Oil Landscapes Transformed into Mosaics of Color by Erin Hanson

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Oil Landscapes Transformed into Mosaics of Color by Erin Hanson

 

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This series of modern impressionism paintings by artist Erin Hanson take on a mosaic-like life of their own and show us a surreal perspective on nature.

Using a bevy of colors and a technique that is dizzyingly beautiful, this series of modern impressionism paintings by the UC Berkeley graduate portray so much skill and talent. Inspired after climbing the Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, the artist committed herself to paining one painting every week to keep dedicated to her craft. Artistically turning landscapes into psychedelic abstract works of art, Hanson experiments with mosaics styles and sculptural styles to give her art more dimension. She tries to use a few brush strokes as possible, without layering, a process that’s been called “open impressionism.

 

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Kumi Yamashita Creates Amazing Human Figure Out Of Shadow

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Kumi Yamashita Creates Amazing Human Figure Out Of Shadow

Kumi Yamashita – 山下工美 has a secret power. She can place wood or metal objects in just the right light to make mysterious shadow people show their true selves. The genius of it all lies in the fact that without the lighting and shadows the objects would never give away her secret. These surprising silhouettes only come out when beckoned to do so.

After being completely blown away by artist Kumi Yamashita’s mysterious shadow people, I had to get in touch with her. Why did she decide to express her creativity through shadows? What was it that drew her in? Kumi explains to me, “Since I was a child I had always been drawn to the beauty in nature. It is complete yet ephemeral and does not require an explanation. Like a warm yellow afternoon light or magnolia flowers glowing under the moonlight. I drew and painted light and shadow that I saw in nature until one day I realized that I could use a real light instead.

“In my work I find shadow to be the essence of human being and of everything else in the world that most of us don’t recognize. Once at my exhibition an old man stood in front of one of the artwork for a long time. Suddenly he jumped back in shock as he recognized the silhouette of a woman that he didn’t see until now. It made me laugh but at same time I realized how oblivious we all can be. How much we are missing in our lives because of that. In my work object and shadow are equally important. They reveal many faces of reality. Separated objects can be connected in shadow. It shows me that we all are connected and share the same essence. But mostly, I’m drawn to its ephemeral beauty.”

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Desire Obtain Cherish : Drugs, Fame, and Art

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//Desire Obtain Cherish : Drugs, Fame, and Art//

The Bonfire of the Vanities.

LA-based artist Desire Obtain Cherish (DOC), aka Jonathan Paul was born in 1975 in Salinas, California.

Between engagement and provocation, subversion and (auto) derision, satire and sarcasm, Desire Obtain Cherish castigates through our society through a multifaceted and rebellious work that showcases our darkest our obsessions and addictions.

Sex, drugs, luxury, mass consumption, stereotypes dictate fashion, desire for fame or recognition via social networks … aka Jonathan Paul Desire Obtain Cherish tackles deadly sins of our society, armed with good challenge dose and cynicism. Lambasting our obsession for those brands that we learn to be desired, obtain and cherish from a very young age to become a strong social marker, her newborn already “overlookés” are placed at birth intravenously Prada, Chanel or Tom Ford. Gucci wrist handcuffs, their parents provide a cure pills Saint Laurent, Vuitton, Chanel and Hermes. Even at the risk of overdose and end up like his female life-size dolls, naked and wrapped in a common vacuum packaging covered with logos.

With a background in fashion advertising and art theory, with furniture design and publishing thrown in for good measure, Desire Obtain Cherish is actually a he — Jonathan Paul. But it’s also brand, and beyond a brand — fine art blends with street, pop, conceptual and appropriation art with razor’s edge, using contemporary commerce as a model and as as contextual base for the art, it’s manufacturing and its marketing, commenting on social stratification. In an interview at his studio Paul/DOC explains: “I don’t want to be the focus… My work is commenting on society and art systems. It’s my role as an artist to maintain manufacturing habits…I’m not an activist. I just give you what you want.”

And like any well-positioned consumer brand, he gives you what you want before you even know you want it.

DOC began this phase, high art entrepreneur, of his career only two years ago when he was offered a solo show at LAB Art in downtown Los Angeles. Before that, he had been doing street and appropriation art, including billboard hijacks, which really put him on L.A. gallery radar.

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Creative “Skull-ptures” by Hedi Xandt

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Hedi Xandt’s work is everything of modern sculpture madness. The Hamburg based artist of Norwegian descent creates magnificent sculptures inspired from fine arts, mythology and sculptures in the ancient periods which he then casts with a dark, elegant twist resulting in minimal yet striking creations which you can’t keep your eyes off. His inherent dark but as well as their majestic and beautiful appearance resided with the enclosed childhood he had.

Xandt grew up around artists and creative beings, which is why he appears to create so effortlessly, using his creativity to the fullest potential. Not only that, he has a vision that speaks for his powerful three dimensional conceptual art; surprisingly, Xandt is for the most part, is self taught multidisciplinary artist. With formal training in graphic design. Xandt’s compelling collection of conceptual creations feature busts and skulls that are both symbols of art and humanity; composed of gold-plated brass, polymer, distressed black finish, and marble. The gold is a prominent element that adds an accent of terror to the work and symbolizes the sheer beauty of divine purity, but also it’s metallic coldness.

“I think that the main and most important aspects of my work are creativity and concept. Being permanently on the experimental side of thinking and creating, I seek to add to my skills with every piece I begin. Learning-By-Doing, this awfully overused term, applies to me just as well as Doing-By-Learning. The unison of knowledge and skill provides me with inspiration and a broad foundation to be used as a starting point for any kind of project. (Via Inkult)”

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Weird Beauty Face Paintings by Alexander Khokhlov

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Weird Beauty Face Paintings by Alexander Khokhlov

Alexander Khokhlov is a Russian photographer with specialty to photographic portraits, that also creates stunning Face Paintings.

