UnNatural History I

 photo 11666279-standard_zps9bf645a5.jpg  photo uh-2_zpsa52b7991.jpg UnNatural History I by Blane de St. Croix is a monumental landscape sculpture; a mirrored image of itself with one side mounted upside-down and the other righted. It is a miniature world mounted inside an abandoned natural history museum. The work presents landscapes that are simultaneously real and subliminal, beautiful and devastating, refined and abstracted. The work seeks to present dualities, whose tensions underscore the disparity between the land itself, and the viewer’s projections. (via Fredericks & Freiser)  photo uh-4_zps010a8f17.jpg

Huang Zheng

 photo Picture5_zps8660e73a.png  photo Picture6_zps6a2e8441.png Is beauty only skin deep? Huang Zheng takes an interest in the common intentions behind applying paint onto the surface of a canvas and applying cosmetics onto the face of a person. Although both are modes of creating illusions and diversions, the character of the person underneath nevertheless leaks through. Things are constantly hiding and uncovering themselves at the same time. The titles of Huang's work interprets this process: to uncover, is to "shed the skin", which brings about "a new beginning" and "congealing" a true identity. All these require "a strength to go forward." HUANG Zheng (b.1981) was born in Nanning where he graduated from the Guangxi Arts Institute in 2005. He currently lives and works in Beijing. He works in the medium of painting and photography.  photo Picture3_zps5498a6f7.png  photo Picture4_zpsfa70856a.png

Morangis Retirement Home

 photo 517a854cb3fc4bc67600019c_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-19-528x7921_zpsc1f198cc.jpg  photo 517a853db3fc4bc67600019a_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-15_zpsc48f9a58.jpg  photo 517a855ab3fc4bc67600019d_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-22_zpsf5e4ecb3.jpg  photo 517a854cb3fc4bd15c0001af_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-20-528x351_zpsf78b7b78.jpg Morangis Retirement Home located in Paris, France by Vous Êtes Ici Architectes. The building is constructed on 4 levels and is based on a Y shaped plan. This bright and lively color, stimulating without being aggressive, is also the one used for the window and door frames of the facades found under the awnings and in the bedrooms. As one approaches the building and passes below the awnings towards the yellow coating, as he is welcomed, will feel and understand the building’s harmony. One will easily understand how the building works and how it is connected to its natural and urban surroundings.  photo 517a8535b3fc4bc676000199_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-9_zpsfc729cd8.jpg  photo 517a855ab3fc4bd15c0001b0_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-23_zps1ec1d996.jpg  photo 517a8533b3fc4bd15c0001ae_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-14__zpsa6bbe2dc.jpg

Diana Quinby

 photo BB67063D-B104-9245-81E21C3E9FFA24C7_zpsad274eec.jpg  photo BB5FAA25-0FE1-235F-F4D122CDF5DD5F13_zpsbc626f72.jpg " I began making large-scale graphite drawings in 2005 when I was pregnant with my second child. Looking down at my temporarily deformed mid-section, I decided that I would try to draw myself. I hung a sheet of paper on the wall, large enough for a life-size figure, and began to draw in pencil from what I could see by looking down at my own body. Right up until the very end of the pregnancy, I produced several larger-than-life drawings that attempt to convey the massive, sculptural presence of the pregnant body, and to reveal how pregnancy feels without sentimental overtones. Since the birth of my son, I have continued to draw the figure, expanding my repertoire to include portraits of my children and husband as well as self portraits. I now allow myself to work from photographs when necessary, but my focus is still upon reinventing how I see the body through the drawing process. By using pencil and paper almost exclusively, I feel as though I’ve stripped my practice down to the essential in order to convey a maximum of meaning. I use the pencil somewhat like a scalpel, probing the body through line, light and shadow. The drawings may at first appear highly realistic, but a closer look will reveal that the proportions are distorted and that the anatomical details are invented. To a certain extent, working large allows me to “lose control” of the drawing ; not being able to see the whole composition while I'm working on it frees up both the mind and the hand, resulting in distortions that reveal unconscious emotional readings concerning femininity, masculinity, sexuality and aging. In the drawings of my adolescent daughter, either alone or with her friends, I explore awakening sexuality and the transformation of the body. As a mother drawing her daughter, I certainly recognized myself in her and felt re-immersed in my own adolescence. Whether drawing nude couples or clothed teenagers, it’s important that I draw people who are close to me so that emotion can go into and emerge from the work." - Diana Quinby  photo BB63B405-D8BA-2695-D057DF964D1223B7_zps84975a9a.jpg  photo 1_Dquinby_zpscfbca560.jpg


