In her Real Life Models series 19-year-old Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi imagines what the models of contorted and skewed paintings must have looked like if they were distorted in real life. Through some pretty hilarious photo manipulation Borsi examines the models for paintings by Kees van Dongen, Rudolf Hausner, and Picasso among others. The series is somewhat similar to photographer Eugenio Recuenco who re-imagined Picasso’s paintings as modern day fashion models. Several of Borsi’s works are now available as prints over on Saatchi Online.
Quick disclaimer: these are not all finalists, just some of my favorites.
“American Gothic” remake by Jesse John Hunniford
“The Girl With The Pearl Earring” remake by Sybille de Chavagnac
“Self Portrait 1889″ remake by Seth Johnson
“Boy with a basket of fruit” remake by Guido Ricci
“Vase with 12 Sunflowers” remake by Qi Wei Fong
For the past few weeks our good friends over at Booooooom have been running a killer art contest called the Remake Project. The contest invited people to create modern interpretations of iconic artworks including paintings, photography, and sculpture. Submissions ended last week and I was honored to be one of seven guest judges helping to winnow the field of hundreds down to just 10 finalists. It was a nearly impossible task to pick just ten, as almost every single submission was impeccably executed and thoughtful. Now it’s your turn to vote. Pick your favorite and you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from Booooooom. If you haven’t seen all the entries I strongly urge you check them out, this is seriously one of the best pages on the internet right now.
Sagaki Keita (previously) has updated his website with no less than a dozen new works completed this year alone. Keita continues his method of using manically scribbled doodles to create mind-melting illustrations of classic Roman statues. That he could create a single one of these in a year would impress me, but twelve seems simply inhuman. The earlier post of Keita’s work was one of the most popular in this blog’s history, and I’m so glad to be able to share his work with you again.
To demonstrate their Artist Pens, Faber Castell had Singapore-based art director and designer Chan Hwee Chong create meticulous spiral drawings of three masterpieces using their pens. In case the drawings themselves aren’t proof enough of Chong’s skill, a video was shot by Eric Yeo as he draws Girl With A Pearl Earring. This is advertising at its best. See more on Behance.
Korean sculptor Park Chan-girl constructs metal sculptures from thin metal layers he calls “sliced images” that resemble three dimensional topography charts. He also meticulously welds thousands of small steel nuts into a delicately textured skin, moulding it into human and animal forms. He received his BFA in Sculpture from Chungnam National University and his MFA in Fine Arts from KyungHee University and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across Korea and China. (via mu-um)
I stumbled onto the online portfolio of Melbourne-based artist and designer Thomas Pavitte and immediately planned on writing a post about his insanely flammable 10,000 matchstick tribute to John Walker, the inventor of matches. But then decided his Blu Tack typography was pretty awesome as well, not to mention this dead sexy laser-cut wooden contour bowl. Is there anything this guy can’t do? Well apparently in his spare time he searched around online for the world’s largest connect the dots puzzle, and, finding nothing, created a variation of Mona Lisa using 6,239 dots, then spent a grueling 9.5 hours of his life solving the damn thing. I could really use a puzzle like this for my son on his next flight.
Artist Sagaki Keita was born in 1984 and lives and works in Tokyo. His densely composited pen and ink illustrations contain thousands of whimsical characters that are drawn almost completely improvised. I am dumbstruck looking at these and love the wacky juxtaposition of fine art and notebook doodles. See more of his work here, and be sure to click the images above for more detail. Thanks Sagaki for sharing your work with Colossal!
Five Orange Spheres was an installation by artist Stuart Williams that consisted of five inflatable spheres each 6-feet in diameter that traveled the world for two and a half years in the 1980s. The above photos were taken in Cannon Beach, Oregon; in the moat around Chateau d’Azay-le-Rideau, France; Los Angeles; in Central Park NYC; Telegraph Hill in San Francisco; and an Alpine Village in Filisur, Switzerland. Previously.