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Artist vandalizes dollar bills to turn presidential portraits into pop culture characters!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Thursday 2 October 2014

In the series ‘American Iconomics’, artist James Charles uses dollar bills as his canvas and transforms the portraits of presidents into the images of pop culture characters. Using materials and ink that perfectly match what the US Mint uses, he intricately changes the features of each face, such that it totally becomes something else.

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Street artist paints shadowy ghosts all over an empty psych ward

Milo Sumner Contributor

By Milo Sumner in New Art on Wednesday 1 October 2014

This sure is some creepy street art! Painted in a ward of an abandoned psychiatric hospital in Parma, Italy, these ghostly shadows bleed away from derelict wheel chairs and through cracking doorways. Created by street artist Herbert Baglione, there was obviously no shortage of creepiness before he arrived to create these paintings.

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Melbourne’s smallest art gallery is a bunch of repurposed mailboxes

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 1 October 2014

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You know what they say: ‘It’s not the size that matters – it’s how you use it!’ What was once a row of ordinary postboxes has now been repurposed to become Melbourne’s smallest art gallery, called MAILBOX ART SPACE. Located at 141 Flinders Lane’s entrance foyer, the 19 restored mailboxes all have glass fronts and LED lights, allowing passers-by to stop and take a peek at the exhibit.

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Autistic 5-year-old learns to communicate by painting gallery-worthy pieces

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in New Art on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Iris Grace is a 5-year-old girl living in Leicestershire. However, Iris was diagnosed as Autistic at the young age of one. The disorder is known for affecting a person’s ability to communicate – making it difficult to be socially in tune with the people and world around them.

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70 artists turn this office building into a huge art gallery before it gets demolished

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 30 September 2014

The face of Tokyo is changing at a quick pace, Many old buildings are being torn down to make way for new facilities planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Recently, one such office building in the Kojimachi area was repossessed by a group of 70 artists who gave it their makeover version on every floor.

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Animals carry the world’s weight on their backs in this series of amazing copper sculptures

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 29 September 2014

29-year-old Chinese sculptor Wang Ruilin creates surreal animal sculptures that he calls ‘Dreams’. His various hypnotic sea and land creatures appear to be majestic guardians of the world. Paying tribute to the fundamental elements of Mother Nature, they carry nature’s geology on their backs while, perhaps, alluding to many of the world’s myths, like that of Noah’s Arc.

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Zoom out a bit and this dirty city is actually no larger than a human hand

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 29 September 2014

Even in the world of miniatures, war-torn places create a somber mood. Tokyo-based artist Satoshi Araki cuts, paints, and glues pieces of Styrofoam to fabricate miniature models of city streets, cars, and garbage bags.

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Water tanks in NYC given an artistic treatment to raise awareness about the importance of clean water for all

Mareike Muller Contributor

By Mareike Muller in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

For most of us, clean, drinkable water is something so natural, and almost boring, that we take it for granted. But for many many people it’s not. Filmmaker Mary Jordan had her own painful experience while she was in Ethiopia in 2007 working on a documentary. She almost died from the contaminated water and promised the women who nursed her back to health, that she will help.

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Everyday objects, elevated to goofy greatness

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

Yes, we’ve raved about Dominc Wilcox before: check out these smart GPS-navigation shoes and wearable nose stylus. Obviously his creative imagination is simply unstoppable: somehow we wandered onto his website and found a bunch of new exciting product designs.

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Unbelievable how these insect sculptures were handcrafted entirely out of paper!

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 26 September 2014

Well, at least someone paid attention to their arts & crafts teacher. Belgium-based ad agency ‘Soon’ created these colorful and eye-catching paper insects from recycled paper. Ripping away pages from old glossy magazines, the Soon team worked together to cut, paste, and fold the different body insects until they were able to make a reclaimed […]

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These beautiful scenic art pieces are actually painted with credit cards

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Thursday 25 September 2014

Artist Sandy Byers from Washington owns a vast collection of credit cards, but they are not used for charging up purchases. Instead, she uses them as a handy replacement for paintbrushes when she doesn’t have any. This method of painting began by accident, when she was about to start painting outdoors after hiking for about a mile with her husband, and realized she had forgotten to bring along her paintbrushes.

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Untranslatable words as pictures

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Thursday 25 September 2014

Footloose writer and illustrator Ella Frances Sanders has lived all over the world, so it was rather fitting that she somehow found a way to translate over 50 words without a direct English translation, in the form of charming illustrations for her book Untranslatable. These are so twee and so fun.

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Help crowd fund a project that produces caricatures that aren’t very good

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Luke Rooney may have a lack of talent but that won’t stop this Sydney-based wannabe artist from starting a Kickstarter project. Titled Not Very Good Caricatures [Done By Me (Of You)], Rooney hopes to entice his backers with a caricature of yourself in either black and white or colour, and delivered to your home address all for as little as $3 in support.

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Artist uses paper and watercolour to create whimsical storybook collages

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Victoria, British Columbia-based artist and illustrator Morgana Wallace brings mythological and fantastical characters to life through her mixed media compositions. Using primarily paper and watercolour, Wallace puts together three-dimensional characters, layer by layer, to form a complex and engaging story filled with colour and texture.

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We interviewed Jason Nelson, Digital Poet and course lecturer at Griffith University

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in New Art on Monday 22 September 2014

In today’s whirlwind world of competing technologies that get faster, better and brighter each day many people are exploring how the digital and mechanical can fit in with our human lives. One such pioneer is Dr Jason Nelson, senior lecturer at Queensland College of Art (QCA), Griffith University.. Jason leads the shiny brand new interactive media course in QCA’s design degree. This course combine artistic creativity with the exciting opportunities available in the digital age. He is also a practicing digital poet, and don’t worry if you have no idea what that means. We caught up with him to learn more about this blossoming field.

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