Category: Inspiration

Inspiration

Rare disc of ice forms and spins in small river outside of Seattle

Naturally-occurring ice formations? 'Tis the season. Right outside of Seattle, word began to spread on Facebook about a massive circular sheet of ice in a small river. Photographer Kaylyn Messer was on scene to capture it. The disc of ice looks majestic spinning at the mercy of the current in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River. Messer comments, "You can hear the sound of the river flowing continuously. Sounds from the ice periodically interjected with very small sharp cracks and groans. Overall, it was a quiet experience to stand along the river watching the ice circle rotate." Check it out below and find more photos and videos on her blog. ...
Creativity

Company designs elegant and funny soup ladles

OTOTO Design is famous for its humorous and witty creations. This Tel-Aviv based company decided to surprise kitchen lovers who want to bring humor and joy in everyday life with the Swanky unsinkable ladle. Made in three colors: black, white and red, Swankies are absolutely adorable. Even though they primarily function as a decorative element, they are designed as a perfect big ladle that will never sink. Swanky is the second ladle design from the OTOTO Design. A couple of years ago, they designed a Loch Ness Ladle that was no less adorable than Swanky. ...
Architecture

Mesmerizing helicopter views of Los Angeles by Dylan Schwartz

Taken from high above the city, Dylan Schwartz's aerial photography is mesmerizing. The creative Director and photographer based out of Los Angeles frequently takes helicopter rides at dawn and dusk, capturing breathtaking views of towering skyscrapers, bridges, and sports complexes. The cinematic shots often feature LA landmarks such as the Hollywood sign and familiar locations like Chinatown. It's almost like the viewer is part of the experience of cruising above the horizon and taking in the sights. Check out some of the glorious shots below and find more on his Instagram and website. ...
Art

Amr Elshamy: The Art of Storytelling and Magical Sceneries

Amr Elshamy, otherwise called Hotamr, lives in Egypt where he makes wonderful blends of narration and otherworldly workmanship from science fiction, dreamlike universes to monsters generally past our creative ability. Hotamr loves to practice all styles of art, however, his genuine enthusiasm is in filmmaking. He is the first Egyptian to be included on an Adobe Splash screen when his work entitled "Falling… " was highlighted on the splash screen of Adobe Photoshop CC 2017. When talking about monsters, Hotamr said that they are dependably in his fantasies and recounting stories to him. He interprets them, therefore, as lovable creatures. His fantasy venture is to make a film about his monsters like in the Disney movies. In his website you can experience the kind of art that only exist beyond our imaginations. You can also check his Facebook if you want to know him more. ...
Art

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.  ...
Art

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. ...
Art

Floral beards and crowns liven up statues in Brussels

Flower crowns make everything come alive - even otherwise lifeless busts and statues. Florist Geoffroy Mottart has created a variety of elaborate arrangements of flowers in forms of crowns and beards. The pieces can be found installed on public monuments throughout Brussels. The artist interventions, called "Fleurissements," are eventually removed after a couple of days with photos surfacing on Instagram. Some busts keep bringing Mottart back for new designs, such as the one depicting Leopold II of Belgium. Check out some of the floral beards below! ...
Inspiration

Documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures” examines the life of Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe was one of the most provoking and controversial photographers of the 20th century. He was an incredibly blunt, thought-provoking, and intelligent artist. Some would say he wasn't an artist at all, but he definitely brought something revolutionary into the world of modern photography. When you look at his photography, you are sure that you haven't seen anything similar. Before declaring himself as a homosexual, Mapplethorpe was in a relationship with punk singer and writer Patti Smith. In 2010 Smith wrote a book “Just Kids” about their love and life when they were only 20 years old. The documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Picture gives us an opportunity to appreciate this dynamic artist that is so often forgotten. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrVYqB0geMo...
Creativity

When you have faith there is no pain – Marina Abramovic in Brazil

 "The Artist is present"  is a film that has drawn a lot of attention on Marina Abramovic career and personal life. In this movie, we were introduced with Marina’s passion for creation, her power, patience, and emotionality. A body is her essential artistic attribute. That's why she is in a constant search for the ways people making the boundaries and communicate with and trough the body. Thus, It is not surprising that her new film about the exploration of body, pain, and spirituality in Brazil is already waiting for us. Marina visited The space in between and she has something to tell us about it. Taka a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qor1zzj-WtA...
Art

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...
Art

Artistic culinary treats and more in the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney plays host to this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You might have heard of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one, however, stems out and creates its own brand of taking food beyond your imagination. Aptly named, it will take place in the "Food Studios" inside the Epcot World Showcase promenade. It will begin from January 13 through February 20. Audiences can expect art that marvels the eyes, the ears, as well as the taste buds. You will certainly see food that is treated as art on a plate. Get ready to take your Instagram snappers. Each day will feature a different interactive activity or workshop. For the schedule of workshops, take a look at this list. And starting on January 6, 2017, online bookings can be made. But if you can't wait that long, you can pick up the phone and dial 407-WDW-PLAY right now. All workshops and activities will be held in the Odyssey Festival...
Animation

