LEGO pine by Makoto Azuma

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Check out this life-like bonsai tree made from LEGO by botanical artist Makoto Azuma. Click here for the link.

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Dario Carratta

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Now, enjoy the work of Dario Carratta, an incredibly talented guy hailing from Rome. Click here for the link.

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Ugo Rondinone

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Ugo Rondinone (born 1964 Brunnen, Switzerland) is a New-York based mixed-media artist whose works explore themes of fantasy and desire. Many of his pieces coax the viewer into a meditative state like the blurred, brightly colored, concentric rings of his target-shaped paintings; or his strictly black and white landscapes of gnarled trees that seem to bristle with energy. Rondinone studied at the Hochschule für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, from 1986 to 1990. He has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at the Kunsthalle, Vienna; Museo de Art Contemporaneo, Leon, Spain; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark; and Sculpture Center, New York. In 2007, he represented Switzerland in the Venice Biennale. His works are in the collections of the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, among others.

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Chris Bayley

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There are a few real gems on Chris Bayley‘s portfolio, a recent graduate of the University for the Creative Arts in Maidstone (Kent, UK). Be sure to also check out his Tumblr which he updated regularly with sketches, illustrations, and other great stuff.

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Thomas Hirschhorn

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Thomas Hirschhorn (born in Bern, 16 May 1957) is a Swiss artist. He is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and ARNDT Berlin. (Photos via Contemporary Art Daily)

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Kelvin Okafor

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These are the impossibly realistic looking illustrations of Kelvin Okafor.

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Stephen Shaheen

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Stephen Shaheen is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work explores the porous borders between art, design and architecture. His work spans both manual and digital processes, and employs materials as diverse as repurposed found objects, marble, and recycled denim fiber. Shaheen trained in Italy as a sculptor and earned his MFA from the New York Academy of Art in 2005. His projects include large, community-driven pieces such as a 100-ton marble and granite installation, Memoria (2002), and his Metrobench (2011), created from 5,000 NYC Metrocards. Shaheen is the recipient of a Ludwig Vogelstein grant, the Italian Cultural Institute/La Fortuna Foundation grant, and a 2009-2010 Residency at the Digital Stone Project. His indoor and outdoor installations are in public and private collections in the United States and Europe.

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Bullet Portraits by David Palmer

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“The materials I have chosen to use serve my purpose because of the blatant and emotionally charged response they evoke. These mediums already have a strong mental imagery that is attached to them. Around the world they are still used to either help build dreams or destroy the dreamers. My hope is that you will feel the emotion attached to the medium and then see the possibility that can arise from choosing to create rather than destroy. It is my belief that most of mans’ loftiest pioneering endeavors are hard to manifest and the surface of my art is as hard as the matter. I feel it is fitting that I have used the heat of a torch to bring about the shadows of lines and furrows seen in the faces at hand. The heat and of the torch reminded me of purifying strength that is forged by fire while simultaneously illuminating altruistic philosophies and new concepts. The individual’s I have chosen are a testimony to the fact that man’s loftiest endeavors are often brought about at a cost that is high. Throughout history art has been used as a weapon of war, so it seemed fitting to take a weapon of war and make it art. The “Fallen Heroes ” series, Abraham , JFK, John Lennon and Gandhi all have one thing in common, In their effort to unite people, they all paid the ultimate price.” – David Palmer

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Hugues Reip

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Hugues Reip (1964) was born in Cannes, France and now lives in Paris. He is a well known artist in France, who works with all mediums and materials. In his works, Hugues Reip reflects upon how perception of ordinary, uneventful environments is changed when temporally fragmented, sped up, slowed down, enlarged or inverted from moment to moment.

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The Chromatic Typewriter

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The Chromatic Typewriter is a conceptual art piece by Tyree Callahan. He modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, replacing the letters and keys with different colors and associated pads.

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