Art

Vandalism turns into something marvelous thanks to local artists’ hard work and creativity

Richard Miller owns a variety store and received a notice to clean up the parking lot beside his property, which was teeming with graffiti. He initially thought that the graffiti was actually pretty good, but got excited when some local artists opened up about ideas with him. The artists are members of Art for Art's Sake (AFAS), a group that promotes expression through art. “Originally the plan was to put framework around the graffiti to show that we support the artistic pieces that can be created through graffiti. I discussed it with a few artists and the artists started incorporating their own designs into the letters that were already there,” said artist Stewart Knight. Artist Sarah Hensley said, “I didn’t want to cover up or totally remove the graffiti. We got our friends involved and now it is this huge crazy art wall, and it looks really cool. I kept the graffiti in my art. People kept walking by to see it and said that looks like fun.” ...
Architecture

Critiquing ideas of national identity and globalization using caged taxidermied birds and an upside-down tree

"Question the Wall Itself," a new exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, is all about the capacity to interrogate symbols and their (varied) meanings. As its title might suggest, the show features installations that poses, and arouses, questions on customary notions of space, both within and beyond a structure -- not only in a physical sense but, more importantly, in a psychological and political one. In the interactions between the works and the viewers, these notions are expected to be challenged or even reconstructed, making beholders reflect on, or perhaps cast a doubtful look at,  their own perceptions of belonging and identity. What belongs to whom? Does anything really rightfully constitute exclusivity of ownership? One of the works exhibited is Rosemarie Trockel’s "As far as possible." The work is composed of taxidermied birds in a cage and a palm tree hanging from the ceiling, along with other exoticized objects. Fionn Meade, artistic...
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Becoming the truest form of yourself is the best way to express and create art, a young man realizes

As a third-year student, Matthew Bateson never thought that the time would come when his life would revolve around art. When he was younger, all he ever cared about was "guy" stuff, like sports and skateboards. Of course, these activities led to more than a few physical injuries. He reached a certain point where he realized that he was mortal - and he cared enough to preserve his health and life. Unknown to him, then, was the opening of another opportunity: the window of art expression. “I want my art to be the truest manifestation of myself,” according to him, “It’s hard to verbalize the style or feeling behind my work so I would say that I have a loose style. My sculptures, my prints, they all have this fluid quality. I’m inspired a lot by spontaneity and whatever feels right. The most important thing is to just work really hard at what you’re doing and not care what other people think of you.” You can find more of Bateson’s work on Instagram. ...
Culture

Immigrant photos taken in Ellis Island from 1905 share powerful message

Back in 1890, the US Government situated the federal immigration station at Ellis Island, a tiny island in New York City. During his years as registry clerk at said station, Augustus Sherman, an amateur photographer, took portraits of immigrants that came in through the island. His subjects were often persons, families or groups that have been detained for medical reasons or interrogation purposes. He would often encourage them to wear the traditional clothes they have brought in their suitcases, resulting in a myriad of widely diverse, interesting photos. Providing unassuming labels such as “Romanian shepherd,” “Albanian soldier,” and “Serbian gypsies” also added more intrigue to his subjects. This has led him to take more than 200 captivating portraits ranging from tattoo-filled German stowaways to Guadeloupian and Ruthenian women wearing intricately designed clothes. The recent news of U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban may have...
Design

Smart prototype “Spector” identifies hues and fonts with a click

For web designers and artists alike, inspiration can come from the most unexpected moments. You might encounter a hue you see as something fitting for an interior project or a suitable font for a web page while browsing through a magazine or reading a book. Only, you don’t have your computer or your swatches with you and the best thing you can do is take a photo for future reference. And they don’t always end up looking the same. The frustration that colors and fonts “never looks like it does on screen as it does in the finalized print” is exactly the reason behind UK designer Fiona O’Leary’s device. With the help of interaction designer David van Gemeran, she created “Spector” – a smart device that quickly identifies fonts and hues with a single click. The innovative prototype can store up to 20 references at once which can be transferred to a computer – a total designer’s dream. According to O’Leary, the device can further provide “other details...
Art

