Articles by Sharee Ann Narciso-Tolentino

A writer, curator, and online marketing aficionado. But most of all, a loving mom of two amazing kids, and wife to a weirdo slash husband.
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Neo-origami sculptures to be displayed at the artist’s alma mater

Claremont McKenna College is home to many talented artists. In the past years, it has been renowned for its alumni's exceptional work, many of which have been displayed in its very halls and exhibits. The latest alumnus to be featured is Lawrence Beall, whose new piece is entitled "Digital Odyssey". The piece uses what the artist calls neo-origami sculpture, and aims to retell the classic tale of Odysseus' twelve-year journey, but in a more contemporary manner. The piece was placed at the Roberts Pavilion and was funded by the Dean of Students Office and the CMC Student Art Council. He wants to create and spread awareness to the students using his work, representing the classic concepts of wandering but interpreted in a digital world. Beall also has upcoming works to be featured at the Riverside Art Museum, where he will participate in the artist residence. While waiting for his future exhibit, take a peek at his Digital Odyssey below. ...
Architecture

Stunning photos show six picturesque, must-visit small town destinations in France

France is a common tourist destination all year long, especially with favorites such as Nice, Paris, and Marseille. However, there is much to be seen and experienced from its lesser known, but equally captivating, smaller town counterparts. Here is a list that you should include on your travel list this 2017. (1) Chamonix - a ski village that is captivating during winter with an adorable market on Christmas season. During the summer, it is an excellent hiking and biking setting with tantalizing views of the mountains. (2) Colmar - home to Renaissance architecture, with medieval homes and cobblestone streets. (3) Amiens - now a UNESCO World Heritage site, it will lure in tourists with its warm belfry ambiance. (4) Lourmarin - a beautiful village that comes alive during summertime, thanks to many boutiques, terraced cafes, and restaurants beyond your wildest dreams. (5) Èze - found near Nice, this historic hilltop has the best medieval architecture, botanical gardens,...
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Naotaka Hiro’s exhibit is filled with revealing artwork, captivates his audience’s minds and eyes alike

The Box in L.A. plays host to Naotaka Hiro's current exhibition of artwork. Hiro's concept is to have one work reveal something about what the other piece of art conceals. It is as if you are watching an essay come to life, filled with contradicting action and constraint - having limited information versus understanding its entirety. And for all of the pieces, the artist's focus is on the human body. Other pieces are works made using bronze, which extends the artistic legacy of Bruce Nauman, Hiro practices precision and elegance, as he realizes the notion of the human body as a way to create representations of itself. Truly, each and every artwork in this show by Naotaka Hiro is able to captivate the mind and the eyes. You won't just appreciate art in its beauty - your mind will also go through a journey of not knowing and then fully understanding. Hiro's show is currently at The Box, 805 Traction Ave., L.A. It will run until January 28, 2017. For more information, visit TheBoxLA.com....
Architecture

A novel way of displaying art: hanging frames on bookcases and (virtually) any flat surface

Say goodbye to minimalism. The new year comes in with a bang when it comes to interior design and architecture. It seems that simply hanging paintings on your wall is too passé these days. The shift began towards the end of 2016 and is carried on to the dawn of 2017. The trend that would make you think it came only from hipsters and wannabe designers is actually making a statement in the design world. Thanks to underground indie photographers and illustrators, we are now acknowledging the fact that any and all flat surfaces are acceptable venues for displaying art. So if you've got bookshelves or even an entire library in your home, hanging framed paintings, landscapes, or even your own portraits on the shelves' partitions might actually mean that you're on your way to modern creativity. What once was considered as "too much" is now possibly along the tenets of reasonable style. Either way, this way of displaying art can definitely attract they eyes of any visitor that...
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Jean Jullien is back with new book, illustrates modern life in the funniest ways possible

