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Mosaic Wood Art by Richard Pearse

Richard Pearse is a New Zealand-based artist that lives and works out of a shed in Patea, South Taranaki. He produces mosaic, artistic compositions made from recycled wood scraps. Intricately cut and painted, the pieces are glued together to form colorful, graphic and geometric patterns, while embracing the natural beauty and textural variations of the wood.

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Markus Linnenbrink’s World of Stripes

Marcus Linnenbrink, a German born brooklyn based artist is known for his striking works of art composed of drippy, vivid streaks of color. His work ranges from the floors, ceiling, and walls of site-specific instillations to paintings and sculptures.

Linnenbrink utilizes a special mix of dry pigment and water to create the drippy nature of the painted lines for which his work is best known. His impressive use of color and linear repetition tends to encapsulate the viewer manipulating the perspective of the interiors of the environment in which it exists.

JVA Prison Düsseldorf, Germany

JVA Prison Düsseldorf, Germany

JVA Prison Düsseldorf, Germany

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Massimo Listri

Florence-based photographer Massimo Listri is best known for his captivating photographs of ancient palaces and libraries around the world. Blurring the lines between the real and the surreal, Listri uncovers the hidden beauty of inside environments through the perfect balance of  light, color, and perspective  to produce visually immersive compositions. Massimo Listri is considered one of the most notable photographers of interiors and architecture in the the world. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in addition to being published in over 50 books and publications.

Images via MdA Today

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Rick Owens’ “Magic Mountain” Furniture Exhibition in St. Moritz

Far off in the magical land of Samedan, a picturesque village 6 km northeast of St. Moritz, Rick Owens has brought his fantasy world to life in the Chesa Planta house. Built in 1595, the house exists today as a museum restored to convey the look of an 18th century Engadin aristocratic home. On January 28th the museum debuted “Magic Mountain,”  an exhibiton composed of  Owens’ exquisite artisanal furniture designs. The collection, post-modern and minimalistic, is  synonymous with his distinctive design philosophy evoking a sense of goth meets luxury. Some of the highlights include bone chairs with stag antler backs, an oversized alabaster bed that becomes translucent in the sun, and a petrified wood sofa.

via V Magazine

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Sticker Shock

What will you get if you give thousands of stickers to thousands of kids and let them loose in a confined space? You will get the Obliteration Room, an instillation created by Yayoi Kusama at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. Kusama transformed a blank gallery into a domestic—style environment, then painted everything entirely white to enable it take shape as a canvas. Over the course of two weeks, the museum distributed colored dot stickers to children visitors encouraging them to take part in the creative transformation of the space. The result was visually extraordinary. Truly unexpected artistic chaos in its finest form. It is amazing what can take shape as a result of collaboration without boundaries. The Obliteration Room is a part of Kusama’s Look Now, See Forever exhibition that runs until March 12.

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Patterns from Above

Lately, I have been finding inspiration from nature and our surroundings. Sometimes it takes abandoning conventional methods of thought and looking at things with an abstract perspective. That is exactly the approach that Brent Yaggi & Sarah Hicks, a couple from Colorado took. Over the past 3 years they have traveled across the country to photograph North America from above. In a Cessna 172  2,000 feet high, they captured the abstract beauty of the landscape below.

To see more and to purchase, visit their site: Patterns from Above

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Molas: Kuna Textiles of Panama

I just returned from Costa Rica. As usual, I was on a hunt to satisfy my textile obsession. While the indigenous communities of Costa Rica are not known for textile production, I managed to discover a group that is, just over the border in Panama.

The Kuna Indians, a tribal community occupying the San Blas islands off the Eastern coast of Panama are recognized for their colorful geometric cotton panels referred to as Molas. The elaborate, artistic textiles are created utilizing a reverse appliqué technique applied to several layers of different color cloth, through which designs are carved. Molas have become a part of the traditional dress of the Kuna women. They are attached to the front of blouses and skirts as a form of artistic expression and a celebration of the culture.

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The Human Kaleidoscope

Ok Go collaborated with the renowned experimental dance company, Pilobolus for their latest video All is Not Lost. Known for pushing the boundaries in the realm of music videos, Ok Go has taken it step further to produce a piece of work that is more a digital masterpiece than a music video. With a little help from Google Chrome and their master programmers, synchronized dancers take shape as a human kaleidoscope. View the full experience through your Google Chrome browser here www.allisnotlo.st

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Luis Mallo – Beyond Barriers

I stumbled upon “In Camera” the work of photographer Luis Mallo and found myself intrigued by his unconventional compositions. I admit I tend to be drawn to the abstract, but there is something more to his photographs. They are shot through obstructions such as fences and walls while unexpectedly providing clarity and interest to what lies beyond the barriers. They offer an interesting balance of perspective between the foreground and background.

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Mbuti Barkcloth Paintings

Deep within the Ituri Rainforest of the Northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire  lies the habitat of the Mbuti people, one of the last hunter-gatherer cultures in the world. This distinctive nomadic society thrives solely off the rich, natural environment of their surroundings. The Mbuti are bamiki bandura, “children of the forest.” Their values are deeply rooted in spiritual and symbolic tradition expressed through song and dance. The barkcloths are produced as ritual dress for festivals, celebrations and rites of passage, including wedding and funeral ceremonies.

The elaborate art of the barkcloth is a social activity, and Mbuti learn how to make barkcloth from an early age. The barkcloth canvas is obtained by the men, sourced from the inner bark of about six different species of trees. It is pounded with an ivory or wood mallet to produce a subtle textured and supple fibrous canvas composed of various natural shades of white, tan or reddish brown. The women prepare the dyes and paints from a variety of roots, fruits and leaves which they collect from the forest. The paint is applied with twigs, twine or fingers.

The Mbuti barkcloth paintings reflect their world. They are abstract expressions of the forest from the geometric intricacies of the trees to the creatures that inhabit it. The artisans transform signs of the visible and the invisible into a unique visual language that reflects the spiritual and symbolic core of their culture. The artists combine a variety of motifs from butterflies, birds, leopard spots with geometric patterns that give an impression of motion, sound and shape within the forest landscape: light filtered through trees, buzzing insects, ant trails, tangled vines. Cross-hatched squares, perhaps representing the texture of reptilian skin, are shorthand for turtles, crocodiles or snakes.

To learn more about about Mbuti Barkcloth visit Textile of Africa or FAO

To view more and purchase visit  the Indigo Arts Gallery or Gebhart Blazek / Berber carpets & textiles

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