Art

Latest Zona Maco exhibit showcases the best of Latin America’s art

With the recent rise of aversion towards U.S. President Donald Trump’s insistence of constructing a wall to ban Mexican immigrants, the spotlight has turned to the Latin American city. This month, however, the spotlight was for a good cause. Zona Maco Mexico Arte Contemporaneo, an annual 5-day exhibit featuring works from Latin American designers and artists, paid tribute to solidarity and art last February 8-12, 2017. The event showcased a myriad of design products from oil paintings to handmade crafts and jewelry all collected in Mexico. It was held in Centro Banamex Exhibition in the capital of the Latin American city where U.S.-based art dealers also came to attend for the first time. Almost 120 designers were called to exhibit for the art fair, and approximately 30 of them had locations and galleries both in New York and L.A. The fair also reportedly doubled its attendees on its 4th year with renowned international art collectors grazing the aisles. Below are...
Creativity

Photographer pays homage to cinema’s favorite characters through dreamy, black and white long exposures

From realistic visual effects to captivating scenic footages, it is true that cinematography has come a long way. But for San Francisco native and photographer Nathan Wirth, the beauty of simplicity in old films still holds real power in effective storytelling. In his photo series called Imaginations, he captures fan-favorite characters of known sci-fi movies in truly nostalgic black and white photographs. Darth Vader, Godzilla and the Tardis are just a few of his subjects. These haunting portraits were all shot by the seaside accompanied with long exposures, adding both the element of mystery and nostalgia. For Wirth, it is important that his audience learns to “embrace these images’ flaws” and that each photo tells a simple story that kids who grew up in an era of lousy, over-the-top visual effects would completely relate to. Adding to this, he says that his series is meant to be a “look back” at his childhood fantasies which, to this day, inspires him to...
Art

Eclectic handmade jewelry collection made by artists in Nevada’s annual Burning Man

Every August of the year, thousands flock to the Black Rock Desert – a deserted area located northwest of Nevada – for the Burning Man festival. The event, known for the gigantic sculpture of a man torched at the final days, lures people from all walks of life for the music, circus acts and experimental art that rise from every corner. The week-long gathering has also given birth to a number of eclectic jewelry made from all kinds of materials. Christine Kirsten, curator of the exhibit Playa Made: The Jewelry of Burning Man, hopes to showcase the meticulous detailing that went into each handmade piece of accessory from the festival.  The evolution of the jewelry used in the festival is featured in the exhibit which is also accompanied by a book, which will be sold at the museum, entitled The Jewelry of Burning Man. Kirsten, an avid supporter of the Burning Man herself, has collected unique pieces from the festival for the past two decades. The exhibit will run from February...
Design

Iconic robot collection stuns at Germany’s Vitra Design Museum

In recent years, the technology world has amassed a notable rise in robotic inventions. These advancements have changed the world’s perspective in dealing with everyday life and broadened awareness in numerous issues. As an acknowledgment to the history and development of robotics, Vitra Design Museum in Germany will hold a robotic exhibit from February 11 to May 14, 2017. The collection will boast robotic designs from numerous engineers and designers ranging from health care, computer games, and even domestic use. The whole exhibition will be supported by artistic performances, workshops, films and comprehensive talks about the advantages of robots in the future. Called “Hello, Robot,” the event will also feature some of the most important robotic inventions of all time. It is forged with the collaborative team of MAK Vienna and Design Museum Gent, and curated by Amelie Klein, Marlies Wirth, Fredo de Smet and Thomas Geisler. The aim was to discover...
Architecture

Former spice warehouse in Singapore now an elegant industrial hotel

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to stay for a night in a warehouse? Singapore-based design studio Asylum in collaboration with architectural firm Zarch Collaboratives has transformed a former spice warehouse into a mesmerizing, industrial hotel right in the middle of The Lion City. Hospitality firm The Lo & Behold Group was the one who commissioned the two companies for the adaptive reuse project. The Warehouse Hotel, located in front of a river bank in Singapore, is composed of three gabled structures and covered with unassuming white paint on its façade. Its interiors, however, boasts a unique blend of luxury and steel. Infused in the interiors are neutral colors, mainly black and rich dark brown as bases, which are elegantly emphasized by dashes of gold. All the bedrooms exude sophistication with its unique mix of leather and steel. Exposed trusses, hanging cogs, and wheels and mid-century furniture are all important components purposely used to...
Architecture