The coolest PR firm in the entire world, Freuds, is beaming chock full of art

Have you ever wanted to work in a "cool" office? I bet that you have. Well, if you are any one of the employees in the London-based PR firm Freuds, then you're probably pretty contented with your workplace. As it turns out, this seemingly regular office from the outside is filled with eccentric and vintage artwork inside. The firm was founded by Matthew Freud (yes, he is related to Sigmund Freud). Once you get inside, you'll find everything from dinosaur remains to motorbikes to paintings to vintage furniture. There's an Obama painting, as well as art pieces by Banksy and Damien Hirst. When you view the office from the Fitzrovia side street where it is situated, you would never for a second mistake it to be uber exciting indoors. Whether you're in need of public relations services or not, you will surely want to take a peep inside their unusual offices. ...
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#CompulsiveCharcoal advocate inspires people with Dermatillomania to face their compulsions and seek refuge through art

Liz Atkin, now of global fame, is a renowned artist who lives in London. For the most part of her life, she has battled compulsive skin picking (CSP) - clinically known as dermatillomania - and uses art to cope with this debilitating condition. She says, "Picking at skin is a very normal human behaviour, but CSP is categorised by the repetitive picking at skin to the extent that significant damage is caused, and it impacts on a person’s daily functioning. It’s not known why humans develop this disorder. For some, environmental factors influence the development of skin picking or hair pulling disorders, others have hereditary links where family members may pick. Drawing has become one of the best ways of all to channel the disorder and transform it. I’m now an advocate for the disorder, and speak and present about my work around the world. Making art about skin picking is not a ‘project’ but an essential tool in my life to work with the disorder and keep well....
Culture

New NSW exhibition features Warhol’s lesser known work, signifying that he always was ‘a commercial artist’ by heart

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has a new exhibition featuring the lesser-known career of Andy Warhol in the field of advertising, entitled "Adman – Warhol Before Pop". Nicholas Chambers, the exhibition curator, tells us, “He found New York at this incredible moment – the end of the 40s and start of the 50s, when ad land was on the rise. He was meticulous about keeping everything. He held on to all these things. The mono-printing technique is a distinctive aspect of Warhol’s early work. You can make multiple images – but all are unique. Between 1955 and 1959, go to page 93 of the New York Times and there would be a large-format Warhol illustration, signed of course. One thing I think is really important for Warhol around this time is the interconnected practices – commercial art and fine art. In his last interview, he said, ‘I was always a commercial artist.’ He was always crossing between high culture and low culture and doing it in a way that’s unashamed....
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Hundreds of artists create chalk paintings on the streets, turning Lake Worth into a temporary “outdoor museum”

The 23rd Annual Lake Worth Painting Festival was another resounding success this year. Last February 26, the final day of the festival took place. Hundreds of artists flocked to create an "outdoor museum" of sorts on the street, catching the attention of passers-by, both local and tourists. Located at the Lake Worth downtown area, the streets were paved with colors and shades using chalk to create art that can captivate the hearts of art lovers anywhere. This festivity is unique because the art was ephemeral, lasting for a mere few hours or until the rain and traffic has washed it off of the streets. It is thanks to the photographers who can keep these temporary moments eternal, for everyone to see. The street Painting Festival is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. all proceeds raised produce the street Painting Festival event, and benefit the street Painting Festival scholarship and community projects associated with the arts. ...
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Inspirational and rare ‘rock art’ found in Burrup Peninsula may be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site soon

There are but a few remaining natural places in the world that are fully safe from any form of destruction. Case in point: Burrup Peninsula's aboriginal rock art. The area has been the center of many a political controversy, which has put off the petitioning of it to become a renowned World Heritage site for many years. Greens MP Robin Chapple said, "it is unfortunate that he has waited this long to do so, given I first nominated the place in 2003 and was met with overwhelming opposition from both sides of politics. Mr Barnett was given an opportunity to nominate it again just 12 months ago; that he is doing so now just smacks of political opportunism." Adding to this, former Greens leader Christine Milne, who was active in pushing for the site to be listed as a World Heritage site, said, "we want UNESCO protection because it is one of the world's truly great cultural sites. However, we should be under no illusion that on its own it will fully protect the rock art. We are concerned...
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Exceptional choreography through contemporary dance and performance art creates a visual spectacle for public audiences

