Showing posts with label Art n Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Art n Design. Show all posts

Monday, July 7, 2014

Gerry Judah’s Amazing Car Sculptures

Each year, London-based artist Gerry Judah creates a massive sculpture in tribute of an iconic car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an event held annually in Sussex, UK. This year Judah erected a soaring 26 meters sculpture featuring two Mercedes-Benz racing cars – a 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow and a 2013 Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W04, speeding past each other in midair, connected though a 90 meter steel arch. The sculpture celebrates 120 years of motorsport heritage by Mercedes-Benz.

Previously Judah has created sculptures for Ferrari, Porsche, Audi, Jaguar, Renault, Ford, Rolls-Royce, Honda, Toyota, Land Rover, Alfa Romeo and Lotus at the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed. His monumental sculptures are always the central attraction of the annual event.

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Beautiful Ocean Waves Created Out of Layered Sheets of Glass

New Zealand artist and sculptor Ben Young works with glass, but not in the traditional way. Instead of blowing molten glass into three-dimensional shapes, Mr Young layers several sheets of glass next to each other to arrive at the form he wishes to depict. His most stunning pieces has to be those where he creates ocean waves.

Using sheet after sheet of carefully cut glass, Young builds both abstract and realistic interpretations of waves and bodies of water, undoubtedly influenced by growing up near the beautiful Bay of Plenty on the northern coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Each of Young’s sculptures are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted, layer on layer to create the end product. There is no high-tech equipment involved but the complexity comes from the planning phase, which Young aptly describes as ‘a lot of work’. “I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut”, he said.

The sea has influenced more than his art; Ben Young is a keen surfer and boatbuilder by trade. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Illuminated Papercut Light Boxes by Hari & Deepti

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker, two Indian artists based out of Denver, Colorado, create beautiful dioramas out of paper cut light boxes. Each diorama is made from layers of cut watercolor paper placed inside a shadow box and is lit from behind with flexible LED light strips.

“Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium,” says the artist. “It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities… What amazes us about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers.”

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Makeup Artist Transforms Herself into Celebrity Faces

A 40-year-old London-based makeup artist, Maria Malone-Guerbaa, has the ability to transform herself into practically any person by using only make-up. She uses no prosthetic or special effects. Mari has turned herself into Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Jack Nicholson as Johnny in The Shining, Nelson Mandela, the Queen of England and England’s footballer Daniel Sturridge, to name a few.

“I wanted to see how far I could get being an illusionist without using prosthetics, so I got a kick when I went to do face painting and someone asked if the nose was glued on,” she said to The Daily Mail

Maria, who’s a freelance makeup and hair artist for films and TV, saw her work go viral after she posted some of her pictures online.

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Everyday Objects Transformed into Whimsical Characters

Every once in a while, you may find a face in a building façade or a tree bark, but French artist Gilbert Legrand finds them in places you wouldn’t even imagine. Legrand takes everyday household objects and paints delightful characters onto them, using the objects natural contour to take the shape of the characters he creates. He’s been doing this for the past 10 years uncovering hidden people and animals in things like ping-pong paddles, water taps and door hinges.

Legrand has been regularly exhibiting his work in art centers around France, to the delight of children and adults.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Maggie Rudy’s Hand Crafted Mice Dolls

Portland-based artist Maggie Rudy creates cute little rodents from wool and pipe cleaners, dresses them in fancy clothing and poses them in elaborate sets. A collection of her creations, shot by photographer Bruce Wolf, became her first children’s picture book “The House that Mouse Built”, a story about a pair of mice who live in a fabulously turned-out loaf of bread.

Maggie Rudy inherited her artistic trait from her mother and grandmother, and had always enjoyed making and collecting things. Smitten by an exhibit of E. J. Taylor’s dolls at the Brandywine Museum in Delaware in 1982, she started making dolls. For the next several years, Rudy made a number of commissioned portrait dolls, with polymer clay heads and jointed cloth bodies.

She made her first mice doll in 1992 as a gift for her son’s kindergarten friend who had a recurring dream about mice. Soon she was helping kindergarten teachers and the kids make their own mice, a project that is now in its 17th year. The idea for a picture book came during Christmas when she was making mouse photos for Christmas cards.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Art of Murrine: Glass Portraits That Slices Like Loaves of Bread

California-based glass artist Loren Stump specializes in an ancient form of glass technique called murrine, where rods of glass of different color are melted together to form a pattern which is revealed when sliced. Murrine are designed by layering different colors of molten glass around a core, then heating and stretching it into an elongated structure. When cool, the glass structure is sliced, just like a loaf of bread, into cross-sections of desired thickness with each slice possessing the same pattern in cross-section. The process first appeared in the Mideast more than 4,000 years ago and was revived by Venetian glassmakers on Murano in the early 16th century. Stump has perfected his own technique over the past 35 years to the point where he can now layer entire portraits and paintings in glass before slicing them to see the final results. His most complex piece to date is a detailed interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks, which involved hundreds of glass components that were melted into a final piece. His masterpieces sold for over $5,000 per slice.

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Benjamin Affagard’s Miniature Dioramas of Suburban Graffiti

French artist Benjamin Affagard creates extremely intricate and detailed mini dioramas depicting graffiti-strewn cityscapes. In an ongoing project called "Street Vitrines", which he began in 2011, Affagard creates tiny dioramas of urban environment and then adorns them with original artworks from real graffiti artists. Affagard would send miniature store shutters made of cardboard to various graffiti artists by mail, on which they would each paint a unique piece of art. Affagard would then incorporate the decorated cardboard piece into his model.

Affagard uses all kinds of materials to build the models - cardboard, wood, grey cardboard, plywood, plastic, acrylic paint, potato bags and plastic straws. He acquired this skill while working nine years as an Art Frame-Maker during which he learned different techniques in do-it-yourself fabrication of all types of unusual objects. The store fronts are itself inspired by real life locations.

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Miniature Industrial Landscapes Created From Cloth Fibers

Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki creates incredible urban landscapes using everyday objects like the bristles of toothbrushes, bath towels, and duct tape. For an exhibition organized by Kawasaki City Museum and the Open Museum Project, the Hiroshima-based artist created miniature scenes depicting large refineries and power plants, as part of his "Out of Disorder" series. Just like the rest of the "Out of Disorder" series, the artist used cloth fibers, human hair, and at times even dust to meticulously recreate miniatures of actual buildings. Iwasaki soaked towels in ink, and turned them into rags. These dirtied fabrics, which resembled urban land leveled by an air raid, formed the base of the Kawasaki series. Iwasaki's Kawasaki City Museum exhibition featured nine pieces of miniature oil refineries and power generation plants with intricate piping and delicate cranes.

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Banksy's Street Art Recreated in LEGO

Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen has created a collection of LEGO dioramas that recreates some of the popular works of the urban street artist Banksy. Friesen calls them “Bricksy”. Using his daughter’s LEGO blocks, the artist pieced together various scenes including the girl with the heart balloon, the maid lifting up a piece of the wall and the iconic bouquet throwing protester. Introduced into each scene are Friesen’s own humorous extensions. For example, the iconic bouquet thrower is actually hurling flowers at his girlfriend, who happens to be a police officer. In another scene, the maid secretly sweeping dust under the wall is caught by the housewife through the open window. Here are a few scenes from the collection. To see the rest of “Bricksy”, visit The Brick Fantastic.

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