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agan harahap’s Super Heroes

Indonesian pixel pusher Agan Harahap’s photographs that juxtapose images of super heroes into vintage wartime  historical photographs are down right amazing!  These images are so well made that I’m starting to really believe that  batman was a commie!

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Lina Hsaio’s Bizarre Moss And Lichen Covered Floral Portraits

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Sculptures made out of moss and lichen. The organic foam that grows on rocks and trees and that are usually considered repellant. Lina Hsaio uses these unwanted and rejected elements to create fantasy faces. Whether painted or textured, the portraits depicted by the artist seem to always be comprised of flora.

The face shapes are perfectly balanced. The major features appear distinctly; nose, mouth and cheeks. It almost seems like the plants grew directly onto the human faces. The fuzzy components were perhaps not chosen coincidently by Lina Hsaio. Moss and lichen are different in their form of life. One is a plant, breathing and living; the other is a composite organism but not a plant. Intertwined together, they symbolize life and death.

The purpose of Lina Hsaio is to question the human condition. According to her work,  it’s all being summarized in the green, bushy portraits. Behind each individuals is hidden a force stronger than themselves.“Lina’s series of mixed media portraits displaying erratic forms of the human condition with elements that are not to be confined to universals symbols”

Lina Hsaio’s work will be displayed at the Image Gallery in NYC until November 6th 2015. (Via The Creators Project).

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Gifs of Creepy Clones by Erdal Inci

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In a way, endlessness is a fundamental characteristic of gifs.  However, the work of Turkish artist Erdal Inci, highlights this aspect of a medium in a style that is especially hypnotic and creepy.  Inci has worked in video for nearly ten years.  He’s since translated work into gifs using his same clone and light effects.  In them, he seems to produce an endless hoodied army of himself marching, sliding down handrails, hopping up and down stairs.  Though the action is brief, its repetitive nature makes it difficult to pull away your eyes.  All of the Erdal Inci clones in lockstep trudge on together until we manage to close the window.  [via]

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Elaine Bradford And Four Other Artists Transform Craft Into Art

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Elaine Bradford

Shane Waltener

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Edith Meusnier

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Sherry Markovitz

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Many contemporary artists incorporate materials traditionally associated with craft into their art practice.  Craft, often segregated from the high art world, is used to describe a pastime or profession that requires skill and concentration.  Fine artists involve styles such as knitting, crocheting, beading, ceramics and many others practices to create their works.  The effects of using these generally intricate and time-consuming techniques are impressive as works by these five artists demonstrate.

Shane Waltener was trained as a sculptor and now makes beautiful and haunting installations using yarn.  Many of his works are engaging and beg a viewer’s participation.  Over Here, which mimics a giant spider web, references a technique called Shetland lace and is made of fishing line.  Sherry Markovitz is a Seattle-based artist who incorporates buttons, feathers, fake pearls, shells, sequins, seed beads and other items to animal heads or dolls.  Markovitz says that she “was never influenced by the contemporary art world,” and indeed, her works created from hours of labor and scouring flea markets for material feel as though they walked out of another place and time.  Elaine Bradford uses crochet to create otherworldly sculptures.  Her installation at the Vinson Branch of the Houston Public Library, for instance, consists of an elephant and a gaggle of Canadian geese, all sheathed in crochet skins.  The work is fun and playful, but also sophisticated and clever.  Orly Genger, most recently known for covering Madison Square Park in New York with a massive installation consisting of 1.4 million feet of layered, painted and hand-knotted rope last summer, is an artist who employs traditionally “feminine” activities to works that reference artists like Barnett Newman.  She titled her Madison Square Park installation after his Who’s Afraid of the Red, Yellow and Blue? series from the 1960s.  Edith Meusnier is a French textile and environmental artist who transforms nature into installation spaces.  She uses craft installations to raise questions about sustainability and the vulnerability of nature.

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Letha Projects

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The phrase “3D photos” seems like a bit of a contradiction, right? But no, Letha Projects has been making these amazing minimalist photo sculptures, taking plain pictures and translating them into a work of art that expands on their single dimensional forms. She also works with her flat photos by cutting and manipulating a mixture of color and black and white prints to create texture.

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Words Leap Off The Page In 3D Calligraphy Art By Tolga Girgin

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Considerably ancient art form of calligraphy is brought to new dimensions by Tolga Girgin, a Turkish electrical engineer by trade and graphic designer by heart. His series of 3D calligraphic artworks witness how a little bit of imagination and skill can breathe life to a slowly disappearing craft.

Looking at Girgin’s graceful letters and strokes it seems like they are going to leap off the page and float into thin air. The eye-catching effect is achieved by combining skillful shading and perspective. Bright colors also do justice for Girgin’s works. His letterforms look more like paper cut-outs than two-dimensional drawings.

Girgin also practices “calligraffiti” which blends the properties of calligraphic style with modern day graffiti: the art of writing meets the art of getting your (pseudo) name up in an urban environment. Calligraffiti borrows inspiration from ancient lettering styles: Japanese ancient brush characters, Arabic pictorial scripts, medieval books and quill writing. The new form of art was originally named and pioneered by Dutch artist Niels Shoe Meulman. (via Colossal)

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Andy Callahan

Andy Callahan
Photographer and designer Andy Callahan hails from Leeds/Brighton. He’s also one part of duo MOUNT MILK, who for the exciting stuff I feel like they may be working on, still has nothing on their website- may this be incentive to change that! I’m really interested in this kind of design work recently that places a large emphasis on photography and laying out of the design in the composition of the shot.

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Illustrator Mr. Kiji’s Advice For Young Guns

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Artist/designer Mr. Kiji has already had a prolific career for someone so young, but his work across mediums and markets (ranging from paint to pixels) is all part of a much bigger vision he has for living a wholly creative life. In this video, he gives some sage advice to young upstarts, and discusses how he pulls inspiration and enthusiasm into every single project—whether it’s art or advertising creative for giants like Google and Converse.

 

 

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