Multi-genre Brooklyn-based producer/remixer Jonathan Dagan known as ‘j.viewz’ has explored the limits of music. Experimenting with fruit and vegetables. Jonathan wires up very unlikely musical instruments to re-create the popular ‘Teardrop’ by Massive Attack.
Peter Fuss an artist known for his edgy and sharp attitude, illegally posts his art on billboards to portray the social and political issues around him.
Not afraid to speak his mind on politics or the relationship between religion and art. Peter Fuss fleshes out his work with deep meaning and a simplistic result. Entitled ‘This Means Peace ‘ his work was first placed in Gdansk, Poland in January 2008 at a railway station. The two billboards, use his signature minimalist typography and feature Arabic writing with an explained translation underneath that reads “This Means Love” and “This Means Peace.”. Fuss’ message was that people should think carefully about the widespread beliefs after the 9/11 attacks that all that is Arab is dangerous. He questions the stereotypes that shackle a group of people and challenges it with the thought provoking use of typography.
Cassette tapes are very much a thing of the past. Some may hold value to us and some may not. The question is, “What do we do with our old Cassette tapes?” Parisian graphic designer, Benoit Jammes, has come up with a charming and creative solution. Using old Cassette tapes, Benoit lets out his inner child and turns plainly designed tapes into visual goodness. He speaks to us about the process and his thoughts behind it:
The work on cassette tapes is entirely handmade… It so happened that I found a bunch of old cassettes at home- seeing them brought me back, in thought, to an earlier time: the 80s, and to me as a kid. In any case, I could not play them any more so resurrecting them sounded like a good idea…It was sound, it became visual. And I am pretty sure they are more happy now than in a shoebox.
San Francisco is certainly known for its beautiful bridges and although The Bay Bridge may not be as well-known as the Golden Gate there is a man who wants to change all that. Artist Leo Villareal plans to brighten up the Bay Bridge up with 25,000 LED lights, he just needs $7 million first. The Bay Lights Project has been established to do exactly this. With $5.2 million already raised the Bay Lights project has the backing of many art enthusiasts and even economists. Estimated to add $97 million to the local economy, this project shows great promise in boosting the local area and ‘making it shine’.
Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal is to create a representation of an object using geometric folds and crease patterns preferably without the use of gluing or cutting the paper, and using only one piece of paper.
Won Park is the master of Origami. Referred to as the “money folder”, He manipulates money in order to create these beautiful Origami structures.
Farhad Moshiri has created a beautiful installation titled, “Life Is Beautiful”. What you might not see at first glance is that this fantastic installation is created using hundreds of knives which are stabbed directly into the wall. Of course, the knives are a symbolic representation of the statement alone which is full of paradox and sarcastic value. I can only ponder what approach Farhad took that allowed him to insert the knifes with such precision. The use of everyday objects, which on occasion can turn to become lethal weapons, reveals the underlying sarcastic ambiguity of Farhad’s statement.
This installation, by art studio Red Paper Heart, titled The Pool Party, was devised last summer after the lifestyle media company, UrbanDaddy, invited them to plan an amazing party to help promote tequila. Sounds messy right? Red Paper Heart explained the project to us:
UrbanDaddy challenged us to create a memorable interactive experience in water. Our desire was to create animations that partygoers could swim through. Initially we had no idea how to make this a reality.
Pools are not exactly the most projection-ready surface and initial brainstorms produced many more challenges than we had anticipated. In researching a solution, we had to overcome the fact that projection doesn’t work on the surface of water, it becomes distorted if you project through it, and pool parties are notorious for more standing than swimming. To make something truly interactive, we needed to get everyone in that pool!
Above is the Fallen Star sculpture at UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering, the project took seven years in the making and was supported by $1.3 million investment from private donations. Designed by Do Ho Suh particularly famous for his unusual and adaptive approach to architecture and installations. The permanent sculpture balancing off the edge of the building was the 18th such to be built for UCSD’s Stuart Collection, and is fully complete with a front lawn, brick walkway, garden and lawn chairs. Even with the interior is fully furnished. Do Ho Suh explains how to project was about:
Home, cultural displacement, the perception of our surroundings, and how one constructs a memory of a space.
In these personal illustrations, Estonian Artist, Eiko Ojala, exhibits some of the best of his paper collages. Drawing on his many years of experience, Ojala is able to create these stunning collages, transforming seemingly simple concepts into beautiful pieces of art.
UK based photographer Richard Heeks has explored the world of reflections with his latest project ‘Zubbles’. Zubbles are like normal soap bubbles, except they have ink in them, allowing for a closer and more colourful reflection. Heeks was originally inspired by a scene in the movie Blade Runner, where a close-up shot of the human eye with fire reflected on the pupil and iris appears. At first Heeks tried photographing reflections in the eyes. When varying his subjects and technique he noticed the reflections given off by soap bubbles and how strangely beautiful the reflections appeared.
“I got kind of obsessed with trying to photograph the reflections and trying all kinds of different bubble mixtures and photography techniques,”
Whilst this may seem to be something from a Sci-fi movie, it is in fact an installation designed byJohn Kennedy as part of an ongoing regeneration project. Known as the Halo, this mysterious structure is built on a reclaimed landfill site in Rawtenstall, England. ‘Halo’ is the centrepiece of panopticons art projects and a stunning spot for photography Christopher Furlong (Getty Images) discovered. The ‘Halo‘ is an 18m-diameter steel lattice structure supported on a tripod five metres above the ground. The core is open at the top, framing views of the sky. It is lit after dark using low-energy LEDs powered by an adjacent wind turbine and glows a sky-blue colour, giving the effect of hovering above the town.
George Chamoun, a Swedish artist has created these beautiful artistic portraits combining the old and the new. His idea was to work with movie stars from two different eras. The project combines the anatomy of Hollywood stars and expresses the similarities even in two separate eras. According to the creator, the intention was not to make comparisons of any sort, but rather to emphasise the similarities between the subjects. The first image in the selection above is a merge between Robert Pattinson and James Dean, you may recognise the others but you can also visit George Chamoun’s print site to purchase or explore more of his work.
Whilst these stunning images may appear to be something from a psychedelic, futuristic movie, in reality these digital collages are little more than a day’s work for the hugely talented, multidisciplinary design studio, Atelier Olschinsky, comprised of Vienna-based designers Peter Olschinsky and Verena Weiss. With their elegant-yet-stark approach, these colour-rich photographs are taken to the next level of creativity to create these images from the project, ‘Ghost Cities’.
What you see here are a small selection of pictures featuring examples from the ingenious ‘Animal Vector Sculptures’ project, made by London-based Multidisciplinary Artist, Arran Gregory. As an artist who suffers from colour blindness, through specialising in Illustration and Sculpture, Gregory chooses to allow monochrome tones to dictate the colour, and subsequent mood, of his work. In this particular project, Gregory has taken to his sculpting skills to create a set of figures using mirrors to map the curvature of the animals shape in a triangular vector style.
Whilst these images, with their stunning orange skies and grass in bemusing shades of pink and blue, may seem like something from a far-away world, where everything is opposite (Australia, perhaps) they are quite simply explained. These beautiful images all come directly from the ingenious infrared photography of French Artist, David Keochkerian.