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Towering Wooden Set Pieces and Combustible Monuments by Manolo Garcia

October 21, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Spanish artist Manolo Garcia constructs towering replicas of renaissance-era sculptures, portraits, animals, and other decorative objects from his expansive workshop in Valencia, Spain. Garcia refers to his practice as ‘artistic carpentry’ and by looking at process photos of the studio’s work, that seems like a fair descriptor. Most of the set pieces, monuments, and sculptures built by Garcia begin with strips of wood that…

 

 



Art Food Illustration

Artist CJ Hendry Draws 50 Photorealistic Foods in 50 Days

April 2, 2015

Christopher Jobson

Starting in February, Brisbane artist CJ Hendry embarked on an ambitious drawing project, the creation of 50 food drawings in 50 days, with a new piece posted to Instagram every 24 hours. Each black pen drawing of a photorealistic food set against the backdrop of an ornate French plate is rendered with a stunning grasp of shading and depth. You can scroll through the entire collection of photos here, and see some of her earlier large-scale…

 

 



Art

A Perpetual Whirlpool of Black Water Installed in a Gallery Floor by Anish Kapoor

February 10, 2015

Johnny Waldman

Anish Kapoor. “Descension” (2014) ©Anish Kapoor 2015 via webindia123.com “If one is talking about sculpture then scale and skin is everything,” declared Anish Kapoor. He was speaking from India, the birthplace of the acclaimed sculptor, where his latest installation was part of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale. The skin of the object is what defines it, he goes on to explain, while scale creates a certain mystery around the object….

 

 



Art

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei

November 6, 2014

Johnny Waldman

Ai Weiwei, Blossom (2014). All photos by Jan Sturman The Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei currently has an exhibition on Alcatraz, the notorious island used as a military fortress and federal penitentiary. Amongst a large body of work created specifically for Alcatraz is “Blossom,” which has been installed in several hospital ward cells and medical offices. And as its name suggests, intricately detailed encrustations of ceramic flowers are…

 

 



Art

Eye Know: A Kaleidoscopic Journey through the Streets of Tokyo at Night

September 2, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…https://vimeo.com/104945861 This independent film project from filmmaker Hiroshi Kondo starts as a fairly typical time-lapse journey through highways surrounding Tokyo, but quickly morphs into something entirely different. Kondo makes use of lampposts and other nighttime light sources to create this dazzling, kaleidoscopic explosion of color and motion set to music by Ayako Taniguchi….

 

 



Design

A Retired Boeing 727 Converted Into a Home in the Woods

June 9, 2014

Johnny Waldman

photo courtesy airplanehome.com When most people board a plane they’re usually leaving home. But not if you’re Bruce Campbell, an innovative engineer who rejected the standards of traditional housing and decided to engage his flight of fancy. He purchased a retired Boeing 727, complete with wings and landing gear, for about $220,000 and situated it in a suburban wooded area outside Portland, Oregon. After many years of work the plane is now a…

 

 



History Photography

Eerie Photos of North Brother Island, the Last Unknown Place in New York City

May 23, 2014

Johnny Waldman

How does an island in New York City’s East River go from being notoriously feared, almost 100 years ago, to being completely forgotten about today? That’s the story behind North Brother Island, the subject of photographer Christopher Payne’s new photo book. A 10-minute boat ride from the Bronx’s Barretto Point Park, North Brother Island originally housed Riverside Hospital between the 1880s and 1930s. While in operation, the hospital served…