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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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Guy draws fantasy maps of American cities as if they were in Middle Earth

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 10 October 2014

Why go on an unexpected journey to explore Middle Earth, when you can turn your hometown into Middle Earth itself? Pittsburgh-based geographer Stentor Danielson turns reality into fantasy by drawing maps of US cities in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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This artist creates landscape artworks using only a magnifying glass

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Friday 10 October 2014

Talk about unconventional! Armed only with a magnifying glass, indigenous artist Jordan Mang-osan utilizes the powers of the sun to create pyrographic etchings on wood. Growing up among the Igorot tribe, he recreates the lush and mountainous landscapes of his native region in the Mountain Provinces. How does he do it? He starts by sketching […]

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This is what happens when you put Mr Bean’s face on some famous historical portraits

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Art on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Where have you been, Mr Bean? The actor Rowan Atkinson, who has entertained us silly as Mr. Bean and the Blackadder characters, has recently gone way back in time with the help of caricature artist Rodney Pike.

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Rod Smith’s 3D collage inspired by Sydney’s female convicts from the 1920s

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By Nicole Hughes in New Art on Friday 3 October 2014

Rod Smith – an artist and musician from Newcastle – uses found objects, vintage papers and mixed media to create beautiful thematic works. He is also one of six featured artists in our ongoing Co-Create series. We’re big fans of his collage work, and in this piece, Smith has used collage to present the stories of women in Sydney’s prisons back in the 1920s.

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The average lawn chair gets a sculptural makeover for the artsy crowd

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Thursday 2 October 2014

You can do a lot of things with a lawn chair, but Bert Loeschner takes it one step further. This artist creates incredible sculptures using lawn chairs that tell stories and make you laugh a little with how genius they really are.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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