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Taxidermy Fairies by Cedric Laquieze

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Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze has created a fantastical series of taxidermy fairies. Composed of bones, plants, feathers, and insect parts Laquieze’s otherworldly creatures may not look like the typical fairies but they are technically brilliant and visually intriguing.
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Blue Iceland by Andy Lee

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UK-based photographer Andy Lee on his first visit to Iceland returned home with a photo series titled “Blue Iceland”. Shot in the infrared spectrum these photos bring out even more of the beauty in the country’s scenic landscapes. As Lee puts it on his website, infrared and Iceland are “a match made in heaven.”

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Surreal Juxtapositions

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London-bases artist Nancy Fouts produces weird objects, a strange fusion of opposite components which brings a whole new look in the compounded material. Such as a money purse with teeth or thorns on a balloon. Everyday objects, animals or symbols are being rearranged to change its original character.
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Cardboard Flying Machines by Daniel Agdag

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Melbourne-based artist Daniel Agdag’s work with a material as mundane as cardboard is nothing short of magical. He creates painstakingly intricate cardboard sculptures of unbelievably delicate and complex industrial flying machines. Agdag describes his process as ‘sketching with cardboard’,  as he makes no detailed plans or drawings of the pieces he creates.
These beautiful sculptures from the series “The Principles of Aerodynamics” are on now at MARS Gallery. The exhibition presents six fantastical machines – there are flying hot-rods and Jules Verne-style air balloons – as well as a larger hanging mobile.
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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

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Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.

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Paintings suspended in mid-air

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Colourant is a series of floating paintings by the New York art duo Floto+Warner. Artists threw up cocktails of colour until their camera caught just the splashy, fluid, stilled moments they wanted to record. Creating shapes of nature not experienced by the human eye, these short-lived anomalies are frozen for us to view at 3500th of a second. (more…)


The Forest of No Return

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The historical town of Bear Creek is situated approximately 12 km outside of Dawson City and was the former company town for Yukon Consolidated Gold Corporation (YCGC). It has been abandoned since the mid-1960s and is now maintained by Parks Canada as a National Historic Site. Many of the YCGC residential buildings have been transported from their original site  to Dawson City.
In her outdoor installation The Forest of No Return / The Homecoming, Sarah Fuller , integrated five YCGC buildings into sites related to their former place of residence via large-scale photographic prints on linen. The prints were manipulated using theatre techniques once used by Daguerre in the Paris Diorama in the mid 1850s, and saw the houses shift from dusk to night. This created a sense of home in the structures, as well as a visual play on memory, ghosts and history.
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Scientific Illustrations by Noel Badges Pugh

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Noel Badges Pugh creates scientific illustrations as well as artwork with a more psychedelic perspective. Inspired by nature and dreams, all’s created with an utmost appreciation for the details and structure of each subject. One of his more recent series is a field guide on different kinds of bees and wild flowers.

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Daily Life in Congo Reflected in Puddles

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Un Regard“, a photographic series by Kiripi Katembo Siku, set in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The quick, vast and subtle eye of the photographer grasps with sharpness the daily life of the people of Kinshasa and offers us a strikingly singular point of view, both rooted and off-beat.

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Under Black Light by John Poppleton

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Black Light Bodyscapes is a body art series by artist John Poppleton. Bodyscapes combines the beauty of the female form with gorgeous nature scenes and phenomena. Using temporary fluorescent materials the scenes are painted directly on the skin and photographed under UV light in modest poses to create pieces of art.

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Exploring Climate Change through Photorealistic Paintings

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Large scale pastel drawings that document Earth’s shifting landscape and the effects of progressive climate change.
Inspired by her childhood travels, Brooklyn-based Zaria Forman has taken recent trips to places like the NW coast of Greenland- retracing the 1869 journey of American painter William Bradford and documenting the rapidly changing arctic landscape- and Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, and arguably the most vulnerable to rising sea levels.

