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Steely and slick: Animal lifeforms with mechanical makeovers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Architecture and design firm Paperna-Yaniv has given the likes of mussels, birds and even mozzies a complete steel makeover, while keeping their overall essence in place. The 2D templates were first etched in stainless steel before they were expanded into 3D forms.

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A turntable that works even while submerged underwater

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Submerged Turntable is an installation in which a record player defies the laws of electronics by actually playing music while submerged underwater. Turns out, if you seal your audio equipment well enough, you can prevent water damage and listen to some good tunes while you’re at the pool. Sculptor Evan Holm created this well-tuned, visually-appealing installation, and you can see how he put this all together at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. And the icing on the proverbial cake? Beyonce.

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Flighty sculptures getting ready for lift-off with hundreds of butterflies

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

David Kracov’s works — he sculpts, paints and animates — commonly include butterflies. To him, the winged insect symbolizes the fragility and value of a child’s life, so it is no surprise his butterfly-propelled sculptures are especially inspiring. One such work, Reflections, was created in memory of the lives lost in the 9/11 tragedy and […]

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The secret doodles of Kafka: Surprisingly free of doom and gloom

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 13 February 2014

Whenever poet Gustav Janouch — who penned the book Conversations with Kafka — happened to chance upon Franz Kafka while he was doodling away, the Metamorphosis author apparently preferred to tear up his drawings than let Janouch see them. According to Kafka, these doodles were ‘not as harmless as they look’: ‘These drawings are the remains of an old, deep-rooted passion.

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Japanese colour Woodcuts by Kitagawa Utamaro

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 12 February 2014

‘Ukiyo-e’, translated as ‘pictures of the floating world’, are prints and paintings that recorded everyday scenes during the Tokugawa Shogunate of the Edo period (1614-1868) in Japan. Usually, the subjects would range from celebrated courtesans of the Yoshiwara district, Kabuki theatre actors, sumo wrestlers, and average people doing their everyday activities. So it’s much like […]

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City life and vibrant colours drawn onto sheet music

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 12 February 2014

UK-based illustrator and designer Mike Lemanski has breathed life into otherwise ‘normal’ sheets of music by illustrating miniature people doing their daily routines amongst the notes and bars on the page.

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This dad coloured-in his kids’ art to kill time on business trips – we interviewed him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Redditor Tatsputin, or Fred Giovannitti in real life,  wowed us all with his superior dad skills by simply colouring in his kids’ artworks to kill the time on his business trips. The Internet picked up the story and the rest, as they say, is history. We spoke to the Super Dad about how it all started and what he’s been doing since [read our original post about Tatsputin here and here's a Facebook Q&A our readers did with him]

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Tony Montana loves that white powdery stuff called flour

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 11 February 2014

Say hello to my little friend. And by ‘little’, I mean it literally. Scarface’s Tony Montana – or should I say Toy Montana – is one of the many toy characters Tumblr artist VSE OK uses to create tiny world scenarios. In this episode, we see Montana looking to get some of that addicting white […]

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Artist leaves graffiti in hard-to-find places in hotel rooms – we interviewed him about it

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 10 February 2014

David Bussell is a writer, performer, and stand-up comedian who has travelled to many places and stayed in plenty of hotels. In these hotels, he leaves what he calls hotel graffiti in places hard to find, such as behind picture frames, underneath toilet bowls, and so on. We interviewed him to pick his brain about his famous brand of street art. [read our original post about this hotel graffiti and a Facebook Q&A our readers recently did with him]

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Stones and bones used as canvas for highly detailed illustrations

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 8 February 2014

When French painter and illustrator DZO said on his website that he doesn’t like constraint when it comes to art, we assumed he meant his choice of canvas. So probably after mastering traditional art on boring pieces of paper – which you can check out on his Instagram – he moved on to more challenging surfaces: stones and skulls. He uses river stones and a found skull and covered them with intricate illustrations. Kudos to his steady hand and patience, because from the look of these pieces, it must have took him a long time to finish each one.

UPDATE: We interviewed DZO about his peculiar choice of canvas and also asked about his intricate art style. Here’s a preview of our exclusive interview!

You use a paper, as well as stones and skulls, for your art. Which type of canvas do you like drawing on best and why?

My favourite canvas is paper! Any paper. But the skull was incredibly interesting due to surfaces variations.

What was the most challenging part of drawing on stones and bone? What was the best part about it?

Those surface are still ‘living’ materials: rough, bold, smooth, cracked, absorbent. Taming the variety of surfaces on a volume is a real adventure! That was the challenge for me.

Best part?  The part where I finish it and watch the impact of this kind of artwork.

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Night Light Detroit: an initiative to bring light to midtown Detroit

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By Alex Steele in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Night Light Detroit is a delightfully bright and colorful addition to Detroit’s art scene. Designed by a university sculpture class under the guise of Larry and Friends Design Group, the goal of the project was to create a new source of illumination in midtown Detroit, where very few streetlights have left the area dim. Resembling […]

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Beautiful sand paintings that only last temporarily

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Artist Joe Mangrum has created over 650 public sand paintings on the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and other big cities since 2009. These bright and colourful sand paintings usually take him six to eight hours of back breaking work, only to have the temporary works disappear later on. Such is the dedication of a true artist.

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Giant animal and human sculptures made from coat hangers

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 7 February 2014

Who knew coat hangers could create ferocious and realistic animal sculptures? ‘Coathangers’ is a collection of sculptures by Scottish sculptor David Mach, in which he uses an unconventional component, wire coat hangers, as his main art material. The collection includes animal figures like a bear, a gorilla, a tiger, an elk (or is that a deer?), as well as human figures like an astronaut.

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Pristine white ski slope transformed into colourful snowy riot

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 5 February 2014

We’re a fan of Swiss artist Olaf Breunings, if you haven’t noticed by now. He recently caught our attention by pouring food dye down a ski slope in Gstaad, Switzerland. Now, we would have loved to do that too.

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These screamingly cool black-ink tattoos exemplify graphic art at its best

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By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Wednesday 5 February 2014

Polish tatt artist Kamil Czapiga from Katowice makes use of the neo-Impressionist pointillism technique of using tiny dots of pure colors to craft stark, crisp tattoos that blend tribal mythology and timeless geometry most holistically. Wow.

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