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High-brow art, low-brow art, somewhere in between brow-art. Hmmm. We wear our brows firmly on our face, thank-you. Oh, that’s a photorealistic line drawing of a cat riding a bicycle, you say. Right? No, well, it looks kinda cool so we’ll say it’s art anyway. And we’ll dig it more if it actually has some meaning.

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More gore? Action-packed stationery piles on

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Hamburg-based executive creative director Jacques Pense has an imaginative body of commissioned work. For Australian television channel 13th Street, in line with the type of programmes it runs, he came up with these horrific paper stationary items The results are great, with blood and gore splashing about through punched holes and gushing out from torn […]

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This swing set is a musical lightshow where the riders are the musicians

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

At first glance, you might think this is your average swing set, but once you hop on, it turns into a whimsical performance of lights and sounds! Created by Canadian design collective, ‘Daily Tous Les Jours’, the interactive art installation, called ‘The Swings’, has seats that have illuminated panels at the bottom. Each swinging motion […]

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Artist encourages fly larvae to build themselves solid gold shells

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 30 July 2014

Closely related to Lepidoptera (that’s moths and butterflies), the caddis fly is a rather unremarkable insect with a remarkable talent for creativity. In its larval stage, a caddis fly creates an artificial carapace for itself using any materials to hand, normally bits of wood and stone. Using its specialised saliva that hardens into a strong mortar-like substance, the caddis larvae pieces together a hard outer shell to protect its soft body until it can metamorphose into its avian adult stage.

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Sydney artist explores the human form by creating these Chinese porcelain sculptures

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 29 July 2014

What do you get when you mix traditional Western portraiture with Eastern decorative design? Something that’s both haunting and beautiful. Chinese artist Ah Xian explores the human form by creating busts of his family members – including his wife, father, and brother – then paints them over with iconic Chinese blue and white porcelain designs. […]

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Crazy paper sculptures that stretch, collapse and twist like fluid

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Monday 28 July 2014

Beijing-based artist, designer and book editor Li Hong’s collapsible paper sculptures are shockingly good. He loves paper, collects it, and also experiments with forms to crazy, unpredictable effect. As he once explained to White Rabbit, ‘Paper — you can never predict what it will become in the end’. Looking at his works, we can’t quite […]

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Banksy street art remains firmly in public hands despite best efforts of land owner

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Monday 28 July 2014

Banksy, the master of hiding your identity while simultaneously maintaining global fame, has caught the media spotlight once again. Several more of the elusive street artists works have cropped up around The UK, one of which in particular has caused quite a stir.

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Artist gives life to fallen leaves by turning them into intricate cuttings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 28 July 2014

With a little bit of imagination, you can turn anything into a beautiful work of art. Iranian artist Omid Asadi springs new life (no pun intended) into fallen and forgotten leaves by cutting them up to form portraits of people and animals. ‘Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and […]

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The beautiful and inspiring sreet art murals of Anat Ronen

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 25 July 2014

It’s hard to believe, but Houston-based creative Anat Ronen is a self-taught artist and up until five years ago, was working in admin fields. It took a leap of faith for her to quit her day job and enter into the art field full-time. And I personally think she made the right decision! Ronen now […]

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Law-abiding Japanese citizens simply do NOT make boats from their vaginas!

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Thursday 24 July 2014

Did you know that in Japan there is an annual penis festival every April that thousands of people attend. It celebrates the myth of a steel penis built by a blacksmith to break the teeth of a demon that had hidden inside a young woman’s vagina. The festival itself is jam-packed full of phalluses, big and small.

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Dunking your Oreos into milk is so uninspiring when you can make art out of them

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 24 July 2014

Tisha Cherry is a nurse who happens to be a very talented food stylist with a huge soft spot for Oreos. While the rest of us celebrate our Oreos by dunking them into milk or scraping off the layer of cream with our tongues, Tisha shows her appreciation much more creatively with some highly skillful […]

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Nickels carved in the images of famous pop culture characters

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 24 July 2014

Previously, we featured the glorious but little known art form of the Hobo Nickel. Popular among hobos for its low cost and portability – hence the name – the Hobo Nickel is the technique wherein the artist carves the surface of any old coin until it forms a miniature bas relief. Traditionally, these modified coins […]

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These railroad tracks have been turned into giant canvases

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 24 July 2014

Lisbon-based street artist Artur Bordalo, more popularly known as Bordalo II, is turning the different cityscapes of Portugal into giant canvases. Some of his transformative works include train tracks that have been painted over to provide critiques on how we live.

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Book with pop-up cut-outs comes with extra shadowplay

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 23 July 2014

Why is it that we had all the books we ever needed as kids.. except this one? Japanese designers Megumi Kajiwara and Tatsuhiko Niijima, the creators of Motion Silhouette, made this crazily cool interactive book that comes to life when you beam a lit torch upon its paper pop-out cutouts to make the book come […]

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Dazzling 3D recreations of the Futurama universe

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 23 July 2014

We all remember Futurama, Matt Groening’s second brainchild and sparkly younger brother to The Simpsons. Although no new episodes are in the mix, or have been for a while, the show still sits in the collective memories of teenagers and twenty-somethings the world over.

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Ant Colonies Start Picketing In The Dirt Of Southern California

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 22 July 2014

El Daino has given us a look inside ant colonies like never before—where each insect works as part of a team to…get a message across that the end is near, free hugs are up for grabs, and that we should all ‘join together’! This hilarious project is called We Come In Peace and uses everyday ants that live in the dirt outside the artist’s home in Riverside, California, with El Daino encouraging them to start a mini revolution.

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