Oleg Zhukov – Macro Photography

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Enrico Nagel – Scanning Portraits

Enrico Nagel

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin artist Enrico Nagel has done a body of work entitled Behind The Glass. Nagel is know for his photography and collage work but in this series he has approached his subjects in an entirely new way. Nagel scanned each person’s face for 30 seconds with a scanner to create this series of people seemingly trapped in a dark stillness. By using this unconventional method he has removed the gaze of the photographer and dismissed the idea that an artistic filter is needed to capture the faces of his subjects. This resulting soft focus effect challenges the observer’s eye and imagination.

Beth Cavener Stichter – Animal Forms

Beth Cavener Stichter

 

 

 

 

The artist forms animals by hollowing out blocks of clay, giving her subjects a raw, unrefined appearance as if they sprang from the material itself. In her latest body of work for her second solo show at Claire Oliver Gallery, “Come Undone,” Cavener Stichter refined her aesthetic, creating animal sculptures that are more stylized with deep grooves and glazed with different shades of gray — a departure from her minimally embellished work from the past. Take a look at a few images from “Come Undone,” which opens September 13 at Claire Oliver in New York City. Via HiFructose.

Brian Matthew Hart – Light Painting Mosaics

Brain Matthew Hart

 

 

 

 

Hart created a number of mosaics using individual exposures, the largest hand above, part of an unfinished diptych, is made from 324 photographs!

Yuken Teruya – Paper Bag Tree

Yuken Teruya

 

 

 

Janne Parviainen – Topographical Light Paintings

Janne Parviainen

 

 

 

Alexis Kadonsky – Photography on Society6

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Dave Correia – Illustrations

Dave Correia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now on view at the Fifty24PDX Gallery in Portland is the debut solo show of artist Dave Correia, “Friends in the Dark.” Correia’s work has been on our radar for years and his work has been growing in leaps and bounds with each passing season, so it’s no surprise to see the new series looking like the best he’s done yet. From monsters to augmented classical portraiture, “Friends in the Dark” brings to light the artist’s talents as he pushes new boundaries in medium, color and composition. Via HiFructose.

Faring Purth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In contrast to the femme fatales and model-esque classical beauties found in many paintings, Faring Purth’s female characters appear decaying and decrepit at a first glance. Splotches of color coalesce to form figures caught in the cycle of life somewhere between death and rebirth. The protagonists of the paintings appear to be in a state of transformation; they reference the generative powers of femininity rather than painting the woman as a beauty icon. Via HiFructose.

Laura Harris – Gear Mosaics

Laura Harris of Melonhead Gallery

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1985, artist Laura Harris of Melonhead Gallery was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which forced her to quit her job as a teacher. That same year, she took up the fine art of creating mosaics, focusing on her craft full-time. Since then, the skilled mosaic artist has created some amazing works of art that not only allow Harris to push through her physically restricting disease, but also to hone in on her creative abilities.

The artist’s mixed media portraits exhibit an intriguing array of materials that range from standard mosaic components like glass, porcelain, ceramic and stone to the eye-catching and inventive elements typically found in bikes and clocks. Incorporating bicycle gears, watch parts (including both cogs and faces), and old–fashioned keys straight out of fairy tales into her portrait pieces, Harris adds layers of enchantment and technology to her magically-driven mosaics.

There’s a surreal quality to Harris’ work that allows the viewer to be swept away into a fantasy. Each of her characters seem to be making their own journey, eyes shut, into an alternate universe where dreams come true. There are recurring themes of dreaming and making a wish present throughout her body of work. The artist seems to be displaying her own inner desires apparent with her fragmented works, saying, “Mosaics allow me to fuse the pieces together to create something cohesive and beautiful, what I wish the world could be.” Via My Modern Met.

Leland Bobbé – Half Drag

Leland Bobbé

 

 

 

Dusan Beno – Insect Eye Photography

Dusan Beno

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Polveredigrafite – Pop Culture Clown Illustrations

Polveredigrafite

 

 

 

 

Everynone – Ball

Ball is the latest video from filmmaking team Everynone whose previous films have been widely shared online including Summetry, Words, Re:words and many more. In this new clip directed by Daniel Mercadante, hundreds of ball and ball-shaped images taken from Google image search are placed in a rapid sequence creating a sort of visual poem.

