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Art & Aesthetics
The Human Printer: Painstakingly Recreating CMYK Halftone Printing, by Hand

The Human Printer: Painstakingly Recreating CMYK Halftone Printing, by Hand

Prepare to be astounded by the sheer level of detail: The Human Printer is an amazing design collaboration amongst University of Derby students who can reproduce the CMYK halftone printing effect… by hand. By layering of dotted color in a pattern to create full-color imagery, the students mimicked the work of an actual digital printer,...
Spun Paint Photography: Spirals of Color Caught in Centripetal Motion

Spun Paint Photography: Spirals of Color Caught in Centripetal Motion

Swiss artist Fabian Oefner is a self-described “curious investigator” who captured these wonderful photos of paint caught in centripetal motion– each shot is a perfect capture of a tiny moment in time (sometimes only 1/40000 of a second!) To achieve this effect, Oefner drips a variety of bright acrylic paints onto a metal rod and...
25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

25 Feet High Ornate Ice Castles Built With Thousands of Icicles

Brent Christensen built these gigantic, ornate ice castles out of nothing but icicles, which is quite a feat considering that standard ice structures (think igloos) are typically a combination of snow and ice. He starts with a homemade icicle maker, which drips water from racks and forms 3,000 to 5,000 icicles per day, and these...
Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

Paint Chip Canvases: Tiny Scenes of Nature In Beautiful Palettes

I’m smitten with these tiny, colorful tableaus painted by LA-based artist Seonna Hong– some of her recent works are entirely painted using the ubiquitous paint chip as a miniature canvas. Quick strokes paint suggest the staggered outlines of hills and rocks in the wilderness, then barren trees, bears, and children are painstakingly detailed into the...
Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Ornate Body Painting Camouflage: Hiding The Human Form with Wallpaper Patterns

Peruvian artist Cecilia Paredes has been cleverly camouflaging herself into modern backdrops since 2007– her ornate body painting techniques perfectly mimic the elaborate, flowery wallpaper backdrops behind her body, leaving behind subtle traces of her human form. An unblinking eye or the dark swath of her hair are the first indicators of where she’s positioned...
Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

Two Tons of Refined Sugar, Perfectly Laid Out As A Persian Carpet

This “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring. The sheer size and detail in this piece is stunning– its precise in its familiar pattern,...
Giant, Delicate, Unpoppable Plastic Bubbles

Giant, Delicate, Unpoppable Plastic Bubbles

German artist Luka Fineisen created this fun installation in 2010 titled Bubbles– its nothing but enormous, delicate bubbles scattered about the room, made of unpoppable plastic for a delightful effect. Each bubble rises from the ground as if it had just gracefully landed from a giant bubble wand: Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to go from Luka’s...
Gleaming Strands of Suspended Light: A Champagne-Inspired Installation By Glithero

Gleaming Strands of Suspended Light: A Champagne-Inspired Installation By Glithero

Last week, I had the pleasure of taking a quick 2 day trip to Miami, generously sponsored by renowned champagne house Perrier-Jouët. For a few wonderful hours we were transported to a whirlwind of amazing art, talented designers, and beachy weather at Design Miami, the design fair happening alongside Art Basel last week. Our main...
Mesmerizing, Marbled Rings of Color: Layered Wax Type

Mesmerizing, Marbled Rings of Color: Layered Wax Type

Artist and designer Keetra Dean Dixon created these mesmerizing installations by dripping countless layers of colored wax over foam letterforms. After all the wax has cooled, the letters are removed to reveal a marbled pattern surrounding negative letterform spaces– each piece is enormous (over 2 feet wide) and complex in its ringed color palette. Dixon’s...
The Softly Saturated Palettes of Munich's Architecture

The Softly Saturated Palettes of Munich’s Architecture

I’m lost in these gorgeous, softly saturated colors of Munich’s architecture, set against pastel skies. This photo set titled “Mira” is shot by Nick Frank, as “an exploration of urban architecture in Munich.” Just let your eyes sink into the visual goodness. Beautifully shot. The simple geometry and color combos are made complex by the...
Draping Layers of Toilet Paper as Art

Draping Layers of Toilet Paper as Art

The internet has been agog over Sakir Gokcebag‘s geometric fruit photos, but I was particularly drawn to a different display in his portfolio: he has three series of pieces from 2010 that use nothing but mounted rolls of toilet paper to make serene and surreal wall installations. Titled Trans-Layer I, II, and III, these dreamy...
Rich, Glittering Plumes of Metallic Ink Under Water

Rich, Glittering Plumes of Metallic Ink Under Water

The internet adores Albert Seveso, and rightfully so– he has produced several series of underwater macro photos featuring billowing plumes of ink (I’ve posted about them here and here) and his newest series, Il Mattino ha l’oro in bocca, is as captivating as always. This new set of photos adds an unexpected flair with metallic ink,...