Chinese artist Li Hongbo’s sculptures are quite bizarre. Walking up to them you may think that they are made out of delicate porcelain but as you examine it further you’ll see that it in fact is made out of thousands of sheets of paper manually glued together. As you pull the paper apart the figures twists, turns, bends and abstracts creating stretched out imagery that is at once horrifying and exquisite. (via)
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Zuki, a Gargoyle at home. Zuki lives in Milton Keynes and works in IT. Zuki owns a few suits, the gargoyle is just one of them.
First rule of Fur Club: don’t reveal your identity. Second rule of Fur Club: don’t talk to journalists.
British photographer Tom Broadbent has been getting to know various “Furries” throughout the UK for the last few years. Furries are everyday people, from bank managers to project managers to actors, who dress up in elaborate furry animal costumes and meet up to chat and hang out. Furry groups have been spotted walking around London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral and Millennium Bridge.
At Home With the Furries is Broadbent’s ongoing project, born from a desire to capture the personal, everyday side of their lives without breaking that first Furry rule. Broadbent plans to exhibit and publish this unique series, so keep an eye out for that.
The Flower Carpet Festival is a popular event that takes place in Grand-Place Brussels every other year. Since 1971 over 600,000 Begonias flowers are arranged in an intense pattern filling the city square with a powerful and graphic carpet made entirely out of flowers. Taking months of planning to produce (with only 48 hours of install time) the event brings together landscape architects, technicians and hundreds of voluntary participants weave the flowers in place for the five day event! See more photos from this years festival as well as previous years designs after the jump. (via)
Director David Wilson along with Colonel Blimp and Andres Guzman created this trippy and colorful music video for the Australian band Tame Impala. It is a trippy sensory overload ride through a young man’s fantastical desire to forego a sexual escapade with his teacher. This video thoroughly illustrates “Mind Mischief” with a youthful and coming of age sensibility.
To view more about the project and to view a making of “Mind Mischief” video, visit here.
The ephemeral installation Tapis de sucre (Sugar Carpet ) by Aude Moreau at Smack Mellon blocks out the majority of the gallery restricting visitors to the perimeter of the space. The delicate installation is comprised of 2 tons of refined white sugar meticulously spread into an oversized carpet embellished with Persian rug motifs. Referring to domestic comfort, the use of refined sugar within the gallery’s industrial space also aims to spotlight the overlooked and undervalued process of production.
“The adjective “refined” equally defines the matter transformed by the industrial purification process which produces the sugar’s whiteness, and the objects and attitudes selected within a cultural hierarchisation process. Through a use of the trompe-l’oeil, this installation refers back to our ambiguous adherence to a domestic comfort which systematically evacuates the realities of production.” (via)
London based artist Jacky Tsai takes one of the most iconic images of all time and breathes new life into it by taking away the negative associations that might come to mind when one thinks of the human skull. Covering his sculptures, prints, and drawings in ornate floral imagery Jacky’s take on skull imagery have opened up many exciting doors such as working at Alexander McQueen creating patterning and textiles for the famous fashion brand. Now working on the debut of his own fashion line Jacky is definitely one to watch both on and off the runway. (via)
Like many of us photographer Klaus Pichler wondered what happened at museums after hours. However Pichler took the next step and contacted his local Natural History Museum to see if he could poke around after hours and document his findings. The result of Pichler’s curiousity is a multi-year project titled “Skeletons In The Closet” which gave the photographer unlimited access to every room, cellar, storage space, and closet in the museum. Focusing on the more unknown parts of the museum where exhibits are put together and excess materials are stored, Pichler documented remarkable juxtapositions that the best imagination could not put together. (via)
” As a photographer with limited knowledge of scientific research methods, the museum’s back rooms presented to me a huge array of still lives. Their creation is determined by the need to find space saving storage solutions for the preservation of objects but also the fact that work on and with the exhibits is an ongoing process. Full of life, but dead nonetheless.”
Dutch photographer Isabelle Wenzel’s playful photographs bend, twist and manipulate the human form into new and unknown positions. Whether it’s tackling the idea of the artist as artifact or manipulating the minimal and mundane motions of office workers Wenzel pushes the envelope of how we see the human form and how simple juxtapositions and movements can completely transform the most familiar image into the unknown. (via)