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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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Imaginative mixed media art by Sarah Illenberger

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Sarah Illenberger is a multi-media artist  based in Berlin working at the intersection of art, graphic design, and photography. With a focus on analog craftwork using everyday items, Sarah is renowned for creating vivid, witty images that open up new perspectives on seemingly familiar subjects.

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Zipper Installations by Jun Kitagawa

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Japanese artist Jun Kitagawa installs zippers in buildings, on walls, and even in public ponds, around Japan. With his zippers, either painted on walls or sculpted , he intents to give viewers a more intimate look into the world we interact with every day through a familiar object.

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Stop:watch – reinventing everyday objects

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Dutch illustrator Tineke Meirink with her series Stop:Watch hopes to make people realize that “everything has its beauty and that it is just more fun to take a closer look.”
Stop:watch is about taking a closer look. To stop and watch. Tineke takes photos of apparently uninteresting items  and adds a minimal illustration digitally. That way these photos get a whole different meaning, they come to life.

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Surreal Digital Art by Ben Goossens

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Ben Goossens worked for 35 years in his native Belgium as an ad agency art director. After retiring, Goossen’s turned to creating photo montages with a distinctive Surrealism style reminiscent of his fellow countryman, René Magritte.
Goossens’ images have received awards in a number of prestigious international photography competitions including Gold and Silver medals at the Trierenberg Super Circuit, the world’s largest annual photography salon. His composite photos are remarkable for their seamless yet painterly renderings of Surrealism dreamscapes.

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Representations: Everyday Objects as Drawings

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Visual artist Cynthia Greig collects everyday objects and whitewashes them with ordinary house paint to devoid them of color or label. Then draws directly onto their surfaces with charcoal to create visual hybrids that appear to vacillate between drawing and photography, black-and-white and color. No digital manipulation is involved, but the camera’s monocular point of view is imperative.

My series of photographs, Representations, explores the concept of photographic truth and its correspondence to perceived reality. As a kind of playful homage to William Henry Fox Talbot’s treatise, The Pencil of Nature, the images combine color photography and drawing to create what I like to call photographic documents of three-dimensional drawings.

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Cassette Tape Artwork by Benoit Jammes

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French artist Benoit Jammes breathes new life into vintage audio cassettes turning them into colorful pieces of art.  Each piece is completely handmade, made with a bit of work but so nostalgia!  Benoit draws inspiration from popular culture, movie posters and not only.
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Exhibition: Feral Creatures

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“Feral Creatures” explores connections between the human spirit and the animal kingdom. This exhibition presents 10 contemporary artists whose inherent aesthetic employs beasts both fierce and docile as allegorical vehicles for life’s struggles and bliss. Each artist was chosen based on their natural mystique and ability to render beauty and grace with a skillful hand. By shining a spotlight on the wild, these artists allow the viewer to examine our reality through a broad tapestry of myth, imagination and animal behavior.
Artists include: Michael Alm, JAW Cooper, Peter Gronquist, Michael Page, Caitlin Hackett, Anita Kunz, Christina Mrozik, Jason Wheatley, Zoe Williams, and Kikyz1313.

Group exhibition curated by Stephanie Chefas.
Opening at Modern Eden Gallery (San Francisco, CA) on January 18th.

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Insect Women by Laurent Seroussi

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Photographer and graphic designer Laurent Seroussi  in his project entitled Insectes, fuses sleek female figures with the bodies of creepy crawlies. Using what he calls “visual tricks and post-production wizardry” glamourises creatures that would naturally make your skin crawl.

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Striking bikes installation over French Canal

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Retour a Betton (Return to Betton), is a sculptural installation over a canal in Betton, France, by Guy Lorgeret. Raised five meters off the ground, the installation depicts figures on bicycles, migrating from one bank to another, claiming their freedom and refusing to compete in a fictitious competition, while their reflections in the water adding to the magic of the scene.

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Miroir – Between Photography and Painting

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Fabienne Rivory is an artist who explores interactions between photography and painting, real world and imagination, memories and reality.

