Art

Tokyo-based barista brings coffee art to a whole new level

Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who takes his latte art very seriously. While it has been common practice for cafes to decorate their goodness-in-a-cup before serving as if coffee in itself is not enticing enough, Yamamoto took the whole artisan latte to a whole new level. He creates 3D sculptures in a cup, or across cups even. This 26-year-old latte artist uses a toothpick and a spoon to create these foamy artworks. It usually takes him 3 to 5 minutes to come up with a snap-worthy presentation. This skill brought 193,000 people to follow him on Twitter. While this is fun and a feast for the eyes of the spectators, a controversy started to surface in the coffee industry because of this. Some argue that too much effort and appreciation being given to the aesthetics of the coffee could mean less attention to more important matters like taste. Nonetheless, the Tokyo-based barista could not be bothered as he continues to wow his customers and even aims to open his own cafe...
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Creative breakfasts by Instagram superstar IdaFrosk

Ida Skivenes, IdaFrosk on Instagram, is a food artist and enthusiast from Oslo, Norway. She believes that food should be fun, tasty and for the most part healthy. She started creating food arts and posted them on Instagram in 2012 with the purpose of just sharing her healthy and creative breakfasts. It was obviously a hit as she gained nearing 300 thousand followers since then. In 2013, she released her book Eat Your Art Out: Playful Breakfast by Idafrosk. On her website, there's a series called The Art Toast Project. It is basically an edible remake of major works of popular artists using a piece of toast bread as the canvas. While most of her other food art are created with the main purpose of being easy to copy, this project aims to make famous arts accessible and so the level of difficulty is higher. The majority of these pieces take usually at least 30 minutes to make and she usually does them on weekends. ...
Architecture

Massive Lego House set to open in popular brick toy’s hometown

Close to 60 years since the Lego brick was first designed and developed, the Lego company is still building up on its massive cross-generational popularity as it prepares to open a giant brick playhouse, called Lego House. And what better place to put up the structure, a 12,000-square-meter building, than the beloved toy's hometown of Billund in Denmark? A handiwork of architect Bjarke Ingels and opening in September, the building is designed to pay homage to the enduring popularity of the product. "Lego House will be the only one of its kind in the world and it will remain so, because Billund is the home of Lego and this is where we will always be," general manager Jesper Vilstrup told Reuters. Lego House will have a Lego store, four playgrounds, three restaurants, and a gallery that will exhibit Lego's history as well as fan-made Lego figures. Lego House will "display everything the Lego brick can do," Vilstrup said. ...
Art

Who knew we can do this to a sheet of A4?

Peter Callesen is a Denmark-born artist who has amazing skills when it comes to paper. Although he also creates art using another medium, he almost exclusively worked with white paper recently in different objects, paper cuts, installations, and performances. A large part of his work is made from A4 sheets of paper. According to him, "It is probably the most common and consumed media used for carrying information today. This is why we rarely notice the actual materiality of the A4 paper. By taking away all the information and starting from scratch using the blank white A4 paper sheet for my creations, I feel I have found a material that we are all able to relate to, and at the same time, the A4 paper sheet is neutral and open to fill with different meaning. The thin white paper gives the paper sculptures a frailty that underlines the tragic and romantic theme of my works." For more of Peter's work, visit his website and Facebook. ...
Art

The ancient Chinese art of carved lacquer bares its intricacy in an ongoing exhibition

Carved lacquer, an important traditional Chinese art form, is the subject of "Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer," an ongoing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. On view through Oct. 9 are 45 examples of the artistic tradition which showcase its development from the 14th century through the 19th century. Chinese carved lacquer enjoyed its glory for hundreds of years, from the 10th century until the 19th century, although evidence points to its origins in the Tang Dynasty (618-906).  A type of lacquerware made by carving intricate patterns, characters and figures into thick coats of lacquer, carved lacquer took very long periods of time to create and, as such, was considered luxurious. To vary the color of lacquer, which formed from the resin of a tree family in China, minerals were added to it. Cinnabar was used to give it a red appearance, while carbon made it turn black. Some of the Chinese carved lacquer items on display at the Met were given as gifts...
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Meticulously detailed insect and plants sculptures molded from glass

