When you hear the phrase “Iphone oil paintings” you’re probably not thinking of rubbing your phone all over face to make a greasy abstraction on your phones screen but that is in fact what NYC artist Jonathan Keller Keller has done. Working at the intersection of craft, collection, and computation, Keller seeks to transcend & transform everyday digital elements through obsessive, iterative, and generative processes. A good example of this is Keller Rubbing his phone all over his face with gusto (see the above Gif of him in action) transforming the dark phone screen into a canvas full of possibilities for abstraction. Yes it is weird and this may make you cringe if you’re a germaphobe but we’d be lying if we didn’t say that the gifs of the oil shining this way and that way weren’t a tad mesmerizing. (via)
London based Wilfrid Wood’s quirky abstractions based on the human head are a wonderful reminder that the act of play should always be present in art. Created out of baked clay and airbrushed to perfection these silly interpretations must be as much fun to make as they are to look at. (via)
Defining one category for all the work of Sarah Illenberger is no easy task. What initially sounds quite abstract, in reality, is mostly practical in that her creations are not generated on a computer but rather by meticulous handwork, sometimes incorporating the most mundane materials.Out of her studio in Berlin, Germany Illenberger takes everyday fruits and vegetables that we find in grocery stores and transforms them into humorous sculptures that look like other mundane objects that one may find in their home. The results will make you laugh and think of a disco next time you see a pineapple in aisle 6. (via)
Portuguese artist David Oliveira’s work is technically a sculpture but I’d argue that It’s just as much a drawing. Using thin wires to carefully trace figures, Oliveira bends the wire at every bend, wrinkle and fold to create sculptures that have the looseness and spontenaioty of a fine figurative sketch. (via)
When it comes to his artwork Russian sculptor Nikolai Aldunin thinks big but works small. How small you ask? So small that you need a microscope just to see it! Inspired by a Russian tale about a craftsman so talented that he put a horseshoe on a flea Aldunin set off to make the famous story a reality. After two years of preparations and three months of painstaking work he accomplished his mission only to realize that he had found his true calling in the world of microminiature arts! See Aldunin’s famous horseshoe on a flea sculpture and many other tiny pieces after the jump! (via)
For one month out of the year the Harbin Ice Festival provides a winter wonderland for the good people of China who are looking for a fun, fast, and extremely cold distraction. Made out of a hundreds of thousands of ice blocks the festival takes form in the shape of a massive castle with dozens of slides and other frozen delights. At night the massive castle is colorfully lit with inset LED lights that make its icy walls glow from the inside out , illuminating the various architectural details along with every twists and turn that the ice palace provides its eager guests. (via)
J Swafford’s images start with the process of hand cut collage and end with a photograph. Swafford meticulously hand cuts detailed images out of magazines, history books and his own imagery and combines them in surreal combinations that are at once macabre and playful. He then photographs the collages as three dimensional objects giving the once flat collage a deep world to live, laugh, cry and at times die in.
When French Sculptor Marc Sparfel comes across a stack of old furniture on the street he gets excited. Not because someone has just updated their home decor but because he has now gained a pile of materials for his charming animal sculptures. Sparfel’s process is intuitive allowing curved chair rails to be come horns on a bull, a chair back to become elephant ears, and gilded couch legs to turn into a torso. The results are a poetic take on the mysterious animals that we live amongst using discarded materials that most of us wouldn’t think twice about using again. (via)