Global currency

Article: Global currency

Tapping into the paranoid beliefs of conspiracy theorists and extremists who suspect the pending arrival of a unified new world order is Istvan Laszlo’s recent work conceptualizing what currency would look like in that new system.

Jigsaw puzzle mural

Article: Jigsaw puzzle mural

Gerhard Mayer delicately pieces together and layers sections of various jigsaw puzzles to create fantastical large murals. The artist also applies the same technique using different mediums, such as postcards. His large scale wood installation is impressive as well. [Via]

Photo series: Switcheroos

Article: Photo series: Switcheroos

I’m really liking Vancouver based photographer Hana’s ongoing photo series “Switcheroos” that juxtaposes identically posed photos of two people after they’ve swapped each other’s clothing. There’s a subtext here that seems to touch upon or critique issues of normative expectations of gender lines, but really I can’t get over how hilarious the dude looks in…

Pipe organ ATM

Article: Pipe organ ATM

Duo Allora & Calzadilla created this interactive installation, which has been very popular at this year’s Venice Biennale. It’s a working ATM embedded within a pipe organ that is programmed to play a unique tune for each user: “Theories have even been circulating that the bigger someone’s balance, the more elaborate and longer the composition,…

Scaffolding without the building

Article: Scaffolding without the building

Living in a city where at times it seems half the buildings are hidden under gross scaffolding, I appreciate the alternative perspective presented by Vienna-based artist Liddy Scheffknecht in this photo series where “all architectural elements except the scaffolding were removed from the photograph of a building under renovation.”

Caleb Charland's light photography

Article: Caleb Charland's light photography

Artist Caleb Charland creates some great light photography, such as the one above with lighters. His pictures are even more impressive considering that they are are created in-camera and without any other digital manipulation or touch-up. [Via]

Wearable art

Article: Wearable art

Fashion line The Rodnik Band has an entertaining couture collection of dresses and outfits directly inspired by famous pop artists and their artwork. Only dissonance here is the disturbing subtext of the dress using Duchamp’s urinal… [Via]

Pop culture currency

Article: Pop culture currency

Originally conceived for his own personal amusement, artist James Charles had a show recently at San Francisco’s Shooting Gallery of his collection of US currency altered to feature various pop culture icons ranging from Yoda, Mr T, Justin Bieber (pre-haircut), members of the band KISS to my favorite, Bob Ross. [Via]

Trompe l'oeil sidewalk

Article: Trompe l'oeil sidewalk

La ville molle (part III) from Raum Raum on Vimeo. There’s more than meets the eye to this sidewalk in France. Created by Benjamin BorĂ©, this interactive trompe l’oeil installation appears to simply be just a slightly bulbous cobblestone sidewalk, except that it exhibits an almost quicksilver quality when someone steps on it. From the…

Zhang Huan's "49 Days"

Article: Zhang Huan's "49 Days"

While out in LA last week I dropped by the fantastic gallery Blum & Poe, which is currently exhibiting Zhang Huan’s “49 Days”, including the breathtaking installation pictured above. The twenty-two foot tall bell shaped pagoda is comprised of salvaged brick collected from demolition sites surrounding Shanghai (centuries old buildings that have been bulldozed in…

Queen Elizabeth's kinetic mosaic portrait

Article: Queen Elizabeth's kinetic mosaic portrait

Content is Queen from Sergio Albiac on Vimeo.

Barcelona-based artist Sergio Albiac created this digital kinetic mosaic portrait of Queen Elizabeth II titled “Content is Queen” by incorporating popular videos from the Internet. The artist explains:

Cool art: American Ninja

Article: Cool art: American Ninja

Brooklyn designers Chen Chen and Kai Tsien-Williams recently created these cheeky Bud beer can nun-chucks titled “American Ninja.” Get it at Oh Wow Book Club.

270,000 piece LEGO sculpture

Article: 270,000 piece LEGO sculpture

Artist Lene Rønsholt Wille spent six weeks and used 270,000 white LEGO bricks to construct this installation at Amsterdam’s Central Hall of World Trade Center. It looks like something that Richard Serra might have built or played around with when he was a kid.

From brain disorders to artistry

Article: From brain disorders to artistry

The Los Angeles Times has an interesting article about how “people with Alzheimer’s, migraines, autism, epilepsy and more are picking up paintbrushes or putting drawing pencils to paper.” And despite the degenerative qualities of these disorders, as one neurologist put it, “art is…one of the few complex aspects of human cognition that doesn’t necessarily get…

Aluminum baking tray portraits

Article: Aluminum baking tray portraits

Idan Friedman’s “Profiles Project” series spoofs a familiar method of memorializing notables and the distinguished by instead embossing portraits of close friends to the local grocer as commemorated above on decidedly disposable cooking and baking aluminum trays. [Via]

Needles out: grandma graffiti on the rise

Article: Needles out: grandma graffiti on the rise

Crochet artist Olek, from New York Magazine’s story on Home Design
Street art has taken a dramatically more domestic turn of late with the recent influx of yarn bombing: knitters who take their hobby outside of the home and to the sidewalks and lampposts in cities all over the world. Also called grandma graffiti, yarn bombers take their needles to the streets under the cover of nightfall to wrap public property in their colorful crocheted creations. Technically, it’s still considered vandalism, but most yarn bombers say police “are more likely to laugh at them than issue a summons.”