World’s narrowest house in Poland is not for the claustrophobic

As the problem of living space progresses into the lack thereof, developers have now started building vertically in place of the traditional construction. As an answer to the crisis, a 46 square-feet art installation nicknamed “cushion of air” now resides in Poland and is being dubbed today as the world’s narrowest house. The Keret House, created by Poland-based architect Jakub Szczęsny, is sandwiched between two buildings in Warsaw. It is 30 feet tall by 28 inches wide and boasts a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and a refrigerator inside its three floors. The house is so skinny, having only a ladder as its entrance, that it does not carry any electrical or plumbing lines. In place, an innovative water closet was designed and electricity acquired from the two buildings where it is wedged between. The house was named after Isreali author Etgar Keret, also its first tenant, as a memorial to the family he lost during the Holocaust. The Keret House does not meet Polish...
Art

The Frick Museum: premier destination for Old Master paintings and European sculptures

The Frick Museum boasts of amazing art collections, from paintings to sculptures and other decorative pieces. It has made its place as one of the most globally renowned museums and research centers. It all began when Henry Clay Frick started collecting art pieces. From 1849 to 1919, the Pittsburgh industrialist gathered the best pieces of the era. Today, his Fifth Avenue house is one of the very few Gilded Age mansions left standing. The residence is a nice escape from the real world, providing a tranquil and serene milieu to its visitors. You can find amazing art by popular names such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. Since it opened its doors in 1935, and long after Henry Frick died, the museum has continued to acquire important pieces of art. On top of its collections, there are also concert series, lectures, education programs, and symposia that are held here, all of which promote the appreciation of vintage art. Here are some sample...
Art

The annual Armory Show is back, takes a deeper look into multiculturalism and other important issues today

The Armory Show is one of the most popular art shows in the country. Each year, it comes back and features highly important pieces of work from various artists. From painters to sculptors to performance artists, the show has become a huge platform for great talent. This 2017, multiculturalism takes the center stage. The focus is WHAT IS TO BE DONE? By raising awareness through art, the audience and participants get to work towards social change. The show's curator, Jarrett Gregory, points out that “this is not political art, nor does it have an agenda—it is art that helps us to see the historic moment in which we are living.” There definitely is a difference between meaningful art and political art. The artists are not taking sides or beliefs, but rather are educating the world about the issues that we must give focus to. The show runs through Sunday, March 5th. ...
Art

Father of auto-destructive art dies, leaves behind grand legacy of activism and artistic idealism

Gustav Metzger is one of the most popular artists in the political arena. At a young age, he has become a big name in anti-capitalism, anti-consumerism, and the disarmament of nuclear weaponry. Born in 1926, he was destined for an activist's life. Many consider Metzger as an "artist's artist". He described his work as “a desperate last-minute subversive political weapon and attack on the capitalist system (an attack also on art dealers and collectors who manipulate modern art for profit)”. One of the biggest lessons that he always mentioned was that of artists' role as destroyers (as much as they were creators). He emphasized that artists need to "make fewer things". “We have no choice but to follow the path of ethics into aesthetics. We live in societies suffocating in waste,” he said in one of his rallies. Now that he has left us, he will be leaving behind some very grand lessons and works of art. ...
Art

William P. Chappel’s paintings offer glimpse of life in early 19th-century New York City

If for any reason you've wondered what New York City was like in the 19th century, you might want to look to William P. Chappel's (1801–1878) paintings to get both broad and specific ideas. Chappel, who was a tinsmith by profession but was also an amateur -- and accomplished -- painter, depicted life and happenings in New York, which, if the artist's works are any indication, seems to have always been lively and animated. Twenty-four of his works whose subject is the city are currently on view at the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in an exhibit that will run until May 14. The paintings show the many facets of life in New York City, including how the dwellers plied their trade, what they did for pastimes, what technologies were present at the time, what the traditions were like, and what happened at night, among other subjects. The 24 paintings by Chappel that are on display at the Met may be viewed here. ...
Art

Instagram artist makes lip art to die for, paints pregnant Beyonce on her mouth!