If you get your hands on Jean Jullien's new book, Modern Life, you will absolutely catch yourself laughing out loud more than a few times. It's not hard to relate to his illustrations, because - as always - his humor is spot-on for the modern man or woman. What most people don't consider a big deal, he is able to observe intently. He is so keen on the tiniest details that he is able to create art and comedy out of these. This will be the artist's fifth book, and it carries the signature grumpiness and humor that the French illustrator has been known for. Hollywood actor Jesse Eisenberg was commissioned to write the book's introduction, and he exclaims that Jullien is one of a kind; and that his drawings are "difficult to describe because he is funnier without words than most are with." Jean Jullien's Modern Life is available on teNeues. ...
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Veteran sculptor graces the Hessisches Landesmuseum with his ‘Unnatural Selection’ series

In an exhibition entitled Unnatural Selection, 20 of the best sculptures from renowned artist Tony Cragg will be displayed inside the majestic Hessisches Landesmuseum of Darmstadt. Tony Cragg is a British sculptor who comes from Liverpool. Over the years, he has made a big name for himself and his works have been featured in various projects, exhibits, and galleries all around the world. Thanks to the fluidity of his organic sculptures, Dr. Klaus-D. Pohl (curator) has decided to pick his work and showcase them in the grandiose main hall of the museum. Doing this will create a juxtaposition between the venue's religious ambiance and architecture against the more modern and futuristic forms of the artist. His pieces come in wood, glass, marble, and metal - reflecting his impressive mastery of his chosen material and his ability to create stunning impact with his visual work. The show has already begun last December 2 and will continue until March 26, 2017....
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The role of Art Deco in fashion and textile designs over the years

During its conception, Art Deco was the newest style of its kind while boasting of strong attachments to other art styles and periods. It nurtured elements but at the same time reacted and even turned away from others. It gets a lot of similarities from its predecessor, Art Nouveau, such as geometric forms, exotic elements, as well as multiple dimensions and perspectives. During the Art Deco period, a lot of attention was given to textile design. At the time, fashion was the second biggest industry in export and carried heavy importance in the recovering economies right after WWI. Furthermore, Art Deco associates the technological innovations of the machine age, carrying with it a tendency to lean towards the urban and industrial scenes, which are prevalent in the metallic color palettes and the clean ergonomic lines of vehicles and objects. All of these were seen clearly in the evolution of textile and fashion design. The images below show the evolution of Art Deco design....
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‘We the People’ kickstarter campaign features works of activist artists, to be launched on Inauguration Day on Washington DC as new symbols of hope

The iconic HOPE image used in the Obama campaign 8 years ago was created by Shepard Fairey. Right now, the country is facing another kind of situation, that she and fellow activist artists feel, shall require all new images that carry hope. These images will reject the fear, hate, and discrimination that have somewhat been "normalized" in the recent presidential campaign. As a peaceful protest and declaration of hope, the project entitled We the People will be launched on Inauguration Day, right in the heart of Washington, DC. The artists and their supporters will carry with them their new symbols of hope. The pieces are commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. The project, which is currently on Kickstarter, is made possible through the efforts of many artists, filmmakers, editors, photographers, and activists. The artwork is created by Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal. The team promises that they will deliver the prints and artwork no...
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Canadian fine jewelry brand focusing on fresh and contemporary designs for women

Mejuri is the brainchild of former engineer Noura Sakkijha and seasoned art director Justine Lançon. It is an e-commerce fine jewelry brand based in Canada which gives a whole new light on making personal jewelry decisions. The two founders are concentrating on making sure that all women are given a positive experience when shopping for jewelry, and that all of their items reflect their consumers' personality, needs, and goals in life. They create contemporary and minimalistic bracelets, earrings, rings, and necklaces, which are exclusively available online. This is to reduce unnecessary markups common in retail practice. The brand aims to be able to bring new and high-quality jewelry to women for their daily lives. This is made possible by constantly designing and creating new, fresh designs that are crafted by expert jewelers, which they offer to their consumer base at accessible prices. These factors make Mejuri stand out from the crowd. Check out some...
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High school students design and create 29 sculptures to adorn their neighborhoods

