Functional Shelves and Tables Built From Fallen South American Trees 

"Bilbao (Treet Shelf)," native wood, stainless steel, and glass, 150”x50”x30”

“Bilbao (Tree Shelf)”

Artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz allows natural form to dictate his furniture design, building shelves and tables that conform to the tree structures that inspire his work. Highlighting the tree’s shape as focal point, Errazuriz keeps his designs simple, placing only thin panes of glass to add the functionality needed for shelves or tabletops. The trees he incorporates into his designs are sourced from forests in South America, readapting their fallen branches while keeping the integrity of trees’ original shape (like the root system seen in his Tree Table below).

Although Errazuriz’s designs tend to be minimal, he is also fond of adding a dash of the absurd. “It’s important to me that a project consist of just a little twist,” he said, “because I ultimately want people to see the obvious, the everyday differently.”

The Chilean artist received his Master’s in Fine Arts from New York University and is currently based in New York City. Errazuriz is represented by Cristina Grajales Gallery and Salon94. You can see more images of his work on his Facebook and Instagram. (via My Modern Met)

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“Bilbao (Tree Shelf)”

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Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail

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Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail

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Bilbao (Tree Shelf), detail

"Metamorphosis Shelf"

“Metamorphosis Shelf,” carved wood, 2010 , 56 3⁄4” x 127” x 14 1⁄2”, edition of 12

"Metamorphosis Shelf"

“Metamorphosis Shelf,” carved wood, 2010 , 56 3⁄4” x 127” x 14 1⁄2”, edition of 12

"The Tree Coffee Table"

“The Tree Coffee Table,” native wood, stainless steel and glass

"The Tree Coffee Table"

“The Tree Coffee Table,” native wood, stainless steel and glass

"The Tree Table"

“The Tree Table,” native wood, stainless steel, and glass, 150”x50”x30”

"The Tree Table"

“The Tree Table,” native wood, stainless steel, and glass, 150”x50”x30”

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Fantastical Paintings of Animals Within Post-Apocalyptic Environments by Martin Wittfooth 

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Martin Wittfooth transposes the temperament we typically associate with large animals to those much smaller, painting foxes and birds as the heroic victors of this works while making larger animals much more passive and calm. Each of his paintings feature these creatures in environments that deviate from the peaceful surrounding we would expect—trash and decay littering the the ground while smog fills the sky.

“As a species we share a pretty significant degree of similar reactions to the natural world: there are forms in nature that we seem to have innate responses to,” said Wittfooth in an interview with beinArt. “Like a sense of awe or respect for large mammals, and revulsion for spiders and snakes. I’m interested in this kind of shared pattern recognition and instinctive responses. I’m pretty invested in trying to imbue my paintings with some sense of ‘presence’ and hence am working with subject matter that can impart an emotional reading of it, not just a rational (strictly observing) analysis.”

The Brooklyn-based painter’s work is included with 27 other artists fascinated with the wild form in the new book Juxtapoz Wild. You can see more of Wittfooth’s work on his Facebook page here. (via Juxtapoz)

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Warped Human Forms Hand-Carved from Wood by Paul Kaptein 

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Perth-based artist Paul Kaptein works with large blocks of laminated wood to reveal warped and distorted human figures, some pierced with a smattering of holes linked with drawn lines like star constellations. The hand-carved busts and figurative sculptures are additionally punctuated by gaps formed from the laminating process, creating the impression of digital glitches or images skewed by poor reception. Kaptein says he’s interested in examining the undefined area between expansion and contraction, or interconnection and incompleteness. Even as the viewer walks around each piece, it continues to surprise as the warped nature of each artwork continues to push and sink in seemingly every direction.

Kaptein currently has work on view as part of an exhbition titled “Future Perfect” at Krause Gallery in New York through January 26, 2016, and you can see more in his online gallery. (via Booooooom, Designboom)

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Painting in the Dark: The Struggle for Art in a World Obsessed With Popularity 

In the age of social media and the oversaturation of information, seeking recognition as an artist or designer can at times be a difficult, self-defeating effort. Creative individuals understandably have high expectations for the reception of their work, and hope for a public response that correlates with the labor spent on its production. In Adam Westbrook's new video essay we get a fantastic argument against the perceived value of modern popularity tied to social media likes and shares. Namely: the career of Vincent van Gogh.

Vincent van Gogh didn’t pick up a pencil with the intention of creating art until the age of 27, and the initial attempts weren’t particularly promising. Still, he persevered in the face of financial ruin, actual starvation, and crippling mental demons while sharing his paintings with an audience of exactly one: his brother Theo. Although his brother was rarely impressed, he continued to paint and create. Incredibly, it would be a full decade before Van Gogh sold his first painting or saw any sort of minimal success. Watch the video above to hear more about Van Gogh’s creative struggle along with some poignant thoughts about the creative process.

This is the third video essay in a series on creativity by Westbrook. See also The Long Game Part 1: Why Leonardo DaVinci Was No Genius and The Long Game Part 2: The Missing Chapter—also embedded below for quick viewing. (via Vimeo Staff Picks)

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Engineer Builds a Functional Miniature V8 Engine Using Only Paper 

In a series of videos posted to YouTube, engineer Aliaksei Zholner demonstrates a miniscule V8 engine he designed that is built completely from paper (with minor bits of scotch tape to prevent friction). The engine is so tiny it fits inside the plastic container found inside a Kinder egg. In the the videos Zholner demonstrates the progress of the engine coming together over several months, and the latest clip posted this weekend incorporates a paper throttle that effectively controls the speed of the little whirring device using compressed air. You can also see his wildly popular model v6 engine from last year.

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Wood Blocks Carved and Painted into Glimmering Gemlike Objects by Victoria Wagner 

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Artist Victoria Wagner works with large pieces of reclaimed wood sliced into geometric forms and painted to resemble large gemstones. Titled Woodrocks, the cut facets of each piece are covered with delicate oil paint gradients that evoke mostly natural tones found in sunsets, water, or outdoor landscapes. The incongruous nature of wood and stone is something that fascinates Wagner. “There is something confusing to the senses in combinations that vacillate between interval and tone, allowing for optical engagement and a perceptual unpredictability,” she says. You can explore more of Wagner’s work on her website and on Instagram. (via Cross Connect, Supersonic)

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