It's not that often that I'm wowed by a TV commercial, but today I am. This ad for Lurpak, a Danish brand of butter (margarine?), is really great. The narrator's voice is a little strange, but I guarantee after watching this you'll be singing "Chop chop chop chopping!"
The cover of my tenth grade chemistry book was amazing...it featured three graduated beakers full of blue liquid, into which bold, colorful liquids were being dropped, blooming and swirling wih clouds. I used to stare at it during tests when I'd forget my stoichiometry; perhaps to calm myself, or maybe because I was hoping I'd magically absorb the info inside.
Artist Tyree Callahan hacked into a Underwood Standard typewriter from 1937 to create this absolutely amazing piece, dubbed the Chromatic Typewriter. The "typebars" are replaced with ink pads, and the keys given a corresponding color. From the duo of tones on each key, it looks like the artist even preserved the "shift" option.
As a scultpture, it's plenty striking, but the piece actually works to create original "paintings" by typing on the keys:
Cinder blocks are quite possibly the most boring material ever. And really, when's the last time you saw someone make something creative with them? Well as it turns out, it actually doesn't take a whole lot of effort to transform boring old cinder blocks into a work of art.
CMYK is the four-color subtractive offset printing process, with the letters refering to the colors used - Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (black). Open up most home inkjet printers, and you'll see it in action.
Artist Evelin Kasikov recreates the process with embroidery thread, using color halftoning to amazing effect.
One afternoon, Dr. Mohammed Babu's wife, Shameem, directed his attention to a family of ants in their home, who turned up to sip on some spilt milk.
Interestingly enough, the ants had "turned" white, as their translucent bodies displayed the milk they'd consumed. So the scientist decided to get creative.
Austrailian artist Liz Jones is a crafter and collector of trash: beautiful, rainbow-colored trash that washes up on Melbourne's urban beaches. She says, "I wanted to show the slightly disturbing nature of human need for disposable plastic, and the fact that these everyday items tend to last for an indefinite time after they are disposed of. I am attracted to the variety of rainbow hues and the contrast of beauty and ugliness."
Blue No. 1. Yellow No. 5. Red No. 40. "Without them, soft drinks would be clear, Cheetos would be beige, Froot Loops would just be Cheerios, and Easter eggs wouldn’t be nearly as much fun."
Such begins IDSGN's fascinating look at the actual colors that go into those foods that you'd like to say you don't eat, but color your tongue all the same.
I just went into my basement and counted. The results?
I have twenty-eight cans of spray paint. Okay, that also includes spray primer, and probably a clear coat or two, but twentyeight? I was surprised.
So, what's it mean? That spray paint is awesome, and the perfect medium for all sorts of DIY and art projects, of course!
The blank white wall. It says classy. It says timeless. It says...
You haven't picked a piece of artwork yet.
Even the cave dwellers understood that blank walls are an instant downer. But artwork, especially the good stuff, can be expensive.
So what's left to do? Make your own.
New York-based artist Holton Rower (and friends) create these boldly colored abstract works called "Pour" paintings from...you guessed it: pouring paint.
While playing with the fact that paint is a liquid is nothing new, it's fascinating that these works are so engaging. It's obvious how they were created, and the effect is something we all experimented with in elementary school art class. Plus, I love that these pieces are necessarily also 3D sculptures, as there needs to be an added element of height from which to let the paint flow.
Watching these things in process is amazing; they serve as both paitings and kinetic sculptures. Check out this video:
Homeowner Mario and his wife Tete, from Sao Paulo, got inspired by a Tetris bookshelf he saw online, and started designing. His piece was custom fit into his space, built by a woodworking friend.
The shelf is 2.20 meters wide, 2 meters tall and 30 centimeters deep. It's made of MDF wood and the colored parts are Formica sheets.
As you can see in some of the pictures, all the parts are independent of each other so it's a modular project. I can unscrew half of the shelf and use it at another place or I can re-arrange the parts as I see fit (and the holes match too, it's a very artisan project!).
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Buchanan-Smith and Best Made Co., and I haven't been able to shake the imagery of their color-adorned urban axes since. I can't help but check out the ax and shovel handles at the hardware store and garden center. And while I have immense respect for Best Made Co. and their amazing work, I'm just not at the point in my life where I can swing investing in a high-end functional art piece.
But that doesn't mean I couldn't take a cue from their bold color meets wood-grain handles and deep silver blades - so I decided to create my own colorful high-end tool, using a claw hammer. And you can too.