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Can You Identify These 18 Everyday Objects Photographed Up Close?

Wednesday 01.28.2015 , Posted by
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Look around you and the world seems pretty familiar – but if you look close enough, things can start to look pretty alien. For the recent project Amazing Worlds Within Our World, multi-talented artist Pyanek created a series of macro photos that explore everyday objects up close, revealing their minute details while obscuring what makes them so recognizable. [Read more…]

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5500 Light Bulbs: An Interactive Sculpture Lets You Change The Phases of the Moon

Tuesday 01.27.2015 , Posted by
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The last time we covered artists Caitlind R.C. Brown and Wayne Garrett, they were encouraging people to control the weather with their interactive installation called CLOUD. This time they’re letting you take control of something even more difficult to grasp: the phases of the moon.

Built from 5500 burned out light bulbs donated by the community, the duo installed ‘New Moon’ in Lexington, Kentucky, last February. On the wooden platform beneath the four arches supporting the orb was an ornate turnstyle. When intrigued passerby gave it a spin, they changed the phases of the moon above. Surprising and delightful. [Read more…]

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Mike Wellins’ Bizarre Additions to Thrift Store Paintings

Monday 01.26.2015 , Posted by
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Mike Wellins’ has an obsession with the odd things of the world, and he creates plenty of them too. Co-creator of Portland’s one-and-only “freakybuttrue” Peculiarium, he has been raiding thrift stores, flea markets and garage sales to feed his appetite for old paintings. He then remixes them with strange additions – like rocket packs for bunnies, to hoards of zombies. It’s a process that’s been dubbed NERC (Non-elective Retroactive Collaboration). [Read more…]

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Leatherman Creates a Wearable Multi-Tool Bracelet You Can Take on an Airplane

Monday 01.26.2015 , Posted by
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You don’t know how useful a tool is until you start carrying it everywhere. Like grandpas who never left their pocket knife at home, or women who have a multi-tool in their purse, it’s amazing what a few simple tools can do to save the day. That’s why the design for Leatherman’s new Tread is so very cool. They’ve managed to pack 25 very useful tools into the form factor of a watch band, making a tool that is almost impossible to forget. With an optional watch face, it’s surprisingly stylish too (then again, I almost always think smart utility is stylish). [Read more…]

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The Feminine Side of American Football

Monday 01.26.2015 , Posted by
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Football is never usually thought of as a feminine sport, quite the opposite in fact. But German artist Asja Jung has taken these manly athletes and added colorful femininity to their form. With colorful swirls and designs, she tries to show the players as a whole person, not just a rough exterior. Based in NYC, Jung is primarily an artist, with some tour guide and modeling gigs on the side. Her works have been on display in the VIP section of the Jets Stadium and in the National Art Museum of Sports! [Read more…]

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New York City From A Toddler’s Point of View

Sunday 01.25.2015 , Posted by
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You can only see so many postcard-esque shots of Times Square and Rockefeller Center before it feels like you have a good idea about what it’s like to be there. But what do these iconic locations look like from a baby’s perspective? With a Go-Pro behind his son’s back as he strolled through New York City, Ecuadorian photographer Diego Acosta López captured New York from an angle that many have experienced, but few can actually remember. The pictures document little Ignacio’s first trip to NYC to visit his daddy, who is studying at SVA (School of Visual Arts). Aside from serving to remind Ignacio of a trip he will likely forget, the photo shoot also counted towards a final project for one of his dad’s photography classes. [Read more…]

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The Animals Made Famous By Rock ‘N Roll: An Illustrated Guide

Saturday 01.24.2015 , Posted by
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We have illustrated animal books to help children learn the alphabet, why not teach people about Rock & Roll the same way? These adorable illustrations by Tracy Worrall were commissioned by Dorothy, a UK design firm based in Manchester as a Rock ‘N Roll Zoo. Featuring 77 animals who have been made famous through Rock ‘N Roll Lyrics, the adorable collection can be purchased as one big print, individually, or in themed sets of 4. If you’re a Beatles fan, maybe you’d prefer the 3 piece set which features Rocky Raccoon, the Walrus (I am the Walrus), and Blackbird all in a 12″ record sleeve. [Read more…]

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This Guy Turns Grandma’s Afghan Crochet Blankets Into Funky Party Pants

Saturday 01.24.2015 , Posted by
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We all have, or rather the lucky majority have, at least one grandmother or great aunt who showed her love by crocheting blankets for every occasion. If you were a child of the 70’s or 80’s then you’ve likely gotten cozy beneath one of these colorful yarn works of art, with your favorite movie was playing on your box TV through the VCR. But now you can bring back the nostalgia and take it with you everywhere you go with the fashionable stylings of Schuyler Ellers AKA Lord von Schmitt. [Read more…]

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How Do You Do Dinner? Photographer Takes A Peek Into The Dining Styles of New Yorkers

Friday 01.23.2015 , Posted by
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What’s your dinner style like? Do you have dinner at a table with family over laughter and conversation? Do you prefer solo style while catching up on your emails? Do you eat as a family with all eyes glued on a television screen? Japanese photographer Miho Aikawa answers all of these questions by simply photographing people having their typical dinner. In her series “Dinner in NYC”, she offers a glimpse into the private, or sometimes public in a restaurant or airplane or at the desk, eating habits of some selected New Yorkers. [Read more…]

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It Took Over 1000 Light Paintings to Create This Impressive Video

Friday 01.23.2015 , Posted by
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Darren Pearson, aka Darius Twin, takes us on a trip to the Photon Zoo in his mesmerizing video Lightspeed. The last time we featured the Los Angeles-based light artist he was creating glowing dinosaurs in mid-air. Now he’s put his art in motion, which is no small feat when you consider how it’s made. For each frame you see here, Darius Twin takes a long exposure photograph and draws the entire camel, snake, dolphin, etc. Think about drawing something repeatedly, in mid-air, in darkness, and you get how impressive that is. [Read more…]

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