These insects and flowers by Yuki Tsunoda are made from molded glass. The 26-year-old Japanese sculptor molds tiny bits of soft Moretti glass employing the use of small tools along the way to create highly detailed, multicolor insects, flowers nearly to scale. Her aim is to do away with the feelings of disgust and repulsion commonly associated with insects. Tsunoda combines dichroic glass and aventurine to achieve that shiny, metallic look seen on the wings of one of the insects. Check out some of her pieces below and find more on her Twitter, and head on over her online shop if you'd like to pick one up. ...
Art

See an eccentric collection of ‘blue people’ from the wildly amusing Museum of Bad Art

The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is everything it sounds like. This community-based, private institution is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of "bad art" in all its forms and in all its glory. It began back in 1993. A year later, it had its first ever show. Because of the overwhelming response it received, the MOBA spirit is still alive and kicking to this day. There have been many collections and pieces added to the museum. Because of this exponential growth, the minds behind MOBA felt like they needed to find an actual location to house and exhibit everything. There have been many collections and pieces added to the museum. Because of this exponential growth, the minds behind MOBA felt like they needed to find an actual location to house and exhibit everything. Initially, the collections were kept in a "basement of a private home in Boston" according to the website's About Us statement. As it kept exploring and growing, the Dedham Community...
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Fiery ring in the Swiss Alps bring out primal fears of predators

Douglas Gordon and Morgane Tschiember's fiery ring installation burns brightly amidst the icy peaks of the Swiss Alps. As close as you can for as long as it lasts is a temporary piece by the creative duo produced for the biennial event Elevation 1049. The fiery ring was one of 11 sculpture, performance, and AV installations supported by the LUMA Foundation in Gstaad, Switzerland. The ring hosted a performance depicting the tale of a lonely traveller, evoking primal fears of dangerous predators. The sculpture was the result of a collaborative effort that saw Tschiember creating the ring of fire, while Gordon contributed the sound piece. Check it out! ...
Culture

Nomadic life of tight-knit community, Irish Travellers, captured in photographs

Meeting new people is one thing. Meeting a group of closed-off, extremely private nomads is another. Deep in the countryside of Ireland resides a group of families known as one of Ireland’s ethnic minorities. The community, known as the Irish Travellers, resides in their respective caravans and lives a life detached from modern necessities and technology. Brite Kaufmann, a German photographer, saw these camps on one of her trips with friends. She developed so much curiosity for their culture that she bought and drove her own caravan to one of the camps, and stayed with the group for four years. These families face discrimination, even if the Irish government tries to embed them in the city. Their concept of gender roles is deeply rooted that Kaufmann, a female who drove on her own, first became a kind of a novelty to the community. Following tradition is strict in this nomad group, which means that only men work and women care for the children. The Irish Travellers trusted...
Culture

Colorful gas stations photographed in Iraq will change your whole perspective about the country

Despite being depicted in papers and the media as a war-torn country, some parts of Iraq still prosper quietly and, surprisingly, in full color. Along one of the roads in Northern Iraq is a 70-mile stretch of more than 70 gas stations – all having their own unique and colorful characters. The connecting road between Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah boasts of unusual but entertaining roadside architecture in the form of stations filled with gold-plated pillars, temples, and popping of colors. During his visit in the country, photographer Eugenio Grosso was captivated by the interesting show of creativity and culture in these Iraqi gas stations. “These stations are all different, and different from what we expect,” says Grosso. These stations all have something in common – the idea that the brightest and the flashiest gets all the customers. Despite the dusty and hot situations in this side of Iraq, the comical roadside entertainment keeps the long driving hours bearable,...
Art

Latest Zona Maco exhibit showcases the best of Latin America’s art

With the recent rise of aversion towards U.S. President Donald Trump’s insistence of constructing a wall to ban Mexican immigrants, the spotlight has turned to the Latin American city. This month, however, the spotlight was for a good cause. Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, an annual 5-day exhibit featuring works from Latin American designers and artists, paid tribute to solidarity and art last February 8-12, 2017. The event showcased a myriad of design products from oil paintings to handmade crafts and jewelry all collected in Mexico. It was held in Centro Banamex Exhibition in the capital of the Latin American city where U.S.-based art dealers also came to attend for the first time. Almost 120 designers were called to exhibit for the art fair, and approximately 30 of them had locations and galleries both in New York and L.A. The fair also reportedly doubled its attendees on its 4th year with renowned international art collectors grazing the aisles. Below are...
Creativity

