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Shattered Glass Animals by Marta Klonowska

February 7, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Using carefully broken shards of colored glass, Polish artist Marta Klonowska assembles translucent animals in life-like proportion and size. Almost all of her sculptures are based on animals found in baroque and romantic paintings by such artists as Peter Paul Rubens or Francisco de Goya next to which they are often displayed. Her work appeared most recently at European Glass Context 2012, and you can see many more images over on lorch + seidel contemporary. (via lustik)

 

 



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New Skeletons and Insects Carved from Common Inanimate Objects by Maskull Lasserre

January 29, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Montreal-based artist Maskull Lasserre (previously) recently completed a new body of work for an exhibition titled Fable at Centre Space gallery in Toronto that ran through January 19th. Lasserre is known for his incredible ability to carve anatomical forms of animals, people, insects and other forms out of inanimate objects such as doors, tables, pianos, and even instruments. In a two part interview with Liana Voia (part 1, part 2) the artist discusses the intent behind his work:

When the remnants of life are imposed on an object, and that’s true especially with the carving work that I do, it infers a past history or a previous life that had been lived, so again where people see my work as macabre, I often see it as hopeful, as the remnants of a life. Despite the fact that the life has ended, at least that life had a beginning and middle as well, so often by imparting these bodily elements to inanimate objects it reclaims or reanimates them in a virtual way.

The objects in Fable included a crow skeleton carved into a chair and axe, a vulture skull carved into two hand planes, a human ear carved into a violin and case, a rat carved into a door and rolling pin, and an incredible rhinoceros beetle taking flight from within an upright piano. You can learn more over on Center Space.

 

 



Photography

Vibrant Macro Photographs of Coral by Felix Salazar

January 17, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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LA-based photographer and composer Felix Salazar recently captured some wonderful macro photos of several inhabitants in his salt water aquariums. The shocking variety of color makes the coral look like digital renderings, but Salazar assures me each is a unique photo selected from hundreds of attempts to get just the right shot as he experimented with focus and light. You can see many more on his website. (via my modern met)

 

 



Art Design

Birds on Twitter

November 29, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Latvian conceptual artist and creative director Voldemars Dudums created this insanely clever bird feeder using an old computer keyboard and some cubes of bacon fat. When the birds would fly down to snack their inadvertent key presses were fed to an api that parsed each little tap into a bonafide tweet on the @hungry_birds Twitter account (fyi, these particular feathered friends became political during the U.S. elections, so there’s that). The birds, mostly tomtits, would tweet roughly 100 times each day and could even be watched live over on Birds on Twitter. It even landed Dudums a people’s choice award for Guerrilla Innovation in Advertising. Unfortunately the project went offline in March of this year, as that’s when the cryptic avian tweets cease. I feel like a schmuck for being so late to the party on this, but reading through the archive of tweets is still pretty entertaining for random literary gems like “OOOMMMGGGGG” and “AIAIAIA”. (via izmia)

 

 



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ROA Stacks African Animals on a Building Facade in Johannesburg

October 30, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Street artist ROA was recently in Johannesburg where he created this epic new work featuring six enormous African animals lounging on the side of a building. ROA’s work has been popping up everywhere lately including a stop here in Chicago just last month. See many more photos of this latest piece shot by Martha Cooper over on I Art Joburg.

 

 



Photography

Winners of the 2012 Wildlife Photographer of the Year

October 22, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Paul Nicklen / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Jasper Doest / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Larry Lynch / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Richard Peters / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Sergey Gorshkov / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Cristóbal Serrano / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Anna Henly / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Kim Wolhuter / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

Adam Gibbs / Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012

The winners of the 48th annual Veolia Environmental Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition were announced on October 17th featuring 100 incredible photos selected from 48,000 entries originating from 98 countries, with top prize claimed by Paul Nicklen for his bubbly capture of emperor penguins. Here are ten of my favorites and you can see all of the winners in person at the Natural History Museum in London through March 2013. A full gallery is also available online. (via flavorwire)