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Gianluca Traina Uses Distorted Photos To Create Woven Pixelated Busts

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Artist Gianluca Traina’s series titled Portrait 360 combines photography and sculpture to create alluring, mysterious objects. Mannequin-esque heads are covered in distorted, mosaic-looking squares that are simultaneously recognizable humans yet pixelated and indiscernible. To craft these works, Traina first shoots photos of anonymous subjects and focuses on their faces. He then uses a warp and weft technique to weave the 2D-images into 3D paper busts.

In the blurred surface photos, you can tell where the skin ends and the hair begins, as well as where features like the eyes and nose are. But, those things don’t always match up with the attributes of a bust. Eyes are on the back of the head and hair covers the nose and mouth. There’s no front or back anymore, and instead there’s a constant play between photographed surface and the sculpted one. (Via Hi Fructose)

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Giant Wooden Funnel Sculpture Made Of Reclaimed Wood

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This giant snaking sculpture is the Funnel Tunnel by artist Patrick Renner.  The temporary sculpture was commissioned by Art League Houston and sits on the esplanade across from their building.  Renner’s Funnel Tunnel stretches for 180 feet, open as a giant funnel at one end and tapering to a sharp point at the other.  The structure was created using steel and reclaimed wood.  The ALH explains, “the sculpture reflects the creative people and businesses in the Montrose area, and is the first of its kind in Houston.”   [via]

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Hellofreaks

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Led by graphic designer and illustrator Jerome CastroHellofreaks is a graphic design studio based in Paris, France. I’m loving these twisted, almost grotesque illustrations juxtaposed with color palettes that basically put rainbows to shame. 

 

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Ben Beshaw’s Outer space Kitten Riders

Ben Beshaw’s paintings of galactic cat riding avengers and unicorn saving business men will surely appeal both to lovers of uncanny narratives and surreal juxtapositions.

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Mark Whalen’s Ritualistic Paintings

Check out artist Mark Whalen aka KillPixie’s magical worlds, exploring communication, sexuality, and ritual, littered with masked patterned people, mythical animals, and an eerie landscape all their own. His pieces incorporate mixed media ranging from paint to pen and ink to newer works with resin. He’s recently collaborated with musicians The Grates on their album Secret Rituals which seems to be a beautiful fit for them both.

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Learn Something Every Day by Young

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A) Facts are useful.
B) Anything drawn with Sharpie makes us happy.

 

Young is a design studio based in the UK, and they have dedicated an entire site to making wonderful renditions of daily tidbits, submitted by readers, etc: Learn Something Every Day. Not only are they quite entertaining to look at, but who would have thought that Dali designed something cohesive!?

 

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Artist Duo Designs 100 Ceramic Mugs In 100 Days Guaranteeing That You’ll Find The Perfect Beverage Holder

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100 mugs in 100 days. The creative duo Charlie and Blair rose to the challenge. The result is a collection of ceramic mugs, hand made and hand painted. Passionate about their work, they were able without any difficulty to create the mugs in a conventional and less conventional way. Adrian ‘Charlie’ is the one making the shapes, while Heather ‘Blair’ paints. The project nourished their excitement and enthusiasm, striving to stay focused and creative at the same time. “It’s that passion and drive that keeps you motivated to create day in and day out”.

The design of the mugs started as commercial. Adrian says the greatest challenge was to innovate. To encounter the risk of facing self doubt, anxiety and failure during the process. Therefore, there’s a clear exploration of shape, form and function. Some pieces end up not representing at all a conventional mug. The paintings on the mugs were inspired by travels to Turkey, Korea and Japan. Heather translated architecture and decorative patterns on mosques, tiles and jewelry into the ornaments of the mugs. She mostly used quirky designs and doodles. There’s an intention to contrast the original and singular shapes with classic color tones. Making each piece unique and one of a kind.

Discover more of Charlie and Blair’s projects on their website and Instagram.

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Daniel Cronin’s The Gathering Of The Juggalos

If you remember a while back we posted a fantastic short documentary about the fans of The Insane Clown Posse affectionately known as the Juggalos and their annual festival The Gathering. Well It looks like photographer Daniel Cronin decided to venture into this strange world as well to bring us an honest portrayal of the Juggalos during their yearly pilgrimage to the event. More mesmerizing photos of Juggalos and Juggalettes after the jump. (via)

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