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.
Alx a.k.a. Begemott, is a New York-based artist whose work speaks of an imagination both broad in scope and depth. His art is at times wistful, childish, morbid, or playful. His work “Sweet Halloween Dreams” has recently come to the attention of Hollywood and a film loosely based on his work is already in the works. When asked about it, Begemott responded: “I think that the drawing implies a larger story, and it’s probably easy to relate to. The night is scary when you are a kid, and I’m sure many children have comforted themselves by imagining that something in the room protected them from all the imaginary dangers in the dark.” The film is to be produced by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in collaboration with New Line Cinema.
Alessandro Diddi is a 42-year-old Italian artist does freehand anamorphic paintings that are so real, they’ll send shivers up your spine. Not all his drawings are as creepy as the one above, but they’re all pretty convincing. He said: ““I want my drawings to put across the message that the eye can trick the mind and make you believe that there are dimensions that are not really there.” He also added that it’s important for people to realize that it isn’t necessary to consume a large amount of resources to achieve something interesting. All you need is a pencil and something to draw on, and you can create something really magical.
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.
Anthony Guebels is a 3D digital artist who works on the details in our favorite game characters.He has worked on Splinter Cell (Conviction and Blacklist), Assassin’s Creed (Brotherhood, Revelations, Black Flag), Far Cry 3, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Watchdogs. He’s working for Ubisoft as of the moment so there’s a big chance we’ll be seeing more of his craftsmanship in the future. Anthony is currently based in Montreal, Canada.
Cristy describes herself as a graphic designer by day who works to save the world from bad design, and a happy hooker by night who stitches to bring cuteness to the world. Her obsession with knitting started in her last year of design school. She decided to take up knitting before her head exploded with all the stress. Her first scarf was terrible. It was full of holes and dropped stitches, but she proudly displayed it and even got a few compliments from people who didn’t look at it too closely. From scarves to socks to mittens she proceeded to create amigurumis. Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals. Unhappy with the lack of patterns available, Cristy started creating her own. Mengy is her very own brand of amigurumis available onat Etsy.
Cenote Angelita or “Little Angel” is a hidden underwater river in in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The ‘river’ is due to a phenomenon called a halocline. Water with different salinity form layers underwater. Cenote Angelita is actually made of fresh water until about 29 meters when it switches to a 1-meter layer of hydrogen sulfide, after which the entire cave bottom is filled with saltwater from 30 to 60 meters deep. Diver and underwater photographer Anatoly Beloshchin has documented this phenomenon in great detail. He never dives without his trusty camera, some lights, and a fishing pole – just in case.
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. ”
Nomad Patterns is a series by Livia Marin which features more than thirty ‘melted’ China cups, vases, and teapots. It was exhibited at the Eagle Gallery in London in 2012. Interestingly, each piece retains its pattern even though it’s melted. The patterns in the pieces is the Willow Pattern motif. A pastiche of Chinese landscape decoration created by the British in the late 1700s. According to Livia, “the objects appear as staged somehow indeterminately between something that is about to collapse or has just been restored; between things that have been invested with the attention of care but also have the appearance of a ruin.”