Kevin Cooley: Controlled burns
In Controlled Burns, swirling and imposing clouds of smoke contend with one another in a physical battle between diametrically opposing explosions of black and white. From a structuralist point of view, this imagery serves as metaphor for binary opposition, e.g. good vs. evil or day vs. night, yet this is not the sole line of inquiry. Inspired by the smoke signals of the recent Papal conclave which uses smoke as form of basic communication, this series is apart of a larger artistic pratice focusing on human relationships to nature. Fire is a powerful natural force that we harness for greater good, and it is the only Classical element, that we can create on demand, yet when out of control it has the potential for grave destruction. Contolled burns, is a visual representation of an inherit duality in how we interact with nature, symbolizing our desire to conquere and control nature, reminding us that sometimes we must fight fire with fire.
Berlinde De Bruyckere.:Suffering and Protection
Flemish sculptor creates sculptures and drawings of suffering human bodies that resemble nothing so much as reality. It mixes in his sculptures on religious grounds and media images and writes the Christian motif of the human suffering in the contemporary era. The confrontation with the body that engages the artist led to questions about the ethics of our society and are the place to fundamental questions about the nature of the human being.
These disturbing and uncannily lifelike sculptures by Belgian artist Berlinde De Bruyckere are incredibly visceral and eerie. The repulsion instinctively triggered in the viewer comes from their verisimilitude, and the sense of reality of this nameless, grotesque, distorted, half-human, seemingly fluid flesh; combined with their beauty, the delicate, subtle mottling of colors, the pure realistic visceral fleshiness of the works, and their technical grace.
Globe Chandelier byBenoît Vieuble
This gorgeous glowing globe chandelier by Benoît Vieubled is totally rocking our world right now. Composed of 15 spinning spheres of Earth, the planetary constellation is made of repurposed desk globes outfitted with lights and suspended from the ceiling’s firmament. Dubbed “Monde à l’endroit, Monde à l’envers”, the beautiful chandelier will add an out-of-this-world ambience to any room – now let’s see some DIY versions!
Lipstick Sculptures by Artist May Sum Will Leave Your Mouth Agape
Hong Kong artist May Sum takes the concept of a sculpted and shaped lipstick a step further.
Hand-sculpting individual lipsticks into stunning scenes as well as the likenesses of fashion designers, celebrities, objects and animals, her work in Asia is gaining much attention. But few here in the U.S. are aware of her work… yet.
Take a look at some of her “storytelling” lipstick sculptures:
750 Pairs Of Socks Make A Portrait Of Chinese Film Director Zhang Yimou.and Artist/Architect Hong Yi
When Artist/Architect Hong Yi, who goes by the nickname “Red”, first moved to Shanghai she was fascinated by how many people still dried their clothes in the traditional manner of hanging them on bamboo poles in alleys, despite being in a sophisticated urban city.
Minghao Dong (b.1983, China/France) Minghao Dong was born in Inner Mongolia, China. Graduated from University of Dalian in 2008, Minghao works predominantly in the medium of painting but also engravings and installations. Gerard Richter has been the greatest influence. This new series of paintings is a reflection of the artist pondering on the properties of human, life and death in a time characterized by impatience, fragments, nihility, and a duality of highly developed civilization and disorder.
Alice Lee: Hacking lego
Lettering, meet Lego
7,600+ lego bricks, 60 base plates, 24 solid hours
With Dropbox’s 2014 Hack Week around the corner, we built a gigantic lettered wall mural out of over 7,600 Lego pieces. Because this is such an unusual design medium, we ad libbed when we had to - from using medical tweezers (what we just had on hand) to pry and fling off misplaced Legos, to using a semi-archaic blueprinting program to map it all out. But in true hackathon spirit, I had a ton of fun (and got little sleep) while making this this past weekend.
Junko Mori: Steel Sculptures
artist on tumblr
Born in Yokohama, Japan in 1974, Junko Mori is a Japanese metal worker; she graduated from Musashino Art University with a BA in three-dimensional design. After working for a year as a welder in a factory, she moved on to studying silversmithing and metal work at Camberwell College of Arts in London. She is known for her organic, minimalist design.