Students from various public high schools have come together in a nonprofit project to beautify their city. The plan is to plan, design, and put up 29 pieces of sculpture. So far, the group has successfully erected their first installation - entitled Piece 24 ("Let Me Walk in Beauty", as inspired by a native American poem about respecting nature) - in Oak Cliff, just a few steps away from the famous Texas Theatre. The goal of the project is to "uplift and awaken the creative spirit to make genuine social change.” And this is definitely starting to happen. A real estate investor has helped the group in finding the location for their first sculpture. Many other individuals, companies, and philanthropists have helped with the project financially. All of the work is done by the students, as encouraged by their schools and teachers. At the end of the whole initiative, there will be 29 neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, that will be adorned with beautiful works of art. Each piece...
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Contemporary Islamic art as a means to connect the past, present, and future

Islamic art's parameters have gone beyond the traditional definitions over the past few years. Museums, private collectors, and gallery curators have paved the way towards a more contemporary age of works coming from the Middle East. Islamic artists have started to garner inspiration from a variety of sources: their own culture and traditions, as well as modern life. They use techniques, ideas, and imagery that date back to past centuries. In the images that you'll see below, you'll see these conventional methods almost "reinvented" by expressing more modern subjects and ideas. Doing this, in a way, "frees" the artists from Islamic patronage and functionality, as their predecessors were once constrained. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been active in acquiring and preserving these pieces of contemporary Middle Eastern and Islamic art, believing that the art's relevance lies not simply as "art", but also as a means to explore the culture and...
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Amazing paintings by passionate French artist and designer that can wow you

Damien Geminard is a French designer, graphic artist, motion designer, and painter that is skilled with illustration, web design, and motion graphics. For years, he has worked with so many companies as a graphic designer. He has provided services for almost every conceivable client - print shops, web agencies, stickers shops, and more. He's also freelanced for over a decade. Geminard is a family man who is as passionate about his art as he is about his kids. So whenever he gets some free and uninterrupted time on his hands, he goes back to his original love: painting. He paints, he paints, and he paints some more. Below are some of his amazing works using paint. You can contact him through his email or see more of his work on his website, Artisteprint. On his site, you can also see his other work in graphic design, motion graphics, and a lot more. ...
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Artist creates commissioned paintings using watercolor and the final results are simply lovely

Renee Pulve is a graphic designer and artist from California who recently started commissioned painting services. In the photos below, we can see how her process works. Each of these paintings is for different clients or purposes, but we can appreciate the technique and color palette similarities for them. The first photo features a monstera leaf using watercolor, which was created for a tropical planner. The second photo shows a favorite of the artist herself. You can purchase this flamingo creation on Minted. Next, we see a simple pineapple subject. Pulve admits that there is some difficulty drawing and painting leaves while maintaining some dimension in the end. Finally, there is a pretty seahorse painting, where Pulve used masking fluid to create a degree of texture. Brighter paints were used to bring life to the creature's face, fin, and tail. Check out more of Pulve's work on Dribble or on her website. ...
Architecture

The Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is back, and 2017’s sculptures are bigger than ever

We have previously covered a story about the very same festival, back in 2013. The annual festival is coming soon this year, and the sculptures are crazier and bigger than ever. Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival is a tourist attraction for both local and foreign vacationers because it provides something completely new. Sure, we've all seen snow and ice one way or another, but what about ice sculptures that are bigger than life? Probably not. As you can see in the photos below, the festival takes a LOT of manpower, planning, and preparation to execute properly. And topping the previous years' already successful runs can be a humongous challenge to take. This festival isn't just about sculptures and lights towering among us, however. The very first ice lantern and sculpture dates back to ancient China, so this event is somehow giving us a glimpse of what life was back then. Today, people from all over the world come together to bask in the culture, art, and festivities...
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Artist gives tutorial on how to make landscape paintings using watercolor

Jem Bowden teaches us how to create landscape watercolor paintings by showing one of her own pieces. We see the actual photo of the artist's subject. In this case, it's a scenic image of a beach shore with boats and other elements. If you look closely, the watercolor painting looks more artistic and creative than the reference photo. Bowden advises that even with reference photos, it's nice to get "creative" and feel free to paint with some freedom. Bowden also says that in impressionistic painting, detail is not as important as a good composition. A nice atmosphere with verve and directness will go a long way. The artist aims to captivate the entire sense of a specific setting or scene while allowing the chosen subject to stand out. In this particular project, the painting was done outdoors. They may be subtle, but working around the actual weather, smells, and sounds of nature can create important influences on the painting itself. ...
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Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
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Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
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Sparks Gallery hosts National Sculpture Society exhibit in San Diego

