Arthur Tress : Dream Collector

Haunting Surreal Photos

American photographer Arthur Tress began his career in the 1960s creating street photographs, but soon branched out to explore the realm of the strange and grotesque. He is known for his staged surrealism and especially a series of photographs that were inspired by the dreams – or nightmares – of children.

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Flower Nanostructures created in a beaker

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These false-color SEM images reveal microscopic flower structures created by manipulating a chemical gradient to control crystalline self-assembly.

To create the flower structures, Noorduin and his colleagues dissolve barium chloride (a salt) and sodium silicate (also known as water glass) into a beaker of water. Carbon dioxide from air naturally dissolves in the water, setting off a reaction which precipitates barium carbonate crystals. As a byproduct, it also lowers the pH of the solution immediately surrounding the crystals, which then triggers a reaction with the dissolved waterglass. This second reaction adds a layer of silica to the growing structures, uses up the acid from the solution, and allows the formation of barium carbonate crystals to continue.

Images courtesy of Wim L. Noorduin
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Miniature city made out of bricks by Matteo Mezzadri

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Italian photographer Matteo Mezzadri starting from the basic element of construction, the brick, built an entire model city in his studio and then photographed the buildings in primarily static, symmetrical compositions. The project “Minimal City” explores architectural density and the spatial components of the modern metropolis.

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The anatomical paintings of Nunzio Paci

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Italian artist Nunzio Paci mixes plants and animals with human anatomies to create intricate paintings.

“My whole work deals with the relationship between man and Nature, in particular with animals and plants. The focus of my observation is body with its mutations. My intention is to explore the infinite possibilities of life, in search of a balance between reality and imagination.”

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Vibrant Paintings by Erik Jones

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Erik Jones‘s work is vibrant and colorful, expressing a heightened sense of realism captured in his female subjects, juxtaposed with sporadic mark making and non-representational forms that could be said to mimic geometric high-end fashion. This effect is achieved by using multiple mediums such as watercolor, colored pencil, acrylic, water-soluble wax pastel and water-soluble oil on paper.

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Sculpting with Nails

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While in college, artist John Bisbee was scavenging in an abandoned house looking for items to incorporate into a series of found-object sculptures when he kicked over a bucket of old rusty nails. To his astonishment, the nails had fused together into a bucket-shaped hunk of metal. He had an epiphany. For nearly three decades, Bisbee has welded and forged 12-inch spikes under the mantra, “Only nails, always different.” He shares with American Craft, “A nail, like a line, can and will do almost anything. What can’t you draw with a line? The nail is just my line.”

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Drawings Made Out Of Thousands Of Doodles

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Artist Sagaki Keita  lives and works in Tokyo. His densely composited pen and ink illustrations at first glance appear to be a simple sketch or a quick drawing but a closer look reveals that these intricate artworks are made up of thousands of tiny cartoonish doodles. The artist combines his training in the arts with a childhood love of comics and graffiti to create the clever pictures.

All things are composed of whole and part. For instance, the human body is built from 60 trillion cells. Your country is part of nations all over the world. And, the solar system including our planet is a part of the galaxy. However, the concept of ‘whole and part’ is not fixed. It’s in flux if we interpret from a different viewpoint, the wholeness which we defined is converted into the partialness. Domain in the relations of both, it never ends. The concept of my creation is the relations of borderless ‘whole and part’. As i draw a picture in this concept, i want to express conflict and undulation from relations of whole and part, cannot be measured in addition and subtraction (the whole in the grand total of the part. and the part by the whole division).

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