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.
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. via Collosal Art & Design
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
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
One of the most interesting new additions to London’s prestigious Victoria & Albert museum is a exhibition showcasing the world’s largest pieces of cloth made from spider silk. On display is an elaborate embroidered cape and a 4 meter long scarf. The silk used to produce these items came from over one million female golden orb weaver spiders collected from the highlands of Madagascar. Everyday for seven years, 80 people collected wild spiders to produce enough silk to weave these striking pieces. Not to worry, the spiders are kept safe. They are retained for about 12 hours, just enough time to extract the silk, and then they are returned to their natural environment. The display will run until June 5, 2012. via BBC
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.
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 via Because I am Addicted
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.
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
What seems to resemble an abstract painting is actually the eye of the Sahara desert photographed from above. The 31 mile wide bulls-eye referred to as the Richat Structure is believed to have been formed by erosion. The abstract beauty found in nature continuously astounds me. More often than not, we get so wrapped in our day to day lives that don’t realize the beauty of our surroundings that is right in front of us. via But Does it Float