Photographer pays homage to cinema’s favorite characters through dreamy, black and white long exposures

From realistic visual effects to captivating scenic footages, it is true that cinematography has come a long way. But for San Francisco native and photographer Nathan Wirth, the beauty of simplicity in old films still holds real power in effective storytelling. In his photo series called Imaginations, he captures fan-favorite characters of known sci-fi movies in truly nostalgic black and white photographs. Darth Vader, Godzilla and the Tardis are just a few of his subjects. These haunting portraits were all shot by the seaside accompanied with long exposures, adding both the element of mystery and nostalgia. For Wirth, it is important that his audience learns to “embrace these images’ flaws” and that each photo tells a simple story that kids who grew up in an era of lousy, over-the-top visual effects would completely relate to. Adding to this, he says that his series is meant to be a “look back” at his childhood fantasies which, to this day, inspires him to...
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Eclectic handmade jewelry collection made by artists in Nevada’s annual Burning Man

Every August of the year, thousands flock to the Black Rock Desert – a deserted area located northwest of Nevada – for the Burning Man festival. The event, known for the gigantic sculpture of a man torched at the final days, lures people from all walks of life for the music, circus acts and experimental art that rise from every corner. The week-long gathering has also given birth to a number of eclectic jewelry made from all kinds of materials. Christine Kirsten, curator of the exhibit Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man, hopes to showcase the meticulous detailing that went into each handmade piece of accessory from the festival.  The evolution of the jewelry used in the festival is featured in the exhibit which is also accompanied by a book, which will be sold at the museum, entitled The Jewelry of Burning Man. Kirsten, an avid supporter of the Burning Man herself, has collected unique pieces from the festival for the past two decades. The exhibit will run from February...
Design

Iconic robot collection stuns at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum

In recent years, the technology world has amassed a notable rise in robotic inventions. These advancements have changed the world’s perspective in dealing with everyday life and broadened awareness in numerous issues. As an acknowledgment to the history and development of robotics, Vitra Design Museum in Germany will hold a robotic exhibit from February 11 to May 14, 2017. The collection will boast robotic designs from numerous engineers and designers ranging from health care, computer games, and even domestic use. The whole exhibition will be supported by artistic performances, workshops, films and comprehensive talks about the advantages of robots in the future. Called “Hello, Robot,” the event will also feature some of the most important robotic inventions of all time. It is forged with the collaborative team of MAK Vienna and Design Museum Gent, and curated by Amelie Klein, Marlies Wirth, Fredo de Smet and Thomas Geisler. The aim was to discover...
Architecture

Former spice warehouse in Singapore now an elegant industrial hotel

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stay for a night in a warehouse? Singapore-based design studio Asylum in collaboration with architectural firm Zarch Collaboratives has transformed a former spice warehouse into a mesmerizing, industrial hotel right in the middle of The Lion City. Hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group was the one who commissioned the two companies for the adaptive reuse project. The Warehouse Hotel, located in front of a river bank in Singapore, is composed of three gabled structures and covered with unassuming white paint on its façade. Its interiors, however, boasts a unique blend of luxury and steel. Infused in the interiors are neutral colors, mainly black and rich dark brown as bases, which are elegantly emphasized by dashes of gold. All the bedrooms exude sophistication with its unique mix of leather and steel. Exposed trusses, hanging cogs, and wheels and mid-century furniture are all important components purposely used to...
Architecture

World’s narrowest house in Poland is not for the claustrophobic

As the problem of living space progresses into the lack thereof, developers have now started building vertically in place of the traditional construction. As an answer to the crisis, a 46 square-feet art installation nicknamed “cushion of air” now resides in Poland and is being dubbed today as the world’s narrowest house. The Keret House, created by Poland-based architect Jakub Szczęsny, is sandwiched between two buildings in Warsaw. It is 30 feet tall by 28 inches wide and boasts a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a refrigerator inside its three floors. The house is so skinny, having only a ladder as its entrance, that it does not carry any electrical or plumbing lines. In place, an innovative water closet was designed and electricity acquired from the two buildings where it is wedged between. The house was named after Isreali author Etgar Keret, also its first tenant, as a memorial to the family he lost during the Holocaust. The Keret House does not meet Polish...
Art

The Frick Museum: premier destination for Old Master paintings and European sculptures

