Coffee is one of the world’s leading stimulant. Russian artist Arkady Kim recently broke world with his installation “The Awakening”. True to its name, the installation is made with over a million coffee beans. The subtle shadings of cream, caramel, brown, and black were accomplished by roasting the beans. Each bean was painstakingly placed by Arkady and his five assistance, a process which took twelve days to complete. The mural stands in Gorky Park and holds the world record for the largest coffee bean mural.
Yamamoto Motoi’s salty installations were first inspired by the death of his sister from complications due to brain cancer. It was his way o keep her memory alive. At first, he created a three-dimensional brain as a tribute to his sister’s condition. Later he explored the myriad ways he could shape and manipulate salt. All his installations are entirely handmade and any flaws or imperfections are left intact. After several weeks on display, the salt is gathered and poured back into the sea.
These flowers have lifespans of mere milliseconds. Jack Long, a Milwaukee-based photographer coaxed them to life using water, a thickening agent, pigment, and dye. What’s even more remarkable is that this series, entitled “Vessels and Blooms” was not digitally manipulated in any way. All of Jack’s images occurred in a single exposure. Beautiful these fleeting flowers may be, I’d hate to be the one to clean up his studio.
aMAZEme is a book maze set up especially for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Its design was conceptualized by Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo. The maze recreates the fingerprint of writer Jorge Luis Borges. It took over fifty volunteers five days and nights to set up this incredible maze which stands up to 2.5 meters high and spans 500 square metres. The 250,000 books they used were borrowed from Oxfam and will be returned after the exhibit.
To say that a drawing is in 3D may sound oxymoronic but thanks to a little optical illusion, it’s actually possible. Anamorphosis means distorted projection. It requires the viewer to look at the piece of art from a specific vantage point, otherwise it wouldn’t make sense. Taking advantage of this, 21-year-old Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki has created an entire series of 3D drawings that seam to leap out of the page to get you. He was inspired by Julian Beever’s street art.
“There is no such thing as darkness, only the absence of light.” – Albert Einstein. Alexey Bednij is a Russian photographer who gives us a closer look at this absence of light. His series on shadows may look like the product of infinite patience, but a look a little longer and you’ll realize that shadows are cast in only one direction. Digital manipulation notwithstanding, the contrast between the black and white tones in Alexey’s work reminds the viewer of M.C. Escher drawings.
Conspired Lovers is based on five years of love-letter writing.
A font to capture the intentions of writing love letters more than any other font.
Theron Humphrey was born and raised in the Southern United States. He fell in love with photography while studying in the Appalachian Mountains. He woke up one morning with a the idea of re-connecting with common folks and their stories, thus was born his series “This Wild Idea”. While roaming around the country, he took his dog Maddie with him. “Maddie on Things” is an art project featuring Maddie, standing on top of random objects.
Marco Walker was born to a family of keen amateur photographers. His early exposure to galleries and museums must’ve been a factor in making him the photographer tat he is today. Although he has shot many stunning pictures of Yosemite Natural park using a digital camera and infrared light, he prefers to shoot with film and use natural light. According to him: “I have been lucky enough to visit many wonderful places, and it seems almost rude not to capture this in my work.”
Chooo-San is a Japanese student whose creativity kinda makes the hairs on my arms stand on end. Her work makes digitally manipulated images look a lot more fake than they usually do. This 19-year old artist can turn herself into a cyborg or the stuff of nightmares with a few strokes of acrylic paint. What began as doodling has ended up into an incredibly promising career.