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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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Street art that makes more sense as you come closer

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 29 August 2014

Street artist Pejac’s latest works in Paris involve you having to give them a detailed examination, because if you don’t come closer, you might not even notice they’re artworks at all! One of his street art involves a seemingly ordinary door on a wall, but upon inspection, it’s actually just a clever painting on a thick wall crack.

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Ukrainian artist creates unbelievable recreations of famous paintings using nothing but plasticine

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Friday 29 August 2014

Svitlana Postelga is an artist with a refreshingly unusual talent. Most of us are familiar with plasticine as a children’s toy (and an awesome one at that!) but Postelga uses the versatile substance as a medium, from which she creates her own versions of iconic paintings.

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This is what music looks like vibrating in threads of wool

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By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Thursday 28 August 2014

Demonstrating the hypnotic power of simultaneously hearing, touching and seeing sound, two different installations by Paris-based artist Bertrand Lanthiez engage with the impact of music on the entire body. Sounds of Threads was exhibited in Reykjavik, Iceland, in June 2013, where visitors interacted with the immersive work by both feeling and creating music.

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Sleepy chick: probably the cutest hedge we’ve ever laid our eyes on

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2014

Strolling along the Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France, you might come across a rather unusual sight: a giant, green bird taking a lazy afternoon nap. ‘Poussin endormi’, which means ‘Sleepy Chick’, is a charming topiary sculpture of a napping bird by French artist Claude Ponti.

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Tasmanian festival is invaded by rabbits the size of houses

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 27 August 2014

This month Launceston, Tasmania, is playing host to the Junction Arts Festival, a series of ‘unexpected art adventures weaving through the city.’ From music to installations, Junction is an energy-packed festival that combines joy with interactive performances to show that art needn’t be limited to gallery spaces.

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Street artist gets his message across using funny pop culture puns

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 26 August 2014

You have to admit, this street artist is pretty punny. UK-based street artist ‘JPS’ uses witty puns in his stenciled works to get his message across. Most of his artworks include famous pop culture characters with a pun that relates to them. For instance, one image says ‘Painted on a Dark Knight’, with Batman right next to it.

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This artist transformed a museum into an indoor riverbed

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 25 August 2014

Walking into Olafur Eliasson’s first solo exhibit, ‘Riverbed’, at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, you’d think you walked straight onto a barren mountain landscape with white walls encapsulating it, but it really is just all man-made!

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Illustrations drawn with layer of dirt on truck doors capture eye balls on the road

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 22 August 2014

Since the early 2000s, British artist Ben Long has been delighting many drivers and passengers with his finger illustrations done on the rear doors of commercial trucks. But not on any clean ones, mind you. They have to be coated with a layer of dirt built up from the vehicle’s exhaust emissions so that Long can draw through them using only one finger. The 35-year-old artist calls the ongoing series of his mobile canvases that travel all over the UK ‘The Great Traveling Art Exhibition’.

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Makeup artist turned her mouth into those of famous cartoon characters

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 22 August 2014

You know you have some advanced makeup artist skills when you can change your own body part into famous cartoon characters. London-based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson did just that by transforming her mouth into the mouths of Shrek, Popeye, and Nemo, to name a few. It must be a hoot talking to her with those drawings on her face, you’d think you were interacting with the characters themselves!

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Kid draws on wall, creative mum saves the day by adding more drawings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 20 August 2014

‘When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade’. What that actually means is when your kid doodles all over your wall, you make the best of a bad situation by drawing more doodles! This anonymous mum decided that instead of painting over her child’s doodle, she’d just turn it into a piece of collaborative art. […]

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These specially commissioned va-va-voom sculptures depict the spirit of the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2014

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England where fans can see F1 va-va-voom machines as well as cars and motorbikes from motor-racing history climb the hill.

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It’s hard to believe that these sculptures are really made of stone

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2014

Hirotoshi Itoh, a.k.a Jiyuseki, is a Japanese artist who works with purposefully difficult materials to create light-hearted sculptures that challenge the convention of that material.

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This artist has created a different miniature diorama every day for the past four years

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2014

When I see fruit and vegetables, I can only think of food. Artist Tanaka Tatsuya sees broccoli and parsley as a potential miniature tree or forest and has been using such everyday objects creatively with his collection of tiny figurines, turning them into various replicas of life events that will elicit an amused smile from appreciative viewers.

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These incredible metal sculptures in New Zealand defy reality (and gravity)

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Tuesday 19 August 2014

‘The majority of my work has more holes in it than substance – it’s about looking through things, not just at things. There’s always an element of surprise.’ These are the words of Kiwi artist Neil Dawson. Dawson’s sculptures seem to defy reality, mostly suspended above urban areas with the sky as a backdrop, they sometimes appear to be whimsical doodles drawn straight on to the real world.

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An entire miniature city is built from 100,000 staples and a pair of very steady hands

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 18 August 2014

What do you do when you are given 100,000 staples and a floor area of approximately 600cm x 300cm? I would tender my resignation but if you are Peter Root, you build a miniature city filled with office buildings and skyscrapers. To do it, he broke the staples into various sizes ranging from 12cm high to a single staple and arranged them patiently with a very steady hand over a period of forty hours to complete the city he had in mind.

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