' From Paprika, a giant Christmas stocking made of many small stockings (socks) for furniture maker and retailer Domison's store window. As with all Domison's installations, materials must be recyclable. Once over, the socks will be unclipped and brought to a homeless shelter making over 300 pairs of happy feet warmer for the cold Montreal winter. ' Link here.
Andreas von Chrzanowski is widely recognized as one of the best photorealistic spray paint artists in the world. His groundbreaking technique, detailed in the book Ma’Claim: Photorealistic Graffiti, Falk Lehmann and Steffen Petermann, Publikat Verlags und Handels GmbH and Co. KG, Germany, 2006, has set new standards and established a strong international collector base and fan network. Born in 1979, Andreas has exhibited his fine art in galleries in the UK, Germany and US. He achieved his Diploma in Art Restoration and Conservation from Erfurt University Of Applied Sciences. case is also a founding member of graffiti crew Ma’Claim, a group of artists renowned throughout the world for their striking photorealistic murals. He currently lives and works in Frankfurt.
‘ Plastic City’ by artist Bang-Yao Liu is a recreation of the city of Shanghai made completely from inexpensive plastic boxes, bins and other assorted products. The installation was commissioned for converse’s ongoing artist series. Liu is a taiwanese artist who became well known after he produced a short stop motion animation that brought simple post-it notes to life. For the plastic city installation, he not only built the city, but also put it in motion using the same stop-motion technique. He scouted Shanghai’s local markets and shops for cheap and colourful plastic objects. The inspiration for the project came from Liu first experiences in Shanghai, a city he describes as ‘evolving and with plenty of opportunity’. (viaDesignboom)
" I designed two dispensers that turn block soap into beautiful little flakes. They offer you a new comfortable sensation when they are falling on your hands and easily dissolve in water. The first version needs to be attached to the wall. You can easily use it with one hand; while you are pushing the grater, you are capturing the flakes. With its open shape it lets the soap block evolve its fragrances into the room. The second version is a grater that can stand by itself. Therefore it’s more flexible in usage. It could be placed in the same way as a shower gel or shampoo. " - Nathalie Staempfli
Theo Altenberg is a German artist living in Berlin. He uses cardboard to create some amazing paintings. He is not only an artist, but a singer and performer as well. He has traveled all around the world and has even been in several film productions.
Linnea Strid (previously-blogged) was born in 1983 in a small Swedish village where she lived until she was 16, when her family decided to move to Fuengirola in Southern Spain. She lived there during her teens and it was here that she started up her artistic career with several exhibitions. In 2004 she moved back to Sweden and attended art schools for four years. Strid now lives in Uppsala, Sweden, and is working as an artist full-time. She knew when she was a small child that some day she would become an artist, since the need to express herself with paint and in other creative ways has always been fundamental to her. Strid likes to paint in a photo realistic style, but always with the strong desire to convey an odd feeling, a forgotten memory, or maybe just something that is typical of her own little world. (via)
' While the tradition of decorative ceramic figurines is filled with beautiful and serene subject, UK ceramic artist Jessica Harrison takes a decidedly darker approach. her recent ceramic work uses this tradition as a starting point, subverting it through the addition of morbid imagery such as skulls and blood. In the piece ‘Emily’, a reclining female is quite tranquil until you look closer at its face, which appears to have been completely removed leaving only the skull and a dangling eyeball. in the standing figure ‘Maria’, a beautiful white dress is covered in blood as the woman holds her own guts. ' (viaDesignboom)
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