Monday, February 24, 2014

Watercolored Photographs Create Surreal Images by Aliza Razell

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell watercolor self portait painting
Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in Photoshop. Her first series, Anesidora , involves the story of Pandora’s Jar (Pandora’s box was actually a jar, a detail misinterpreted in the 1400s), while the second is inspired by the Finnish word ikävä, meaning the feeling of missing someone or something. You can see much more of her work over on Flickr, and you might interested to know Razell is the older sister of young photographer Fiddle Oak, featured here last year.

Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel

Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
Surgically Altered Ceramics by Beccy Ridsdel sculpture ceramics
UK-based artist Beccy Ridsdel creates fun yet strangely macabre interventions where ceramics have been surgically altered to reveal additional layers of detail. Where the metaphor of surgery might normally evoke blood and guts, Ridsdel instead reveals further floral patterns inside bone china plates and cups. The pieces are part of an ongoing examination regarding the perception of ceramics as craft or art. You can see more of her work over on Facebook and she has a few pieces for sale in her shop. (via Slow Art Day)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Charming Sculpture Created With the Help of Honeycomb: Aren't They The Bee's Knees!

Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees
Photo by William Eakin
Artist Aganetha Dyck Collaborates with Bees to Create Sculptures Wrapped in Honeycomb wax sculpture nature insects bees
Photos by William Eakin
In North America, Europe and many other parts of the world, bee populations have plummeted 30-50% due to colony collapse disorder, a fact not lost on artist Aganetha Dyck who for years has been working with the industrious insects to create delicate sculptures using porcelain figurines, shoes, sports equipment, and other objects left in specially designed apiaries. As the weeks and months pass the ordinary objects are slowly transformed with the bees’ wax honeycomb. It’s almost impossible to look at final pieces without smiling in wonder, imagining the unwitting bees toiling away on a piece of art. And yet it’s our own ignorance of humanity’s connection to bees and nature that Dyck calls into question, two completely different life forms whose fate is inextricably intertwined.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

99 Red Balloons & Thousands of Purple Ones Transform Interior Space Into Another World in Barcelona

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture

Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Giant Inflatable Balloons Transform Interior Spaces into Otherwordly Environments installation architecture
Barcelona-based Penique Productions is an artist collective founded in 2007 that creates transformative installations in public spaces. To do this the group utilizes massive plastic balloons that are inflated inside buildings and other interior areas. Coupled with exterior lighting that illuminates the colored plastic, the results can be beautifully dramatic, making the new environment almost unrecognizable from the actual space.
You can see many more views of several installations on their website, and almost all of them are accompanied by videos that document the process. Penrique has upcoming projects next month at both the UB University in Barcelona, and at Galeria N2.

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