shane mcadams: ball point pen paintings




'pen blow 67' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams



exploring the notions of landscape in the broadest sense of the term, brooklyn-based artist
shane mcadams creates abstract paintings from ink extracted from ball-point pens. the body of work
focuses on the often dueling relationships between natural and synthetic forms, illustrating through
process the phenomenon of elemental forces incrementally sculpting a land over time.

displaying a soft and colourful array of tones, the pieces push the boundaries of ballpoint pen ink
through a series of non-traditional applications: once extracted, the liquid is heated and mixed
with solvents before it is applied to the surface. mcadams does not 'draw' in the conventional sense
but rather lets gravity, wind, and other physical forces direct the movement of the ink.
resembling a chromatography test, subtle gradients and unexpected streaks emerge to create
a ghostly multi-toned image. by allowing the painting to, in essence, come to being by itself,
it forces the viewers to question what is organic and what is artificial.



'pen blow 69' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams




'pen blow 68' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams



'pen blow 71' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams



'pen blow 66' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams



'pen blow 23' by shane mcadams
ball point pen and resin on panel
12'' x 12''
image © shane mcadams


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oleg dou: cubs

ART 2011.09.30 05:46
oleg dou: cubs




'cubs' by oleg dou
all images courtesy oleg dou
(above) 'fawn', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



a modern interpretation of an old practice, 'cubs' by moscow-based photographer oleg dou
is a series of images that draw from the aesthetic and ambience of child funeral portraits.
utilizing a muted palette with a stark backdrop, the porcelain-like subjects are morphed to
display discerning features of various animals, such as a set of slender antlers for 'fawn'
and perked-up ears in 'rabbit'. the result is a whimsical collection of portraits that play into
the innocent adolescence of the characters while still maintaining an eery sense of death
and mortality.

the choice to transform the children into animal-like creatures was spawned from an
unhappy childhood memory of the photographer where he had to dress up as a white rabbit
for a party: 'I couldn't pretend being happy in front of the camera, I hated being photographed.
the image finally reflected my discomfort and my vexation.' conceived from his sketches,
all the costumes shown in the series were tailored by dou's mother.



'mole', 2011
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou




'monkey', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'goat', 2009
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



'pig', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou



'rabbit', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'puppy', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.

image © oleg dou



'fawn 2', 2010
130x89cm/180x123cm/260x178cm C-print under diasec.
image © oleg dou


via la lettre de la photographie






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cayce zavaglia: embroidered portraits




'teo' 
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches



american artist cayce zavaglia considers herself a painter, yet has difficulty considering her work of embroidered portraits
as painting themselves.

her realistic impressions of people are executed using crewel embroidery wool, for which over time she has created a system
of sewing threads in a sequence that gives the appearance of a particular color or tone - her method of 'mixing' colors.
threads are sewn in precise directions in order to mimic the way lines are layered in a typical drawing an allusion of depth,
volume and form. throughout her series of work, the stitches have become tighter and more complex.
each piece is hand embroidered and in total zavaglia has a developed 14 portraits thus far.



'teo' (detail)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches




'teo' (detail)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches




'teo' (front and back view)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
12 x 34 inches




'aunt lin'
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
16.25 x 29 inches




'aunt lin' (detail)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
16.25 x 29 inches



'aunt lin' (backside)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
16.25 x 29 inches




'elly' 
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
14 x 17 inches




'elly' (detail)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
14 x 17 inches



'elly' (detail)
hand embroidered, crewel wool and acrylic on linen
14 x 17 inches



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florentijn hofman: big yellow rabbit




'stor gul kanin (big yellow rabbit)' by florentijn hofman in örebro, sweden
all images courtesy  florentijn hofman
image © lasse person



rotterdam-based artist florentijn hofman has shared with us images of 'stor gul kanin (big yellow rabbit)',
his newest large-scale sculpture conceived for this summer's openart biennale in örebro, sweden.
challenging the function and purpose of the public space, the 13-meter high installation explores
the notion of scale and urban perspective by providing a new focal point in the open square.



in the city's context
image © florentijn hofman


constructed out of locally-manufactured shingles and a wooden armature, the temporary sculpture
depicts a giant plush rabbit that has been seemingly dropped into the center of the swedish plaza.
the large-scale intervention rests against the engelbrekt monument, the original pivot point of
the open site. observers are encouraged to experience the public space within the new context of
the rabbit as well as when the presence of the sculpture is gone.

as with his previous work, hofman's sculpture involved the locals with more than 25 volunteers
and craftsman coming together to construct the rabbit.



image © florentijn hofman



general view
image © lasse person




top view
image © lasse person




image © florentijn hofman



image © lasse person



image © florentijn hofman



engelbrekt monument
image © florentijn hofman




during construction
image © lasse person


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skrekkøgle: solitaire win sculpture




the two designers behind skrekkøgle created a real-life sculpture after the windows solitaire win screen


based in oslo, norway, skrekkøgle studio (lars marcus vedeler and theo tveterås) have recreated the win screen
for windows solitaire in the form of a three dimensional sculpture. measuring 150 x 70 x 40 cm, (4.9 x 2.3 x 1.3 feet)
the piece involved the creation of over one thousand 'playing cards' from black foam and paper, which the designers
then cut, taped, and assembled into the proper forms.