The Frick Museum boasts of amazing art collections, from paintings to sculptures and other decorative pieces. It has made its place as one of the most globally renowned museums and research centers. It all began when Henry Clay Frick started collecting art pieces. From 1849 to 1919, the Pittsburgh industrialist gathered the best pieces of the era. Today, his Fifth Avenue house is one of the very few Gilded Age mansions left standing. The residence is a nice escape from the real world, providing a tranquil and serene milieu to its visitors. You can find amazing art by popular names such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. Since it opened its doors in 1935, and long after Henry Frick died, the museum has continued to acquire important pieces of art. On top of its collections, there are also concert series, lectures, education programs, and symposia that are held here, all of which promote the appreciation of vintage art. Here are some sample...
Art

The annual Armory Show is back, takes a deeper look into multiculturalism and other important issues today

The Armory Show is one of the most popular art shows in the country. Each year, it comes back and features highly important pieces of work from various artists. From painters to sculptors to performance artists, the show has become a huge platform for great talent. This 2017, multiculturalism takes the center stage. The focus is WHAT IS TO BE DONE? By raising awareness through art, the audience and participants get to work towards social change. The show's curator, Jarrett Gregory, points out that “this is not political art, nor does it have an agenda—it is art that helps us to see the historic moment in which we are living.” There definitely is a difference between meaningful art and political art. The artists are not taking sides or beliefs, but rather are educating the world about the issues that we must give focus to. The show runs through Sunday, March 5th. ...
Art

Father of auto-destructive art dies, leaves behind grand legacy of activism and artistic idealism

Gustav Metzger is one of the most popular artists in the political arena. At a young age, he has become a big name in anti-capitalism, anti-consumerism, and the disarmament of nuclear weaponry. Born in 1926, he was destined for an activist's life. Many consider Metzger as an "artist's artist". He described his work as “a desperate last-minute subversive political weapon and attack on the capitalist system (an attack also on art dealers and collectors who manipulate modern art for profit)”. One of the biggest lessons that he always mentioned was that of artists' role as destroyers (as much as they were creators). He emphasized that artists need to "make fewer things". “We have no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste,” he said in one of his rallies. Now that he has left us, he will be leaving behind some very grand lessons and works of art. ...
Art

William P. Chappel’s paintings offer glimpse of life in early 19th-century New York City

If for any reason you've wondered what New York City was like in the 19th century, you might want to look to William P. Chappel's (1801–1878) paintings to get both broad and specific ideas. Chappel, who was a tinsmith by profession but was also an amateur -- and accomplished -- painter, depicted life and happenings in New York, which, if the artist's works are any indication, seems to have always been lively and animated. Twenty-four of his works whose subject is the city are currently on view at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an exhibit that will run until May 14. The paintings show the many facets of life in New York City, including how the dwellers plied their trade, what they did for pastimes, what technologies were present at the time, what the traditions were like, and what happened at night, among other subjects. The 24 paintings by Chappel that are on display at the Met may be viewed here. ...
Art

Instagram artist makes lip art to die for, paints pregnant Beyonce on her mouth!

Jazmina Daniel is not your ordinary woman. She is not just talented. That would be an understatement. Her canvass of choice? Her lips! She has been posting amazing lip art on Instagram, and her latest work involved her painting Beyonce's pregnant photo on her lips. Without a doubt, Queen Bey's fans went crazy. The Australian artist captioned her photo: “I know I have a lot of Queen 🐝 Fans out there! This one is for you! @beyonce Tag the Queen if you think she’d approve 🐝,” She explained, “I chose to recreate Bey’s pregnancy announcement because everyone was so excited about it. There were a lot of people recreating it in pictures and I know that a lot of my followers were Beyoncé fans so it just seemed right to do. I felt inspired in the moment to do it!”  Some people can't even put lipstick on properly! Check out more of her amazing works below: ...
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Selfies gone bad: Tourist accidentally trips onto an $800,000 art piece inside exhibit

How far will you go to get an Instagram-worthy photo? A visitor at the recent event, Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama, held at the Hirshborn Museum in Washington, D.C. accidentally tripped on one of the installations while attempting to get a selfie. Although no official announcement was made, it is rumored that the sculpture amounts to $800,000. It may not be entirely the visitor's fault, though, since there is a limited number of people allowed inside the installation at a single time. This means that there is low to no security personnel to guide the tourists about the proper behaviors acceptable. The installation is described as "narrow walkways, transparent barriers, and plenty of darkness". But whether this is the case or not, people should really start behaving more like civilized tourists during these sophisticated shows. After all, the artist did work really hard to get these done, don't you think? ...
Art