Branch Nebula aims to engage its audiences through performance art, continually pushing the boundaries of political and social awareness. The founders, Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters, have used the project as a platform for their communal creativity since they began in 1999. Through modern dance and performance in the public sphere, they reach out to audiences who would not ordinarily go to theaters (mostly because of socio-economic reasons). "This is site-specificity of the most immediate kind, a visceral connection to a place of play, not its social role or its history, in a display of what is often regarded as fun but here as art without losing the integrity of its popular foundations. The outcome is a visual spectacle, impeccably choreographed so that star turns are embedded in and shoot out of the mesmeric poetry of the grand sweeping collective rides and runs that transform the concrete into a magic, enabling vessel." – Keith Gallasch, Real Time ...
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See food in a new light as various artists mix up common offerings with creativity

Food art is a fan favorite here at Design Faves, and it's not hard to see why. When a talented artist mixes food and art together, we get something that is pleasant both to our sight and our taste. The fact is that there are virtually unlimited possibilities with food art - you just have to let your imagination run wild! Below are some photos showcasing this very feat. Who knows? You might be inspired to create your own food art pieces, too! In photos, from top to bottom: Brown rice and Omelette teddy bear (Fancy Edibles), Ogbono delicacy African beauty (Haneefah Adams), Bread and coffee Instagram logo (Daryna Kossar), Pineapple parrot (My Honey's Place), Red Onion Owl (Abhay Chatre), Leafy green dress (Sarah Illenberger), Carrot crab (Becky90210), Banana Dolphins (Michelle from Crafty Recipes), and Zobo lady (Haneefah Adams). Which one caught your attention the most? ...
Art

2017 Oscar noms get pop poster treatment thanks to amazing design team

It's awards season once again! Just last year, we saw amazing poster art for each of the Oscar-nominated movies from the amazing design team at Shutterstock. This year, they are at it again! Featuring fan favorites such as La La Land and critically-acclaimed masterpieces such as Manchester by the Sea, Fences, and Hidden Figures, the Shutterstock design team are creating "pop" posters, taking inspiration from a handful of artists and icons (Andy Warhol, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, to name a few). It may be hard to believe, but every element used in creating these fantastical posters came from their collection of stock photos! If you haven't seen these movies yet, you can bet that after browsing these posters, you'll get your interest piqued in no time. Whether you're a fan of the movies or just the poster art, you will be in for a real treat. Check out the collection below:  ...
Art

HoloLens will bring together artworks and buyers in mixed reality at The Armory Show 2017

Do you want to know how a painting looks on your wall before you even bring it home? Do you wish to pore over different artworks in a gallery without actually being there? The Armory Show can make that possible. Online art resource Artsy is teaming up with Microsoft this year to mount the fifth iteration of the annual art fair in order to bring a mixed-reality experience to art lovers and collectors. Happening at Piers 92/94 in New York from March 2 to 5, The Armory Show will bring works by different artists to buyers with the help of technological innovations, particularly Microsoft's HoloLens, touted to be world's first self-contained holographic computer. "By bringing art online and experimenting with the latest technology, including VR/AR, Artsy connects a global network of collectors and art enthusiasts to art from thousands of galleries, museums, auction houses and art fairs located around the world," said Elena Soboleva, Artsy's curator of special projects. ...
Architecture

SXSW 2017 to showcase enthralling installations under new art program

South by Southwest has indeed grown so much from its beginnings in 1987. Evidence of that is its upcoming exhibition of five art installations under the new SXSW Art Program, which launches in March, during the conglomerate's music and film festivals and conferences for this year. Both budding and known artists will take part in the program. Among them is Los Angeles-based artist Refik Anadol, whose work titled "Infinity Room" will be showcased. The work is made up of a space that transforms a beholder's view of reality into a "three-dimensional space of visualization." Speaking of the new program, SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest said, "Art and Design [have] always been central to the SXSW ethos, and we have quickly become a recognized platform for visual artists to showcase art installations and connect with filmmakers, musicians, and technologists. The Art Program is the first time we have formalized the program and sought leading artists to design...
Art

