Intricate Wooden City Sculptures by James McNabb

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Intricate Wooden City Sculptures by James McNabb

Philadelphia-based artist  James McNabb (furniture-maker-turned-sculptor) has created the City Series, an amazing collection of wooden sculptures, composed of miniature buildings, skyscrapers and architectural forms that depict intricate cityscapes.

The wooden skyscrapers, made in different shapes and sizes, look remarkably like the Manhattan skyline in New York City.

Each piece depicts the outsider’s perspective of the urban landscape. Made entirely of scrap wood, this work is an interpretation of making something out of nothing. Each piece is cut intuitively on a band saw. The result is a collection of architectural forms, each distinctly different from the next.

‘I grabbed a piece of scrap wood from the bin, and without thinking, made some cuts. In a few minutes the piece started to look strangely familiar, like a screwdriver or a mini skyscraper. I grabbed another piece of scrap wood, and made another object – this time, it looked like wrench, or a table leg. In the next hour I made 15 more – I stayed up that night and worked until morning. In 24 hours I made more than 200, all intricately different from the next.”

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Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

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Max Zorn Creates Incredible Pictures Using Only Packing Tape

Amsterdam street artist Max Zorn has a unique talent for making incredible art using mainly brown packaging tape.

The very idea of using tape instead of paint came from Max Zorn’s friend who was working in a car design. “These guys often use slim tapes to outline their ideas on large boards. I was surprise to see how fast they could create stunning sketches with it”, says Max Zorn. And ever since then, he started showing his talents making this packaging tape art by decorating old street lamps which you can find almost everywhere in Amsterdam. “It’s the perfect medium to experiment, because of its golden glow“, he adds.

Max Zorn’s rise began after publishing the two-minute self-made video on YouTube “Street Art by Max Zorn Making of Tape Art” back in 2011, showing how he hangs his translucent tape art on street lamps as a form of street art at night in Amsterdam. It was picked up by national and international media, and by April 2012 Max Zorn created over 150 works of tape art. In a speech about creating street art seen in the dark at TEDx Talent Search, Max Zorn stated “I didn’t want to work on walls or on the floor I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork”.

I’m generally interested in the dynamics between people. I want to freeze a moment that initiates a story without telling too much… like a screenshot from a movie that sparks imagination but leaves room to decide where the story goes, the artist adds.

His settings and themes are heavily influenced by film noir while brown shades and different layers of tape create a sepia tone. Max Zorn says he also finds inspiration from characters in novels produced by writers from The Lost Generation specifically Hemingway, Steinbeck, and Salinger. His work also is influenced by American realism artists such as Edward Hopper.

And do note this: Max Zorn is the founder and creator of Stick Together, an online project that spreads street art around the world for free. Offline Stick Together creates an annual live painting event held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, open free to the public.

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Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures

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Brian Dettmer Uses Surgical Tools To Carve Books Into Intricate Sculptures

New York-based Artist Brian Dettmer creates impressively intricate multi-layered sculptures from books. The artist calls himself the Book Surgeon because he uses knives, tweezers, and surgical tools to carve the art works out of old medical journals, illustration books, dictionaries, map books and encyclopedias. The bigger the book, the better – The Surgeon doesn’t add anything additional to the sculptures, he only folds, bends, rolls, stacks, and, of course, removes.

“Images and ideas are revealed to expose alternate histories and memories,” explains Dettmer in the artist’s statement. “My work is a collaboration with the existing material and its past creators and the completed pieces expose new relationships of the book’s internal elements exactly where they have been since their original conception.”

More info: briandettmer.com

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Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

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Mark Wagner’s ‘Recycled’ Dollar Bill Collages Poke Fun at Money

At a time when most Americans are counting their pennies and saving their dollars, artist Mark Wagner is cutting up cash and using it as art supplies. Wagner’s latest series of works focus on the iconic one dollar bill – he uses its bevy of symbols and illustrations to create sprawling currency collages. Wagner transforms pieces of dollars into portraits, animals and plants that comment on money and liberty.

Fascinated by the durable linen stock and deep ink printing of paper currency, Wagner transforms powerful symbol into mosaics, decorative patterns, and tableaux.  By using the old-fashioned practice of collage (the craft of reusing printed elements), Wagner creates pieces that appear to be vintage artworks at first glance.

The dollar bill is rife with symbolism – the Masonic eye, pyramids, fire, and flowers. Wagner plays up these symbols, by casting them against the star of the dollar bill – founding father George Washington. Many pieces poke fun at money – a triptych shows a “money tree,” first rich with dollar leaves, then slowly barren and fruitless. Hundreds of tiny leaf details are arranged together to spell out “Petty Cash” in decorative cursive, while seals from the Department of the Treasury bloom like flowers on a vine. He even transforms the rounded details and Washington heads into a graceful peacock set against a brick pattern made up of the rectangular dollar remnants.

But his most playful pieces are the ones in which he casts president George Washington in an array of madcap situations. George sails on a sea of bills with two clones and tames a lion with his head in its mouth. The most impressive piece is a massive and meticulously detailed collage of the Statue of Liberty with ghosts and Georges running amok, causing chaos and havoc.

Wagner’s work strikes a chord in our troubled economy, which has forced us to consider our own relationship with money and the concepts of freedom and liberty.

Wagner’s website describes the project as such:

The one dollar bill is the most ubiquitous piece of paper in America. Collage asks the question: what might be done to make it something else? It is a ripe material: intaglio printed on sturdy linen stock, covered in decorative filigree, and steeped in symbolism and concept. Blade and glue transform it-reproducing the effects of tapestries, paints, engravings, mosaics, and computers—striving for something bizarre, beautiful, or unbelievable… l’étranger dans le familier.

