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Nawa Kohei PixCellated Sculptures

Amazing “PixCellated” sculptures by Japanese artist Nawa Kohei cover stuffed animals with hundreds of glass beads in all sizes to transform these everyday toys into beaded jewels. (via SCIA)

“By covering surface of an object with transparent glass beads, the existence of the object itself is replaced by “a husk of light”, and the new vision “the cell of an image” (PixCell) is shown.
Most of the motifs, like stuffed animals are found through the internet. I search some auction sites and choose from the images which appear on a monitor as pixel. However, the stuffed animals which actually have been purchased and sent have real flesh feel and smell, and have a discrepancy with images on the monitor. I then transpose them to PixCell in turn.”

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Stunning Timelapse Captures A Seemingly Dead Plant Come Back To Life

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Videographer Sean Steininger of Tender Fox has put together a stunning video timelapsing the resurrections of the Rose of Jericho (Selaginella lepidophylla) plant. This plant can survive months and sometimes years without water, curling up and browning to the appearance of death – that is, until the presence of water quickly, and seemingly magically, brings the plant back to bright, green life. Steininger captured a time span of just 12-24 hours, documenting the fingers of foliage unfurling multiple times in order to best capture this amazing transformation. You can actually purchase a Rose of Jericho plant on Amazon, if you’d like to experience the water resurrection first-hand. (via colossal)

 

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A Street Art Story

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Street artist Mobstr produced this piece, The Story.  Each painted-over line of the story allows the next to proceed.  Much of Mobstr’s street art works on assumption that his work will soon be painted over – it relies on its inevitable destruction.  Like his story states, his distinct approach to street art makes use this “strange harmony”.

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Valerj Pobega Intertwines Bondage With High Fashion In Detailed, Art-Driven Couture

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Valerj Pobega is an Italian-born, LA-based designer who brings powerful imagery and detail-focused art into the world of fashion. Crafted entirely by hand, Pobega’s pieces comprise unique cuts and painted fabrics instilled with hybridized, subcultural references. Her style could be described as sophistication with a resounding edge, and operating under the mantra “you’re wearing Art, and Art is timeless,” Pobega seeks to reinvigorate couture as a creative outlet that defies the doldrums of mass production and consumerism (Source).

Featured here is Pobega’s “Bondage Collection,” which debuted in Spring/Summer 2010. In true trendsetter fashion, Pobega introduced the runways of high fashion to fetish-inspired wear when it was still largely underground. In bold contrasts of black and white, each ensemble is somberly daring and awakens the imagination like thunder. One of the main inspirations for this collection was Nobuyoshi Araki’s controversial bondage photography, as seen in the ropes, tassels, and braids adorning and harnessing the models. The lightweight, kimono-style couture also resonates with a Japanese influence. Pobega, however, is careful not to isolate such references, and has seamlessly blended these aesthetics with a dark, Western punk style.

Another inspiration behind the “Bondage Collection” was the movie Trainspotting and its soundtrack—in particular, Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life,” which accompanied the runway show. With their shadowed eyes and unlaced shoes, the models reflect a subtle state of dishevelment. All of these influences come together into a narrative that Pobega composed to inspire the collection, which she described for Beautiful/Decay:

“I thought of [the Trainspotting influence] as very connected with the Araki theme as the movie depicts the life of a group of friends addicted to drugs—and if you think about it, drugs addiction is really like being in bondage, tied up in ropes, unable to move or make decisions.”

In oscillating images of power and powerlessness, the originality of the series derives from a compelling synthesis of its influences and details. The runway show was likewise as impactful, with a male dancer clad in one of her hand-painted gowns closing the event with a dramatic pirouette. With Pobega, shock value and emotion are integral to exploring the capacities of fashion as an embodied art form.

Pobega’s unique couture has been widely recognized, attracting the attention of celebrities such as Madonna, Selena Gomez, and Ozzy Osbourne. Her work has also been featured in the publications Vogue, Elle, Bite, and more. Visit her website to view more of her compelling and art-driven collections.

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Behind-the Scenes with “Art Works Every Time” Artist: Colin Strandberg

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Colin Strandberg in his studio and his piece "Nature Pattern"

Today’s Art Works Every Time interview is with Colin Strandberg, whose work is a playful exploration of color and shape, straddling both abstraction and figurative work. Colin contributed our grand prize winning graphic, which can be seen on our show flyer. We’ll also be printing T-shirts with the design for the exhibition- first 100 visitors get one for free! Just 5 days away now til the show!

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Artists And Designers Create Doll Houses For Charity Showing How Life Could Be Easier For Children With Special Needs

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For Cathedral Group’s charity project, A Dolls’ House, 20 United Kingdom architects and designers designed a doll house in order to raise £100,000 for the children’s charity, KIDSDuggan Morris ArchitectsDexter MorenDRDH ArchitectsGlenn Howells ArchitectsHLM ArchitectsLifschutz Davidson SandilandsmaeRAAD StudioshedkmFATdRMMMake Architects, and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris are among the contributors to this project. Inspired by the over 1,500 artists who participated in Edwin Lutyens’ 1924 doll house for Queen Mary, Cathedral Group organized their own doll house project. Each doll house has to be constructed on a 750 square millimeter plith and include one feature that could make life easier for a child with special needs.

As expected, the designs run the gamut in terms of aesthetics; some of the house designs are serious and practical, while others are abstract and absurd. The doll houses were on exhibit during the London Design Festival last month and will be auctioned off in November at Bonham’s in London. (via de zeen)

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Everyday Foods Cut Into Perfect Squares Is Bizarrely Satisfying

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What if all our food was served sushi style? Would it be more appetizing? And would we eat less if everything was the same size? The artist/design team of Lernert and Sander asks that question and ponders the aesthetic of making food dimensionally equal. In an ambitious project they took dozens of food items and cut them into uniform cubes then photographed the results. The final result is an array of colors which resembles a very large tray of sushi. The different pieces offer an interesting palette through color but the size seems well a bit static. Overall it has a futuristic vibe but is it appetizing? In other words, would you rather eat cherry pie in a cube or oozing with cherries? It probably works better as a puzzle because its display references word and board games. The puzzle at hand would be guessing at quick glance what food group or item you’re eating from. Still only eye candy maybe there’s a chef or game designer out there that can make something else of the food seen here; and attempt to make something more than just the perfect square. (via 1designperday)

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Mind Bending Video Uses Projection Mapping And Large Robotics

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The engineering and design studio Bot & Dolly created the video Box.  In it a simple flat surface is visually transformed in unbelievable ways.  Projection mapping has been especially popular lately because of its extreme versatility among other things.  For projection mapping a computer basically maps a surface, one often considered too irregular for traditional projection.  The software’s images are then projected on precise locations on the surface.  In this way projects can appear to interact with the surface or produce the illusion of depth.  For the video Bot & Dolly seem to push the potential of projection mapping.  Flat surfaces are attached to large robotics, thus the projection not only interacts with the nontraditional surface but also its movement.  It does this so effectively that at times its difficult to remember the surface is indeed flat.  Amazingly, all of the effects are in camera – that is, no special effects were applied after recording.  After watching the video, its interesting to think about the potential use of such technology.  Bot & Dolly go on to speak about the project saying:

Box explores the synthesis of real and digital space through projection-mapping on moving surfaces. The short film documents a live performance, captured entirely in camera. Bot & Dolly produced this work to serve as both an artistic statement and technical demonstration. It is the culmination of multiple technologies, including large scale robotics, projection mapping, and software engineering. We believe this methodology has tremendous potential to radically transform theatrical presentations, and define new genres of expression.”

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