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BAPTISTE DEBOMBOURG Shattered Glass Sculptures

Parisian artist Baptiste Debombourg large scale installations of shattered glass look as if an iceberg has crashed through the gallery walls and shattered into a million frozen pieces. Created out of over two tons of glass and taking over 420 hours to install Aerial (pictured above) transforms a banal material that we  come across everyday and transforms it into a monument of beauty.

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Lisa A. Frank’s Gorgeous Patternwork Drawn from Nature Photography

 

 “Choosing to focus on natural elements that are not commonly appreciated or used for decorative purposes, my artwork is connected to the ‘wildness’ in nature even as it is taming it by the creation of formal patterning.”

Drawing on her background in textile design, Lisa A. Frank creates large-scale “repeating patterns”, “tapestry-like designs”, and “floor to ceiling ‘sections'” from her own nature photography. The artist’s works (some of which are composed of over 100 digital layers) obviously draw on a strong connection to nature and its various trappings: flaura, fauna, etc. Such elements are inherently wild and unpredictable. So Frank’s application of computerized media and pattern work, logical processes very unlike the mysterious mechanisms that govern the natural world, sets up a really interesting dynamic. And, like in the natural environment, there’s a lot going on in these works. The effort really shows and I could spend a long time looking at each one.

Great stuff. Definitely worth a click past the jump to check out more images of the artist’s work, which draws material from all four seasons.

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The Abstract Street Art of MOMO

MOMO is a street artist working internationally.  His pieces can range in size from relatively small to the size of city blocks.  It is his style, though that is peculiar.  His murals forgo text or figuration in favor of an abstract form.  His work often has a deceptively simple composition.  MOMO’s technique resembles simple print aesthetics while even referencing mid-century abstract painters.

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Debra Scacco unlocks the 3 keys of greatness at MARINE CONTEMPORARY

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 I felt like I was peering into Debra Scacco’s personal journals as I walked around her exhibit BIRDS OF PASSAGE at Marine Contemporary. Her large and small works on paper feature her solid penmanship, which she glides across the surface into geographical formations like States and Countries. “I Cannot Reach You” and “Hold Me” are just a couple of the repeated lines running throughout their corresponding paintings and although this may sound strange, there is almost a psychic connection between the viewer and the work that gives off the feeling of the syntax without actually having to read it. So, even if Debra wrote them in Itallian and I don’t speak or read Itallian, I would still be able to grasp the emotion trying to reach out for me. These are elegant and beautiful works that can take months and months to complete, especially the installation in the center of the room where she had to glue over 1000 golden pins together to form what looks like a map of all the pieces in the show combined onto one plane.

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Petra Zlonoga


Petra Zlonoga is an artist living in Zagreb, Croatia. This is her first hand drawn animated film. Pretty impressive, right? This glorious video reminds me of cartoon shorts I adored as a kind. Good ole’ hand drawn animations. Makes me want to see more! Besides being an animator, she is also a very talented illustrator. You can check out here work on her blog that she updates 3 times a week.

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Guia Besana’s Series Reflects Pressures Faced By Contemporary Women

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Guia Besana, born in Italy and based in Paris, has created a photography series titled “Under Pressure” that portrays women in contemporary society with its neuroses and complexes, but with an artistic and stylistic flourish – one evocative of tales from a storybook. Besana stages scenes, creating single, still images that are representative of a fictional story reflecting the pressures women face to be perfect including themes of marriage, burn-out, conflict with body aesthetics, excesses, and other questions involved in a woman’s identity. Besana’s thoughtful series is at once dark and playful and demonstrates the photographer’s artful vision- she has an eye for composition, patterns, and style, and creates a striking fine art aesthetic that pairs beautifully with the theme of contemporary women’s identities. (via dark silence in suburbia)

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Don Porcella Sculpture and Tunes

Don Porcella has a show of his signature, brightly hued sculptures and encaustic paintings up for one more week at Spattered Columns in NYC.  The show is entitled Everything and Nothing at All.  In a recent conversation Don and I had, he brought up his love of imagery that could be read in multiple ways.   He talked about painting secrets, and casting shadows in multiple directions, dislocating literal time and space into a psychological time and space.  He is an artist worth paying attention too.  His show has a closing party on October 26th, from 6 to 8pm.  Porcella will also be playing music during the closing party.  Porcella has performed his music in San Francisco, Nashville, and recently at Robert Miller Gallery in NYC.  Should be a very good time.

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A’ Design Award & Competition Winners Announced!

Polypictures Illustration by Anton Mikhalenkov

Polypictures Illustration by Anton Mikhalenkov

Che Palle Armchair by Anacleto Spazzapan

Che Palle Armchair by Anacleto Spazzapan

Oriental Garden Couture Dresses Collection by Kelly Ng

Oriental Garden Couture Dresses Collection by Kelly Ng

The winners to A’ Design Awards was recently announced and we couldn’t be more excited! The global design award was established to create awareness for groundbreaking design in a wide array of genres. The ultimate aim of the A’ Design Award & Competition is to build strong incentives for designers, companies and brands from all countries to come up with better products, services and systems that benefit mankind.

This years winners included some of the most talented creatives from around the planet. With over 1958 Winners from 98 countries in 97 different design disciplines, there is truly something new to discover for everyone.

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