Monthly Archives: February 2012

‘Penciling’ in a Whole New Light

I’m not going to lie. For today’s art installment feature, I must admit that I had a really hard time finding something that I thought was truly visually awesome. I mean, let’s be honest here—for this blog, I really want to focus on things that are super interesting and visually appealing (it’s what you all deserve!). So, after some long hours of research, I finally found something that caught my eye. This art installment, which was created by Jennifer Maestre, focuses on sculpture—but not just in the ordinary sense. The sculptures, which Maestre composes out of pencils (YES, PENCILS. Crazy, right?) were, “originally inspired by the form and function of the sea urchin. The spines of the urchin, so dangerous yet beautiful, serve as an explicit warning against contact. The alluring texture of the spines draws the touch in spite of the possible consequences” (Maestre). Maestre creates the pieces by turning one inch pencil sections into beads by drilling holes through the middle. She then sharpens the ends and joins them together by a peyote stitch. “Using this combination of technique and materials allows me to retain all the qualities that I want in my work, with the potential for more variety of form” (Maestre). Overall, I think the concept of this art installment is brilliant. Different and captivating, Maestre does a great job exploring objects that would normally go unnoticed.

Be sure to check out more of her work at www.jennifermaestre.com

 



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Three-Dimensional Goldfish

Wow. I continue to be surprised. This weeks installment is by Riusuke Fukahori, a Japanese artist who paints incredible three-dimensional goldfish by using  multiple layers of resin. On each layer of resign, Fukahori meticulously and effortlessly (that’s what it looks like anyways) paints on new layers of goldfish after they have been sealed. This technique, which adds to the illusion that the fish are real, create stunningly beautiful and intricate pieces of work. Crazy and intriguing, it’s safe to say the Fukahori is on to something.

For those of you who have skipped ahead, note: THESE FISH ARE NOT REAL!


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Colour Sound Sculptures

These pictures are AMAZING. Dentsu London, the advertising agency responsible for the making of Canon’s Pixma Colour Printer campaign, captured the images with the use of a high-speed camera and some creative thinking. Linden Gledhill, the photographer and biochemist responsible for capturing the images, created them by placing a thin membrane (similar to a balloon) over a speaker. Paint in different colors were then placed on that membrane, followed by one sharp note, and an explosion of color. “Just a few centimeters high, the sculptures are ordinarily invisible to the human eye. However, when filmed in HD with macro lenses at 5,400 frames per second, the physical sound wave is captured in intricate detail” (theinspirationroom.com). The advertisement, which only ran in Europe, not only encompassed Canon’s tagline of “bring colour to life,” but also created visually appealing and intriguing pieces of art.

http://theinspirationroom.com/daily/2010/canon-pixma-colour-sound-sculptures/

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Underwater Dogs

For people who love dogs, or cool photography for that matter, you’re gonna wanna check out Seth Casteel’s pet pictures. Casteel, who specializes in “lifestyle pet photography,” captures “spontaneous, priceless moments of your pet’s unique personality.” Being featured on not only EXTRA, MSNBC, USA Today, The Today Show, ABC News, and many, many more, has been able to not only capture unique pictures of our lovable pets, but is also dedicated to saving animals lives through photography.

Casteel’s installment of “Underwater Dogs,” (which is basically what it sounds like), features fun-loving pooches diving underwater for their favorite toys. With the use of his high speed camera, Casteel is able to produce photographs that show a little different side of the animals we love and are used to.

Check out more of his work at http://www.littlefriendsphoto.com/index2.php#/home/

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Face of the City

Check it out. Dan Bergeron, or as many know him, “fauxreel” is a creative expert. His work, which challenges public space, is made to “reclaim” spaces who have been lost and ignored. His work is visually appealing and creative, and is something that he intends to, “provoke refection upon issues of identity, social relationships and the spaces that we collectively inhabit.”

One of my most favorite installments of Bergeron’s work is called “face of the city.” The project, which is “a series of site-specific, portrait-based works that combine the abrasive charm found in the distressed surfaces of modern cities with the intimate familiarity of the prominent features of the human face,” wishes to explore that “beauty truly lies in the scars, wrinkles and blemishes of place we live and people we meet.”  The installments, which couldn’t be more visually appealing, not only add to the creative world itself, but also our forgotten work and living spaces of the world. Bergeron is not only successful in adding visual elements to places that the ordinary person wouldn’t thought of, but also in getting import societal issues across.

Check out more of his work at http://fauxreel.ca/


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