For the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference held in Paris during December 2015, Belgian artist Naziha Mestaoui has conceptualized an art installation that merges the organic world with the technological one. The well-known structures of the City of Lights will serve as a backdrop for virtual forests, “grown” by the viewers of the installation. The interactive installation allows spectators to create a digital tree, controlled by their heartbeat, which is monitored by the spectator’s smartphone. To merge the virtual world with reality, a living version of each digital tree will be planted in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe to help with reforestation efforts.

 

It seems that everyone today is a street photographer, posting endless images of people with stylish outfits or amusing urban scenes on blogs for the world to see. But over a half-century ago, a private, unassuming woman who worked as a nanny turned walks with her charges into urban photo expeditions. Vivian Maier (seen in her vintage “selfie,” above) took thousands and thousands of photographs, quietly absorbing life in the cities (New York and Chicago) where she lived, seemingly with no intention of ever sharing her work with the world.  In 2007, a writer bought a box of her negatives at an auction, and 60 years after her photos were taken, her name started being spoken with awe throughout the art world, and she is now known as one of the most prolific and talented street photographers of the last 50 years.  A documentary was released about this fascinating and private woman:

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OK Go is a band that has redefined the music video, using their latest singles to create fast-paced visual art installations that are intricate and so fun to watch. Their latest,  “The Writing’s on the Wall,” plays with perspective and uses many mediums, from mirrors to paint to sculpture to facial hair (wait for it…it’s in there)–all shot in a single take!

Helen

 

“Pleiades” by Enra. A fascinating combination of dance, art and light.

 

- Helen

If you’ve read my posts on this blog, you know I love the intersection of a historical media and a modern idea.  These plates by graphic designer Don Moyer take porcelain plates decorated in a Delft blue and white (which I especially love, as it calls to my Dutch heritage) and combine them with cheeky scenes of disaster. Traditional patterns and motifs clash with flying monkeys, sea monsters, and UFOs.

When you first look at the plates, they look like a staid antique- but on closer inspection, there’s something more. Brilliant.  -Shelly

Chocolate maker Unelefante makes some pretty beautiful chocolate bars including one that looks like melted crayons and another inspired by the drippy paint splashes of Jackson Pollock. “

Chocolate and art. Two of our favorite things combined- they are almost (ALMOST) too beautiful to eat! – Shelly and Mallorie

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“In 1692 a Dutch artist cataloged 800 pages of written and painted details on colors, mixing, and the use of color in painting.  The result is not only beautiful in its aesthetic, but also in concept- that is some serious study and dedication. A bit ironically though, I think the script might be my favorite part.” — Shelly

So what do you think, did Pantone come up with their concept from our dear friend A. Boogert?

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“Very interesting hotel project out of Hong Kong. Anything that reminds me of childhood, here Jenga and Tetris, brings a smile to my face. My only question: where is the elevator!?” — Jon

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Yojiro Imasaka was born and raised in Hiroshima, living under the shadow of the Atomic Bomb Dome. Rather than seeing it as a symbol of peace, the artist views the dome as a reminder of destruction. He uses this inspiration to create images that not only address the past and present- but also our future.

From the artist:

“Human beings are very unique creatures. Unlike other living things, we are so creative and destructive at the same time. However people have evolved, war never disappears, and in face people still kill each other with the arms that we have created by ourselves. So, I am interested in the future. I believe that there are scenes that hint of the future within our usual day, and photography can reflect these decisive moments.”

http://vimeo.com/29620569

I love that something so terrible and hurtful has inspired something so absolutely beautiful.

-Shelly

One thing that always seems to steal my heart is the juxtaposition of the modern and traditional. Old buildings with modern fixtures? I love it. Crazy angular modern images with over the top gilded frames? Love it. Taking a technique that has been passed down for thousands of years and giving it a modern application? Be still my heart.

Huang Zhiyang learned the age old art of Chinese calligraphy growing up, and now brings those skills to a new light in large scale ink washes on silk, oil paintings, and drawings. A bit more about the artist:

“His work has been summarized by critics as the application of traditional Chinese techniques to an American tradition of Abstract Expressionism. Frequent motifs in Huang’s work make reference to the natural world, particularly to bamboo and landscapes, though the images are not immediately recognizable. Huang also produces abstract installations, and has worked in sculptural materials like bamboo and gilded bronze. His work has also been prominent in fashion: Huang’s drawings are source of inspiration for the French fashion designer Anne Valerie Hash, and in 2011 he collaborated with the designers of ETRO to produce a line of silk scarves.”

Amazing patterns? Abstract Expressionism? Motifs from nature? Fashion? I think it’s love.

-Shelly