Cincinnati-based artist Kevin Van Aelst has developed a fantastic ability to reënvision everyday items and manipulate them to communicate something deeper.
Artist and all around ManMaker Kiel Johnson uses paper for more than just sketches and designing ideas: it's the essential building block of his work. Recently, he's been constructing an entire paper cities from chipboard, tape and glue. The "cities are fully realized with stadiums and police chases, power lines and Times Square like culture zones. They have thousands of little stories contained in one piece and are just incredibly fascinating."
Newton's cradle (otherwise known as that swinging, hanging ball thing that people put on their desks and kids play with at the novelty gift store at the mall) demonstrates Newton’s third law of motion - "when two bodies interact by exerting force on each other, these forces are equal in magnitude, but opposite in direction."
Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.
Vijay Pandurangan created this amazing data visualization of the general color trends of movie posters since 1914? The project began with an observation that recent film posters tend towards dark blue,
Sara Cwynar, a designer at the New York Times magazine, is an admitted hoarder. Well, maybe not a category-level, unhealthy amasser, but certainly someone on the spectrum with some significant "hoarding impulses."
She recently sorted her collections in her Brooklyn apartment and for a new series called "Accidental Archives." The installations feature only items Cwynar actually owned (no new objects purchased), arranged by color.
German designer and art director Bartek Elsner makes this incredible, complex scultpures using corrugated cardboard. Some pieces work as street art, and others as gallery installations and decor.
Mexican-born artist Margarita Cabrera has created this compelling line of "soft sculptures," in which she replaces the parts of everyday items such as cars, appliances, and backpacks with fabric and thread. In doing so, the "threads left exposed serve as a reminder of the labor involved in the manufacturing of this subject matter. Sagging vinyl imbues the work with an anthropomorphic quality that references the harsh nature of worker’s realities."
When I was a little kid I was obsessed with cacti. In fact, I had quite a sizable cacti collection, unfortunately all of them died one night when my family was moving. I left them outside one night and, lo and behold, a thunderstorm came along and drowned them all. I was devastated.
I've since recovered from the infamous cactus massacre, but I still love those prickly plants. So when I came across this cactus made out of thumbtacks I was immediately smitten.
"Melvin the Mini Machine" is a suitcase- (well, two suitcase-) sized Rube Goldberg machine that, when executed, creates a postcard, sending well wishes from Melvin himself.
It is, like all kinetic art, better viewed in motion, so take a look at the video to see it in all it's adorable action.
Looks like the zombie apocalypse has arrived and its unfortunate victims were none other than My Little Ponies. As an ardent fan of The Walking Dead, zombies are on my mind more often than they should be...however I hadn't really considered zombie animals before, let alone cute little ponies. Mexican artist Dianita Ceron created an entire series of pony zombies that she calls My Little Zombie.
Italian artist Sara Asnaghi has remained the human brain through a medium of something that's always on our minds (no, not sex): food. The series, titled What Have You Got In Your Head, features brains made from a variety of foods like chili peppers, sugar, coffee grounds, bread and candy.
Looking to spice up your living room walls on a budget? Well I cam across Debra Pagel's wood slice wall sculptures on Etsy and thought to myself, "Wow that's really cool stuff. And that's actually something I could make!" It's not often that such realizations come to me (my tiny NYC apartment isn't exactly conducive to many sculpture projects).
We've all seen yarn bombing, I know, but have you ever seen anything like this done to a motorcycle before? Theresa Honeywell's hand knit pink motorcycle cozy essentially renders the bike useless (even if it does look cool). So if it's no longer a working motorcycle, what is it?
NYC-based artist Thomas Doyle creates beautiful miniature sculptures teetering on the brink of disaster. "The pieces in Doyle's 1:43 scale series feature demolished, buried and over-the-edge houses, pristine green landscapes, and tiny human figures. Domestic yet catastrophic, these intricate miniature worlds reminds us the power of nature and how small we really are."