eBoy ("Godfathers of Pixel") is a pixel art group founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. Their complex illustrations have been made into posters, shirts, souvenirs, and even displayed in gallery exhibitions. They were founded on May 2, 1997, expressing their modular and collaborative approach as something that defines eBoy as much as the use of pixels. We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen. It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique. eBoy is currently based in Berlin/Germany and Vancouver/Canada. (via wiki)

Rodney Glick

 photo robsideemail_zpse64776ab.jpg  photo rhiannonemail_zpsde7867f6.jpg Rodney Glick is an artist who for over two and half decades has been creating ambitious, diverse, and wry projects of a monumental scale. Glick’s practice spans sculpture to photography, video, installation and architecture – using intelligence and a wicked sense of humour to comment on both the real and spiritual realms. Glick has exhibited internationally and was the subject of a major retrospective at the MCA Ambitious? Who, Me? Newish work by Rodney Glick in 2004. In 2010 Glick was included in the 17th Biennale of Sydney on Cockatoo Island.  photo tobynoni_email_zpsab303d41.jpg  photo web_everyone_no_99_zps659691f9.jpg

Sonja Tines

 photo 66344-6882265-7_zps9838278e.jpg  photo 66344-9562704-7_zps6912058b.jpg " I know that I am existing. I discover that I am a limited being in my thoughts and actions. From that I can conclude that there is something unlimited that I can never comprehend completely in my narrowness. Apart from me there are other things and beings that surround me and with which I am concerned in my life. From this there are the following questions: -- Who am I, why am I, and why am I the way I am? Where do I come from and where will I go to? In which relation am I to the things and beings that surround me? --- What is the sense in my life?? This questions are central point of my artwork." - Sonja Tines  photo 66344-6744768-7_zpsc810fcd2.jpg  photo 66344-7984149-7_zpscc26ef1b.jpg

Banana Pool Table

 photo BananaPool2_zps8ad4e43c.jpg  photo BananaPool1_zps67fd7245.jpg Check out this giant banana-shaped billiard table by Cleon Daniel. Link here.  photo Banana-Pool-Table-2_zpse02dcfd1.jpg

Lily Mae Martin

 photo image4_zps0ae1dbc4.png  photo image_zps6f3dcfee.png  photo image2_zpse143e2f0.png " My name is Lily Mae Martin I am a Melbourne born visual artist and writer. I've been drawing and writing stories as far back as I can remember. My earlier influences include Beatrix Potter, Elyne Mitchell and William Hogarth. I was fascinated with anatomy of the horse and death as a young girl. After my misspent youth of moving all around Victoria, I studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing at the Victorian College of the Arts. During this time I participated in master classes for drawing as well as worked next door at the National Gallery of Victoria for four years. Through my studies I came to realise how much I enjoyed the anatomy of the human form as well as more the technical aspects of drawing and painting. I was looking at works by Laurie Lipton, John Currin, Bill Henson and Jenny Saville. My work currently looks at the relationship between art and motherhood, feminism, the domestic, identity and, of course, anatomy of the body. My current influences include The Dutch Masters, Sally Mann and Lucian Freud." - Lily Mae Martin  photo image3_zps49b10a97.png  photo image1_zps3fb2a959.png

Shark Jaw Knife Sharpener

 photo jaws-032lr_zpsbe73288f.jpg 'Never have there been a knife sharpener this cute before if your idea of cute is a killer whale! You get both fun and function with this Shark Jaw knife sharpener. The bottom is designed with anti-slip material to keep it stabilized while you use it.' Link here.  photo Jaws-Knife-Sharpener_zpse50e3c11.jpg