The many colors of street artist Locustsongs

LocustSongs is the pseudonym to this San Francisco-based artist who has taken his art from the canvas to the streets. This self-admitted punk-influenced artist was born and raised in Michigan and left as soon as he finished high school. He thought he won't be the artist he is today had he chosen to stay in his hometown. He calls himself a weirdo and admitted that smoking weed made him creatively compulsive and optimistic. Locust is known for his artworks on the street walls of San Francisco. In an interview with StreetArtSF, he expressed early aversion to art in galleries saying it did not feel right and it was not his scene. It was in 2009 when he started painting on walls, both indoor and outdoor. He believes in the importance of scale and that sometimes art should be bigger than the person, or bigger than the frame, or even beyond the gallery. He mainly uses house/mural paint for street arts and acrylics and markers for paintings. For more about LocustSongs, visit his website,...
Architecture

From the young boy in the backyard to “rattan’s first virtuoso”

A multi-awarded furniture designer and manufacturer from Cebu, Philippines, Kenneth Cobonpue made a name both in the local and international for his unique designs and roster of clientele that include names such as Queen Sophia of Spain and Brad Pitt.  Cobonpue’s trademark is the integration of locally sourced materials with innovative handmade production processes. His craft is recognized by different award-giving bodies around the globe like the American Society of Interior Design and French Coup de Couer to name a few. His designs have also appeared in films, music videos, and US TV series. In 2007, Kenneth was named by TIME magazine as “rattan’s first virtuoso”. Kenneth was born in a Chinese family and was initially encouraged by his father to take up a business course. But his love for designing was developed at an early age when he used to play with various materials and create furniture pieces at his mother’s backyard factory. Although he followed...
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Photoshop artist creates fascinating portraits of women grounded on reality

Krisztian Tejfel is a Hungary-based painter and photographer. He began digital painting a few years ago. He mainly paints realistic portraits of women. These women are often looking at the viewer which draws the audience more into his mesmerizing works. Before sticking to painting, Krisztian first explored different branches of art such as drawing, tattooing, and even some airbrush techniques. When he eventually got involved in photography, he learned a lot about the elements of lighting, composition, and conveying emotion which led him into making good digital portraits. His main tool is Photoshop where he just plays around with brushes which he has a lot in his digital toolbox. The interest in digital painting started in the 90s when he saw someone in an exhibit, drawing and painting using Paint and a mouse. He never stopped improving his craft since then. Visit his website and Instagram for more of Krisztian's works. ...
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Get your daily dose of beautifully felted birds by Australian artist

Australian artist Jill Ffrench handcrafts beautifully felted birds composed of wire, wax, and a range of colorful felt. The birds are elegantly handmade which is visible by fuzzy felt und traditional stitches. “Like most creative people, my imagination keeps me awake at night”, says Jill in her testimonial. This handmade job asks for full-time engagement, patience and most of all, love. Jill French has it all. Take a look at her colorful Etsy shop and pick your favorite felted bird. ...
Architecture

700-year-old sacred tree located in a Japanese train station

Kayashima Station in the Northeast suburbs of central Osaka, Japan hosts a 700-year-old tree. The massive camphor tree has been around for centuries and is associated with a deity. The station first opened in 1910 and was soon plagued by overcrowding. Officials planned to remove the tree completely but all efforts were halted by locals fuelled by their belief in the tree's holy powers. It is said that a man who cut off one of its branches developed high fever the next day. The new station was completed in 1980 with the tree standing tall even to this day. Check out some images of the station below! ...
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Humorous mash-ups of classical painting subjects and modern day settings

We've seen mash-ups of classical works with contemporary settings before and they never cease to amaze. Ukranian artist and designer Alexey Kondakov is out with a series of staged classical paintings set in modern-day Naples, Italy. "Art History in Contemporary Life," perfectly merges the solemn expressions of each painting's subject with environments ranging from an old book store to a subway train. Each collage is digitally created and enhanced. Check out some of them below and find more on Kondakov's Instagram and Facebook. ...
Art

Meticulously arranged dandelions form imaginative sculptures

Patience is key when creating something really unique like these dandelion sculptures by Duy Anh Nhan Duc. The self-taught botanical artist meticulously arranged hundreds of dandelions taking cues from our common urge to blow away a dandelion’s seedlings just to watch them fly away. After dissecting each dandelion's fluff, Duc placed seeds in concentric patterns. For added precision, a piece of gold leaf is used to draw out the smaller parts. The sculptures are part of Duc's The Imaginary Herbarium on display at the Galerie Bettina in Paris. Check out some of the dandelion works below and find more on on his Instagram and website. ...
Design

