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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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Teacup sculptures feature Cthulhu and the Kraken coming out of your tea

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 28 March 2015

I imagined Cthulhu would be a lot bigger. Brisbane-based artist Michael Palmer has tamed the fiercest, darkest creatures that live in the ocean’s depths and entombed them in teacups.

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Street artist travels the globe and gets creative with his gigantic rainbow murals

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Saturday 28 March 2015

Some street art is so abstract you can’t understand it. Other street art can be too high brow to get (no, seriously). But there’s one street artist who makes a point of colouring the streets with murals everyone will understand… and love. And his name is Seth Globepainter.

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Plants and animals intertwined with negative space produce these awe-inspiring art pieces

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 26 March 2015

When you look at Ellen Jewett’s work, you’ll appreciate that her ‘creature’ sculptures are intricately layered inside out with an astute accumulation of numerous tiny components, many of which are microscopic representations of plants, animals and objects.

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These small prayer nuts are able to capture, in a nutshell, biblical scenes with amazing precision

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 26 March 2015

Some collectors are going nuts over these intricately carved prayer nuts depicting biblical stories. Once owned by wealthy Europeans, they were designed to be worn on a rosary or a belt. They could also double up as pomanders when fragrant substances are left within them.

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Steampunk artists collaborate to make a motorcycle and rider entirely out of vintage watch parts

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By dan tanenbaum in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015

What do you get when you combine two great steampunk artists and a bunch of old watch parts? Some pretty interesting sculptures! Two great steampunk artists – Sue Beatrice and Justin Gershenson-Gates – joined Dan Tanenbaum in a Watch Parts Motorcycles collaboration.

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Mind-blowing sculptures are made from nothing but household dust

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By Noola Banks in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015

British artist Paul Hazelton uses the most unlikely material to create his incredibly intricate and beautiful works of art: household dust. Hazelton collects settled dust from not only his own house, but also the houses of his friends (he has also, supposedly, been sent dust by fans of his work) to make highly detailed, freestanding sculptures that explore themes and ideas such as money, value, history, myths and, of course, mortality.

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Film characters are scaled down to tiny miniatures by this very talented artist

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015

Don’t feel bad if you think you’re looking at photos of stars. These miniatures are so life like you’d be fooled quite easily. Chinese artist Xiang Zhang knows just how to fool us with his talent.

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Indulge your inner art snob with Star Trek masterpieces, created without a single paint brush

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 March 2015

There are those of us who appreciate Star Trek with movie posters and collectibles. But now there’s an entirely new way of showing our appreciation for those aboard the USS Enterprise.

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Sooo… there’s a horse with a giant butt in Hong Kong’s annual art festival

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 March 2015

One artist seems to like big butts. And he’s putting them on his horse sculptures to give us all something to talk about at the watercooler. And envy, I guess. Since big butts are in this year.

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Cheeky bus ads in Chicago are helping to raise awareness about cancer

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 24 March 2015

Imagine sitting on a bus and showing the whole world your butt crack. One cancer foundation is aiming to get the butt crack shown all over Chicago for a very cheeky cancer awareness campaign.

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Powerful messages written on maxi pads, all in the name of feminism

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 23 March 2015

This is one way to get the word across. Using a rather unique medium, Elonë, a woman from Karlsruhe, Germany, is posting feminist phrases on maxi pads and posting them around the city.

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This bridegroom created a magical wedding setting for his bride

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Friday 20 March 2015

For his own wedding, artist and designer Benjamin Shine created two sculptures of his and his bride’s profiles gazing at each other, with both extending to long sculptural ribbons that spiraled in and out of the trees in the forest where the wedding was held. The ribbons, in turn, directed his wedding guests right up to the ceremony’s seating area.

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Electrical boxes look so much better with ceramic tiles painted on them

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 19 March 2015

Wouldn’t our cities look better if outdoor fixtures didn’t look so… normal? In Lisbon, street artist Diogo Machado, also known as ‘Add Fuel’, reimagines the dull, grey electrical boxes that often go unnoticed by turning them into illusions of ceramic works.

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Internet breakdown! These nails are doing exactly what #TheDress did to us

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art, New Fashion on Thursday 19 March 2015

First there was the dress (it’s black and blue, you guys). But now, for whatever reason, the Internet has sparked up a new conversation… and it involves the colour of these nails.

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Forget glitter: Now you can send your enemies a bag of dicks

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 19 March 2015

If you really can’t stand someone, you should opt out of the glitter fad and go with a bag of dicks. Yes, that’s right, folks. You can now send your greatest enemies (or frenemies) a big bag of dicks and go tell ‘em to eat a few, too.

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