Best Of 2012: Delta- From Graffiti To Architecture

It’s always interesting to see what graffiti writers do in the fine art world. Some keep rehashing the same work on canvas, losing all of the power that energized the work by having it in the streets. However some artists such as the legendary Dutch graffiti artist Delta take what they’ve learned through their years of painting letterforms and create amazing new works that re-imagine architecture, space, installation and painting. Wondering what Delta’s graffiti looked like back in the day? Click the read more button and check out the last image.

Best Of 2012: Tom Deininger’s Junk Portraits and sculptures

I’m absolutely loving these explosive junk portraits and sculptures by Tom Deininger. Comprised of found objects each piece is created with various plastic and metal debris that the artist finds. The work reminds me a little of Vik Muniz but Tom still gets a pass in my book.

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Best Of 2012: Alan Sailer Christmas Ornament Explosions

Photographer Alan Sailer fills your standard Christmas ornaments with all sorts of things like glitter, gelatin, food dye, and many other strange things that would never find their way into your standard ornament. He then shoots them with a pellet rifle against brilliantly colored backdrops and documents the entire process in detail capturing the millisecond explosions in all their glory. The result is a festive explosion of color and texture celebrating the season of giving in an a very unusual and imaginative way.

Best Of 2012: Stephen Ives’ Mr. Dictator Head

I’m absolutely loving this series of of dictator sculptures by Stephen Ives’ based on everyones favorite toy Mr. Potato Head! Saddam Hussain, Stalin, Kim Jong II, Lenin, and even Hitler call all be made with the removal and addition of a few pieces. Now you can have playtime and pretend to be an evil dictator all at once!  More dictators and other amazing sculptures based on toys after the jump!

Lang Baumann’s Tubes of Air Taking Over Entire Buildings

The team known as Lang Baumann is made up of artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann.  Together they create large scale installations which playfully interact with the surrounding environment.  Comfort, the series presented here, fills houses, barns, apartments, and more with tubes of air.  The tubes twist through doors and windows completely overtaking the space they’re stuffed in.  The installation and its title recall homes, living spaces, and an the perpetual search for physical comfort.

Fesetti’s Photographs Of Disappearing Figures

This series of images from photography duo Fesetti is aptly titled Disappear.  Typically photographers succeed in capturing their subject.  However, Fesetti intentionally and inventively keep their subjects visually out of reach.  Hidden by everyday objects re-purposed as a witty camouflage, the models are nearly entirely concealed save for a stray hand or pair of feet.  The series seems intended to be read as a how-to on disappearing or concealing oneself – a commodity itself in a hyper-connected social networking world usually fueled by photographs.

Ross Lovegrove’s Liquidkristal Glass Looks Like Flowing Water



Designer Ross Lovegrove teamed up with glass manufacturer Lasvit to create the new architectural glass panel. The panels take inspiration from natural forms. Using a high precision heat transfer process the crystal glass flows and optically shifts that which is behind it. People and objects look as if they are standing behind a waterfall. Colors warp and fracture throughout the surface. Organic shapes created by nature are processed into dynamic architecture.

Morgan Blair’s Psychedelic Brick Paintings

We have featured Brooklyn based Morgan Blair in the past (here). She continues to produce vibrant acrylic and spray paint works with a newfound focus on cultural symbols and iconography. The pieces are meticulously taped and painted to create perfect structures that build and collapse into familiar symbolic imagery such as the American Flag and the Yin Yang. One work presents exaggerated Nations of the World flag designs compiled into one bright pastel colored tapestry. Timeless symbols are warped and rendered into psychedelic compositions that are for her a fixation “…on uniformity and precision as a way of zoning out into a neurotic sort of meditation.”