Rainy Australian Cityscapes by Mike Barr 

Australian painter Mike Barr focuses his work almost exclusively on rainy cityscapes, the moments of hazy gray that become illuminated by a city’s cars and traffic lights. There is a unity found in these dreary urban landscapes, a similarity of imagery which it makes it difficult to pinpoint which city is being captured. The city featured here however is Melbourne, a city Barr often focuses on in his umbrella spotted pieces. You can see more of Barr’s paintings on his Facebook and website.

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New #ComboPhoto Mashups from Stephen McMennamy 

Atlanta-based photographer and art director Stephen McMennamy (previously) continues his humorous split-image photo juxtapositions that he refers to as #combophotos. It would be easy enough to sort through countless images on the web to find unusual ways to overlap images, however McMennamy dramatically elevates the quality of his work by utilizing his original photography. In this way, he’s able to perfectly execute the ideas in his head, creating objects, scenes, and hilarious creatures that matchup almost seamlessly. One exception: for a recent elephant/tree mashup McMennamy relied on a photo by Zimbabwe-based photographer Jez Bennett.

You can follow more of McMennamy’s recent work on Instagram and some of his best #combophotos are available as prints.

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Monstrous Dogs Overgrown with Greenery Illustrated by Holly Lucero 

Art student Holly Lucero renders wild depictions of doglike animals overgrown with foliage and colorful parasites that she shares on her aptly titled site Gross Dog Art. The fantastical storybook creatures are like something from a Dr. Seuss story gone terribly wrong, sometimes covered in entire forests that could be simply decorative but in other pieces appear to consume the beasts alive. The 20-year-old illustrator is currently studying at Riverside City College in California, and you can see much more of her work here.

Update: Prints are available via INPRNT.

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Florist Geoffroy Mottart Installs Guerilla Flower Crowns and Beards atop Public Monuments in Brussels 

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Over the last year, florist Geoffroy Mottart has constructed elaborate plant arrangements in the form of flower crowns and beards that he installs on public monuments around Brussels. The temporary urban interventions titled Fleurissements last only for a day or so before being removed, but it gives the artist enough time to take a few photos which he shares on Instagram. While some statues are only targeted once, others are simply too tantalizing to resist; Mottart has returned to a bust of Leopold II of Belgium time and time again with fashionable new floral designs. (via Lustik)

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Vertigo-Inducing Room Illusions by Peter Kogler 

ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016. Photo by Vincent Everarts.

ING Art Center, Brussels, 2016. Photo by Vincent Everarts.

With dizzying wall graphics reminiscent of warped funhouse mirrors, artist Peter Kogler transforms ordinary galleries, transit centers, and lobbies into near hallucinatory experiences. For over 30 years, the Austrian artist has worked at the intersection of architecture and new media to construct both immersive environments and sculptural elements that seems to redefine physical spaces. By plastering walls with optical illusions he challenges a viewer’s sense of depth (and sanity) with his ambitious monochromatic installations of repeating patterns that incorporate pipes, ants, and bold snake-like patterns.

Kogler’s most recent pieces were on view at the ING Art Center in Brussels and at ERES-Stiftung in Munich earlier this year. You can see much more on his website.

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Sigmund Freud Museum, Schauraum, Wien, 2015. Photo courtesy Atelier Kogler.

Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014. Photo by Atelier Kogler.

Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014. Photo courtesy Atelier Kogler.

Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014. Photo by Atelier Kogler.

Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, 2014. Photo by Atelier Kogler.

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MSU, museum of contemporary art Zagreb, 2014. Photo courtesy Atelier Kogler.

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DIRIMART Gallery, Istanbul, 2011. Photo courtesy Atelier Kogler.

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DIRIMART Gallery, Istanbul, 2011. Photo courtesy Atelier Kogler.

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Prismatic Sketches of Hands and Faces by Lui Ferreyra 

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Artist Lui Ferreyra draws colorful portraits of hands and faces, works that use discrete shapes of color as highlights and shadows. These geometric fragments are blended by the viewer’s eye rather than the artist’s hand, producing color fields that Ferreyra intends to call attention to the connection between seeing and language.

“There’s a double move at play here,” explains Ferreyra’s website about his work. “The first move is substantiated by a geometric matrix which functions as surface: it embraces and emphasizes the aspect of flatness within a complex network of geometric shapes, each unique unto itself. The second move is fulfilled by the cumulative effect of all the shapes functioning together as a color-field in which each shape contextualizes every other shape, thereby providing all the necessary visual cueing to manifest a kind of window one can look through. Surface and window, at and through, like language which points both at the world and back at itself.”

You can see more of Ferreyra’s colorful drawings, in addition to oil paintings, on InstagramFacebook, or William Havu Gallery where he is represented. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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