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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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This Japanese model artist turns everyday objects into miniature worlds of wonder

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Japanese artist Akihiro Morohoshi has given a twist to the crafting of traditional miniature models by marrying them with common, everyday objects. His series of works has given birth to imaginary worlds that exist on cans of Pringles, match boxes, bento boxes, milk crates and mini vending machines. Each miniature world has gone under his […]

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This custom mosaic was made from 15,000 Gummy Bears

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 13 August 2014

Who said sweets are bad for us? Kevin Champeny has created a sculpture out of nothing but delicious gummy bears. And believe it or not, this sculpture took more than 15,000 gummies to build. Champeny isn’t addicted to these sugar, however. He was actually commissioned to create this masterpiece by I Love Sugar, an incredible candy store in South Carolina.

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Parking posts are given playful makeovers to look like LEGO minifigs

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 12 August 2014

Everything is awesome – even parking posts! Street artist ‘Le Cyklop’ is turning Paris’ 30,000 dull parking posts into colorful, imaginative characters. His subjects usually take on the appearance of Cyclops, but this time around, he spray-painted the public fixtures into LEGO minifigs.

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Used toilet paper rolls are given new purpose by turning them into origami faces

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 11 August 2014

While most people will look at depleted toilet paper rolls and go, ‘NOOOO!’, Paris-based artist Junior Fritz Jacquet sees art! Having been a fan of paper – not necessarily the toilet kind – since he was a child, Jacquet has experimented with various ways to explore the art form’s boundaries.

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You’ll never guess what this thing hiding underneath a sheet is

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 11 August 2014

Could you guess what’s hiding underneath that sheet? A grandfather clock? A cabinet? A replica of a famous statue? Wrong, wrong, and wrong! If you’re still stumped on what it is, here’s what’s written on the plaque that finally solves this mystery …

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Creepy cross-sections of eery buildings in miniature

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By Milo Sumner in New Art on Monday 11 August 2014

These dark dioramas are the work of Marc Giai-Miniet. The French artist, born in 1946, builds intricate scenes depicting the interiors of dreary offices, factories and laboratories, all with a vague air of steam-punk about them. Far from being children’s toys, Les boîtes is a series with a dark undertone where all the scenarios seem […]

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These masks made of candies and junk food will haunt your dreams (NSFW)

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Sunday 10 August 2014

Show these images to your kids and you’ll never have to worry about them making poor nutrition choices ever again. Photographer James Ostrer turned seemingly harmless sweets and junk food into terrifying tribal masks, each with its own personality and brand of horror. Using Kit-Kat bars as lips, donuts as eyes, and frosting as skin, […]

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Interview with geeky terrarium artist Jacie Anderson-Coovert

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 8 August 2014

At first glance, you might believe these are ordinary terrariums, but they actually contain Sith lords, evil wizards, and turtle-stomping plumbers. Etsy seller Jacie Anderson-Coovert is responsible for these geeky creations, and in this exclusive interview, she talks more about her roots as a terrarium artist. [read our original post about Moss Love Terrariums here.]

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Self-portraits drawn through the years show how Alzheimer’s affected this artist

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 8 August 2014

You have been warned: look away now or else prepare to be overwhelmed by deep sadness. In 1995, 61-year old artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He died in 2007, but before his passing, he created a series of self-portraits over a five-year period documenting the devastating effect of the disease on his art and mind.

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Every day for the past four years, this artist has been making miniature dioramas

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 8 August 2014

‘Miniature Calendar’ is an ongoing project by Japanese artist Tanaka Tatsuya, wherein he pairs household objects with figurines to create everyday scenes that look straight out of Gulliver’s Travels. He’s been doing this project every day for the past four years, and has quite the collection of dioramas. Some you will find tiny soldiers marching […]

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Models become nearly invisible alongside NYC landmarks using just body paint

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 8 August 2014

Body-paint artist Trina Merry knows a thing or two about invisibility – and she proves you don’t need some magic cloak to hide in plain sight! Using body paint, she paints her nude models for hours and hours to blend perfectly with their backgrounds. Some of the landmarks they’ve used as backdrops include the Empire State Building, Central Park, the Guggenheim Museum, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the city’s famous skyline.

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Stacks of laser-cut paper are intricately arranged to form these stained-glass windows

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 7 August 2014

In 2012, we featured some awesome paper stained-glass window designs from artist Eric Standley. And just when we thought his artworks couldn’t get more complex and mesmerizing, he shows up two years later with these!

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These beautifully adorned stairs make climbing them a joy to experience

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 7 August 2014

Don’t you just sigh inwardly when you see a long flight of stairs right in front of you? Who looks forward to climbing them? I know I don’t. Not even if you promise me buns of steel after the arduous ascent. So it really helps if I see a staircase artfully treated in the most […]

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This artist freestyles tattoos on his clients’ bodies: we interviewed him about it

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 6 August 2014

His name is Jay Freestyle, and as the name implies, he does his clients’ tattoos freestyle. No templates, no stencils, just good ‘ol imagination and amazing artistry. In this exclusive interview, Freestyle talks about his beginnings as a tattoo artist, his creative process, and his memorable experiences with clients. [Read our original posts about him here and here.]

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Beer and soda cans are masterfully shaped to become pop culture sculptures

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 6 August 2014

For most of us, the fun ends when an aluminum can runs out of beer. But for Japanese artist Makaon, emptying an aluminum can of its contents is where the fun starts. Using discarded cans as his medium, Makaon flattens, bends, twists, and combines them to form origami-like sculpture inspired by famous pop culture characters. […]

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