Anton Steenbock's "punk trap"

Article: Anton Steenbock's "punk trap"

Somewhat similar to the previously blogged tongue-in-cheek “Bridge and Tunnel trap” and “hipster trap“, there this trap by Anton Steenbock. “Punkerfalle” or Punk trap is a bit more austere with just a bottle of beer and a steel rope. And oh yeah, a huge tank to trap you for eternity. That beer better be good.…

Nick Van Woert at Yvon Lambert gallery

Article: Nick Van Woert at Yvon Lambert gallery

Sculptor Nick Van Woert seems to have more of sense of humor than most these days. His personal website displays his work using great animated .gifs that show his normally stationary work in motion. It’s just as cheeky as some of the sculptures themselves, like “Untitled,” a fiberglass bust that’s clearly Abraham Lincoln, only with chunks of his head, face and neck hacked off and attached to a separate steel form. The two pieces reside side-by-side as gruesome mirror images. It’s a bit of fun and a bit grisly too, what with the chopped pieces revealing bright bits of polyurethane plastic designed to resemble raw flesh.

Photographer Ellen Kooi at PPOW Gallery

Article: Photographer Ellen Kooi at PPOW Gallery

The work of Dutch photographer Ellen Kooi is as dramatic as it is mysterious. Like her previous work, Kooi’s latest set of photographs, “Out of Sight,” is set in a variety of natural landscapes in the Netherlands. These images are over-saturated and hyperreal, often highlighting the struggle between man and nature. A small group of people pick their way across bleak terrain or a solitary figure fights with or acquiesces to the mysterious forces of nature. She favors highly stylized scenes with a single child or adolescent, always in a desolate landscape – a forest, a swamp, a prairie.

Tom Sachs, Duct Tape painting

Article: Tom Sachs, Duct Tape painting

One of my favorite contemporary artists is Tom Sachs. For the art-cinephile here’s one of his pieces that I blogged about in the past. And for the art-techie, he has a Google Chrome theme as well. Anyway, @munipenny recently shared this link about the above “duct tape painting” with a brilliant story attached: I heard…

Christine Wong Yap's weekly series "Positive Signs"

Article: Christine Wong Yap's weekly series "Positive Signs"

The website of the SFMOMA (where incidentally I had a Tony Bennett sighting when I visited this museum some years back!) has been featuring the work of California-raised and recent New York City transplant Christine Wong Yap, a self described interdisciplinary artist who creates art that “invite viewers’ optimistic and pessimistic attitudes, perceptions and emotions.” Every Wednesday through June, SFMOMA’s blog will post works from Christine’s weekly series “Positive Signs” that will highlight “interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists.”

Toby Wong retrospective

Article: Toby Wong retrospective

Portrait made from dice by Frederick McSwain
Toby Wong was a Canadian designer I once interviewed for FULL FRONTAL FASHION. He was a product designer and a subversive artist. His designs weren’t for everyone. He made gold coke spoons cast from McDonald’s coffee stirrers and diamond rings, inverted, so the diamond point was on the outside. That design was called “Killer Ring” obviously. This New York Times slideshow is a great reference of his work.

It is Design Week in NYC this week and a retrospective called Brokenoff Brokenoff, in Toby’s honor, will run May 14-17. It’s a celebration of Toby’s work including many close friends’ contributions.

Spotlight on ScanLAB

Article: Spotlight on ScanLAB

William Trossell and Matthew Shaw run ScanLAB, a series of projects that investigate the capabilities of 3D laser scanning in architecture on all scales, from intricately detailed objects to large cityscapes. The results land somewhere in that exciting new space between technology and art. Their Abney Park Cemetery project is a good example of what that means. Last year Trossell and Shaw visited the London cemetery and took what they call forensic snapshots – eerie, ghostlike images of the chapel, which was severely damaged in a fire and is currently in a state of decay (the chapel is still awaiting funding for repairs).

Stitched Vogue covers

Article: Stitched Vogue covers

Inge Jacobsen, a photography student at London’s Kingston University, has gained a lot of recent attention for her intricately cross-stitched Vogue covers. The artist explains: With the over saturation of images, my practice seeks to intervene in this overwhelming consumption from the mass produced and alter it to create something unique. By using intricate and,…

The new face of collage

Article: The new face of collage

Sometimes collage gets a bad rap. It can conjure up unfortunate images of old ladies scrap-booking and decoupaging to their heart’s content, but the art of cut and paste plays a much more significant role in the world than in the confines of the pages of family photo albums and shell-covered trinkets. Influenced by surrealism, constructivism and Dada, the technique was firmly established as an art form in the 1920s and 30s and continues to inspire a new generation of young artists and illustrators who are discovering the art form for themselves for the first time.