Jazmina Daniel is not your ordinary woman. She is not just talented. That would be an understatement. Her canvass of choice? Her lips! She has been posting amazing lip art on Instagram, and her latest work involved her painting Beyonce's pregnant photo on her lips. Without a doubt, Queen Bey's fans went crazy. The Australian artist captioned her photo: “I know I have a lot of Queen 🐝 Fans out there! This one is for you! @beyonce Tag the Queen if you think she’d approve 🐝,” She explained, “I chose to recreate Bey’s pregnancy announcement because everyone was so excited about it. There were a lot of people recreating it in pictures and I know that a lot of my followers were Beyoncé fans so it just seemed right to do. I felt inspired in the moment to do it!”  Some people can't even put lipstick on properly! Check out more of her amazing works below: ...
Art

Selfies gone bad: Tourist accidentally trips onto an $800,000 art piece inside exhibit

How far will you go to get an Instagram-worthy photo? A visitor at the recent event, Infinity Mirrors - All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins by Yayoi Kusama, held at the Hirshborn Museum in Washington, D.C. accidentally tripped on one of the installations while attempting to get a selfie. Although no official announcement was made, it is rumored that the sculpture amounts to $800,000. It may not be entirely the visitor's fault, though, since there is a limited number of people allowed inside the installation at a single time. This means that there is low to no security personnel to guide the tourists about the proper behaviors acceptable. The installation is described as "narrow walkways, transparent barriers, and plenty of darkness". But whether this is the case or not, people should really start behaving more like civilized tourists during these sophisticated shows. After all, the artist did work really hard to get these done, don't you think? ...
Art

Renowned artist from Myanmar was destined to become a painter from childhood

“My father ordered us to play music, paint, and more until we were 10 years old. After we turned 10 if we didn’t have any interest in the arts we were allowed to choose something else. But I took an interest in art. I created art and music, I became a movie director… Directing is the art of storytelling." These were the words of Myanmar icon Win Pe. Throughout his career, he has become an award-winning director and filmmaker, as well as a radio producer in other Western countries. He is now 82 years old - and has dabbled into various fields of art, including working as a cartoonist, writer, and editor. However, painting seems to be the core of his interests even after all these years. “I have always created paintings. I read painting books. I even dream of paintings,” he says. Learn more about his work. Win Pe's latest exhibition is at the Yangon Gallery. ...
Art

From paintings to sculptures to furniture: artist Sean Talamini just can’t stop creating!

Sean Talamini is a freelance illustrator and fine artist from Philadelphia. He studied Illustration at University of the Arts. He creates paintings for galleries. Most, if not all, of his paintings, are made of acrylic on wood. His love for painting on wood started way back when he was just a child and would create art on his grandmother's wooden wall with a crayon. Obviously, not much has changed except he uses oil and acrylic paint now instead of crayons. These wood paintings have a certain texture that adds life to his works regardless of the coloring material he uses. Whenever he's not painting, he's sculpting. Though his sculptures are made with Super Sculpey, he uses wood to frame and hang them. If Sean is not sculpting, he builds furniture. I guess it's safe to say this artist just can't keep his hands from creating. For more of his beautiful works, visit his website and Instagram. ...
Art

Matthew J. Levin’s fantastical and eerie sculptures that will hunt your dreams

Matthew J. Levin is a sculptor and concept designer based in Los Angeles, California. To quote the Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, and novelist Guillermo del Toro: “Mr. Levin’s portraiture is both quirky and mesmerizing. Each of his little sculptural sketches becomes a three-dimensional snapshot of the bizarre. Just as the eyes in a classical portrait are meant to “follow” you through the room, so will these disquieting Homunculi.” His love for this art started when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 to work as a digital sculptor. A year later, he chanced upon a box of Super Sculpey, a unique polymer clay, and that's when the affair began. Since then, his work has been shown on TV, displayed in different galleries, and commissioned by film directors like del Toro, among others. To know more about this artist and to see more of his sculptures, visit his website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
Art

Insane finish of illustrator’s patterned drawings shows us her exquisite process and influences

Daria Hlazatova is an artist from a small town near the Carpathians in Ukraine. She loves drawing and creating handmade collages. We have recently featured artists whose arts were inspired by the very environment surrounding them and Daria is no different. True enough, she admitted to an interview with Talenthouse that her work and style are syntheses of everything she has seen, enjoyed, and dreamed of. Her illustrations, in all their intricacies and patterns, show most of her influences, from Slavic folklore and fairy tales to modern day pop culture icons. She obviously loves myths and legends so much but the main things that inspire her to create these masterpieces are music, traveling, gardens, ocean, people, and theater. It’s quite phenomenal how she is able to create drawings with hundreds of shapes, patterns, colors and details, yet is still able to maintain a sense of balance and peace. Visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram to see more of her arts.  ...
Art