Renowned artist from Myanmar was destined to become a painter from childhood

“My father ordered us to play music, paint, and more until we were 10 years old. After we turned 10 if we didn’t have any interest in the arts we were allowed to choose something else. But I took an interest in art. I created art and music, I became a movie director… Directing is the art of storytelling." These were the words of Myanmar icon Win Pe. Throughout his career, he has become an award-winning director and filmmaker, as well as a radio producer in other Western countries. He is now 82 years old - and has dabbled into various fields of art, including working as a cartoonist, writer, and editor. However, painting seems to be the core of his interests even after all these years. “I have always created paintings. I read painting books. I even dream of paintings,” he says. Learn more about his work. Win Pe's latest exhibition is at the Yangon Gallery. ...
Art

From paintings to sculptures to furniture: artist Sean Talamini just can’t stop creating!

Sean Talamini is a freelance illustrator and fine artist from Philadelphia. He studied Illustration at University of the Arts. He creates paintings for galleries. Most, if not all, of his paintings, are made of acrylic on wood. His love for painting on wood started way back when he was just a child and would create art on his grandmother's wooden wall with a crayon. Obviously, not much has changed except he uses oil and acrylic paint now instead of crayons. These wood paintings have a certain texture that adds life to his works regardless of the coloring material he uses. Whenever he's not painting, he's sculpting. Though his sculptures are made with Super Sculpey, he uses wood to frame and hang them. If Sean is not sculpting, he builds furniture. I guess it's safe to say this artist just can't keep his hands from creating. For more of his beautiful works, visit his website and Instagram. ...
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Matthew J. Levin’s fantastical and eerie sculptures that will hunt your dreams

Matthew J. Levin is a sculptor and concept designer based in Los Angeles, California. To quote the Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro: “Mr. Levin’s portraiture is both quirky and mesmerizing. Each of his little sculptural sketches becomes a three-dimensional snapshot of the bizarre. Just as the eyes in a classical portrait are meant to “follow” you through the room, so will these disquieting Homunculi.” His love for this art started when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to work as a digital sculptor. A year later, he chanced upon a box of Super Sculpey, a unique polymer clay, and that's when the affair began. Since then, his work has been shown on TV, displayed in different galleries, and commissioned by film directors like del Toro, among others. To know more about this artist and to see more of his sculptures, visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
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Insane finish of illustrator’s patterned drawings shows us her exquisite process and influences

Daria Hlazatova is an artist from a small town near the Carpathians in Ukraine. She loves drawing and creating handmade collages. We have recently featured artists whose arts were inspired by the very environment surrounding them and Daria is no different. True enough, she admitted to an interview with Talenthouse that her work and style are syntheses of everything she has seen, enjoyed, and dreamed of. Her illustrations, in all their intricacies and patterns, show most of her influences, from Slavic folklore and fairy tales to modern day pop culture icons. She obviously loves myths and legends so much but the main things that inspire her to create these masterpieces are music, traveling, gardens, ocean, people, and theater. It’s quite phenomenal how she is able to create drawings with hundreds of shapes, patterns, colors and details, yet is still able to maintain a sense of balance and peace. Visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram to see more of her arts.  ...
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More than 35 artists contributed for strange cutlery collection that slows down people’s eating

Spoons and forks forged from wrenches, tongs, and scissors are just a few of the absurd utensils shown on Steinbeisser’s annual food and design event. The Amsterdam-based design studio curated cutlery inventions from more than 35 different designers and artists for the Experimental Gastronomy collection. The strange-looking creations were commissioned by the studio to slow down the time which people normally spend eating. Martin Kullik, the founder of Steinbeisser, reportedly said the results of the show were “very interesting” and that the extra time spent on chewing helped “contribute to enhancing the taste experience.” World-renowned designers contributed their unique works for the show. Estonian artist Nils Hint made oversized utensils using recycled tools from junk yards all over Estonia. Dutch designers Lisanne van Zanten and Renee Boute, however, experimented with the taste of the food itself. They used colored cutlery for their contribution:...
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