Abrams releases ‘The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ after the film’s success

"The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is yet another addition to the roster of art books published by Abrams Books. It will chronicle the visual art of the film and story's creation. We will see how they conceptualized and developed these new worlds, vehicles, weaponry, and characters. Rogue One is the very first movie in the Star Wars series, timeline-wise. So fans will absolutely appreciate learning more about it behind the big screen. It will come in a similar format as the previous book, "The Art of Star Wars: The Force Awakens". Fans will enjoy the same unlimited access to hundreds of sketches, initial storyboards, concept paintings, matte paintings, and designs for characters, vehicles, and costumes. This book shall become the ultimate guide for the ultimate fans to the imagination and art behind this latest chapter in the global franchise. It was created and developed by Josh Kushins (author), Doug Chiang and Neil Lamont (co-production designers),...
Furniture

Designer sculpts trees into chair-like objects without chopping them down

The fascinating thing about nature is that there's no stopping its growth. Gavin Munro is taking advantage of that with his unique furniture. The Derbyshire-based furniture designer fashions trees into chairs through some strategic sculpting. Yes, it's possible and Munro has years of testing in his mother's garden to prove it. Full Grown is the art of sculpting wood, as it grows, into furniture-like shapes without the need for chopping 'em down. The process can take anywhere between four to eight years as Munro describes, "In essence, it’s an incredibly simple art. You start by training and pruning young tree branches as they grow over specially made firmer. At certain points we then graft them together so that the object grows into one solid piece – I’m interested in the way that this is like an organic 3D printing that uses air, soil, and sunshine as its source materials." Check out some of the furniture below and learn more on their website. There's also...
Digital

The saddest places in the world as shown on Google Maps

Yes, there are some truly sad places around the world and some of them have been identified thanks to Google Maps. Australian artist Damien Rudd’s Instagram is filled with screenshots taken from Google Maps. Doing quite the opposite of showing striking travel photos, Rudd highlights the most depressing places. The hilarious series has brought to light some great (and morbid) examples such as "Nasty Pond" and "Devastation Island." His 64,000 followers can't seem to get enough of Rudd's quirky finds. They make you wonder how exactly these places were named. Check out some of the LOL-worthy locations below and find more on Instagram. ...
Creativity

Twitter user stacks coins in impossible ways creating mind-blowing sculptures

Coin stacking is an art form. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Twitter [email protected]_tani creates some crazy-looking towers from coins, toothpicks, and silverware. The gravity-defying works are held together with a calculated balance in which each piece relies on its position and weight. Just look at the one below where coins are balanced over a knife's point! From swirling cylinders to twisting DNA strands, it leaves the viewer asking "what sorcery is this?!" And the answer is science! Check out some of them below and find more on Twitter. ...
Art

Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
Art

Post-election anxiety finds its way through art

Art Week Miami is one of the biggest art events every year. In fact, over 70,000 fans, critics, and artists attend the celebration to get some inspiration and marvel at the year's best. 2016 is a lot like the previous years, but there has been an overwhelming sense of consolation, as well. The past election has caused much anxiety to many people, and in more than a few ways, people feel saddened because of the issues it has raised: gun violence, terrorism, immigration, national security, discrimination, and sexual abuse. These things trigger some bad memories in most people, especially with those who are personally affected by them. So it was not a big surprise to see a common theme in this year's Art Week. Sam Durant was one of the biggest exhibitors from the Blum and Poe booth. His screaming art was aptly entitled End White Supremacy. Although it was an old piece (2008), the recent elections surely gave it meaning in a new light. Aside from Durant, many other artists also exhibited...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

Tarot cards interpreted in three dimensions

Autumn Casey's latest work invites viewers into an unusual way of seeing tarot cards: in three-dimensional form. The exhibit, which is now being shown at Primary Projects, is entitled Balancing Infinity, While Hanging Upside Down. Watching Lovers Fall from Grace, Underneath the Ground. This exhibit is a mix of collage work, sculpture, and poetry from the artist. Tarot reading and interpretation is basically about life stages. How do we move through life? How does life transform over time? It is also about its balance - and Casey shows this well through her art form. Her sculptures are large in scale but are positioned quite precariously. She also delves into memory and history in one of her video works. This exhibit contains 78 collages and a whole series of sculptures. Each piece can be seen as a standalone art form, but also in conjunction with each other as a full tarot deck. This exhibit was inspired by the Rider-Waite tarot deck.  ...
Art

Conceptual artist turns pieces of trash into amazing still life art

Nik Mirus is a conceptual artist who has a knack for seeing beyond what the regular human eye can see. In fact, one of his latest pieces of work involves nothing fancier than railroad junk. He shines a light on random pieces of trash and turns them into well-photographed stills. He captures his pictures just before the sun is about to go down - he calls this the "golden hour". Mirus shows interest in how wind, water, light, and other natural elements are able to create amazing effects seen in the reflections, textures, and transparencies of other objects - even the most seemingly mundane ones. In his studio, he loves to get better "control" of this craft, exploring and photographing the correlation between the natural environment and such discarded objects. Mirus is based in Montreal and posts his work on his website. You can see his other work or check out the rest of the photographs from this 'detritus' series (although it is still officially untitled at the moment).  ...
Art

