ON SCULPTURE, AND LONLINESS

i love this series i shared a few months back called like knows like. the latest video - about beth cavener - is out and it's a beauty.

"Cavener wants to pry at those uncomfortable, awkward edges between animal and human. Entangled in their own internal and external struggles, the figures express frustration for the human tendency towards cruelty and lack of understanding."

PINS AND NEEDLES

very into the work of australian artist meredith woolnough. she creates gorgeous embroidered sculptures that feel so delicate and intricate and complex.

the craziest part is that her work is inspired by various vein system found in nature - she maps the natural patterns created in plants, cells and shells to create these stunning sculptures. 

Meredith Woolnough
Meredith Woolnough
Meredith Woolnough
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Meredith Woolnough
Meredith Woolnough

more here.

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THESE HUES THO

stumbled across the instagram feed of stella maria baer the other day and couldn't stop scrolling. take a look at some of her beautiful work below: photography, painting, so much beautiful stuff. and the consistency of her aesthetic is hypnotizing. take a look and go follow her instagram asap!

stella maria baer
stella maria baer
stella maria baer
stella maria baer
stella maria baer
stella maria baer
stella maria baer

SET ART FREE

it's always inspiring to me to see how art and design projects are born. ultimately, most of them come from someone seeing something a certain way, in a different context, and wanting to share that point of view. while visiting the louvre, artist and filmmaker julien de casabianca did just that. he saw alittlesomethingspecial. he was struck by a painting of a woman that was placed randomly in the corner, a woman in a prison. and then he saw something: what if he freed her? what if, literally and metaphorically, he set her free by re-creating her image outside of the museum, on the street?

and the outings project was born. 

the project has "freed" similar works of art in at least 18 cities - sharing anonymous characters in famous paintings with people in london, rome, barcelona, and others.

i really love the idea that changing the context of these pieces could so drastically change their meaning. and i love the idea that people on the street won't take the piece in as they would had they seen it in a museum. maybe it strikes them more because it's unexpected. maybe they don't even see it because they're in the hustle and bustle of their day and not in the quiet introspection of a museum. either way, this project is a beautiful reflection on how context defines meaning.

The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project
The Outings Project

more here.

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CALLIGRAPHIC DANCE

love this series from chinese artist jeffrey wang. he uses the strokes and movement of dancers to capture the meaning and form of different chinese characters.

神 (God-like & Miraculous)

神 (God-like & Miraculous)

妙 (Fun & Witty)

妙 (Fun & Witty)

奇 (Unique)

奇 (Unique)

逸 (Poetic)

逸 (Poetic)

very cool and (very trippy) video of the full series here.

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FLOWER POWER

i could look at these portraits for days. in this series danish photographer ken hermann beautifully captures the flower sellers of calcutta's flower market. every day thousands of sellers gather in colorful chaos at calcutta's malik ghat to sell flowers, leaves and herbs that form part of so many indian festivals, celebrations, and rituals. i've always been inspired by colorful, unique portraits (see here and here) and this series is one of my favorites. they are serious but festive, somber but so colorful. such a cool juxtaposition.

Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man
Ken Hermann Flower Man

PORTRAIT OF A PATTERN

i recently came across the work of photographer omar victor diop and was immediately blown away. i spent almost an hour going through his work trying to narrow it down to just a couple of favorites to share with you. born in (and inspired by) senegal, he mixes his photography with other forms of art and design - interiors, costume, graphics. he says he hopes to capture the diversity of modern african societies and lifestyles.

my favorites are his portraits. his use of color, pattern and texture is stunning.

omar victor diop
omar victor diop
omar victor diop
omar victor diop
omar victor diop
omar victor diop