November 21, 2014
Naomi Nutcracker: Design by Take2 Designagentur
A simple and effective nutcracker using coil springs containing a firmly fixed pin. Simply place the nut in the steel bowl provided and place the spring above it. Pull the ball at the end of the spring upwards and release. The pin slams down and cracks the nut while the conical springs prevent the shell fragments from flying around.
Unnatural Histoires: Illustrations by Daniel K. Sparkes
I like to see how much I can horrify myself. I dissect things in my work to try and surpass comic abstraction at its “Pop art” level by evoking a gallows humor element in order to stir conflicting emotions.
November 20, 2014
Photo Opportunities: Photos by Corinne Vionnet
Layered images of tourist landmarks which looks impressionistic and ethereal. Each image consists of around a hundred appropriated photographs culled from photo sharing websites. Beginning in 2005, Swiss/French artist Corinne Vionnet carried out online keyword searches of images of tourist landmarks from around the world after observing that most snapshots were either conscious or unconscious renderings of existing imagery of that location. This led her to examine how we select the optimum spot from which to photograph a landmark and how we edit out that which is superfluous to our constructed reality of leisure.
November 19, 2014
Paintings by Bill Braun
From a distance, the artworks look like paper collages made by a child but upon closer inspection, you realize that they are actually acrylic paintings on canvas. The hyperrealistic works are brilliantly executed using Trompe l’oeil (French for “to deceive the eye”), a type of painting by which various techniques persuade the viewer that he or she is looking at three-dimensional objects, rather than objects or scenes that are actually painted on a two-dimensional plane.
Walnut Still Lifes: Sculptures by David Furman
Hyperrealistic ceramic sculptures of walnuts on a plate the look real enough to eat. Furman's pieces are meant to trick you and he loves nothing more than when someone tries to grab the artwork off the plate.
November 18, 2014
Miasmatic: A Film by Claire&Max
An eerie short film that imagines London without people as if some sort of unknown epidemic occurred. By using video editing software and Photoshop, they've managed to take out the people from the scenes through a laborious process. You can see the original video here which shows London buzzing with activity, or as they refer to it "anti-miasmatic."
Tales of Auto Elasticity: Illustrations by Chris LaBrooy
A series of digital illustrations of elastic cars based on his auto aerobics project. The context is inspired by his road trips through California.
November 17, 2014
The Secret Life of Heroes: Paintings by Grégoire Guillemin