Style, comfort, function is the trademark of every pair of shoes designed by Kobi Levi. His shoes mimic animals, birds, and objects with humorous results. At around $800 a pair, his work is certainly pricey but definitely worth it. They come in limited editions so you can be reasonably sure that you won’t be meeting someone wearing the exact same pair. Although there are but a few people of have the rare kind of courage needed to strut around in an inflatable-doll-themed pair of heels. Lady Gaga herself wore one of Levi’s creations in her music video for “Born This Way”. Levi is currently based in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Yuken Teruya is a Japanese artist who has taken it upon himself to resurrect the trees from which each paper bags come from. His cuts out delicate and perfectly proportioned trees from common brown paper bags, used shopping bags, and even McDonald’s take-out paper bags. The trees themselves are still connected to the bag by the topmost branches of its canopy. When viewed from the bag’s opening, the exquisite little trees appear to be perfectly framed. Yuken modeled his subjects from the trees in his neighborhood as well as those he has seen in his travels.
Hobo nickel art is a broad term that refers to miniature bas relief sculptures carved into coins, often nickels. Nickels became the go-to medium of choice for their cheapness and malleability. Paolo Curcio is one of the savants in this particular genre, carving out skulls, E.T., Frankenstein’s monster, a deranged clown, and even Moby Dick onto the surface of a variety of coins. This Barcelona-based artist has the amazing knack for utilizing ‘clad coins’ (coins made from multiple layers of metal) to create background patterns and flourishes. You can check out his eBay account for these miniature masterpieces in case you’re interested.
There is no conceivable angele where you can look at Bruno Catalano’s bronze sculptures and see a complete figure. All of the of them have mastered the trick of holding on to a piece of luggage so they can support their hollowed-out upper halves. All of the sculptures are part of Bruno’s series “Les Voyageurs”, which probably explains the luggage. The eye-catching sculptures are sprinkled throughout Marseilles to celebrate its position as the 2013 European Capital of Culture. I guess one can simply surmise that these voyagers have simply left pieces of themselves behind as they traveled.
This intricately carved tree trunk is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest continuous wooden sculpture in the world. It’s over forty-feet long and took over four years of dedicated carving to complete. Zheng Chunhui, the artist responsible for this extraordinary piece of art, based his carvings on a scroll painting by Chinese artist Zhang Zeduan. The scroll, which translates to “Along the River During the Qinming Festival” shows how the rich and poor celebrated the annual Qinming Festival a thousand years ago. It’s is not merely the scale of the sculpture that’s impressive, the extremely detailed trees, rivers, boats, bridges, clouds, houses, and people will wow anyone who ever sees this carving up close. The piece is currently on display in Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.
Visarute Angkatavanichis the photographer behind these exceptional close-ups of Siamese fighting fish. Scientifically known as betta splendens, they have been selectively bred for over a hundred years for their aggressiveness, color, and finnage. Today’s specimens are a far cry from the drab brown fish found in the rice paddies of Cambodia and Thailand. Visarute kept a few bettas as pets when he was a boy. Years later his interest in the species was rekindled when he noticed the different varieties for sale in a pet store. He said: “I love to take their motion in many ways of lighting to show their elegant pose.”. He also added that fish photography is his true passion. In almost all of his shots, he makes it seem as if the fish is floating in midair. The close-up shots do justice to the fish’s bright colors and flowing fins. Visarute currently lives and works in Thailand.
Alexander Khokhlov is a Moscow based photographer who collaborated with make-up artist extraordinaire Valeriya Kutsan to create the series “2D Or Not 2D”. The series features powerful black-and-white designs painted right into the model’s face, as well as colorful designs that pop out and fool the viewer into thinking they’re looking at a two-dimensional object. Some of the designs reinforce the lines on the model’s face while others soften or break them down, others create unnaturally perfect patterns. In an interview, Khokhlov said: “Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching.”
These vertigo-inducing installations were created by Heike Weber using nothing more than her imagination and a felt-tipped marker. The process, which can only be described as a labor-intensive, transforms an ordinary room into a three-dimensional work of art flooded with flowing, patterns and lines. Viewers can’t help but interact with Heike’s work in a cafe in Prague where she recently completed a project she calls “Bodenlos”. Bodenlos is a German word which literally translates into “loosing the ground under your feet”. Heike is currently based in Cologne, Germany.
Charles Clary is a Tennessee-based artist who expresses his creative abilities through meticulously hand-cut paper sculptures. The sculptures resemble detailed topographical graphs or close-ups of microscopic organisms.The centerpiece of one of his exhibits is a 30-foot long sculpture dedicated to his mother, Kirsten Clary who recently passed away from cancer. Charles spends up to 12 hours everyday, cutting each layer of his sculptures by hand. He said: “I use paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality. Towers of paper and color jut into the viewer’s space inviting playful interactions between the viewer and this conceived world. ”
Edouard Martinet is a gifted sculptor who uses cast-off pieces of bicycles, automobiles, and typewriters to make incredibly detailed and physiologically accurate insects. Edouard’s pieces are not welded or glued together in any way, instead, each part is meticulously attached with screws, giving the whole piece a vintage steampunk look. Unlike most sculptures made of recycled objects, Martinet’s pieces do not merely approximate the look of the insect upon which they were based. His sculptures look exactly like the insects themselves. To have a closer look at his work, you can check out his ongoing exhibition at Sladmore Contemporary in London which will be open until the end of January 2014.