perfect image of this eastern screech owl out of its nest. Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia, April 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Christopher Doherty (North Palm Beach, Florida). Finalist: Natural World. Breath at sunset, captures a sea turtle at a dive site called Black Rock. Kāʻanapali, Hawaiʻi, August 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Karen Lunney (Brisbane, Australia). Finalist: Natural World. During their annual migration, wildebeests are forced to find new river crossings in the Serengeti-Mara region. “The animals were being taken by the unfamiliar currents of deep water and had to struggle to get close to the far bank. There were few rocks on which to land and the initial orderly progression soon became a desperate struggle of clambering,” says Lunney. Mara River, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya, September 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Nidal Adnan Kibria (Dhaka, Bangladesh). Finalist: Travel. Action Hero. As part of a show called “Well of Death,” a biker performs a stunt at a village fair to celebrate Rath Jatra, a Hindu festival. Dhamrai, Bangladesh, June 2012.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Vincent Cheng (Burnaby, Canada). Finalist: Travel. A group of locals playing billiards by Namtso Lake. Tibet, China, June 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Dina Bova (Petach Tikva, Israel). Finalist: Altered Images. “Babylon—Made in Italy is inspired by the story of the Babylon tower, the painting by Pieter Bruegel and by a trip to the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy,” says Bova. Cinque Terre, Italy, October 2013.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 11th Annual Photo Contest Finalists travel nature
Aspen Wang (Hong Kong, Hong Kong). Finalist: Natural World. Penguins on Ice. “Although my photo hardly does justice to describing the tenuous balance in Antarctica’s ecosystem, it has served to crystallize in my memory one of the last stretches of untamed and inarticulate lands on earth,” says Wang. Antarctica, December 29, 2010.

Smithsonian Magazine just announced the finalists of their 11th Annual Photo Contest. This year’s competition saw a whopping 50,000 submissions, from which 60 finalists were selected in 6 categories including: Natural, Travel, People, Americana, Altered, and Mobile. The contest is now open for a Readers’ Choice vote which runs from today through May 6, 2014. Vote here. All photos courtesy Smithsonian Magazine and the respetive photographers.

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

The Ethereal Long Exposure Photography of Darren Moore long exposure landscapes England black and white

Self-taught photographer Darren Moore creates ethereal black and white landscapes using a method called daytime long exposure, where a special filters are attached to a camera lens to reduce the amount of light. These neutral density filters allow for the shutter to open for extended periods of time in broad daylight, from 30 seconds to upward of 15 minutes for a single exposure. Moore shoots mostly in locations around England, where he frequently visits causeways, breakwaters, shipwrecks, and other features along the shore.

You can see more of Moore’s photography over on Flickr and in his online gallery. He’ll also have work later this April in a group show at the Patchings Art Centre.

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

Tattoos and Sketches by Jan Mráz tattoos illustration

I’m really enjoying the work of tattoo artist and illustrator Jan Mráz who is a new regular artist working at Bobek Tattoo in Prague. You can see more of his recent work on Facebook and in his sketchbook.

Haunting Ceramic Faces Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Haunting Ceramic Faces  Overgrown with Vegetation by Jess Riva Cooper sculpture ceramics

Toronto-based artist Jess Riva Cooper created this haunting collection of ceramic busts called her Viral Series as part of an artist residency last fall at The Kohler Factory in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The pieces seem to lie at the peculiar intersection of life and death, as it should be given her inspiration behind the sculptures. Cooper shares about the Viral Series via email:

In my art practice I integrate colour, drawing, and clay to create installation-based artwork. I investigate fallen economic and environmental climates in regions such as Detroit, Michigan, where houses have become feral, disappearing behind ivy, trees and Kudzu vines that were planted generations ago. In my sculptures, the world sprouts plant matter. Colour and form burst forth from quiet gardens and bring chaos to ordered spaces. Nature reclaims its place by creeping over structures. Wild floral growth subverts past states, creating the preternatural from this transformation.

Several of the pieces will be on view at The Wassaic Project opening in June, and you can see much more here. If you liked this also check out the ceramic work of Mary O’Malley. (via NOTCOT)

360° Panoramic Music Video for ‘Booka Shade’ Filmed from a Hexacopter

360° Panoramic Music Video for Booka Shade Filmed from a Hexacopter video art music video

Just a few days ago we saw a contingent of GoPro cameras lifted above a bicycle to create a fun “tiny world” effect. Now director Ryan Staake (previously) takes 8 cameras into the sky for this new music video for German house duo Booka Shade. You can see how it all came together here. (via PetaPixel)

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