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While at first glance these stunning black and white portraits look like they were created in Illustrator, you'd be surprised to find out they're actually pen drawings. 20-year-old England-based artist Josh Bryan has a set called Triangulations where he's taken some well-known celebrities - like Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Helen Bonham Carter, and Johnny Knoxville - and created their likeness in abstract, geometric form. Hundreds of tiny triangles make up each face. Love love love. Josh Bryan's Flickr <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Jansson Stegner’s canvases of outrageously lithe cops and athletes in pastoral settings have a gender fluid mood that seem to be speaking to our audience. Stegner is not LGBT, but he is very interested that his work seems to telegraph that. In 1973, The Advocate wrote that gay people had come to think of police "as their natural enemies." Times have changed, but Stegner's fetishization of these men and women in uniform reminds us that they are still symbols of power. Somehow Stegner's pop, dreamy paintings seem to undermine that authority.
Our partners over at National Geographic just sent us these incredible photos that show the recently announced winners of the 2012 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest . Previously, we had shared with you some awe-inspiring entries and we even shone a bright spotlight on one particular photo that, quite simply, took our breath away. The Traveler Photo Contest, now in its 24th year, asks photographers from all over the world to submit their best shots of the world's most beautiful places or their most memorable travel moments.
These days, street art is getting so popular that the public is embracing it like never before. In a recent CNN article , they’ve made the distinction between street art and public art as the former being “rebellious in nature and illegal in practice” while the latter is “commissioned by cities or property owners and is considered culturally enriching and socially acceptable.” Today we take a look at six sites that highlight both. They’re places you can find some of the most wittiest and most beautiful murals in the world as well as some of the most stunning or shocking stencil or graffiti pieces. Whatever you prefer, these stellar, well-curated sites post works that will get your creative juices flowing.
Mobile (Neutra) —Xavier Veilhan, 2012. Richard Neutra’s VDL House in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, was built in 1932 and rebuilt in 1963. Meant to be the living and working space for the famed architect and his family, the house will play host to new guests for much of this month and through the first half of September as French artist Xavier Veilhan and his sculptures take up residence. The VDL House is the first venue for Veilhan’s Architectones , a series of site-specific sculpture installations in famous Modernist residential buildings. Meant to honor Kasimir Malevich’s Suprematist ‘Architectons’, Veilhan’s sculptures seek a link between art and architecture as one invades the other. In this case, the show includes pieces that reference Neutra’s life and work, and the events surrounding them: his silhouette towers above the garden, while inside, visitors can see the architect perched on a glorious steed.
German artist Katharina Hinsberg's installation titled Mitten , roughly translated as Middle , features a network of red beads hanging in a grid-like formation. Each crimson sphere is aligned with the next, creating an intriguing Matrix similar to Muti Randolph's Deep Screen and somewhat reminiscent of Ana Soler's Causa-Efecto . Similarly, Hinsberg's installation is one that visitors can walk into and experience firsthand. Mitten is part of a group exhibition called Rasterfahndung , the German word for "dragnet" that alludes to the common theme of grid art.
These intense photographs by German artist Lisa Stroeher feel so powerful and otherworldly. Each glowing portrait features colorful, neon, paint-splattered model Esther under exaggerated lighting. The artist created the shots with just a black light, using no photo manipulation.
Rhode Island based industrial designer Kyle Dell’Aquila has reinvented the way we read time with her new Radian Watch! “The timepiece is targeted at simplifying the users experience of telling time while reducing the watch concept to a minimal state,” the designer explained. Traditionally, the typical watch features 3 hands that stem from a single axis, an adjusting knob on the right side of the body, and a wrist band that is anchored by two pins to the body of the watch, but with the Radian, the watch breaks the hands up into their own planes to make reading the time more legible at a glance. Th watch is also very different from the traditional watch in it’s hardware. The watchband is reduced to a “unibody” form that does not require delicate pins to fasten to the body of the watch.
Have you ever felt lost in the crowd, a nameless face wandering in the masses? Well, Brazilian artist Guilherme Kramer decided to eliminate those feelings of loneliness by giving each nameless face that he saw proper recognition. Across the course of one year, Kramer was inspired to draw the faces that he saw in his daily life onto a giant blank wall of an office in São Paulo, Brazil. The piece, entitled We See People In the Crowd , grew face-by-face until the wall was completely covered. Kramer's extremely detailed black ink line drawings give character and identity to each person within the massive crowd. He says, "I have no idea what will be my next theme or drawing.
Late last year, artist Taegan Roberts created this beautiful installation at a youth art exhibition in Geelong (a city in Victoria, Australia) called "Peel Your Eyes." Lit underneath with just one white light, 1,000 origami butterflies are stunningly soaring up to the ceiling. Called "Alis Volat Propis" (or "She Flies With Her Own Wings"), the installation is dedicated to the artist's mother who lost her own mother when she was young. Roberts told Amanda Louise Hobba that her mother went on to raise two children of her own, as a single mother.