Over the course of two weeks in 2014, I explored Iceland through the Ring Road, which connects, from one settlement to the next-the entirety of the Nordic country. I traveled alone on a four-wheel drive, and would often wake up in the morning to surroundings that, due to the immensely diverse microclimates, looked and felt unrecognizable from the day before.
I imagined Cthulhu would be a lot bigger. Brisbane-based artist Michael Palmer has tamed the fiercest, darkest creatures that live in the ocean’s depths and entombed them in teacups.
When you look at Ellen Jewett’s work, you’ll appreciate that her ‘creature’ sculptures are intricately layered inside out with an astute accumulation of numerous tiny components, many of which are microscopic representations of plants, animals and objects.
By Noola Banks in New Art on Wednesday 25 March 2015
British artist Paul Hazelton uses the most unlikely material to create his incredibly intricate and beautiful works of art: household dust. Hazelton collects settled dust from not only his own house, but also the houses of his friends (he has also, supposedly, been sent dust by fans of his work) to make highly detailed, freestanding sculptures that explore themes and ideas such as money, value, history, myths and, of course, mortality.
Wouldn’t our cities look better if outdoor fixtures didn’t look so… normal? In Lisbon, street artist Diogo Machado, also known as ‘Add Fuel’, reimagines the dull, grey electrical boxes that often go unnoticed by turning them into illusions of ceramic works.
Goes to show that anything can be made in China, including awesome space robots. Farmers Yu Zhilin and Yu Lingyun have made a lucrative business out of turning old auto parts into giant replicas of Transformers characters. And if that’s not impressive enough, as reference, they just used instructions from the internet.
If you walk into the SAMO art space in Turin, Italy, you might get startled by an unexpected sight: a giant green octopus slithering its tentacles all over the room.
Oregon-based artist Scott Bisson has basically spent his entire life mastering the art of glass blowing, and by the looks of his lifelike animal sculptures, he’s mastered it pretty well. Using his fascination with nature, he manipulates glass to mimic the intricate shapes and textures of different animals.
In the installation ‘A Shout Within a Storm’, artist Glenn Kaino suspends over 100 copper arrows in mid-air, all seemingly headed towards a single target. Common sense tells us that standing in front of a volley of arrows isn’t cool, but in this case, it is (for your Instagram account, at least.)
Star Wars first made its way into the USSR in 1990, and due to censorship laws that still remained in the waning days of the Soviet Empire, original movie posters needed to be made by local artists for advertising.
Yes, perverted reader, there are naked women in these photos. Too bad you won’t be able to see them. In her series ‘Lost in the Landscape’, body painter Natalie Fletcher turns her models invisible – not with a magical cloak or a high-tech gadget, but with art.
The next time you want to see the starry night sky, don’t bother finding a telescope, just grab a paper bag. Japanese artist Yuken Teruya confines the beauty of a thousand stars within the walls of used paper bags in his series ‘Constellation’.
It’s not every day you mistake a piece of wood for a real person, but then again, Italian sculptor Peter Demetz isn’t your ordinary artist. With his mastery of the human form and wood sculpting, Demetz turns timber into life-like sculptures of people.
Oslo-based photographer and blacksmith Tobbe Malm once found a bunch of old and forgotten bolts in a barn in Bergsladen, Sweden. While most of us would easily dismiss the bolts as junk, Malm used his craft to tell their stories in an unexpectedly powerful series called ‘Bolt Poetry’.
Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff drives around cities and rural areas in a tank he made himself, using books instead of bullets to liberate people from illiteracy. Called ‘Weapons of Mass Instruction’, Lemesoff’s tank was fashioned out of a 1979 Ford Falcon and filled with 900 books. Basically, it’s a library on wheels – with fake guns!