Marco Mazzoni – Sketchbook

Marco Mazzoni

 

 

 

 

 

Artist Marco Mazzoni is based in Milan, Italy where he works from his studio creating amazingly detailed color pencil drawings that have captured the attention of collectors from all over the world. I asked Mazzoni to let us peek inside his sketchbook for Hi-Fructose’s ongoing series Inside the Sketchbook. He sent over a beautiful drawings from his Moleskine sketchbooks and speaks generously about his drawing techniques in the following interview. It is astounding what Mazzoni can achieve with a simple colored pencil or a ball point pen. Via HiFructose.

Just Go

100 Phone Booths Given to 100 Artists on the Streets of São Paulo

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call Padre is an ongoing public art project in São Paulo sponsored by Brazilian telecommunications firm Vivo, that paired 100 artists with 100 street-side phone booths giving them free reign to transform the peculiar hooded fixtures into anything imaginable. The exhibition has proven to be extremely popular and Brazilian photographer Mariane Borgomani set out to capture a number of the phones, my favorite of which is the painted day/night treatment above by artist Maramgoní. You can see a gallery of all 100 phones here. Via Colossal.

Motoi Yamamoto – Salt Installations

Motoi Yamamoto

 

 

 

 

Using a simple household material, salt, as his primary medium, Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto creates fantastical blizzards and seascapes that touch upon conceptual frontiers. Since Hi-Fructose correspondent Nathan Spoor interviewed Yamamoto in 2009, the artist has had several solo shows that yielded delicate, pristine works that are entrancing to look at with their repetitive and meticulous details. Many of Yamamoto’s works have a labyrinthine structure that the artist describes as “nearly reachable, yet not quite,” alluding to the idea of trying to recall past experiences and coming to terms with the fleeting nature of memory. Take a look at some of Yamamoto’s latest works from his shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Hakone Open-Air Museum. Via HiFructose.

Yuko Nishimura – Mandalas Formed from Single Piece of Paper

Yuko Nishimura

 

 

 

 

 

Japanese artist Yuko Nishimura reworks single sheets of handmade paper into abstract, contoured works of art in her series labeled as Relief. She employs the paper folding techniques used in origami to transform the special Japanese paper known as kyokushi into mesmerizing geometric patterns. She combines traditional methods with contemporary aesthetics across a monochromatic color scheme to make for one visually interesting set of paper structures that echo the shape and visual pattern of mandalas.

Adding to their intriguing form is the fact that, unlike typical origami, they remain fairly two-dimensional. The grooves created through Nishimura’s expert execution of paper folding certainly adds some dimension to the paper, but it looks more like a flat, symmetrical piece of circular paper has been drawn on. It’s hard to believe that the smooth creases are, in fact, folds. Light plays a crucial role in the way abstract designs and shadows are created as it hits the artist’s creations, revealing the folds. Still, her ability to create such clean and curving lines is absolutely astounding. Nishimura’s work reflect her meticulous skill and patience. Via My Modern Met.

Pinpin Co

Pinpin Co

 

 

 

 

Pinpin Co, a Chinese artist raised in Japan, uses a simple gel ink pen to turn her subjects’ faces into temporary works of art that are then washed away in a few seconds. She calls her work a therapeutic process, capturing the physical and mental scars of her subjects. Via Artist A Day.

Alexis Kadonsky – Marionette and Mother and Daughter

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Marionette

Rub and Buff and mixed media

24″ x 18.5″

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Mother and Daughter (my mother and my grandmother)

Charcoal

14″ x 17″

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Stefan Künzler

Stefan Künzler

 

 

 

 

Ugo Gattoni – Illustrations

Ugo Gattoni

 

 

 

 

 

Jean-Paul Bourdier – Bodyscapes

Jean-Paul Bourdier

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether he’s blending bodies into the landscape or creating vivid silhouettes that stand out against a brilliant backdrop, photographer Jean-Paul Bourdier’s Bodyscapescollection is insanely gorgeous. The California-based photographer combines performance art, body paints, and magnificent landscapes to create these stunning images where natural human bodies intertwine with the environment.

The artist chooses to photograph only on film, using no digital manipulation, which awakens a sense of timeless wonder in the traditionally created images. His photographs often have a strong sense of symmetry, both in shape and in featured color palettes. Mirroring the landscape, the bodies complement each scene with just the right visual combinations of physical interruption and environmental serenity.

Bourdier says “Rather than being a mere recording of an encounter between event and photographer, the photograph is an event of its own: long prepared, and yet full of unexpected moments; a still manifestation of an encounter between desert light, body light, and camera eye.” Via My Modern Met.

Alexis Kadonsky – Wax Art

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