Cook photographs the architecture of bank buildings. He manipulates his images to create ornate, kaleidoscopic, and jewel-like compositions. These abstracted geometric icons of heritage buildings symbolize wealth, integrity, and endurance.
Some of these photographs are being used to create luxury carpets by Modallion
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No one wants to be caught in an awkward moment but Heikki Leis has so vividly captured the inconsequential moments of our everyday lives in his series “Everyday Reflections“. In this revealing series, people are caught making themselves presentable for the day. The whole gamut of early morning hygienic practices run from the awkward (head shaving), to the painful (eyebrow plucking), to the downright embarrassing (zit popping). It takes a great deal of artistic talent to make drawings so realistic that at first glance, you would think they were merely digitally altered photos. I guess it helps that Heikki also does a bit of sculpture and photography at the side. He has been a freelance artist since 2000 and a lot of his drawings are for sale as originals or digital prints.
Impressionist painters are constantly drawn to the mystical beauty of the sea. Something about the earth meeting the water creates ideal subject matter for paintings, and this is ever so apparent in the Southern California coast. Kathleen M Robison is a Southern California plein air painter that paints the ocean and the sea. She realized a gap between the amount of surfers and the lack of paintings of surfers in the impressionist style. When the young groms grow up and start earning a higher income, their tastes tend to mature from burritos and skateboards to craft beer and original oil paintings. Or so it seems.
Philip Levine enjoys being bald. So much so that instead of hiding it, he turned it into art. These days his closely-shaved heal is his canvas. This Headism movement of his was created when he teamed up with Daniel Regan, a photographer and Kat Sinclair, a body artist. Together, the three of them created a wealth of designs that range from homages to artists like Roy Lichtenstein and Hokusai to a thousand pieces of Swarovski crystals. Philips head is now iconic around the world and is a source of inspiration to men and women alike suffering from baldness.
Spanish photographer Maria Zarazua is yet another of the many photographers who have fallen under the spell of twins. In her “Parte de ti” series, she took two different pictures of a pair of twins within the same setting. In the first shot, the pose is usually more formal, with the twins standing side by side and looking straight at the camera. The second picture is shot with a more candid approach with the pair sitting down. I love the fact that she dressed her subjects in identical but not matching clothes. This way, their similarities are heightened while showing their differences at the same time.
Worlds within worlds, within worlds. Every one of Josh Summer’s photo montages should carry a label – “WARNING! PROLONGED STARING MAY CAUSE HEAD TO EXPLODE”. His is the kind of art that begs to be figured out, although you know that it’s just an illusion and that there is really not beginning nor end. When not causing brains to explode, Josh like to write song, play the guitar, and sing. He is also a Photo Illustrator, Photographer, Graphic Designer and Software Developer.
Thomas Doyle’s cunningly crafted miniatures evoke a sense of omnipotence as you look through the glass and down at a ravaged scene complete with debris and people. One feels like a usurper peering down at tragedy and yet when you look closely at the tiny inhabitants, they’re going about their everyday lives as if everything’s fine. Doyle is a sculptor of miniatures as well as a photographer.His miniatures are usually at the scale of 1:43 or smaller and hermetically sealed under glass. According to him, “By sealing the works in this fashion, I hope to distill the debris of human experience down to single, fragile moments. Like blackboxes bobbing in the flotsam, these works wait for discovery, each an indelible record of human memory.”
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Jenine Shereos is one of the few artists who’ve made delicate works of art with the ubiquitous human hair. A closer look at her work reveals that hundreds of individual strands are carefully woven to form a delicate lace-like leaf. The leaves were made by stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. A tiny knot is made at the point where one strand of hair intersected another. When the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Some of the hair featured in her work is her very own while the others are presumably collected from acquaintances or salons. Regardless of their origin, these otherwise useless locks are now immortalized as unique works of art.
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No, that’s not a typo. Race cards are pullback-style racing cars made of plastic playing cards. Designed by the innovative, young Industrial designer Dor Keenan, it allows you to race cars while playing solitaire at the same time. The playing cards were made through the process of vacuuforming (vacuum forming). The tops are the card’s faces while the bottoms are the card’s backs. Dor also designed, among other things: a mail booksteand, animal salt and pepper shakers, a mini wooden go cart to transport said animals, and the “Mover” – a revolutionary device with three wheels which can help you move heavy objects up and down the stairs without lifting.
Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany is home to the world’s largest model railroad landscape. Last year, it added to its already impressive collection of miniatures with the world’s largest miniature airport. This 494-square feet display is based on Hamburg’s Fuhlsbüttel International airport. It took seven years to build and cost an estimated $4.8 million. What’s more impressive than the price tag is the detail that went into this work of art. It includes 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 10,000 trees, 1000 wagons, 500 cars, 300 buildings, 200 switches, 100 signals, 50 trains, and 40 planes. All scaled down to perfection.