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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

“A remarkably compelling and insightful 20 minutes on how art and science combine to shape our world” – Jesse

For the entire clip, click here.

 

art takes all forms… be interesting to see what the courts have to say about this one. – Jesse

Dumb Starbucks

Dumb Starbucks

Read more about this here.

 

I love to see people having fun with their work! These are by Artist Lila Jang.

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- Helen

Our Associate Creative Director David Winton brought this to my attention, it’s mind boggling. There is a rich history of the intersection of art and science and while this may not exactly qualify as art, it is a terrific example of pushing our boundaries, of thinking and working creatively to create something new. – Jesse

 

No, not Photoshopped. Real furniture inspired by sketches! Daigo Fukawa created these for his senior thesis exhibition at Tokyo University of the Arts.

 

 

- Helen

“This is wonderful. I’ve always wanted to create images with ballet and/or modern dancers – and while I’ve yet to get around to it, I love seeing what JR has done here. Bravo!” – Jesse

Architecture matters… people and work like this inspire me to find a way to make a difference through art. We try, but Diébédo Francis Kéré humbles us all. – Jesse

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love this time of year- everything about it.  And one of the things I love the most, is SNOW.  Not only is it crazy and fun, and you can build snowmen and have snowball fights and wear silly hats and boots- but it’s also incredibly beautiful.

Alexey Kljatov is a macro photographer who put together a homemade system using a reversed lens to capture the amazing and incredible detail in individual snowflakes.

“Moscow-based photographer Alexey Kljatov is a keen macro photographer, and for the past couple of years he’s been producing closeup shots of snowflakes. More recently he decided to boost the magnification of his camera – a Canon PowerShot A650 – by attaching a reverse-mounted Helios 58mm F2 lens. His inexpensive homemade rig delivers extraordinary magnification, revealing an incredible amount of detail in the intricate crystals of ice.”

 

So quiet, graceful, and detailed- that these just happen naturally blows my mind.

-Shelly & Kimberly

Text and photos sourced: http://www.dpreview.com/news/2013/12/02/homemade-rig-captures-extreme-macro-shots-of-snowflakes/1

This is an installation piece that was created by artist Phillip K Smith III in Joshua Tree, CA in October.  He used mirrors and LED lights mounted to an old timber house to make this amazing, ‘see-through’ house!

At night, the windows lit up with color changing LED lights.

The artist described the piece: ‘Lucid Stead is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert,’ Smith said of his creation. ‘When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you.  It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.’

The installation was only up for two weeks.  Beautiful!

-Shelly

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