Takashi Amano was born in Niigata, Japan in 1954. He is an internationally known landscape photographer who visited pristine forests in Japan as well as the untouched tropical rainforests of Borneo, Amazon, and West Africa. He introduced the Japanese nature style into aquascaping in the 1980s and the hobby hasn’t been the same since. Amano incorporated the Japanese gardening concept Wabi Sabi into his planted tanks, creating a harmonious blend of plants, driftwood and rocks. Such is his influence over the aquascaping world that he even has a species of freshwater shrimps named after him! He also founded Aqua Design Amano (ADA) – which features a line of products geared towards aquascaping.
These miniature office scenes are creations of People Too. Every little detail is painstakingly cut-out from sheets of colored paper. Even the people in the scenes are made of paper. While one might reasonably expect them to be two-dimensional, the artists took great pains to give them substance and volume. I love the fact that they faithfully recreated calendars, computers, memos, post-its, and even overflowing trash bins to give their scenes an authentic feel. The artistic duo behind People Too are Alexei Lyapunov and Lena Ehrlich.
Suzan Drummen is a Dutch artist who specializes in colorful, large-scale installations incorporating circular patterns vaguely resembling fractals.
All of the objects in her installations are carefully laid out by hand and are not in any way fixed to the floor. The slightest nudge has the potential to destroy the whole display. What’s even more amazing is that she doesn’t even enclose her intricately laid out installations in some sort of barrier. Suzan uses a variety of objects in her work, all of them shiny, sparkly, and colorful. The list of objects include, mirrors, chromed metal, crystals, rhinestones, optical glass, and even precious stones. Suzan currently lives and works in the Netherlands.
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Aki Inomata used CT scanning to capture highly-detailed, 3-dimentional rendering of an unoccupied seashell. Using a 3D printer, she then created several prototypes of miniaturized Parisian apartments and Tokyo-type dwellings. These she gave to her hermit crabs to try out. Her crabs showed their approval for her architecture by promptly moving into their new homes after molting. Mind you, hermit crabs are not fickle when it comes to shelter. I’ve seen one living in a used cola can. If it’s sturdy and big enough, it’ll do. These days, her crustaceans are wearing the skylines of entire cities on their backs. Aki lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.
Work by Knight is the artist behind these cleverly put-together portraits of famous celebrities. A large part of his work is influenced by the transition from analogue to digital. He said: “My youth was spent without computers or mobile phones yet the transition to them being such a vital part of my life seemed effortless and mandatory. Only now as our world becomes touchscreen dependent do I reminisce upon the buttons I used to push. Perhaps I draw a parallel between discarded analog devices and my own mortality. For I too one day will become discarded and irrelevant.” WBK currently lives and works in Australia.
Milena Korolczuk is an Oakland-based artist known for her work in photography and film. While having a rather boring breakfast one day, her eyes fell on a loaf of Wonder Bread and a whole series of sculptures were born. Blobs of compressed bread were pressed together to form miniature busts of pop culture icon, historical figures, and artists. She carefully photographed each sculpture for posterity. I imagine she did this before before popping her creation into the toaster.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser is an Austrian sculptor, painter and architect. He is best known for his colorful, quirky, and oddly shaped buildings. He first became famous for his paintings, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that his building designs brought him worldwide acclaim. His buildings all sport his trademark labyrinthine spirals which can also be found in the postage stamps and flags he designed. One of Friedensreich’s most famous work is the Hundertwasserhaus apartment block in Vienna. The building has a roof covered with earth and grass, undulating floors, and large trees growing from inside the rooms, with limbs extending from windows. He refused to be paid for it, insisting that he did it in order to “prevent something ugly from going up in its place”. Friedensreichhas always been against monotonous architecture, he even called for a boycott of architecture with straight lines and demanded the right to create individual structures. He died in 2000 at the age of 72.
Human skin is a difficult medium as it tends to stretch and sag over time. Tattoo artists have come a long way since the art started several thousand years ago. These days, tattoos are colored, shaded, and some are even life-like. TAttoo artist Den Yakovlevhas been making waves in his native Russia with his life-like tattoos. He doesn’t just ink a design onto your skin, he creates a masterpiece. Believe it or not, some of his work (like the pizza slice below) are even in 3D. Den is known for his unusual designs as well as the incredible amount of detail he puts into his work.
Wee Little Stitches is a contemporary cross-stitch company which specializes in turning your favorite movie characters into a pattern. The company was founded by a husband and wife duo who describe themselves as stitchers, pattern-designers, and nerds. Theyve stitched the cast of Ghost Busters, Harry Potter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Princess Bride, The Avengers, Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Justice League, Green Lantern, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Whew! They also sell the patterns over at their store in Etsy. According to their site: “They both believe that every wee little stitch is an important part of a much larger story… and every story deserves to be shared. ”
British photographer Carl Warner has been in the advertising business for more than a quarter of a century. He has been featured in Pondly before for his outstanding “Foodscapes” food photography. One of his most recent series takes the idea of photographic landscaping with food a step further by doing landscapes with human bodies. Unlike food, which you can cut and shape to suit your needs, the human bodies were turned into believable landscapes resembling peaks, valleys, and deserts through contortions and clever lighting. Carl said that he wants to focus attention on “one person’s body, creating a sense of place so that a body that is lived in becomes a place to live.” The pieces were then digitally put-together. He now lives and works in London.