Otherworldliness

If you know me personally, you would know that I am fascinated and in love with the sky.

Eric Hines captures the splendor of natural light spanning across the skies in his spectacular collection of landscapes. He uses long exposures to capture a soft, blurred painterly light, the fluid motion of water, or the star-filled skies at night.

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See more of his works here.

Porigami

Czech-based designer Tereza Hradilkova worked with Tokyo-based creative producer Kumi Kobayashi on a series of laser-cut pop-up cards that depict different Japanese landmarks, both well-known locales and others that are less so.

Each card has a 3D element that reveals itself once you open it up. Buildings, statues, and Mt. Fuji are represented with intricate, laser-cut details. There are also stamped images like crowds of people or patterns that provide a pop of color and the context of each location. Everything is hand assembled. This, coupled with their elaborate designs, creates special objects that you’ll want to keep for a long time. They aren’t just cards, but works of art.

Hradilkova and Kobayashi’s online shop where you can buy these and other paper goods is at Porigami.

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Mt. Fuji

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‘Old Tokyo’

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Hachiko Dog Statue

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Tourist Information Center

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Prada Building in Omotesando

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Thunder Gate

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Tokyo Skytree

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Tokyo Tower

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Toroina Japanese Garden

How many of these places have you visited?

 

Stitching Photographs

If you happen to be in New York these days and like art, you can catch an exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery. It explores the approaches of 11 artists who take a needle and thread to photographs. Curated by artist Orly Cogan, the entire show is worth a visit (or peek online if you can’t make it).

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Flore Gardner, Rain, 2014 @ Flore Gardner (no longer in exhibition)

Flore Gardner uses thread to pull life and joy out of old anonymous images. In “Rain”, a downpour never looked so fun, and in “Chaismus”, the girl’s act of crafting literally finds it’s way to the surface. Her laser-focus and childhood joy in a creative afternoon is inescapably infectious.

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Jose Romussi, Diane Adams (Dance 1), 2012 @ Jose Romussi

Jose Romussi’s does more than colorize vintage dance photographs with thread, he modernizes and gives movement to an art form that often feels cold on film. The works, titled after the dancers themselves, renew appreciation for these artists who work in one of the most difficult, beautiful, and highly impermanent forms of art.

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Jose Romussi, Alla Schellest (Dance 13), 2012 @ Jose Romussi (no longer in exhibition)

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Diane Meyer, Spree Park, Former DDR Amusement Park, 2013 @ Diane Meyer

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Diane Meyer, Former Guard Tower off Puschkinallee, 2013 @ Diane Meyer

Diane Meyer cross-stitches over images with carefully color-matched thread. The pixelization reveals more than it hides, reminding us how colorful our world actually is. In the case of “Former Guard Tower off Pushkinallee”, the thread approximates the location of the removed Berlin Wall, creating a wonderful ghost of the past.

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Melissa Zexter, Blizzard, 2013 @ Melissa Zexter

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Melissa Zexter’s embroidered patterns overtake images with a dream-like surreality. The play between tactile flatness and photographic depth feels like a 21st CenturyGustav Klimt painting.

What: The Embroidered Image
Where: Robert Mann Gallery, 525 W 26th St, New York NY
When: May 29 – August 15, 2014

All images courtesy of Robert Mann Gallery, New York

Liquid Marble

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A true sign of creativity is the ability to re-imagine the laws of physics. In his installation, Liquid Marble, Mathieu LeHanneur bends the very nature of a marble surface and creates an atmosphere of fantasy and intrigue. Pushing the limits of algorithm-based 3D modeling, the French artist built a slab of black marble that appears to be a pool of energetic waves. The illusion is compelling and strange. Walking across this bizarre surface is a perfect photo opportunity if you’ve always wanted to walk on water.

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Disney Princesses on Instagram

Ever wondered what lives Disney Princesses would lead if they were set in the real world? ‘Seventeen Magazine’ imagines exactly that by coming up with Instagram accounts for each princess. Here we see Elsa chillin’ at a beach, Pocahontas trading her canoe for a surfboard, and Snow White trolling Grumpy.

Looking at these Instagram photos, you’d be get a sense that these girls from the fairytales are actually pretty normal. Goes to show that you don’t need a magic carpet or superpowers to be a princess.

via Designtaxi.com

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Art Takes Over 50,000 Outdoor Ad Spaces in the U.S

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The next Campbell’s Soup billboard you see might just be a masterpiece.

In fact, it could be Andy Warhol’s iconic “Campbell’s Soup Can” from 1964. Reproductions of that particular work, along with 57 others, will be popping up throughout the month of August on some 50,000 static and digital billboards, outdoor kiosks, transit signs and public displays in 170 American cities and towns in all 50 states—part of a project called Art Everywhere U.S.

Inspired by a similar program last year in the U.K., the U.S. version is sponsored by the Outdoor Advertising Association of America in conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Whitney Museum in New York. Those institutions hope to attract visitors, while the OAAA is showcasing the latest technology. (You can scan the artwork via smartphone to learn about the images, their creators and the museums.)

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Art Everywhere U.S. hasn’t assessed the value of the donated ad space, but the signage used for the British effort last summer—which ran for two weeks and had fewer than half as many installations—was worth almost $5 million.

Check out a map of the locations here.

The U.S. effort launches today in Times Square and will showcase 50 works selected by the public and eight chosen by the museums. Folks were asked to pick their favorites from among 100 possibilities; 170,000 votes were cast, and Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks”—the oft-parodied, quintessentially American “lonely diner” scene from 1942—topped the poll.

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The selections span 230 years of U.S. history, from 1778 to 2008, and it’s amazing how evocatively these works, viewed as a progression, capture the increasing complexity and ambiguity of the American experience. Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington shows our first president, who sat for the artist in 1793, in a suitably stately and assured pose. By the time we reach Grant Wood’s Iowa farm couple in “American Gothic” (1930), we see a society clinging to traditions but bedeviled by change (ouch, that pitchfork!). Later works informed by mass media, like Roy Lichtenstein’s Disney-fied “Look Mickey” (1961), and the aforementioned Warhol, show artists forging new forms amid sensory overload, striving to simplify and make sense of a world spinning out of control.

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In the context of Art Everywhere, “Campbell’s Soup Can” really resonates. This hyper-realistic interpretation of a product that appeared in countless ads will now replace the advertising it skewered, bringing Warhol’s trenchant comment on our commoditized existence full circle.

It seems fitting that in our fickle, media-centric society, Andy Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame keep running into overtime.

Quoted from here: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/art-takes-over-50000-outdoor-ad-spaces-us-and-wow-it-beautiful-159251