Russian photographer Alexander Khokhlov in collaboration with the make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan has created this series of modern-art inspired photos of models with their faces painted to appear as two-dimensional…
Using a little post-production trompe l’oeil trickery and crafty make-up techniques, the photographer turns traditional 3D portraits into a living replica of 2D art.
Now turning his attention away from the monochromatic and toward the concept of colorful close-ups, Alexander Khokhlov has transformed traditional portraits into forms we might recognize in art galleries. Along with Kutsan, he’s replicated a pixelated Mona Lisa in the flesh, a punchy pop art design on a modern pin-up and even a take on Obama’s election poster. Originally inspired by Andy Warhol’s portraits, the photos have given birth to a whole new medium of their own.

The forms are in black and white and in colors, the already impressive face paintings become even more theatrical as the photographer plays with the high contrast between light and shadow, creating these unorthodox photographic portraits.

Via All That Is Interesting

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Mass,100 sculpted skulls at the national gallery of victoria by Ron Mueck

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Mass,100 sculpted skulls at the national gallery of victoria by Ron Mueck

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Mass is the title of the latest work by sculptor Ron Mueck, an installation consisting of 100 enormous skulls at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melburne.

The skull is the first and strongest archetype of humanity. One of the clearest symbols, capable of representing fear, death, but also pure hedonism, celebration and attachment to life. It’s a form that binds all of us and that has inspired every cultural and religious field in art, fashion, design, graphics, music and illustration. From Damien Hirst to Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, from punk to gothic and kitsch. A densely symbolic image, to the zero point of its meaning.So when Australian hyper-realistic sculptor Ron Mueck created Mass, his new installation at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, filling an entire room with 100 huge skulls, it was as if he wanted to represent all of us and talk to everyone.But Mass is also a gloomy study on mortality, a work that calls to mind iconic images of the remains amassed in Paris catacombs, and a denunciation/documentation of “contemporary human atrocities in Cambodia, Rwanda, Srebrenica and Iraq,” says the National Gallery of Victoria.Mueck has thus created his greatest work to date. The individual skulls are made of fiberglass and resin, each about one and a half meter tall, while the entire installation weighs about 5 tons. Each skull hand-finished by the artist.Looking at it, it’s impossible to avoid the contradiction between the beauty of forms and the intensity of their meaning.Mass is one of the works that inaugurated on December 15 the National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, an ambitious exhibition that will last until April 18, 2018.

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Claire Partington’s Figures Combine Centuries of Narratives, Styles

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Claire Partington’s Figures Combine Centuries of Narratives, Styles

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Claire Partington  is a ceramics artist living and working in London, is a storyteller. The artist says that the aesthetic of her spellbinding figures is inspired by the “European Applied Art and Design styles from the 1600s onwards.” Yet, she’s fascinated by the tradition of appropriating so-called “exotic” styles and cobbling together influences into a single artifact also drives her work.

Folklore and fairytales are also an important influence in her work, both for their vivid imagery and also for how their narratives mutate over the years and in different contexts. Some works make direct references, such as that of a Flemish saint holding a silver nutmeg and a golden pear in allusion to the Tudor nursery ryhme. Other sculptures are zoomorphic, much like many fairytale characters: 18th century courtiers change from Goldilocks into a bear or Red Riding Hood into a wolf through the use of interchangeable heads reminiscent of eathenware vessel stoppers. Alongside these are figures that seem to have emerged from an unknown history, characters surrounded by animal friends that could have been drawn from a medieval master’s symbolic lexicon. A dandy with his hart, a matron with her squirrel monkey: these are sculptures in the visual tradition of Holbein or Campin but with a contemporary sense of humour and the surreal.

“Narrative and the retelling and misinterpretation of stories is at the center of my work,” Partington says, in a statement. “Initially concentrating on reimagining and retelling Folk and fairy stories with particularly strong imagery, then merging these stories with imagined back stories for historical figures and their associated iconic imagery.

Claire describes the work by saying, “The subjects for my work come from varied sources – contemporary culture, traditional children’s rhymes and folk tales. The aesthetic inspiration is drawn largely from European Applied Art and Design styles from the 1600’s onwards. Underpinning this is the long European tradition of appropriation and reinterpretation or misinterpretation of “exotic” styles that can be seen in National Collections across Europe.

Partington’s works can be found in private collections across the globe, including eydan Weiss Collection and 21C Museum.

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Aesthetic and Subversive Photos by Petrina Hicks

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Subversive Photos by Petrina Hicks

Talented Australian photographer Petrina Hicks utilises the “seductive and glossy language of commercial photography to create artworks that probe at the false promise of perfection, exploring photography’s ability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption.
Her work often explores female identity making reference to mythology and art history and drawing associations between these elements and contemporary image culture.”
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Incredible Billboards with California Landscape by Jennifer Bolande

Incredible Billboards with California Landscape

Coachella Valley, including its billboards, is currently experiencing a makeover as it hosts the Desert X outdoor art festival. Visual artist Jennifer Bolande, took on the ambitious project of replacing billboards in the area with photos of the mountainous landscapes they blocked, and it sends an important social message.

Visible Distance / Second Sight, as the project is known, features ‘vanishing’ billboards that are designed to be seen from a moving car. When approached at the right angle, the images align and seamlessly blend in with their surroundings, emulating the famous Burma-Shave road signs from the 1950’s that sequentially formed messages when driven past. The billboards stand along the Gene Autry Trail.

The purpose of Desert X is to encourage a reconnection with the environment. Jennifer Bolande’s project takes focus off of commercial advertising and puts it on the natural beauty of Coachella valley.

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