11May/120

Snow as an art form

Posted by Emily

Photo: inhabitant.com

I recently came across a unique English artist, Simon Beck, who creates amazing works of art in vast snow fields. I can only imagine the sheer amount of patience and persistence required to create these impressively precise crop circle-like patterns. Using an orienteering compass and measuring tape to get his bearings and form the design, Beck then uses a clothes line and central anchor to create curves and circles. The final product is nothing short of amazing. I highly recommend taking a look at all of his snowscapes - he has a Facebook page devoted to his snow art where you can see all of his masterpieces, as well as higher contrasted versions of some of his designs. Creativity at its finest.

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13Apr/120

Nature as a canvas

Posted by Roger

The idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is more than relevant when we're talking about art. Tastes in art range from traditional to contemporary to the absolutely bizarre. Art truly is in the eye of the beholder. However, if there's one thing every art-lover can agree on it's the innate beauty of nature. Andrew Goldworthy is an environmental artist based in Ireland. His work is especially unique and creative because his canvas is nature and he only uses materials provided by nature. I've never seen anything like this before and although his work may seem a little strange, there's no denying the exquisiteness of his "pieces." It's too bad you can't wrap up his work and take it home to place above your fireplace.

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19Mar/120

Ever wondered what illusionists do with their free time?

Posted by Roger

So, what does an illusionist do in his spare time? Well, he creates a giant portrait using pushpins, of course! Brusspup, a YouTube illusionist, used Photoshop to break down a digital photo into five colors and, using 15,000 pushpins, created an amazing pushpin portraiture. Each colored pushpin functions as a pixel in the final image - a testament to creativity and dedication, rather than an "illusion." Luckily for us, the creation of Brusspup's artwork was captured in a seriously impressive time-lapse video. It's truly amazing what a little imagination, ingenuity and persistence can manifest.

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19Jan/120

To colorize or not to colorize…

Posted by Emily

Photo: Dorothea Lange | Colorization: Sanna Dullaway

Colorizing black and white photos is not exactly a new "thing" (Think Ted Turner's colorization of Casablanca). But, while browsing through the colorized images of some extremely famous photos, I noticed that many people feel it's a betrayal of historical record; some even consider it to be copyright infringement. A Swedish artist named Sanna Dullaway did a particularly spectacular job restoring photos like V-J Day in Times Square and Migrant Mother, much to the chagrin of others. Is colorizing historical photos wrong? Should the famous black and white images be left alone? Or, are people being too sensitive? Personally, although I think the black and white versions of the photos are beautiful, I was excited to see light and life shed on these photos - to me, it makes the subjects in the photos seem more tangible. If you're interested in seeing the other colorized photos by Dullaway, you can find them on Gizmodo.com.

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9Jun/110

Slinkachu

Posted by Roger

Slinkachu is a well-known street artist, but not in the traditional sense. He leaves tiny hand-painted figurines in random places all over the city. The effect of seeing delicate figurines left alone in the big, scary city works surprisingly well. Here, a safety-conscious skater (note the knee pads and helmet) shreds an orange peel.

I love how this idea demonstrates that creativity can be big ideas and small ones, too.

 

   
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