More than 35 artists contributed for strange cutlery collection that slows down people’s eating

Spoons and forks forged from wrenches, tongs, and scissors are just a few of the absurd utensils shown on Steinbeisser’s annual food and design event. The Amsterdam-based design studio curated cutlery inventions from more than 35 different designers and artists for the Experimental Gastronomy collection. The strange-looking creations were commissioned by the studio to slow down the time which people normally spend eating. Martin Kullik, the founder of Steinbeisser, reportedly said the results of the show were “very interesting” and that the extra time spent on chewing helped “contribute to enhancing the taste experience.” World-renowned designers contributed their unique works for the show. Estonian artist Nils Hint made oversized utensils using recycled tools from junk yards all over Estonia. Dutch designers Lisanne van Zanten and Renee Boute, however, experimented with the taste of the food itself. They used colored cutlery for their contribution:...
Art

Gameboy, Blackberry, iPhone, and more retro gaming patents sold as wall art

For most people, a classical painting or artistic portrait is the ideal hanging on the wall. Others settle for motivational posters for its simplicity and neutrality. But for gaming enthusiasts, there are not many choices to choose from. Luckily, a newly-opened online store has just opened that would definitely amaze the gaming community. Retro Patent, a project-cum-startup, features patent prints of historical gaming icons as wall décor. The collection ranges from the iconic Gameboy, to advanced technological inventions such as the Blackberry and the iPhone. The online shop founders Aidan Sliney and Craig Watson came up with the idea when they were traveling to Copenhagen with their wives. It was in a small boutique shop that they discovered a patent print of the classic Harley-Davidson. It was a personal project at first but eventually became a business once people started asking them for copies. The Retro Patent wall hangings come in 12 x 8 inches and 24 x 36 inches...
Art

Russian artist illustrates brutally honest portraits of the modern world

Vladimir Kazak certainly aims for a lasting great impression with his new collection. The Russian-born artist, who, according to his website, enjoys “drawing women and airplanes,” perfectly depicts modern day thinking in his brutally honest illustrations. His shocking portrayal of everyday life shows the irony and truth about people in this age that is almost never talked about. The artist argues his works are purely satirical and insists the comical factor of his collection. One of the illustrations show people, all made to look like robots, sitting indifferently beside each other inside a train. Another illustration shows an aerial view of a woman’s covered breasts with hungry-looking pigs all sitting around her. This particular art was thought to seemingly point out the unwanted harassments that women are subjected to every day. Some critics think Kazak’s art is too political while others seem to agree with his unobstructed view of the modern world....
Art

‘Memorial Stitches’ artist creates embroidered heirlooms that are seamless, even without formal training

Carrie Violet of Memorial Stitches studied both fashion design and illustration. Because of this, it makes most sense that embroidery becomes second nature to her as it allows her to apply both skills seamlessly. Although she did not have any formal embroidery training, her style never stopped improving until her works became a flawless tactile version of what is normally a paint on canvas and pen on paper for other artists. Carrie is from North of England and her pieces are inspired by the Victorian era, particularly the aesthetics and mood of that time in history. She describes her style as delicate, dark, and ethereal. Aside from Victorian sentimentality, she has repeated doing several themes like locks of hair, dainty hands, or love notes. Most of her works are purchased as an heirloom, wall decor, or a memorial piece. For more of her amazing works, visit her website, Facebook, and Instagram. ...
Architecture

Marcel Breuer’s legacy in architecture and design is remembered in photos at the Met Breuer

The Met Breuer, the iconic museum in Manhattan, New York, formerly known as the Whitney Museum of American Art, has commissioned photographers Luisa Lambri and Bas Princen to take photos of some of the renowned works of the museum's namesake and architect, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). Now exhibited at "Breuer Revisited: New Photographs," the museum's first architecture exhibition under its new name, Lambri and Princen's works capture the modernist spirit of Breuer's approach to architecture and as well as pay tribute  to the visionary quality of his oeuvre. Lambri and Princen took compelling snapshots of four of Breuer's landmark buildings, namely the Saint John’s Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the IBM Research center in La Gaude, France, and, fittingly, the Met Breuer, which is renowned particularly for its form as an inverted ziggurat. The photos are characterized by their masterful employment of chiaroscuro,...
Art

