San Francisco, CA- Fine art bodypainter Trina Merry (previously here) comissioned by advertising and branding studio i.d.e.a., has created a series of human motorcycles from the contorted bodies of yoga experts and circus performers to promote Progressive International Motorcycle Show.
Polish artist Justyna Anna Kopania created these beautiful paintings devoted to the sea.
“Art is my refuge, life, poetry, music, delicious cigars and strong tea, it’s everywhere. My works reflect the world as I see it, all my senses, the people I meet and the love of nature, which I admire, and things that surround and affect me.”
Budapest-based graphic designer Barbara Bernát designed this lovely concept for the Hungarian paper money, for her MA degree project at the University of West Hungary.
The project involved five denominations of ten etchings, each imprinted onto separate copperplates.
The security feature reveals the skeleton of each animal under UV light.
"I only wanted to keep the essential visual elements of a banknote. I wanted to emphasize the animals and plants — the typography and the security marks are secondary on my notes. I left the the unnecessary security graphic elements behind, to get a clear visual impact."
“This subtle and refined form of reproduction enabled me to imitate the original technique used during the production of banknotes, intaglio printing. My goal was to create a complete series with clear design that transcends the tradition of banknote making.”
San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold created this 'Crystallized Books' project by combining borax crystals with weathered books, magazines and computer manuals.
"The Crystallized Book Series was prompted by continuously finding boxes of discarded books/magazines, the onset of e-books, and by the recent disappearance of bookstores.”
"While I have had a fascination with crystals and minerals since I was little, their inclusion in my work happened somewhat by chance. About three years ago, I was force-rusting a metal sculpture using vinegar, salt, and soda ash when I noticed crystals growing on the concrete floor of my studio. Since I was working with concrete at the time, I decided to try and replicate the crystal growth with intention on the concrete and other objects. In addition to my aesthetic fascination with them, the crystals related conceptually to the project I was creating at that moment. The conceptual and aesthetic functions of the crystals have morphed with each project since."
“Time (and its physical/visual presence) is an ever-present concept in my work, as well as a large factor in crystal growth”
“The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become… imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia.”
"I mainly use Borax and Epsom salt crystals. This is because of their relatively cheap availability and non-toxicity."
"I try to incorporate mostly found books over buying specific titles, but select amongst them for the most conceptually and/or aesthetically appropriate. If I desire a specific title, I will buy it used. I take titles from my own library collection as well."
"The series addresses the materiality of the book vs the text/content of the book. The crystals remove the text and transform the books into aesthetic, non-functional objects. The books, now frozen with heavy crystal growth, have become artifacts or geologic specimens laden with the history of time, use, and nostalgia. The stories included in books often exist in our memories while the book remains a spine on a shelf."
Korean artist Do Ho Suh (previously here) created this intriguing sculptural installation titled 'Karma'.
The 23 feet (7 meters) sculpture towering into the sky depicts a tower of men sitting atop one another while shielding each other's eyes, made from 98 cast stainless steel figures.
Artist: Joana Vasconcelos
Paris-born, Lisbon-based artist Joana Vasconcelos created this elegant pair of high-heeled sandals made of dozens of stainless steel pots, pans, and lids of varying sizes.
The eye-catching sculpture titled 'Marylin', was inspired by the high-heel shoes worn by Marylin Monroe in the infamous clip from “The Seven Year Itch”.
"The unlikely yet assertive association between the saucepans and high-heeled sandals, two paradigmatic symbols of Woman's private and public dimensions, proposes a revision of the Feminine in the light of the practices of the contemporary world. The recourse to saucepans, sign to which one would associate the traditional domestic sphere of Woman, in order to reproduce an enormous high-heeled sandal, symbol of beauty and elegance demanded by social conventions, contradicts the impossibility of the dichotomic relation of the Feminine in the domestic and social spheres."
Cleveland-based sculptor Olga Ziemska created this sculpture entitled 'Stillness in motion: The Matka Series', made from reclaimed willow branches and wire.
Artist: Theo Mercier
French sculptor, painter, and photographer Theo Mercier created this very emotional piece, entitled 'Le Solitaire', a 10-foot-tall sculpture made completely of a pile of silicone coated cords that look like spaghetti.
"The one who is showed, who is watched, he is unique and alone because he is a monster. It tells a lot about the idea of exposure."
Brooklyn, New York-based artist Tara Donovan created this beautiful 11-foot-tall sculpture made of thin polyester film or mylar.
Artist: Andy Scott
Glaswegian sculptor Andy Scott spent almost 8 years planning and one year fabrication and assembly to create 'The Kelpies', a pair of gargantuan horse heads that reach into the skies above Falkirk & Grangemouth in central Scotland.
They are the largest works of art in Scotland, and the largest equine sculptures in the world, measuring 30 meters tall (99 ft.) and are meant as a monument to the horse-powered heritage of Scotland.
"The Kelpies name reflected the mythological transforming beasts possessing the strength and endurance of 10 horses; a quality that is analogous with the transformational change and endurance of Scotland’s inland waterways. The Kelpies represent the lineage of the heavy horse of Scottish industry and economy, pulling the wagons, ploughs, barges and coalships that shaped the geographical layout of the Falkirk area." - Wikipedia