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Awesome Video Of The Day: Outside The Box

Some people are so creative, original, and unique that they have to constantly tell you how creative, original, and unique they are all the time. This entertaining video is about them.
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Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi

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First seen here last year, Spanish illustrator Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi has updated his portfolio with a number of intensely colorful portraits created with a Wacom Bamboo. His series of men holding various objects is also pretty great.

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Ron van der Ende’s Wood Scrap Sculptures

You don’t want to eat that, trust me. Each of these sculptural creations is made up of equal parts reclaimed wood, time, and toil. These handcrafted wall mounted bas reliefs are the speciality of Ron van der Ende, an artist based out of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. So barring a peculiar taste for splinters, don’t chomp on that meaty morsel. Do, however, take a closer look at these works after the jump.

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Luca Mainini

luca maininiLuca Mainini is an italian visual artist and writer who is not afraid to share his thoughts. Whether it is a bloody love for Zac Efron or lipstick crashing into the World Trade Centers, Luca is willing to push it, and I love it. This guy likes to get wild. I mainly enjoy his paparazzi project were he is shown as a “drunk and fat” mess. Plus his collage work is fun too.

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Briony Ridley

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Melbourne-based photographer Biony Ridley describes her work as an adventure or a fairytale, saying that her lack of organization when it comes to shooting images helps lends her work an element of chance.

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Still Sculptures Evoke Dream-like Performances

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Ángela Lergo is a Sevilla based artist specializing in sculpture and set design. Much of her work is centered around the human body and its evocation and relationship to its environments. Her background in set design has allowed her to play with the way space, lighting, and sculpture arrangements contribute to a particular atmosphere. Though the works are sculpted and stationary, they evoke a hint of performance in their presentation. Using human figures as a mode of expression, Lergo creates dream-like landscapes and resonances that are both poetic and emotional. Lergo uses a variety of materials for her installations, including ground stone, polyester resin, epoxy resin, wax, LED lights, video, sandstone, aluminum, feathers, industrial containers, and black oil.

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The Process Behind Making Barry X Ball’s Purity And Envy Sculptures

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The sculptor Barry X Ball is known for interesting projects. One called ‘Masterpieces’ was especially riveting. He took two Italian sculptures made in the 16th century: Corradini’s La Puria (“Purity (veiled woman)”) and Court’s La Invidia (“Envy”) and created perfected versions of the original. In a statement to his collectors he explains in detail the changes he made and why they are valid artworks on their own and not just copies or appropriations. Ball’s documentation also discusses his process and gives invaluable insight into it.

Both of these sculptures were made using materials other than white Italian marble such as onyx, calcite and black marble. This lends a different dynamic to the work altogether. Unlike white marble, onyx has the ability to glow from within and through the veils of Purity we are able to see light. On the other hand, the calcite material is veined and therefore camouflages Envy’s folds and sweeps creating complexity not there with the original.

Another different perspective on the two Ball pieces is that they are made to depict someone looking into a mirror. This is done with today’s advanced technology and adds a strange narcissistic glance. It’s almost as though we are looking at a more refined version of the sculptures which captures the very old paired with something new. Other changes involved refining of drape, finishing the back and making the pedestals which they are placed much sturdier in order to view the work correctly from all sides.

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Power of Selection Part 2

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I apologize for shameful self-promotion, but I really couldn’t help myself. Here are some shots from The Power of Selection Part 2,  the second installment in my 3 part conquest to bring work to Chicago that otherwise doesn’t get shown here. Check it out!

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