Wagner’s upcoming art exhibition, Money, Power, Sex & Mark Wagner, will premiere at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City next month. The showcase is scheduled to run from Sept. 6 to Oct. 5.

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Robin Wight Creates Mystical Fairy Wire Sculptures

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Robin Wight Creates Mystical Fairy Sculptures With Stainless Steel Wire

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In 1920, two young girls captured a photograph of what appeared to be two fairies in their garden.

The photos soon would be revealed as a hoax, but not before setting off a media sensation. Sculptor Robin Wight couldn’t help but remember this phenomenon after noticing a distortion in a photo he took a few years ago. Inspired, he began creating what has become an incredible series of fairy wire sculptures.

The stainless steel sculptures have become quite the sensation in their own right, with many eager art lovers seeking commissioned works by Robin.

His fairies have a sense of both power and grace to them, giving off an aura of determination and fierce beauty.

The pieces interact fantastically with nature just as actual fairies would, with their steel wire bodies reflecting the amber light of the sun on nice days and bouncing away the cold rain during storms.

Source: Reddit | Facebook

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Psychedelic and Colorful Candy Installations By Pip & Pop aka Tanya Schultz

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Journey in a Dream (night) Shinsegae Gallery
Incheon, Korea,  2015

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Young visitors enjoying ‘Pip & Pop: we miss you magic land!’ exhibition, GOMA, January 2012 / Photograph: Katie Bennett

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We miss you magic land, 2012 Queensland Art Gallery/ Gallery of Modern Art
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(Tanya Schultz with Alex Bishop-Thorpe, Amy Joy Watson, Aurelia Carbone, Bridget Minuzzo & Jemimah Davis) Carclew Youth Arts, Adelaide 2013

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I can hold the sun (Tanya Schultz & Nicole Andrijevic)
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Arte Magre – from the opaque
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Journey in a Dream (night) Shinsegae Gallery
Incheon, Korea,  2015

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Psychedelic and Colorful Candy Installations By Pip & Pop aka Tanya Schultz

Australian artist Tanya Schultz, who works under the pseudonym Pip & Pop, creates immersive art installations using sweet materials such as candy and sugar. In addition to incorporating edible ingredients into her work, Schultz also uses everyday craft materials and found objects to create her psychedelic wonderlandsUnder the name of Pip & Pop,  Inspired by Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala and the kawaii (cute) aspect of Japanese pop culture, their work is embellished with miniature objects and all things sweet that fill you with child-like awe as you wander through the rainbow wonderland.
Pip & pop, has combined hundreds of pounds of colored sugar, artificial flora, craft materials and found objects. the result isn’t a utopia, as much as it is the surface-level-representations of one. it’s a place of illusion, wish-fulfillment, and of course, folk stories — folk stories being whimsical mythologies of (mis)fortune and forewarning. specifically, ‘here comes sunshine’ references two mythologies: luilekkerland and the land of cockaigne. both are lands of plenty. both are made entirely of food. both are places of eternal satisfaction, where your desires are always — and at the same time, never — fulfilled.

‘’rainbows are strongly connected to folklore about finding or searching for other worlds, and magical phenomenon. I want the work to evoke a momentary sense of optimism…but it is also an opportunity to contemplate excess and overabundance.’

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Hollow Animal Sculpture Made Of Metal Branches By Kang Dong Hyun

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Hollow Animal Sculpture Made Of Metal Branches By  Kang Dong Hyun

Korean artist Kang Dong Hyun makes stunning animal sculptures by putting together metallic branches and twigs. The artworks, amazingly delicate, and abstract yet precise, are entirely made from metal, even though they look like they grew out of a tree.

The ethereal works of three-dimensional art portray majestic animals such as lions, elephants, and horses. In one piece, a rhinoceros appears to have grown organically, upwards from its roots-like silvery hooves. In another, a lion’s bushy mane is depicted with a giant nest of sculpted branches. One other piece takes the shape of a stooping, bird-like creature, formed from bronchi-like metal branches, which concentrate along its underside to reveal its angular silhouette.

A gorgeous and impressive work, you can find on Kang Dong Hyun’s Instagram

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Exquisite Insects Embroideries by Humayrah Bint Altaf

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Bedford, England-based embroidery artist Humayrah Bint Altaf

Jewel-toned beetles and a cerulean butterfly flecked with gold seem like they could escape the wooden hoops in which they’re embroidered, if only they weren’t stitched down. These intricate needleworks are the creations of Humayrah Bint Altaf, a talented embroidery artist from the UK, who stitches richly detailed plants and creatures inlaid with luxe materials. Her work updates the ancient art of embroidery, breathing fresh energy into an age-old handicraft.

With a background in fashion design, Altaf had the opportunity to study at the Royal School of Needlework that helped launch her career in embroidery. She now sells original works through an online shop and shares much of her process on Instagram.

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Magnificent Bird sculpture Crafted with Silverware by Matt Wilson

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Magnificent Bird sculpture Crafted with Silverware by Matt Wilson

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South-Carolina based artist Matt Wilson  aka Airtight Artwork brings old silverware to life in his bent and welded sculptures of birds and other wildlife. Fastened to pieces of driftwood or mounted to segments of old lumber, the pieces seem to capture the lifelike essence of the robins, owls, and sea creatures they represent despite a minimal number of components. Wilson has an uncanny ability to let the found objects in his pieces speak for themselves, adapting the natural curvature of spoons and forks into folded wings and long tails.

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