Philanthropist honored with life-sized sculpture by artist he never met

Saige Baxter is an artist - a painter, sculptor, and welder. But even more than that, she is an advocate for many positive things in life. Much of her work stems from goodness and charity. So it was not a huge surprise when she created a sculpture in honor of Jennings Womack, a philanthropist from Greensburg. Baxter spent almost a whole year preparing and crafting the sculpture to honor the late Womack. Although they never knew each other in real life, Baxter felt as if she already met him by talking to those close to him. The sculpture was officially unveiled outside the Jennings Womack Fitness Center. It was the final touch that closed the recent renovation done to the facility. It is located at Greensburg Salem High School. Before Womack died, renovations were already underway. And although the sculpture came as a posthumous honor, it definitely encapsulated what the community felt for the philanthropist. The artist made the sculpture so that it evokes the image of...
Creativity

Startling underwater photos appears to show thousands of fish floating in air

This is one of those one-picture posts that yours truly loves oh so much. Mainly because this single picture seems to be worth a thousand. Photographers David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes blow us away by this aquatic photo they captured as part of an assignment for National Geographic in Cuba. They were on task when they spotted this massive school of blue silversides. Thousands in number, the fish were speedily swimming through bunches of mangrove trees. Despite being an underwater photograph, the perspective used makes the fish startlingly appear to be floating in the air. The photo was praised so much that it made National Geographic’s Best Photos of 2016 list. Check it out! ...
Art

‘La La Land’ brings back music and life to Hollywood

The fact that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are starring in the movie isn't the only reason to see La La Land. Fans and critics alike are giving the film praise for bringing back the prestige of a good musical to Hollywood. Damien Chazelle's feel-good movie couldn't have come at a better time. With so many people feeling down because of political issues and generally negative news on TV 24/7, having something as fun and positive as La La Land definitely helps lift our spirits up. The cinematography is no joke, either. You definitely will get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia - decades back where proper fashion and grooming made sense. The popping color of the film adds to its appeal, too. And don't think this is just another art film with good choreography and an impressive soundtrack. The film is generating a LOT of Oscar buzz. In fact, many share the opinion that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could use a light-hearted musical break right about now. Many...
Art

Cuban artist fills Havana with melancholic street art

If you want to see some haunting street art, then you better take a look at the old buildings of Havana, Cuba. An artist is filling the country's capital with amazing art. Yulier Rodriguez is a craftsman with his subject of choice being alien creatures. But these aren't your typical sci-fi baddies - they give out a certain air of melancholy. It's almost terrifying to a point. Because the city has a lot of abandoned buildings, Rodriguez took them as a blank canvas of sorts. This sort of derelict graffiti is common in nearby cities, but this is more novel to Havana. Rodriguez signs his artwork with "Yulier P." You'll find several alien-like work featuring gigantic heads and beamy eyes. The artist claims they are fables, or "souls" - suffering and wandering and wondering. Are they in pain? Are they contemplating over their life? Who's to say? It's up to the audience to create his own interpretation. One thing is for certain - they are definitely not too happy. See his work on Instagram...
Inspiration

Photographer brilliantly captures rolling fog over San Francisco

San Francisco is notorious for rolling, thick fog and Nick Steinberg has been capturing the phenomena in a wonderful fashion. The photographer produces all work in-camera without employing the use of Photoshop throughout his process. The contrasting blue, orange, and gray neon hues look fantastic rolling down hills and through dense woods. Steinberg conducts extensive research before heading out which involves checking cams, satellites, and forecasts. He describes his process, "This is what I call, ‘subtlety of movement’ where there are small windows of opportunity with fog as it evaporates, moves in and undulates. This requires decisive action, tests your photographic skills, and requires one to be ‘present’ in the moment, and ‘ride’ along with [the fog]." Check out some of his photographs below and find more on his Instagram and Facebook.                    ...
Art

Designer gives ‘dead’ books new life, rejuvenates the print industry

Ben Pieratt is a designer and the man behind "Dead Bookstore". It sounds grim, but it is more of a breath of new life instead of just death. The bookstore's concept is something new. It is filled with prints - not books. Pieratt works but cutting old books through their original stitching. He lays them flat to spread them out and chooses the most interesting juxtaposition of spreads. It sounds simple enough, but the end results are actually amazing. All of the works are available on Pieratt's website, where they can be purchased. Alternatively, he also teaches anyone how to make such spreads - for free. The inspiration behind this project is the need to reconcile the almost-dead print form with the digital media of today. Dead Bookstore is his way of doing just this. He believes that our culture and history has relied so much on print, that all people must have the chance to find it in one way or another. Plus, he is proud that this is something anybody can do on their own. The process...
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