Asylum – Photography by Jeremy Harris

By on August 12, 2014, in Photography

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American Asylums is a series by photographer Jeremy Harris which delves into the heart of abandoned mental institutions across the East Coast and New England. The asylums are in a state of decay, having been closed, abandoned, and forgotten a long time ago. Some images are a little creepy and I can’t help but think of Arkham Asylum, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and horror movies set in hospitals. Maybe these facilities were more cheerful when they were in their prime, but any institution with bars in the windows can’t possibly be a happy place to spend most of your adult life.

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Fresh from the Ground – BlackChocolateCo

By on August 11, 2014, in Design

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I’m pretty sure Dr. Hanibel Lecter will be pretty delighted by these sinful desserts by BlackChocolateCo. Handmade from the finest Belgian chocolate, these life-sized, anatomically correct skulls are a fitting choice for the doctor’s table. They even come in different flavors: dark chocolate, caramel chocolate, milk chocolate, and chilli chocolate. BlackChocolateCo is a UK-based chocolatier who has successfully combined their passion for art with a predilection for chocolates. These edible works of art has a rather impressive shelf life as long as it’s kept in a cool, dry area. They can be used as a centerpiece and will definite be a talking point in any dinner/event. All skulls are made to order and takes up to ten days to create.

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If Slogans Were Honest – Re-Imagined Slogans by Clif Dickens

By on August 10, 2014, in Concept Art

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Clif Dickens’ re-imagined brand slogans is a fun tongue-in-cheek jibe at some of the biggest brands on the market today. The grain (more of a boulder, really) of truth in his words will definitely make anyone smile. As they say in the business: There’s no such thing as bad publicity. People get a good laugh, and they’re brand gets advertised for free, albeit in a different light. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more of Clif’s work in the future.

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Anti Gravity – Automobile Sculptures by Gerry Judah

By on August 9, 2014, in Sculpture

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual festival held in Sussex to celebrate iconic car models. Sculptor Gerry Judah is the perennial picked to erect a sculpture in honor of the event. He has created sculptures for Porsche, Jaguar, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls-Royce, Alfa Romeo, Renault, and Ford. His huge structures are always the central attraction of the annual event. One of his sculptures is a 60-ton behemoth featuring a winding, knot shaped road where six classic Lotus cars are cheekily defying the laws of physics.

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Russian Salt Mines – Daring Photography by Mikhail Mishainik

By on August 8, 2014, in Photography

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When you stare too long at the walls of Russian salt mines, after a while, they start to stare right back at you. Daredevil photographer Mikhail Mishainikfound this out the hard way when he went to an abandoned salt mine 650-feet below the city of Yekaterinburg in Russia. He has spent over twenty hours exploring the place and found colorfully hypnotic patterns of carnallite on the floors, walls, and ceilings of the mine. Carnallite is a rich source of magnesium and is mainly used to make crop fertilizers. He said: “It is hard to describe how it feels being so far down, you lose all track of time and the air is very dry, you always feel thirsty. There is the possibility of a gas leak from chemicals such as methane, hydrogen sulphide carbon dioxide as well the risk of a landslide. The danger element is part of the fun and it’s a special feeling being somewhere very few people have seen.”

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Symmetrical Beehives – Sculptural Concepts by Ren Ri

By on August 7, 2014, in Sculpture

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Ren Ri is a Beijing-based beekeeper and artist. An odd combination to be sure, but Ren’s crossover from beekeeper to artist works. His creations are bee-based as well as bee-built. Ren is the one responsible for the concept, while the bees are responsible for the structure. His first bee-inspired series was entitled  Yuansu I: The Origin of Geometry which was a collection of maps rendered in beeswax. With its success, Ren decided to create a sequel. Yuansu II is a collection of five three-dimensional glass beehives where the bees have created an otherworldly structure inside.

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Definitions of Beauty by Esther Honig

By on August 6, 2014, in Concept Art

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Esther Honig is an American photographer and journalist who wondered about the different standards of beauty around the world. To get an idea, she sent her photo to a bunch of freelance Photoshoppers from around the world with one instruction: Make me beautiful. The results vary from barely edited to wildly Photoshopped. She said: “(I hoped) that each designer will pull from their personal and cultural constructs of beauty to enhance my unaltered image.” And they did just that. Esther calls the entire project “Before and After”. Esther also added: “Each one is a reflection of both the personal and cultural concepts of beauty that pertain to their creator. Photoshop allows us to achieve our unobtainable standards of beauty, but when we compare those standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all the more elusive.

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Glass with Class – Smoke Paintings by Jim Dingilian

By on August 5, 2014, in Design

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These smokey bottles are the creations of artist Jim Dingilian. Coating the insides of the bottles with soot is the easy part, brushing it away with tools set on dowels is the hand-cramping part, recognizing smoke/soot as a medium is simply a stroke of genius. His art has been described as “dripping with a sense of suburban decay” but I rather like it. The scene inside the bottles changes with every twist. Using ‘found’ objects like old bottles is a deliberate move by the artist. He said: “When found by the sides of roads or in the weeds near the edges of parking lots, empty liquor bottles are artifacts of consumption, delight, or dread. As art objects, they become hourglasses of sorts, their drained interiors now inhabited by dim memories.

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Rock in Rio – Rad Posters by Artplan

By on August 4, 2014, in Concept Art

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Grupo Artplan is a communications group currently based in Brazil. It’s composed of Dreamfactory, a company that connects famous brands with their public; Gruda, a creative content-focused digital company; Artpla, one of the largest publicity agencies in Brazil. Rock in Rio is also part of Grupo Artplan. It is three things at once: a brand, an independent company, and a one of the largest rock concerts in the world where some of the biggest names in the music industry perform to mammoth crowds of their adoring fans. According to theri website: “We like to think and do things differently. Independent of the platform, of the technology, or the new name that will come up. What is important – and what will always be important – is a good idea. ”

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Rock Circles – Installations by Dietmar Voorwold

By on August 3, 2014, in Sculpture

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Dietmar Voorwold’s is an outstanding German artist behind these intricately placed rock circles. All of his work are done with materials he finds on site, mainly different colored rocks and leaves. None of his work are made to last for more than a few days and all that are eventually left of them are pictures and memories. Looking at his work is actually kinda soothing, which is probably what he had in mind when he created them. He said: “It is just for the moment. This is a very therapeutic aspect of my way of creating art.” Dietmar is currently based in Scotland.

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