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Maya Bloch

Tel Aviv based artist Maya Bloch‘s emotional figure paintings remind me of a mix between Eva Hesse and Marlene Dumas.

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Chris Gilmour’s Amazingly Realistic Cardboard Sculptures

There certainly is a “wow” factor when you come across the work of Chris Gilmour. Not only are his representational sculptures flawless in scale and form but they are made out of cheap cardboard that you would usually find in dumpsters. Gilmour takes this everyday material and gives it a new life creating gorgeously sculpted objects that transcend the material that they are made with bewilder our senses. Read a short interview with the artist after the jump.

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Bilge Nur Saltik Designs Vases That Transform Single Flowers Into Magical, Kaleidoscopic Bouquets

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Designer Bilge Nur Saltik creates stunning objects that magnify beauty by playing with light and geometry. Featured here is Op-vase, a series of glass vessels crafted in Istanbul that are cut to produce kaleidoscopic effects. Once a flower is placed inside, its image is dispersed across the concave, faceted surfaces; a single rose is transformed into an illusory bouquet that shimmers and proliferates behind the glass. With human perception as the catalyst, each angle produces a unique and subjectively experienced pattern. Watch Dezeen’s video above and see how the flowers magically change as the vessel turns.

Saltik’s fascinating oeuvre includes similar works that create enchanting effects by distorting and multiplying reality. In 2014 she created a wall light containing layers of textured panels that reflect light and warp patterns as they rotate; similar to the Op-vases, Saltik also crafted a collection of glass objects carved with geometric surfaces that trigger optical illusions as they move. With a keen eye for contemporary design and a knowledge of the seemingly limitless capacities of human perception, Saltik’s work unfolds worlds of mystery and hidden beauty.

Visit Saltik’s website to see more. Op-vases can be purchased from designboom and Monologue London. (Via Dezeen)

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The Vintage Chic Illustrations of Riikka Sormunen

I’m completely blown away by the illustrations of Finland based Riikka Sormunen. Her delicate lines, amazing earthy color schemes, and dense patterning make me want to stare at these forever. I also love the subtle influence of Japanese woodblock prints that comes through in some of the works. (via)

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Emile Morel’s Digitally Surreal Universes

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Emile Morel creates surreal digital illustrations reminiscent of whimsical childhood fantasies such as The Neverending Story and Where the Wild Things Are. His illustrations depict dream worlds, often with children, and heavily feature anthropomorphic characters rife with bestial and primal imagery. His work is evocative of fairy tales, complete with a dark and foreboding element encapsulated in the “grotesque” nature of some of his figures and human animal hybrids. Intimate and highly allegorical, Morel’s attention to detail, especially in this medium, is impressive.

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Winnie Truong’s Hairy Drawings

Winnie Truong’s drawings are at once intricate, interesting, and funny. Fittingly, she has a lot of people recognizing her talent. Not only is she featured with big beautiful drawings and an interview in our Book 7 humor issue, she has a show at Galerie Trois Points from now until November 10. So, if you’re a fan, i’d suggest an impulsive Montreal vacation and picking up our Book 7 for plane reading. Happy travels!

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Jenny Aryton Encapsulates Childhood Memories In Molten Glass

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British artist Jenny Aryton creates “miniature wonderlands captured in molten glass.” Almost like snow globe depictions of every day life, Jenny Aryton’s work physically encapsulates intimate depictions of her private world. Gaining inspiration from her young daughter, she aims to gather excitement from the mundane. Her work tends to have a “domestic twist” as she allows her surrounding of her home and family guide the way as her source imagery. Her process begins by creating small metal wire figurines. She fashions tiny sweaters, chairs, trees, shovels, and other objects found in an everyday family home. She then organizes a simplistic scene, almost like a child playing with a dollhouse. After everything has been arranged, Aryton then encases it between two layers of molten hot glass which is poured at 1100ºC (2012ºF). She uses what is called sandcasting. She molds the overall shape of the piece in sand — just as a plaster sculptor would do with clay or wax. One the first layer is poured, she has one brief moment, while the glass is still fluid, to manipulate the aspects of the piece. The second layer is then poured and the whole piece is placed to set in a kiln for two days where it will take its final form. The glass, as a fragile and volatile material, will solidify differently each time, creating a one of a kind piece.  The delicate and cloudy imperfection of each piece almost seems to mimic the memory of a child. The have a solemn charm that is nostalgic yet innocent. Each piece is quiet, quaint and unique. (via iGNANT)

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Jess Douglas

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Jess Douglas is in her last year at the University of Plymouth, UK, where she studies Illustration. In her About Me section, she states the following: “Everything I discover around me has potential… urban detritus, peeling paint and filthy concrete structures. I find the ugly and mundane to be beautiful, its character and stories inspiring.” These are photos mainly of her screen prints  and drawings from her sketchbook. I feel they definitely capture the beauty in the mundane in the way that they isolate the objects and structures, translating them into solid lines and eliminating the daily clutter that usually surrounds them. 

 

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