The National Sculpture Society celebrates its inaugural this month. Its Southern California division will host the society's first group show, which will run from January 7 to March 5 at Sparks Gallery. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest association of sculpting artists in America. It was founded more than 120 years ago and is still active to this day. This year, it has chosen the 23 best artists from Southern California to include in the exhibit. These artists come from the San Diego county and city, including Encinitas, Oceanside, Del Mar, Carlsbad, and even Temecula. The exhibition will be a colorful display of different mediums, such as bronze sculptures, wood and ceramic creations, and marble statues. The exhibit can be visited while enjoying wine. It will be open from 6 to 9 PM. RSVP is required, but admission and registration are free. One free drink is included in the ticket. All wine sales and proceeds will benefit the San Diego Rotary Club. For more...
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Chinese folk art created on Apple devices now available for free download

In celebration of the Chinese New Year, Apple has posted (in select regions) digital artwork depicting Chinese New Year traditions. The folk art has a modern twist to it, and each piece boasts of bold and bright colors. Each one can be downloaded for free for iPads, iPhones, and Mac computers. The tech giant has commissioned five local artists to create the special project, including Victo Ngai who created Lucky Rooster with the Apple Pencil and Procreate on iPad Pro, editing her work on a MacBook pro for finishing touches. Eszter Chen created Joyful Reunions using Photoshop and Illustrator on iMac and MacBook Pro. The rest of the series were made using Photoshop and Illustrator: Zhou Fan's Rich Harvest, Ye Hongxing's Peaceful Home, and Jiang Shan's Fortune Flows. You can download the free Chinese New Year-themed wallpapers on your Apple device, or learn more about the art series on Apple's official post. ...
Animation

Young artist earns millions of YouTube hits because of exemplary character art

American Artist Ross Tran is the embodiment of how sheer talent and imagination can create massive success, even at a young age. The 23-year old has amassed almost two million hits on his YouTube channel, and it's not surprising why. His videos are laced with amazingly quick cuts, hyperactive presentation, playful tones, and quirky stops at his own apartment and school, as well as various locations. There are many elements to his witty work, but the main foundation lies in his bright and stylized tutorials showing how his art comes to life - from conception to implementation. When asked about his "secret to success" at such a young age, he tells his audiences that his portfolio is extremely personalized. He says that an artist must have a portfolio that screams out what you really want to do. In his case, he loves character designs. So he makes his work based on this particular passion. He advises fellow artists to avoid making "disposable" designs and show the whole world...
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Sir Anthony Hopkins’ colorful paintings on display in Las Vegas and San Diego

The veteran actor, best known for playing Hannibal Lecter in the movie franchise, is also a world-renowned painter and artist. His latest collection is now on display as part of permanent exhibitions. These can be viewed at the Jeff Mitchum Galleries, at the Bellagio and MGM Grand (Las Vegas) and in La Jolla (San Diego). His pieces are acrylic paintings on canvas, selling between $4000 to $80,000. The 79-year old started painting 12 years ago, thanks to the encouragement of his wife. He admits there is "no meaning" in his paintings. He just creates them and discovers the art along the way - he does not like thinking or analyzing them. He uses paints, acrylics, oils, pens, markers, canvasses, brushes, and tempera bottles. He loves making super colorful art since he was a child, which started from his fascination for church stained glass windows when his father took him to hear mass. See more of Sir Anthony's work on display at Jeff Mitchum Galleries. ...
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Check out these crazy (good) Santa fan art pieces that shine a new light on Saint Nicholas

Santa Claus is one of the most iconic symbols of the Christmas spirit. Dads and grandpas even dress up like him to spread the holiday cheer to kids and families. So it'll come as a (pleasant) surprise to see these rather unconventional depictions of Santa from various artists across the web. From ass-kicking Santa to sexy to rockstar, there's one for every picture you may ever have in mind. The first piece is from James Wolf Strehle, a truly gifted digital artist from the United States. He depicts Santa as an ogre-zombie hybrid slayer, for some reason. We love it! The second one is rather unfit to show to kids, as it may drastically change their views about the beloved Father Christmas. It is from Veli Nyström, an artist from Finland who is very good at digital drawings and illustration. Next, we have a rather steampunk-esque Santa, courtesy of Israel A. Carrion, a gifted artist from Spain. We also see some crossovers - the first comes in the form of the new Star Wars cast...
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Clever graphic designer imagines daily objects in a “pop” world full of candies