My images are built around photographs that are picked in my personal collection: landscapes, nature, silhouettes… These are individual memories but, through the choice of the photos , the way they are processed, and the minimalism of the resulting pictures, they become more universally evocative…

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Stage of mind – Surrealistic fantasy scenes created in a small studio

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Korean artist Jee Young Lee creates visually intense fictional scenes is her room-sized studio in Seoul. In each of her stories, with herself as the protagonist, she adds plastic creativity and theatrical performance. Most of the stories are inspired from artist’s childhood memories and Korea’s folktales. The project is called Stage of Mind and no photo manipulation was used.
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The Invented Worlds of Oriol Jolonch

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Oriol Jolonch is a self-taught artist with a natural gift to create invented realities. With imagination as his main weapon and the help of photography and digital media, Oriol transports the viewer to magical and surreal worlds, metaphors for the reality we live. Each image is , in itself, a story to discover and feel.
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Makeup Turns Models into 2-D Pop Art Paintings

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2D or not 2D is a series made by photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan. The team was increased with Veronica Ershova who had leaded the process of retouching and post-production. The authors were inspired by two-dimensional posters. The key-idea of the project was to turn the models faces into the 2D images. Valeriya used different techniques of face painting so you can see a lot of variations – from sketch and graphic arts to water-colour and oil-paintings. This is a combination of interesting make-ups, studio photography experiments and careful retouching.

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Anamorphic Optical Illusion Murals by Ella and Pitr

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French street artists Ella and Pitr have created a series of  anamorphic murals to bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings in the city of Saint-Étienne. Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical than our own.

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Playful Illustrations with Everyday Objects by Javier Pérez

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Ecuador-based illustrator and art director  Javier Pérez mixes everyday objects with line drawings and turns them into creative art. Really a fun series of photos.

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Fine Art B&W Photography by Hengki Koentjoro

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Incredible fine art photography by Indonesian photographer Hengki Koentjoro, specializing in issues of marine life and nature. In black & white, find shots from particular series called “Black” and “Mindfulness” in the sequel.

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Vivid Landscape Paintings by Phan Thu Trang

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Vietnamese artist Phan Thu Trang takes the landscape as her subject, simplifing individual elements to their bare essentials. With a limited palette, the artist prefers the use of texture to define her subjects. Smooth areas of bright monotone paint together with the lush, painterly impasto used to define tree leaves.  Works in gradations of blue appear as pre dawn or early evening with their soft, cool tones. Works in green and white are akin to mid morning light, while works in shades of yellow, orange and red exude the searing heat of the mid-afternoon sun.  Her paintings depict her passion to showcase the radiance and freshness of the landscapes in Vietnam.

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Colorful Street Art Murals by ETAM CRU

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Polish street art duo Sainer and Bezt aka Etam Crew create large scale murals on walls with characters in unique scenes. The human figure is usually the center of their work with a little bit of hyperrealism and a vibrant color palette.

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Three-Dimensional Trees out of layers of Painted Glass

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Turkish arist Ardan Ozmenoglu has created a series of three-dimensional trees out of layers of painted glass. The purpose of the project was to provide a social commentary of transience versus permanence in human culture and to encourage people to look at things from multiple perspectives.

Artist’s statement

I slice a flat image down to its constituent parts, like the levels of a topographic map. The flat image, existing now on multiple slides of glass, is abstracted and becomes sculpture, captured within and between the glass as it interacts with its medium and becomes a different image depending on the position of the viewer. This is the creation of dimension, mood and meaning for the viewer.

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Surreal Photo Manipulations by Vineet Radhakrishnan

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Photographer and digital mixed-media artist Vineet Radhakrishnan from India, mostly doing portraiture and fashion shoots in Paris. His latest series inspired by the works of René Magritte is called the “Surreal Project” – creative  photomanupulations with bits of digital painting thrown in.

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Fashion illustrations by Cristian Grossi

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Italian fashion illustrator and fabric designer Cristian Grossi, loves working and experimenting with illustration techniques, textures patterns, abstract design, colours and their contrast with the organic patterns of nature.

Tropical Camou project
Mixed media: watercolor, collage, chinese ink, digital.

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Jin Young Yu’s Transparent Sculptures

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Korean artist Jin Young Lu creates transparent figures that invite the viewer to reflect on human identity and in particular on the loneliness and the difficulty that characterise relationships between individuals. The contrast between the haunting and sorrowful faces on her bottle figures with the vibrant colors and patterns that she partially covers her sculptures is what makes her work unique.

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Architectural Watercolors by Sunga Park

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Sunga Park works in South Korea as a mural wallpaper designer. Her architectural watercolors selection features buildings from cities around the world, including London, Paris, Busan, Venice, and Oxford. The buildings are painted in a fade out manner that gives them a floating essence and leaves imagination to fill in the rest.

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