Sunday, December 7, 2014

Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley


Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract
Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract
Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract
Psychedelic Paint and Poured Resin Artworks by Bruce Riley video resin psychedelic painting abstract
Chicago-based artist Bruce Riley fills canvases with abstract organic forms made from layer after layer of dripped paint and poured resin. While looking at images of his work online, it’s difficult to grasp the depth and scale of each piece which can be penetrated by light from multiple angles, casting shadows deep into the artwork. Riley works using a number of experimental techniques, frequently incorporating mistakes and unexpected occurrences into the thick paintings that appear almost sculptural in nature. Filmmakers Jason Stanfield and Jordan Olshansky recently stopped by Riley’s studio and shot this brief studio visit. You can see more of his paintings on Flickr, and at Packer Schopf Gallery

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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

Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Ai Weiwei, Blossom (2014). All photos by Jan Sturman
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
Bathroom Fixtures at Alcatraz Transformed into Porcelain Floral Bouquets by Ai Weiwei prisons porcelain multiples flowers
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 blossoming out of sinks, toilets and tubs that were once used by hospitalized prisoners.
The curator offers two possibilities in interpreting Ai’s porcelain blossoms: a symbolic offering of comfort to the imprisoned or perhaps an ironic nod to China’s famous Hundred Flowers Campaign of 1956. But to understand the piece we think this quote by Ai himself is all you really need: “The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”
Ai Weiwei’s exhibition on Alcatraz will be open through April 26, 2015. (via My Amp Goes to 11)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier

Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Animated Cinemagraphs of City Life and Nature by Julien Douvier gifs
Strasbourg-based photographer Julien Douvier utlilizes a variety of techniques to create these beautifully meditative cinemagraphs of urban life and nature. He films and edits every image with an obsessive attention to detail, a fact not lost on several fashion clients that have commissioned Douvier to bring their brands to life recently. You can follow more of his personal and commerical work on Tumblr and on Behance. (via Designtaxi,Ignant)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte

Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
From the series Landscape Multiple, 2013. Reworked second hand ceramics. Dimensions 52 x 42 x 7 cm. Collection Röhsska Museum, Gothenburg (S)
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
From the series Landscape Multiple, 2007. Reworked second hand ceramics. Ø 26 cm
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
From the series Landscape Multiple, 2012. Reworked second hand ceramics. Ø 26 cm
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
From the series Landscape Multiple, 2009. Reworked second hand ceramics. Ø 33 cm
Landscapes Sculpted into Layered Antique Dinner Plates by Caroline Slotte sculpture landscapes ceramics
Helsinki-based artist Caroline Slotte manipulates artwork found on acquired antique ceramics to create layered landscapes and isolated images. One of her most striking bodies of work titled Landscape Multiple involves a process of carving and sanding through stacked dinner plates to create new, unexpected landscapes. From herartist statement:
The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings. The tensions between the recognizable and the enigmatic, the ordinary and the unexpected are recurring thematic concerns. More recent explorations reveal an expanded interest in material perception and material recognition, teasing out situations where the initial visual identification fails resulting in an unsettling state of material confusion. Demonstrating an engaged sensitivity towards the associations, memories and narratives inherent in the objects, Slotte´s intricate physical interventions allows us to see things we would otherwise not have seen.
What you see here is just a sample of Slotte’s work, head over to her website to see all of these pieces close up, and also check out her wood sculptures. Slotte had several additional pieces on view earlier this year atKunstnerforbundet Gallery in Oslo. (via Yellowtrace)

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Flowers in the Desert~ Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal

Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
Good Badlands: Dry Terrain of the American West Captured in a Brief Moment of Color by Guy Tal nature landscapes flowers deserts
The Badlands are a type of parched, sunbaked terrain characterized by jagged rock, cracked earth and, of course, minimal vegetation. It’s a harsh environment of lifeless wasteland but there is also good news to be found in the badlands. For the patient observer, like photographer Guy Tal, there is a delicate beauty that reveals itself only so often. “On rare years,” says Tal, describing his series of photos taken in the American West, “wildflowers burst into stunning display of color, transforming the desert into a veritable garden for just few precious days.” The reason, apparently, is that vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate. With just a tiny bit of moisture the desert can transform into a colorful garden of bright purple and yellow. You can see more photos on Tal’s website, or purchase his book More Than a Rock. (via Bored Panda)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Dreamy Abstract Seascapes by Samantha Keely Smith

Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Internal Landscapes: Sweeping Abstract Oceans by Samantha Keely Smith waves water painting abstract
Artist Samantha Keely Smith paints abstract oceanic landscapes that are at once menancing and serene, a clash of light and color that she refers to as “internal landscapes.” Using oil paint, enamel, and shellac, Smith uses an additive and subtractive process by partially destroying her progress several times before completion. This cyclical process, much like the timeless crash of ocean tides against the shore, adds an additional level of texture to her work. She shares in a 2013 interview with NeverLazy Magazine:
My images are not at all real places or even inspired by real places. They are emotional and psychological places. Internal landscapes, if you will. The tidal pull and power of the ocean makes sense to me in terms of expressing these things, and I think that is why some of the work has a feel of water about it. My work speaks of things that are timeless, and I think that for most of us the ocean represents something timeless.
Currently based in New York, Smith generally doesn’t work with galleries but instead interacts directly with collectors. You can see more recent work on Tumblr and Facebook. (via My Modern MetIncomplete)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble

Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Veiled Souls Carved from Stone and Embedded with Crystals by Livio Scarpella sculpture marble
Livio Scarpella is a contemporary Italian sculptor whose work harkens back to the incredible craftsmanship of marble sculptors from the 1700s. His series “Ghost Underground,” which depicts ghostly souls, both peaceful and in anguish, are influenced by the famous veiled sculptures that rest in the Cappella Sansevero, a chapel in the historic center of Naples, Italy. Opposite destinies (the “blessed” and “damned”) are signified through either a light quartz or dark amethyst rock placed near the heart of the sculpture. The crystals also serve an interesting contrast between the softly veiled faces, reminding us that, indeed, both are stone-hard. (via beautifuldecay)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

12 Beautiful Rabbits on Xanaland



If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would -- you see? 

Alice in Wonderland

Original painting by Hattie Albino 


Polite and well mannered, Edgar the rabbit is late for a very important engagement but would not DREAM of insulting his current company. So he sits and waits, nervously checking the clock. Such a gentle rabbit, that Edgar. 

Original painting and story by Amber Alexander


Be brave little rabbit -- take a chance.

Author and artist unknown 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Swarming Fireflies Timelapse by Vincent Brady

Time-lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady

Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies
Time lapse Scenes of Swarming Fireflies by Vincent Brady timelapse nature insects fireflies This is a fantastic feat of photography and editing by Vincent Brady who shot this montage of firefly timelapses in 2013 at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri and around his home in Grand Ledge, Michigan. To make the timelapse Brady had to master several different cameras, learn about photo stacking, 360° panoramas, and even how to pilot a pontoon boat to get all the requisite shots. While we’ve seen several articles featuring long-exposure fireflies it’s still fascinating to see them in motion like this. You can read about Brady’s adventures on his website, and learn more about the science of fireflies on It’s Okay To Be Smart. (via It’s Okay To Be Smart)


Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie ‘Bambi’


The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
The Pastel Illustrations of Tyrus Wong That Would Inspire the Movie Bambi pastel movies illustration deer animation
Painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite maker Tyrus Wong was born in China in 1910 and emigrated to the United States with his father at the age of 9. As a child his teachers noticed he possessed exceptional artistic skills which would land him a scholarship at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. By 1930 he was working in Hollywood for Warner Bros. and from 1938 to 1941 he became a “Disney inspirational sketch artist” where his lush pastel drawings of forests and deer would serve as inspiration for the movie Bambi where he served as lead artist on the film. Wong retired in 1968 and began a second career of making kites which he would fly on the Santa Monica Pier. He is now 103 years old.
Wong’s work was most recently featured in “Round the Clock: Chinese American Artists Working in Los Angeles” at the Vincent Price Art Museum in 2012. You can see more of his pastel illustrations over on Magic Forces. (via Magic Forces)
UPDATE: It’s also been brought to my attention that the Walt Disney Family Foundation in San Francisco actually just held a retrospective exhibition for Wong called Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong. If you’re interested, the catalog for that exhibition is available here. (thnx, Kelly!)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Clouds Create a Waterfall on Canary Island

A Waterfall of Clouds on the Canary Islands mountains landscapes clouds Canary Islands
Photo courtesy Dominic Dähncke
While shooting on the Canary Islands late last year, photographer Dominic Dähncke snapped this jaw-dropping shot of clouds flowing over a mountain range on La Palma Island. The photographer shares via 1X:
This photograph was taken in the mountains of “Cumbre Nueva”, in the part west of La Palma, one of the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, in Spain. To capture cloud’s movement I have set my camera speed to 70 seconds, using a ND filter to minimize the entry of light in camera sensor.
You can see more of Dähncke’s landscape photography over on Flickr.

Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson

Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Approaching Storm, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Gully
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Lost, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Pond, detail
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole
Expedition: Surreal Landscapes Composed from Hundreds of Photographs by Catherine Nelson landscapes digital collage
Waterhole, detail
Belgium-based artist Catherine Nelson (previously) just unveiled a new series of works titled Expedition. The digitally “painted” collages are made from hundreds upon hundreds of photographs that Nelson meticulously assembles into sprawling worlds that straddle the line between real and imagined. The five pieces you see here were nearly 10 months in the making.
Unlike her previous collages that resemble tiny planets, the pieces from Expedition subvert traditional landscapes with a horizon and single vanishing point and instead seem to sprawl in every direction, as if being viewed from multiple vantage points at once. Each landscape is quite large, measuring 60″ tall by up to 115″ wide and is rich with details like hidden snakes, bats and lizards, all elements influenced by Nelson’s memories of her natural surroundings growing up along the east coast of Australia.
Nelson will soon have work at the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney this May with Michael Reid Gallery and a solo show in August at Gallerysmith in Melbourne.

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