Perhaps one of the most imaginative and clever graphic designers today, Paul Fuentes gives another offering of his signature colorful and humorous collections of photos. He focuses on turning daily life items into something more interesting, clever, and funny by twisting certain elements with candies. Wouldn't it be fun to live in a candy world? This isn't his first rodeo, either. Previously, he worked on projects which involved junk food, healthy food, ice cream, a lot of projects involving animals and bizarre characters, and many others. Anybody who is looking for designs that are definitely out of the ordinary will appreciate his work. In addition to his graphic design and mashups, he also is a great lettering artist and a digital photographer. You can catch more of this Mexico City-based artist as he stages daily objects into colorful and surreal mashups on Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and LinkedIn. ...
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Collaboration proves that hand-painted mail gives a more personal touch to getting holiday cards

Wouldn't it be amazing to go back to the time when everything was made by hand? Handwritten and sealed letters say so much more about a person's emotion and sentimentality than a text message or an email. Fortunately, we are here to know that all of this old school style isn't completely lost. Lucy Halcomb is a Brooklyn-based artist who specializes in hand-painting her crafts. Her latest projects include customized, hand-painted mail in the form of greeting cards. She sent this to her friend, Nimrat Brar, who happens to be an art director. But instead of simply saying thanks and appreciating the cards, Nimrat returned the favor and "realized" some of the mail. She even responded with a hand-painted letter of her own. Below are some of these hand-painted mail from the collaborators - but you can also check out Lucy's Instagram account for more of her amazing art. ...
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Ocean artist takes breathtaking photographs of waves that resemble towering mountains

Lloyd Meudell is an Australian photographer who is fascinated by nature. And it really shows, even through his works of art. He is able to immerse himself - literally and connotatively - into the oceans, allowing him to capture mesmerizing pictures of giants masses of water as they form into waves and seem to almost touch the sky. Meudell hails from NSW and is in love with the rawness of the ocean's beauty. Before becoming a professional photographer, he spent a lot of time surfing the seas. One day he realized this passion can be transformed into a different kind of art, and he decided to capture what he loved most about it. Now, his photos are available as prints on his website. If you simply want to be updated with his scenic photos on social media, you can also follow him on Instagram. ...
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American artist creates delicate flower and geometric sketches, the result is truly inventive

Flory Huang is an American artist who relocated to Vancouver recently, carrying some of her best art along. Her works include awe-inspiring sketches of flowers mixed up with various geometric shapes, where the canvas are different bodies. You can definitely see a flair of inventiveness right away. Huang admits that she thrives the most when she is looking for new, strong ways of expressing her ideas. In this process, she is able to inspire other people and help them with their needs. In fact, she is not just an artist. She is also a coach and consultant, and does work for corporate firms and companies requiring visual design. She works with visual art, branding, strategy, design, content creation, coaching, leadership, user experience, project management, and even sales! Talk about a one-woman machine! See more of her on social media (Tumblr and Instagram). ...
Architecture

Unique cover art by legend M.C. Escher for most beloved classic books

M.C. Escher is one of the rare left brain-inclined artists of all time. Even long after his passing, his works continue to grace the cover of books, magazines, nonfictions, and even albums. For this reason, many publishers use his art for books that they think can be marketed towards the more "logical" of the reading audience, since the artist spent half of his career in mathematics and the other half in art. His pieces depict possibly unseen worlds through his lithographs, mezzotints, and woodcuts - using concepts from math to reflect "infinity" in ways no other artist has been able to. He made the viewer think and ponder, not just appreciate aesthetic. This Dutch artist has been published in who knows how many nonfiction publications, fantasy and sci-fi magazines, and of course, has had his work used as cover art for the most renowned books of our time. These include one edition of Edwin Abbott's Flatland, Clive Barker’s The Damnation Game, and George Orwell’s 1984...
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