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The Buddhist Bug Project: a 30 metre saffron-coloured worm-like creature

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 26 March 2014

Don’t go chuckling off just yet, though this curious-looking ‘creature’ looks a bit silly, it actually has deep spiritual roots. The Buddhist Bug Project is the brainchild of Cambodian artist Anida Yoeu Ali, in which she explores her identity as a born and raised Khmer Muslim and a converted Buddhist. The 30 metre saffron-coloured worm-like […]

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A Mirror Fence that literally changes with the seasons

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Art on Tuesday 25 March 2014

This stunning fence looks like a proper picket fence that every respectable American girl dreamed of in the 1950s, except that it’s not: it’s an art installation and unfortunately cannot be purchased at your local hardware store.

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A 5 meter high version of Lionel Richie’s head made big bucks last summer

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By Marta Millere in New Art, New Events on Tuesday 25 March 2014

One of Kickstarter’s most bizarre projects of 2013 – Lionel Richie’s head – made double the money that it pledged for in the beginning of the fundraising project. It all sounded like a hoax but the protagonists behind it, creators and owners of Hungry Castle, Killian Cooper and Dave Glass, swore it was true.

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Now you too can learn how to draw optical illusions

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 24 March 2014

We’ve featured plenty of artists creating bewildering and unbelievable optical illusions in the past. These works of art take time and lots and lots of talent to make. But a tutorial video by Handimania shows us that we don’t need to be the next Van Gogh or Da Vinci to pull off eye-catching art. The […]

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Epic street art from Plastic Jesus, the ‘Banksy of LA’

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 24 March 2014

If you can’t make it to an art gallery, the art gallery will come to you. Thanks to Los Angeles-based street artist Plastic Jesus, the streets of LA have become an artistic playground. Described as ‘The Banksy of LA’, Plastic Jesus’ work shines ‘a small light into some of those dark corners of society then stands back to watch reactions and opinions’.

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Anthropomorphic books made alive using metal wires

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Saturday 22 March 2014

Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs is a series by artist Terry Border, in which he attaches metal wires to books, seemingly giving it life and taking on the personalities of the stories within them. He already came out before with a series, called ‘Bent Objects’, where everyday objects came to life via the metal wires, but […]

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Gigantic wall-sized mural illustrated with a mere Sharpie

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 21 March 2014

Sean Sullivan may have done his overwhelmingly detailed Grand Pale Maw mural with a Sharpie years ago, but that doesn’t stop us from marveling at it still. Thanks to Joey Morris, who took some photos of the work in its various stages of completion, we are able to ogle at this quite happily.

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These daily affirmations from Skeletor will get you through the bad days

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 21 March 2014

The main antagonist of ‘The Masters of the Universe’ franchise and arch-nemesis of He-Man is also apparently a very good motivational speaker. Skeletor has been documenting his daily affirmations and sharing them on the blog, ‘Skeletor is love/Heal Yourself Skeletor’.

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Artist draws intricate patterns on skulls and stones: we interviewed him

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 21 March 2014

French artist DZO creates highly-detailed illustrations on skulls like it was plain paper. He then posts his amazing artworks on Instagram for all the world to gawk at. In this exclusive interview, we ask him about his style of art and how he lays out plans in creating such intricate images. [Read our original post about DZO here]

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Discarded gasoline containers turned into creative African masks

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 20 March 2014

Who knew discarded gasoline containers could be so creative! These African masks have been designed by Romuald Hazoume, an African artist from the Republic of Benin. Most of Hazoume’s work explores ‘cultural and political issues such as globalization, the legacy of slavery, colonization, and the impact of Western consumerism on Africa’. Talking about his work, […]

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What if the human anatomy was part plants and animals?

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 20 March 2014

What if our lungs were made out of flowers instead of, uhhm, lungs? Or what if our arteries were clogged with weeds instead of cholesterol? Or cactus for brains (which some people I know might already have)? Mixed media artist Travis Bedel uses glue and razor blades to cut out vintage illustrations from science books to create anatomical collages. He takes anatomical, botanical, and other biological parts and recombines them into figures that are both familiar and alien to us. His work range in size, from 5 inches to 6 feet.

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Stop The Violence uses bones to make a statement

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 19 March 2014

It’s pretty obvious what Francois Robert is trying to convey with his Stop the Violence artwork. And it packs a punch. It’s an important series that “juxtaposes bones and iconic words/symbols that in some way or another have generated death and violence (i.e. wars, rifles, handguns, 9/11, knives, the KKK, etc)”. Robert says the skeleton […]

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Dismembered stuffed toys go to the butcher, for art

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 19 March 2014

Don’t worry, no stuffed animals were harmed (much) in this quirky exhibit named Auf_Hängen, which is at the x-pon-art gallery in Hamburg, Germany. The person behind this rather macabre installation is Miroslav Menschenkind, a self-proclaimed photographer, ‘filmmaker, artist, and human’. He’s created a butcher pop-up shop filled with toys hanging from meat hooks and ‘large […]

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This Batman sleeve tattoo took 40 hours and a lot of justice to make

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 19 March 2014

Watch out, crime. Justice and vengeance comes in the form of a really cool bicep. British artist Ian Hopkins tattooed panels from classic Batman comics onto a subject’s entire arm. The full-colour tattoo features characters like the Dark Knight himself, Robin, Catwoman, Penguin, The Joker, and the Riddler. It took Hopkins around 40 hours of work to finish the entire thing, but was entirely worth it as he won the ‘Best Large Colour’ award at the Titanic Ink Tattoo Convention in Southampton, UK.

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These images of eyes are not photos, they’re drawings

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 18 March 2014

What you are looking at is not the product of a camera, but of the talented hands of Texas-based graffiti artist ‘Redosking’. He specializes in drawing hyperrealistic illustrations, capable of describing his subjects just by showing their eye and the surrounding skin.

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