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Huge Black And White Street Art Murals Start As Small Pen Drawings

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Brazilian street artist Claudio Ethos creates huge black and white murals often cover entire buildings.  His unique highly detailed style resembles wildly enlarged drawings.  However, this isn’t entirely far from the reality of Ethos’ process.  His pieces often begin as  meticulous ball point pen drawings.  Ethos’ talent isn’t only in his creative imagery or drawing skills, but his ability to replicate these drawings on an enormous scale.  The resulting style is one that is large in size without being imposing, personal as if you were holding the page yourself.

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Canan Cengel

It’s pretty fun discovering the fetus shapes in each of these sangria colored pieces of wrinkled fabric. I know, that probably sounds weird but Canan Cengel really deserves all praises for her eye on detail, creating the perfect positioning and shadowing for her aptly titled project: f. Check the rest below.

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Alex Chavez

Collages by Alex Chavez.

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Caitlin Ducey Makes Beautiful And Obsessive Art With Drinking Straws

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Portland, Oregon based artist Caitlin Ducey uses plastic drinking straws as the focus of her sculptures.  In her exploration of material, process and pattern, Ducey appreciates the simplicity and accessibility of the straw.  She notes that it is such a mundane, everyday, disposable item.  For her the idea that it is so commonplace is part of the appeal.   The act of devoting so much time and attention to something as simple as a straw becomes part of her process.

To create her pieces Ducey carefully stacks each straw usually using no glue or adhesive.  Her method is obsessive and detail oriented.  It also gives the sculptures a fragility that makes them all the more alluring.  As a viewer passes by her works she will experience a kind of tunnel vision, only able to see through the straws immediately in her path.  It is this feature that gives the sculptures the life-like quality that I found most captivating.  Ducey manages to transform an ordinary plastic object into an entrancing sculpture with a remarkable organic quality.

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Daniel Siering And Mario Shu’s Incredible Street Art Illusion

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Perhaps one of the best street-art interventions of the year comes at the very end. Daniel Siering and Mario Shu developed a unique strategy for their site-specific public project in Potsdam, Germany. By wrapping a tree and covering the wrapping with incredibly detailed spray-paint, the duo manages to perfectly capture a stunning sinhle-point perspective which gives the illusion that the tree is bisected, with the top half mysteriously floating above the fields and horizon in the background.

As this is a developing story, there are precious few pictures to properly show the project (including proper links to the artist, or previous works) but check out this video (which as of now has less than 300 hits) to see the simple yet effective trompe l’oeil the two artists created, and hope that the two release more pictures, and more fantastic public projects, in 2014. (via streetartutopia)

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Observing A Creative Culture

DeChazier Stokes-Johnson has relaunched The Marma Spot, a collection of interviews done with a wide range of known and unknown creatives from around the world. From design here Stefan Sagmeister to  Run Athletics sneaker designer Rashid Young. Some good reading for those trying to find creative inspiration.

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Floto+Warner Turn Brightly Colored Liquids Into “Floating Sculptural Events”

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Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner of New York-based photography studio Floto+Warner have created a fascinating series of photographs of colored liquids thrown into open landscapes. Titled “Colourant,” the series emerges out of the artists’ ongoing interest in vast environments, as well as the relationships between place, figure, and form. The images feature colored, environmentally-friendly water mixtures floating in the air like alien clouds or frozen waves. There is a palpable tension between motion and stillness, created by the clash between the rapid event and the peaceful backdrop of the Nevada desert. Incredibly, no Photoshop was used in the creation of this series. In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, Floto and Warner shared their method:

“We shoot with a high-speed shutter to freeze the action of the throw. Typically, our shutter was around 3200th of a second. Each photograph is set in the open landscape. We don’t stick to the rules of traditional landscape photography in this series. We choose instead to shoot under the harsh midday sun to amplify the adverse feeling of the scene. We use hard lighting and prefer atmospheric space to allow the sculptures space to breathe. For the preparation, we mix a small amount of non-toxic color by hand with a gallon of water and then literally throw it into the air.”

With their bright colors and dramatic forms, the “Colourant” images do an excellent job seizing our curiosity and attention. Floto and Warner call them “floating sculptural events,” or “short-lived anomalies that pass you by at an imperceptible flash.” Not only do they visually defy categories of “liquid” and “solid” matter, but they trouble the line between transience and eternity; captured by the camera, the airborne splashes seem as though they could exist forever, embedded in the landscape. “Colourant” also unveils our perceptual limitations, as such chaotic and beautiful forms cannot be seen without the intervention of technology; just as we cannot fully perceive the fleeting details of waves crashing onto the shore, Floto+Warner’s series remind us that there is more to nature and reality than meets the eye.

As exploratory images, “Colourant” will likely foster a variety of inspiring (and potentially conflicting) interpretations. When asked about how they viewed the series, Floto and Warner explained:

“We see this series as representing a clash between man and nature, [as] giant blobs taking over and obstructing the landscape. That said, we also feel they are quite ambiguous and let people enjoy them as if looking at clouds. Typically, when people see them, they react with a moment of joy, elation, or wonder (which we are happy with), but then there are a lot of people that see the stain. We love the duality of the image.”

Check out Floto+Warner’s website to see more of their works, including “Fume” (2009), the thematic precursor to “Colourant.” Be sure to follow their work and see what creative explorations of various landscapes they dream up next. (Via Honestly WTF)

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Plain Air

Los Angeles-based Apenest, a publishing/ printmaking project created by Cody Hoyt and Brian Willmont, presents Plain Air. Plain Air is the second in their series of exhibitions focused on showcasing talented emerging artists at Cinders Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Plain Air is running from Oct 15th – Nov 14th, so if you’re in the neighborhood don’t miss out!

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