The prominent nose of Zan von Zed’s fierce females

Unlike other artists, Zan von Zed, a doodler and painter from Sydney, Australia does not usually have back stories for her art. Most, if not all, of her masterpieces, are pencil-drawing of fierce females. In an interview with Beautiful Bizarre, she admitted to drawing without a plan. She generally just begins with a face and let the drawing evolve. As for the prominent noses, there's not much of a message she wants to send. It's just her plain liking for faces with prominent real noses, contrary to the whittled-down, Hollywood cookie-cutter ones depicted everywhere. Needless to say, this adds an extra oomph to the strength and dignity these females offer. For Zan, drawing is an outlet. And interestingly, she gets inspiration from Pinterest and Tumblr. She usually completes a painting within two 2 days if using watercolor, one day for colored drawing, and weeks for an oil painting. For more of this artist's beautiful creations, visit her website, Facebook, Tumblr,...
Art

Fashion photographer takes cinematic images that embody melancholic symbolism

Fashion has worked side by side with photography to give the audience a complete experience visually. Artists like Elizaveta Porodina is one of those who brings success to these collaborations bringing the spectators to a whole new level of understanding of the art. Porodina was born in Moscow. In her experimental fashion and fine art photography, she travels through time and space, extracting the underlying emotions in her entrancing productions. She studied clinical Psychology and this could just be the biggest influence on her masterpieces. Her melancholic symbolism sets connotations, sometimes ambiguous, sometimes honest and obvious. Her imagery range widely varying between cinematic, fashion and almost documentary. This artist had a couple of exhibitions in 2016. She had worked with magazines like Vogue, Elle, among others. She also had collaborations with Louis Vuitton, BMW MINI, and others for commercials. More information about Porodina can...
Art

Celebrate love in a brand new way for your special ones with these striking paper hearts

At once striking and minimal, these framed hearts by FROM PAPER WITH LOVE on Etsy accentuate your V-Day celebrations. The Russia-based graphic designer launched the project as an ode to Valentines Day. The paper creations come in the shape of polygonal hearts fixed inside of a frame. The best part about them is that they're actually meant to be assembled by a couple. The very act of putting the hearts together and then framing them is part of the experience and is sure to foster affection. Check out some of the hearts below and gift one to your significant other, Valentines Day or not! Pick 'em here!      ...
Art

Artist breathes new life into found objects by placing them in unrelated drawings

Have you ever found yourself seeing or regarding something as an entirely different, and much bigger, thing? Neuroscience PhD student and artist Desirée De León most certainly has, and her online project "100 Days of Tiny Things" sprang right out of an instance in which she gave life to a found object by treating it in a way that only someone with artistic inclinations would. “I remember noticing the disembodied head on the coins,” she says, “and I impulsively drew a speech bubble coming out of the coin’s mouth.” De León's series is a collection of minuscule objects that she has put a spin on and, thus, given a new existence to by situating them in drawings that point to an entirely different context. One work features a real orange segment that took on the image of the sun after De León drew a tree and giraffes beside it. Another work shows a dried flower heading in the direction of a drawing of dinosaurs, suggesting that it was the asteroid that killed the creatures....
Architecture

Handcrafted and industrial materials woven into highly expressive and functional pieces

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is currently having an exhibition entitled Design Currents. It opened last November and will continue to run until the 12th of March. The exhibit is the culmination of the work of three contemporary designers, Oki Sato, Faye Toogood, and Zanini de Zanine. All of them use handcrafted and industrial materials, turning them into functional and expressive pieces of art. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different objects. The event creates a bridge between context and creativity. It gives us an insider look at the distinct culture of each designer, who all come from different countries. At the same time, we learn how collaboration and experimentation can help us improve our relationship with different...
Culture

Israeli girls photographed at age 15 and 20: See the powerful transformation unfold

Comparative photography has successfully been embedded in today’s modern culture. From scrawny then-and-now pictures to memorable “Throwback Thursday” posts, the new technology-crazed generation has become more creative in sharing photos that show interesting and, most of the time, funny comparisons. A young Israeli, however, managed to take the whole "flashback" trend into new, powerful heights in just one photo series. Neta Dror, a Tel-Aviv-based photographer, started her project back in 2011 by taking photographs of Israeli girls – all aged 15 but came from different backgrounds. In 2016, she followed up on the girls and took again their photographs expecting to document some kind of change. The series was named, fittingly and simply, “At 15 & 20” – and the results of the photographic analysis were stunning. From innocent poses to defensive gazes, the evident changes in their body languages were perfectly captured by Dror. Some had...
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