The Painted Desert Project amazingly unique project bringing street art to the Navajo Nation and Native American culture to street artists. Impossibly interesting artist and doctor, Chip Thomas lives in the Four Corners area and organized the project. Thomas invites various street artist to the area in order to create original art reflecting different aspects of Navajo culture. However, Thomas requests the artists research Navajo culture, interact with the community, and even attend sweats with tribal elders prior to conceiving and creating their work. In this way, the street art illustrates each artists personal interaction with the culture.
The work of St. Petersburg born artist Ekaterina Panikanova makes use of our complex relationships with books. She mounts books on the gallery wall, splayed and aligned. Panikanova use the collective surface of these books as her perculiar ‘canvas’. Like the ink and paper filling the books’ pages, her paintings are often black and white. In a way, the pieces carry an air similar to old books. They have a subtle atmosphere of nostalgia, of a recording and remembering. [via]
The work of Paris based artist Mademoiselle Maurice is a peculiar type of street art. These new pieces especially emphasize these pleasant peculiarities. She typically forgoes paint in favor of mediums uncommon on the street such as lace or paper. This newest artwork required over 30,000 folded pieces – a sort of mass origami street art. Mademoiselle Maurice was able to complete the projects with the help of hundreds of volunteers, many of them local school children. She thus covered the steps and entrance of the Montée St-Maurice as well as hand a nearby mural. [via]
The Glue Society‘s newest project for Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus is an amusent park, or rather, was an amusement park. James Dive of the group gathered an entire demolished amusement park and compacted it into one 13 foot cube. Pieces of rides and remnants of prizes can easily be seen in the mass. The cube was clearly once a place people looked for fun and relaxation, but is now irretrievably gone. Dive says of the project, “The project is about the finality of a missed moment. Creating it was undoubtedly the most violent process I’ve ever embarked upon.”
The work of photographer Stefano Bellamoli seems at once terrestrial and alien, ancient and futuristic. These images were captured in the dark marble mines of Verona, Italy. Bellamoli needed to make use of a long exposure time in order to work in the black surroundings. With a handheld light and the long exposures added ‘light sculptures’ to the eerie landscapes. Spheres of light seem to float over the stone, the single light sources in the tunnels.
The series Genetic Portraits almost works as a casual study. Quebec based photographer Ulric Collette seamlessly blends the faces of two relatives to create one portrait that is hard to look away from. The resulting photographs highlight the differences an emphasize the similarities between siblings, children, parents, and cousins. It is nearly as if the images are a visualization of the genetic traits traveling between generations. Genetic Portraits is also an absorbing record of time’s effect on physical appearance. Eye s, for example, appear to be near exact copies between father and son, separated only by the wear of thirty years.
The series Hipster in Stone was captured by photographer Léo Caillard and retouched by Alexis Persani. The series’ premise is simple: classical statues don a hipster wardrobe. The effect, though, is amusing. A simple change or addition of clothing seems to transform each figure’s timeless grace to a modern boredom. Subtle expression becomes cool aloofness. However, the photographs do draw a strange similarity between ancient figures and modern models. A preoccupation with appearance and appreciation for (or obsession with) physical beauty seems to never have left us entirely.
Vietnamese paper artist Nguyễn Hùng Cường creates origami pieces in a style that is distinctively his own. His pieces often begin with dó paper – a unique paper, made from the bark of the rhamnoneuron balansae, that is traditionally made throughout many of Vietnam’s villages. Typically striving to create his work from only one sheet of paper, he has been known to often fold work from a single bill of Vietnamese money. Nguyễn has been working in origami since he was just a small child creating his first original piece at ten years old. [via]