full view












the pair created over one thousand cards from black foam board



construction view showing how some pieces were cut to properly fit together



screenshot of the windows solitaire win screen, the model behind the project


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london photoshoplooters

ART 2011.08.23 03:32
london photoshoplooters




all images courtesy photoshoplooters


a tongue-in-cheek response to the ongoing riots happening in london, photoshoplooter
is a collective blog that features images of looters stealing a variety of absurd items.
images from the media has been edited using photoshop to illustrate civilians looting
oversized stuffed animals, a team of pandas, a giant anteater and even playing a game of twister.
highlighting the absurdity of the act and event, the blog is a highly relevant reply to
the current cultural climate of the city.

click here to visit the blog and see updated material everyday.


























via it's nice that


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alexa meade: real-life paintings




by painting directly onto her subjects and photographing them in a variety of constructed and real-world environments, artist alexa meade conflates the worlds of painting, photography, and performance
'transit', 18x24" limited edition chromogenic print

all images © alexa meade


american artist alexa meade creates her representational paintings directly on her subjects, covering people and objects
in layers of acrylic paint before photographing them. the works offer an unusual conflation of painting, installation,
and photography, as the three-dimensional forms are collapsed in space, taking on a 2D appearance in the prints.
in her exhibitions, meade frequently paints over small rooms in which a human subject sits for the duration of the show,
offering a performative aspect to her work.

meade:
'spending my formative years immersed in the world of politicians and PR led to a fascination with the possibilities
of repackaging source texts and adding superficial modifications that would profoundly alter perception.
what the audience ultimately unpackaged was a personal interpretation of an already mediated re-presentation.
[...] by using paint as a mask that mimics the surface attributes of my source materials, I repurpose the common codes
of painting
.'



full figure of 'transit'



'mediation'
19x24" limited edition chromogenic print




'natura morta'
18x24" chromogenic print




'natura morta' installation
8'x6'x4'




'framed'
24x18" limited edition chromogenic print



'bernie' study



left: 'auspicious', 24x18" limited edition chromogenic print
right: 'the trap', a model poses outside london's saatchi gallery




meade at work painting one of her subjects
image courtesy of dailymail



the artist poses with a completed installation
image courtesy of dailymail



'spectacle' installation/performance



'spectacle'
18x24" limited edition chromogenic print



via dailymail


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christina lihan: paper shadowbox sculptures




'uffizi', a paper shadowbox sculpture by christina lihan


originally trained as an architect, US-based artist christina lihan creates elaborate paper relief sculptures,
mounted in shadowboxes and ranging from two to six inches deep. as subjects she has taken buildings ranging
from the eiffel tower and taj mahal to private residences and american cities.

all carefully assembled in detailed layers, the artworks are composed of unpainted, 300lb. coldpress watercolour paper.
lihan begins her work by photographing and sketching the site, generally creating scaled charcoal drawings
that she then enlarges to the planned size of the finished piece. she lays out the buildings directly over these sketched forms,
and cutting out details in place and ultimately assembling all the components into the finished composition.
all carving, scoring, cutting, and folding is completed by hand, and lihan admits that, basing her work
primarily on its aesthetic effect rather than on mathematical measurement, she frequently resizes the pieces
over the course of production to achieve the most accurate perspective.



detail view, 'uffizi'



'taj mahal'



closer view, 'taj mahal'



detail view, 'taj mahal'



'george washington bridge'



'south beach condominium'



'place des vosges'



'raleigh'



'palladio'



closer view, 'palladio'



'eiffel tower'



detail view of base of 'eiffel tower'



to create the sculptures, lihan overlays paperwork over full-scale sketches of the architecture



process shot


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hayashi natsumi: levitation self portraits




image © hayashi natsumi


elevating the art of self-portraits to a new level - literally - tokyo-based photographer
hayashi natsumi's work consists of the artist seemingly floating in midair within conventional
settings in and around the japanese city. entitled 'today's levitation', the series is updated daily
with new photographs set in a variety of locations from a desolate street to a busy train platform.

using the aid of a simple tripod, the self-portraits are taken with a 10-second timer from
a distance. all the poses are captured in mid-jump with no aid of a rigging system or photoshop.
impossibly relaxed and composed, the floating subject injects a surreal atmosphere to
the often normal set, rendering an image devoid of gravity or physics.   

to see many more images from the series, click here to natsumi's daily blog.



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi



image © hayashi natsumi


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atsushi takahashi paintings

ART 2011.08.03 08:40

atsushi takahashi paintings




atsushi takahashi: 'heart's place' (2010)
oil on canvas with coating, 180 x 120 cm
all images courtesy of entomorodia curatorial network and frantic gallery



the unusual paintings by japanese artist atsushi takahashi are created not with a brush but instead by the squeezing
of oil and acrylic paint tubes directly onto the canvas. while from afar the images look like ordinary paintings or drawings,
at close range viewers can observe a tangle of thick dried paint with an untouched blank canvas at times exposed underneath,
achieving a balance of chaos and visual calmness.

takahashi's recent paintings 'feel you as me' and 'heart's place' are on display from july 27th through 31st, 2011 as part of
the show 'frantic underlines', a collection of the artists who have or will be exhibiting this year at japan's frantic gallery.

gallery curators reflect:
'takahashi leaves no touch, no traces of artist's hands, but manages to stress the materiality
of the painting at the same time: oil paint is both a means of representation and an object.
'



detail view of 'heart's place' by atsushi takahashi (2010)



detail view of 'heart's place' by atsushi takahashi (2010)



detail view of 'heart's place' by atsushi takahashi (2010)



atsushi takahashi: 'feel you as me' (2011)
oil on canvas, 180 x 120 cm




detail view of 'feel you as me' by atsushi takahashi (2011)



detail view of 'feel you as me' by atsushi takahashi (2011)

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