Artist Aki Inomata Provides Bagworms with Snippets of High Fashion to Create Matching Cocoons 

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Commenting on female consumer culture in Japan, artist Aki Inomata decided to dress female bagworms in extravagant attire, handing clippings of women’s dresses to the insects in order to transform them into protective cases. In nature, male bagworms shed these cases when they become moths. Females however, remain in these cases their entire lives, waiting patiently for the attention of a male. Reminded of the similarities to her own gender performance in Japan, Inomata exhibited her work with female bagworms at a department store that sells women’s clothing, her own commentary on what lengths women must still go to in order to be aesthetically accepted by society.

This is not the only time Inomata has worked with bugs or animals to alter their interpretation of the world. From 2009-2016 she crafted shells for hermit crabs based on differently global cities, and in 2009 she took French lessons with a parakeet. Inomata is represented by Maho Kubota Gallery in Tokyo and you can see more of her work on her website.

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Symmetrical Paint Mixing is Strangely Mesmerizing 

Canadian artist Annette Labedzki specializes in abstract figurative painting, but she’s also discovered the internet’s insatiable taste for the unusual and obscure with her Instagram account where she shares paint mixing videos. If watching paint dry is the most boring thing in the world, watching paint mix might be one of the more interesting things. For some of her clips Labedzki makes symmetrical versions, where the palette knife is obscured and everything seems to happen like magic. You can see more here. (thnx, kim!)

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Quirky Site-Specific Wheatpastes by ‘Levalet’ Bring Humor to the Streets of Paris 

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Artist Levalet (aka Charles Leval) has been extremely busy this year, bringing his unique brand of nonsensical wheatpastes to locations all over Paris. His temporary interventions show a wide range of disheveled characters caught in a world of mischief and misfortune, as they appear to interact with the building facades onto which they are pasted. Levalet’s artworks first began to appear outdoors in 2012, but he’s since begun to produce entire shows of paintings, sculptures, and various assemblage pieces for display indoors that are no less enchanting.

Levalet’s latest solo show titled Little Boxes opens tomorrow at OPEN WALLS in Berlin, and some of his best work was recently gathered into the book Des illusions comiques.

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Masterclass: Learning Tools for Artists (Sponsored) 

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For the last 184 years, Winsor & Newton has sought to provide generations of artists with some of the finest paints, brushes, graphic markers, and other supplies designed to meet the rigorous needs of creative individuals. It’s a proud heritage founded on innovation, dedication, and the tireless pursuit of perfection.

In its latest venture, Winsor & Newton is reaching out to artists across the globe to offer guidance and crucial artistic insight. Masterclass is a new series of informative video tutorials for those seeking to improve their techniques and stretch their artistic achievements.

Each new video will include explorations of color, technical advice on surfaces and professional input on mediums. Masterclass promises to reveal the science behind artist’s materials and demonstrate how best to use them. Each topic is carefully deconstructed to allow artists to understand the ‘why and how’ of the materials they use.

This exclusive new series is available free by subscription through Winsor & Newton’s website. With numerous topics in the pipeline, Masterclass is set to become a vital knowledge-base for professional artists and those seeking to perfect their creative practice. Subscribe now and start learning.

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A Life-Size Graphite Skeleton that Vibrates to Draw Itself into Nothingness 

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All images by Luke Abiol

Unlike the human body which is composed of only 18% carbon, Agelio Batle‘s latest project is produced from 100% of the semimetal material. The work, titled Ash Dancer, is a life-size skeleton that acts like a very large pencil. When placed on a custom made high-frequency vibrating table, the bones of the skeleton rub marks onto the surface, slowly creating an outline of its own form. The more the work rubs against the table, the more of itself is left behind, slowly transforming the graphite from sculpture to abstract drawings which Batle refers to as Ash Dances.

The piece is a part the exhibition “murmer | tremble” at Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco which opens November 5 and runs through December 29, 2016. You can see more work from Studio Batle on his website, and a number of his graphite objects are available in the Colossal Shop. (via This Isn’t Happiness)

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New Resin Mushroom Lamps Embedded with LEDs on Driftwood by Yukio Takano 

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Japanese artist Yukio Takano (previously) has a knack for recreating the delicate properties of mushrooms with dyed resins illuminated from the inside with hidden LED lights. The electrical components are then hidden inside real driftwood bases that sometimes incorporate a fancy retro “on/off” switch. Takano first exhibited his lights 12 years ago and they now disappear as fast as he creates them. Unfortunately, the pieces are too delicate to ship overseas, so he only produces and sells them locally.

You can see a behind-the-scenes tour of his studio here (in Japanese) and see more photos of his more recent works on Tokyobling, Silver Shell Gallery, and ocasionally on his blog.

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