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Wire Fairies by Robin Wight

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Inspired by an inexplicable real life encounter, the fantasy fairies are painstakingly created from galvanised and stainless steel wire, by UK wire artist Robin Wight. Every fairy is a handmade sculpture uniquely crafted to your desired pose and installation requirements. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens.

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Immersed – Photography by Annabelle Gaspar

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Annabelle Gaspar is a photographer who lives and works in Sydney. One of Gaspar’s skills as a photographer is her ability to use the underwater setting to intensify the drama within every image. Movement becomes dancelike and stillness becomes deafening. Mirrored surface reflections and fractured light shape the atmospheric qualities of the photographs and direct the viewer towards an emotive and personal reading of the works.
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Bringing Classic Books to Life

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Terry Border‘s artwork and humorous experiences have been noticed and  featured in international magazines, ranging from the USA to Russia and China. We have already featured his series called Bent Objects, where everyday objects came to life via the metal wires. This time with his series Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs  he breathes new life into classic paperbacks. The series focuses on the message of each book for inspiration for the pose it takes on.

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Surreal Photography by Ilya Kisaradov

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A selection of surrealist and expressive photographs by Russian photographer Ilya Kisaradov (aka ezorenier). The photographer’s subjects, mostly women , are shot in open air while the image of the birdcage appears a few times, possibly symbolizing imprisonment. The whole collection is all about breaking free of confinement and no longer being silenced.

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Street art by Daan Botlek

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Rotterdam based street artist and illustrator Daan Botlek is known for his minimalist form of character-driven street art. His ghostly white figures painted on old building walls, are depicted to execute daring escapes interacting  with the space around them or  passing in and out of unseen dimensions.

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Interactive Cloud Made of 6,000 Light Bulbs

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CLOUD began as a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to catalyze collaborative moments and create an experiential environment. As part of the process of building the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off.

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Fake Building Facades by Patrick Commecy

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Artist Patrick Commecy heads up a team of muralists that transform boring blank walls throughout France,  into vibrant scenes full of life. In his hyper-realistic paintings he  incorporates popular figures who belong to the town that he’s painting in. According to him urban frescoes improve the quality of life of residents, enrich the cultural heritage of the town and enhance its brand image .

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Forgotten Heroines by Natalie Shau

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Natalie Shau is a mixed media artist and photographer based in Lithuania . She found interest in fashion and portrait photography as well as digital illustration and photo art. Despite her personal work, Natalie also creates artwork and photography for musicians, theater, fashion magazines, writers and advertisement.
Forgotten Heroines honors females of the past and present for their strength, endurance and loyalty through adversity.

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Destruction / Creation by Chris Slabber

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Chris Slabber‘s Destruction / Creation series of paint in water sculptures was inspired by the works of Alberto Seveso. The idea behind this series was to show that from Destruction comes Creation. As the paint falls there is a constant point of creation, but at the same time it destroys itself.

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Everyday Surrealism Photomontages

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Richard Smith, a self-taught graphic artist with 20+ years of professional experience, incorporates assimilated photographic techniques and modern photomanipulation approaches into his hand-crafted compositions. Smith explores unexpected interrelationships between everyday images through surrealist photomontage. Working with elements from nature, pedestrian objects, specially-commissioned photos, and scenes from his travels and neighborhood, he fuses these components into ethereal yet cohesive views that transcend their origins.

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New works of Ray Caesar

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Digital painter Ray Caesar is known for his illustrations featuring ethereal feminine figures. New series of works created using Maya, a 3-D modeling software used to make digital animations for the film and game industry.

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Conceptual Photography by Rachel Baran

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Conceptual photographer Rachel Baran, currently living in Ohio, creates beautiful self portraits. Some of her works are dark and introverted, while others dreamy and joyful. But always creative and overwhelmed by passion.
Her photos are simply manipulated in Photoshop or created by combining multiple photographs.

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‘Alternate Perspective’ photo series shows a 360 degree world

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Randy Scott Slavin is an award-winning director and surrealist photographer based in New York City. In his Alternate Perspective series he takes up to a hundred pictures of a scene to build up a 360 degree image before stitching them together to make a stereographic projection.

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