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This university undergrad creates spot-on replicas of famous paintings with her collection of masking tapes

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Nasa Funahara, an undergrad from the Musashino Art University in Japan, owns a collection of 450 rolls of masking tape in every color and pattern available. I’m guessing that for want of storage space, she began using some of them to replicate famous paintings like Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

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Less known historical characters who have ‘unleashed’ great creativity: Juan Gris, an influential artist of the Cubist movement

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Visit any art museum and you’ll most likely find a section dedicated to cubism with famous works by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. This art movement has been called one of the most influential visual styles of the early twentieth century. But there’s one man who hardly gets a mention in this genre: Juan Gris. You might be surprised to learn that it is Gris’ art that is among the cubist movement’s most distinctive, with one of his works, Nature morte à la nappe à carreaux, auctioning off for a whopping $57.1 million.

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You can’t see these sculptures because they’re only as big as human sperm

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

What you are looking at are the smallest creations of the human form in history. How small? Try human sperm-sized small. So small, in fact, they could stand on top of a hair strand or on the forehead of an ant. London-based artist Jonty Hurwitz created the nano-artworks using a 3D printing technology called Multiphoton […]

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You’ll never guess what this artist used to paint these iconic buildings: bicycle tires!

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 17 November 2014

An avid cyclist, Singapore-based designer Thomas Yang applies black pigment onto different bicycle tires to produce amazingly accurate renditions of architectural icons such as the Forbidden City, Eiffel Towel, London Bridge and the Empire State Building. If you magnify the tire ‘strokes’ up close, you’ll fully appreciate just how much thought goes into their assemblage […]

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You’ll want a moustache after seeing these manly romance novel posters

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Monday 17 November 2014

Two reasons why you should grow out your facial hair for Movember. One, it’s for a good cause; you get to raise awareness of men’s health issues like prostate cancer. Two, you get to have a luscious, manly moustache keeping your upper lip warm and snug. Now if those aren’t good enough reasons, Toronto-based ad […]

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Ai WeiWei transforms Alcatraz bathrooms into gorgeous flower arrangements

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By Nicole Hughes in New Art on Saturday 15 November 2014

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei now has an exhibit on at Alcatraz, the notorious island used as a federal penitentiary off the coast of San Francisco. Amongst a large body of work created specifically for Alcatraz is Blossom. As the title suggests, Ai Weiwei set the rusted jail cells in full bloom with ceramic flowers.

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Hundreds of balloons combine to make a colourful, child-friendly tank

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 14 November 2014

Make balloons, not war. German artist Hans Hemmer’s medium of choice is air. And what better way to visualize and quantify this unconventional medium than balloons! One of his most popular works is a balloon tank installed way back in 2007. Called German Panther, it deflates ever so slowly, showing its impermanence and fragility before […]

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Doing what they do everyday, ants have created this spectacular art

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Friday 14 November 2014

You might know of Brad Troemel. He’s the controversial artist that rose to fame with a collection of irreverent images (which you can see on his Tumblr account).

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These 3D drawings will make you think they’re flying off the page

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

Don’t worry, you are not under the influence of any drug (or are you?), rather, you are under the influence of art! Artist Joao Carvalho, aka J. Desenhos, creates 3D optical illusions that will have you believing the drawings are popping out of the page.

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Popular characters get their bodies mixed up in this funny LEGO series

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

I don’t know, I still think Homer Simpson looks better with the bulging beer belly, don’t you agree? In Fiction Meets Fiction, LEGO collaborates with Buenos Aires-based art director Alexandre Tissier to morph together the bodies of our favorite pop culture characters. For instance, Spider-Man fuses with James Bond, creating Spider Bond. Homer is mashed […]

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This sculptor absolutely nailed it with his awesome exhibits made of nothing else but nails

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2014

Ever since he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails that had fused together into the shape of the bucket some 30 years ago, John Bisbee has been using nails as his sole inspiration and medium for his astonishing range of geometric sculptures and organic installations, as befitting his mantra of ‘Only nails, always different’.

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Broken relationship? This artist knows just what you’re going through

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2014

If you’re a millennial and you’ve ever gone through a breakup, you’ll know that the defriending on Facebook and the unfollowing on Twitter can be harder than the breakup itself. Ok, sometimes it is. And Brooklyn-based artist Sarah K. Hallacher has created her art series User Experience of a Heartache to reflect just how some of us might feel after we’ve shared so much of ourselves on social media-especially our relationships-only to have them end.

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These fire hydrants were creatively painted to spread the message of fire safety

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 12 November 2014

The city of Wenzhou in China held a fire hydrant painting competition recently as part of its efforts to increase fire safety awareness. 200 contestants took part, aged four to 90 and everyone was determined to unleash their creativity on an unsuspecting public.

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This intricately carved ostrich egg shell provides a glimpse of what you can expect on a safari trip

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 11 November 2014

The artist called Eggdoodler has been creating the most amazing of sculptures out of delicate egg shells and for his latest piece of work, he certainly didn’t disappoint. On a large ostrich egg, he has painstakingly carved out, in breathtaking details, a triple treat of an elephant, a giraffe and a rhinoceros.

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Who knew that dead Magnolia leaves can be easily transformed into an army of little cute beasts?

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Tuesday 11 November 2014

We see dead leaves as unsightly and they are swept away and removed as fast as we possibly can. And that’s because we don’t have the eyes of Baku Maeda. The freelance illustrator and artist sees little cute beasts in them and by making the minimum of cuts on each dead magnolia leaf, Maeda can […]

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