TYLT’s Energi PRO is super comfy and built for charging on-the-go

A portable power bank is a must-have for tablet and smartphone power-users these days and if it's built right into your bag, wow! TYLT has been making top-notch power banks for a while and they recently launched the Energi PRO Power Backpack with a built-in 20,800 mAh battery. And I've been using it for two months now because if I'm carrying a laptop, a smartphone, and a tablet, the last thing O want is a jungle of wires. With ultra-strong, 210D polyester, this thing can not only withstand heavy loads with its 12 internal pockets, but it's built to endure rain, shine, and even blizzards (I live in Canada, eh?). USB-C? Check! Quick-charge three devices at once? Check! No cables in sight? You got it. The best thing about the Energi Pro, however, is its near-perfect distribution of weight throughout. When its sitting on your shoulders, the foam padding makes it feel extremely light. TYLT's newest backpack is powerful, comfortable, and definitely...
Architecture

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’ – the beauty of abandonment

‘Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints’, this is a simple rule that leads photographer Valerie Leroy through her adventures. Usually, with a group of friends, she travels around the Brussels with an aim to discover places and objects that once were made and used by humans and now are abounded. Although the experience is unforgettable and the risk worth it, one should be careful when stepping inside an old dusty house of industrial complex. To do this kind of hobby or job, one has to be a daredevil. Going to abounded places can be creepy and illegal too. Valery is deeply in love with the beauty of abandonment and respects all that she finds in front of her curious eyes. Abandoned trains, abandoned factories, abandoned hotels, houses and much more to be explored on Valerie’s blog and Instagram. ...
Art

Start your morning with Emilio Pucci’s adorable coffee cups

Drinking your cup of coffee should be a very special moment. Coffee drinking is a ritual that was inspiring the artist for many decades. We came to the point when coffee cups became a canvas for the artist. Maybe expected, but the most beautiful coffee cups design came directly from Italian fashion house, Emilio Pucci. Emilio Pucci’s “Cities of the World” collection is made in six colors and represents six most visited cities in Europe: London, Paris, New York, Milan, Florence and Rome. Drinking the coffee from these colorful cups will make you feel very cool. Take a look. [caption id="attachment_76321" align="alignnone" width="950"] [/caption] ...
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The macabre allure of Enrique Metinides’s crime scene photos is enduring

It goes without saying that to excel as a crime scene photographer, one has to have the guts to shoot macabre circumstances, in addition to the usual photo-taking skills. Celebrated Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides has a surplus of this hardiness, thanks in part to some exposure to bloody situations in his youth. After getting his first camera, he took pictures of crashed cars near his father's restaurant. Metinides, born in 1934, soon found himself tagging along with police officers who frequented his father's restaurant when there a crime scene. Metinides became a published photographer at the young age of 12. At 13, his unmistakable talent earned him a spot at the newspaper La Prensa. From 1948 until his retirement in 1997, Metinides took photos of numerous crime scenes, natural disasters, car crashes and at least one suicide attempt. The gripping narrative contained in his photos, made possible by his masterful composition of them, made him a renowned photographer,...
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Artist uses fastfood paper bags to send a message to viewers

Don't we all like it when artists are witty enough to use their craft to send a message? In his project Notice-Forest (What Victory Tastes Like) in 2012, Okinawa-born artist Yuken Teruya sent quite a message using mainly fast-food paper bags. This New York-based artist started this Notice-Forest movement in 2005. On his website, he explained: "In my Notice-Forest series, a tree stands inside either paper bags or shopping bags. While it seems like the bag is holding the fragile tree inside, the bag actually combines with the tension of the tree to hold the bag up. It is a microcosm of the initial tree’s strength. The trees are “portraits,” with each referencing a specific, existing tree from a photograph." It's noticeable how Teruya uses commonplace materials to make his art relatable. His intention is to remind his viewers to slow down from their busy lives to experience and appreciate even the little things. This artist has a lot of other interesting works on his...
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