Illustration

Stark Editorial Illustrations by Stuart McReath Examine Society’s Monumental Struggles

June 18, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Stuart McReath’s high contrast illustrations employ stark shadows that lend an almost three-dimensional quality to his imagined scenes. McReath also uses dramatic juxtapositions of scale and visual metaphors like a doctor determining the “wellness” of a school with a stethoscope. Many of the works shown here were created as editorial images for articles regarding societal issues like gun laws, school testing, and the death penalty. McReath is based in Hampshire, United Kingdom and has been awarded “Best of British Illustration” by the Association of Illustrators. You can see more of his work on Behance and Instagram.

 

 



Art

Glass Beaded Sculptures by Valérie Rey Bring a Luminous New Dimension to Discarded Wood

June 18, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

"Gelée Royale" (2017), Wood and glass, 16 x 11 x 15 inches

“Gelée Royale” (2017), Wood and glass, 16 x 11 x 15 inches

Costa Rica-based artist Valérie Rey combines fallen segments of branches and logs with glass beads to bring a luminous new life to found natural forms. Innumerable glass baubles in colors of orange, gold, green, and black either completely encrust the found material or are sprinkled over its exterior, imitating a natural appearance similar to a cracked geode. ​You can see more of her nature-inspired sculptures on her website and Instagram.

Detail of "Gelée Royale" (2017), Wood and glass, 16 x 11 x 15 inches

Detail of “Gelée Royale” (2017), Wood and glass, 16 x 11 x 15 inches

"Effervescence" (2016), Wood and glass, 14 x 12 x 9 inches

“Effervescence” (2016), Wood and glass, 14 x 12 x 9 inches

Cervelle de Moineau (2017), Glass, 13 x 7 x 7 inches

“Supernova”

“In The Sky With Diamonds” (2017), Wood and glass, 6 x 6 x 14 inches

“Après la Pluie”

Detail of “Après la Pluie”

“Angel Virus” (2015), Wood and glass, : 18 x 9 x 9 inches

"Black Rainbow" (2017), Wood and glass, 8 x 8 x 5 inches

“Black Rainbow” (2017), Wood and glass, 8 x 8 x 5 inches

“E2” (2017), Wood and glass, 7 x 7 x 7 inches

 

 



Art Design

Defunct Old Cars Given New Life as Pools and Pizza Ovens by Benedetto Bufalino

June 18, 2018

Andrew LaSane

French artist Benedetto Bufalino (previously) brings functional fun to existing objects that were built with practicality as a primary objective. Since transforming a cement mixer truck into a disco on wheels back in 2016, Bufalino has continued to create unique urban interventions out of cars, phone booths, and other vehicles and objects from daily life.

While some of his creations are meant to be observed as structures (like his modified aquariums), others are built to be used. Bufalino has transformed a gutted sedan into a working wood-burning pizza oven, outfitted a camper van with a family-sized pool, and modified stretch limousines to serve as outdoor seating or ping pong tables.

Rather than restricting his labor-intensive sculptures to rarefied gallery settings, the artist often installs his work in public spaces to be encountered by the unsuspecting general public. To see more of his projects, including behind-the-scenes looks at the builds, follow Bufalino on Instagram (via designboom).

 

 



Design

Dachshund Geoffrey Barkington’s Silhouette Immortalized in a Stone Bench

June 18, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

As part of the London Festival of Architecture, a little dog gets a big memorial in the form of a one-ton stone bench. Designed by Patrick McEvoy in memory of a deceased dachshund named Geoffrey Barkington, the bench has been installed in Jubilee Gardens. The Festival of Architecture runs through June 30, 2018, and features over five hundred events around the city of London. (via dezeen)

 

 



Art

Plants Respond to Faraway Wind Currents in a Mesmerizing Dance Engineered by David Bowen

June 15, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Guided by the movement of a flower stalk on a breezy day, a field of indoor plants seem to move in a choreographed dance. To create this mesmerizing movement, artist David Bowen installed indoors 126 plant stalks attached to x/y tilting mechanical devices. The indoor devices then jerk and tilt in near perfect synchronicity with an identical plant affixed to an accelerometer, which moves freely outside.

In its most recent iteration, tele-present wind has been installed indoors at Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, Spain, and outside at the University of Minnesota’s Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab. As a result, the plants in Spain were responsive to subtle wind current happening over four thousand miles away. The project is on view in Spain until September, 2018. Bowen works with movement and technology in many of his works, including SPACEJUNK, in which fifty twigs point in unison to the direction of the oldest piece of man-made space debris. You can see more from the artist on Instagram and Vimeo. (via Prosthetic Knowledge)

 

 

 



Art

A Ghostly Piano Releases Nearly Three Centuries of Music and Memory

June 15, 2018

Laura Staugaitis

Copyright VG Bild-Kinst, Bonn, 2018 and the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

A ghostly piano frame releases swarms of white thread and sheet music in a new installation at Yorkshire Sculpture Park by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (previously). The work, titled Beyond Time, is installed in an 18th century chapel. Yorkshire Sculpture Park describes Shiota’s work as referencing “the Chapel’s rich history and years of human presence, dating back to 1744, making poignant allusion to the bells that were rung, the songs that were sung, and the lives that revolved around it, from cradle to grave.”

Shiota lives in Berlin, and exhibits widely. Her installations are currently on view in GothenburgMilan, and Knislinge, and a new piece opens in Germany on June 22, 2018. You can see more of the artist’s projects on Instagram and Facebook.

Photos © India and Magnus / Haarkon

Photo © India and Magnus / Haarkon

Copyright VG Bild-Kinst, Bonn, 2018 and the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Copyright VG Bild-Kinst, Bonn, 2018 and the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

Copyright VG Bild-Kinst, Bonn, 2018 and the artist. Courtesy Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Photo © Jonty Wilde

 

 



Art

Chaotic Swarms of Flowers and Birds Inhabit New Paintings by Collin van der Sluijs

June 15, 2018

Kate Sierzputowski

"The last party" (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

“The last party” (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

In his latest solo exhibition, No ConcessionsCollin van der Sluijs (previously) combined acrylic, ink, and spray paint to produce dreamlike portraits of invented characters who each interact with chaotic elements of nature. A skeleton wearing a small brimmed hat extends a hand to a pair of airborne birds, while a mass of flowers and vines consume the head of a suited figure like a locust swarm. Chaos is also seen in the works without human subjects, such as his work Spring which showcases two rabbits dueling over a roaring flame.

No Concessions runs through June 23, 2018 at Vertical Gallery in Chicago. You can see a combination of van der Sluijs’s street art and gallery exhibitions on his Instagram.

"Swarm" (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

“Swarm” (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

"Failures 1.0" (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

“Failures 1.0” (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

"Bloom and decay" (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

“Bloom and decay” (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 70 inches

"Spring" (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 110 inches

“Spring” (2018), Acrylics, ink and spray paint on canvas, 54 x 110 inches

Left: “Floater” (2017), Watercolor and Ink on 300 Grams Paper, 24 x 19 ¾ inches. Right: “Trespassing” (2017), Watercolor and Ink on 300 Grams Paper, 24 x 19 ¾ inches

Untitled 07 (2018), Watercolor and Ink on 300 Grams Paper, 8 ½ x 11 ½ inches. Right: Untitled 06 (2018), Watercolor and Ink on 300 Grams Paper, 8 ½ x 11 ½ inches

Install view of Collin van der Sluijs’s solo exhibition “No Concessions” at Vertical Gallery