Art Installations That Imagine the Impossible

Next summer, contemporary environmental artist Christo will create floating walkways around Lake Iseo, west of Venice in the Lombardy region of Italy. Bright yellow fabric will invite visitors to stroll through the area — walking on water atop 200,000 floating cubes — that joins the mainland to the lake islands, continuing into the streets in two mainland towns. This is Christo’s first major work since the death of his longtime collaborator Jeanne-Claude in 2009. Christo’s stunning landscape installations have always imagined the impossible — but he is hardly… Read More

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50 Uncanny Artworks

Pop surrealists and lowbrow artists owe a debt of gratitude to Margaret Keane — painter of melancholic, saucer-eyed little girls. Tim Burton’s Keane biopic Big Eyes, in theaters December 25, tells the story of the tumultuous relationship Keane had with husband Walter, who took credit for her work. Amy Adams plays the artist, who struggles against her husband (played by Christoph Waltz) for control of her art. “I was as sad as that painting,” Keane said in a recent interview with Eye on the Bay, pointing to one of her famous works. “I was thinking, ‘What is all this about? Why is life so sad?’” The world-weary waifs in Keane’s paintings are doll-like and uncanny. Freud defined the uncanny as the “unhome,” or the opposite of familiar. Keane’s girls feel too fragile for this world. Here is a treasury of other artworks whose uncanny appeal has fascinated and frightened, capturing a sense of otherness, wonder, and disquiet. … Read More

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10 Typographic Art Installations

Typography enthusiasts know that sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than an elegant and expressive typeface. There is a science behind composing and arranging type, but often it is used for pure artistic expression. After spotting a unique typographic sculpture on Colossal that doubles as a bus shelter (featured below), we searched for other font-friendly installations that appeal to our inner typography nerd and explore our interaction with text (and art) in various environments. … Read More

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Environmentally Unfriendly Materials Recycled Into Works of Art

This week, global citizens celebrated the 44th annual Earth Day — a worldwide initiative to draw awareness to environmental concerns and rally for change. Artists continue to bring attention to these issues by recycling environmentally unfriendly materials in their artwork, reusing the world’s junk surplus in beautiful and fascinating ways. Here are just a few of the creative reimaginings that speak to our planet’s use and reuse of careless materials. … Read More

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Getting Artsy in New Orleans

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As any New Orleans resident will tell you, there’s more to the city than Mardi Gras and go-cup daiquiris (though we do enjoy both very much). Indeed, New Orleans possesses a burgeoning and dynamic art scene, an urban center akin to Austin and Brooklyn that has drawn creative types from around the world. For artists and writers, New Orleans’ affordability and open, communitarian sensibility present a unique alternative to the expense and dissociating sprawl of these other urban art centers. The following will give you an idea of the New Orleans-based artists and artisans to watch out for, and where they’re showcasing their work, hanging out, selling and creating. … Read More

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“The Most Original Contemporary American Art Ever”: Artists on the Work of Ken Price

Kenneth Price’s is a legacy that cries out to be demystified. Artists, critics, teachers, and curators have talked eagerly about what Price accomplished, but it seemed to be a struggle to articulate exactly what he meant to them. When he died in February 2012, reflections from critics like Jerry Saltz approached an almost spiritual tone. “Price’s feel for density makes his objects seem to emit compact force fields of binding energy,” Jerry Saltz wrote in Vulture. “I feel the self at play in the fields of bliss.”

Among his post-war peers, the Californian sculptor has been easy to praise and eulogize, but not to explain. On the occasion of Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, which opens this week at the Met, Flavorwire spoke to artists Tony Marsh and Kathy Butterly, in the hopes of bringing the artist’s legacy back down to Earth. … Read More

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Disco Ball Destroys Dinner in Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s Arresting Sculpture

Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s sculpture of a disco ball wrecking a fussily set table that still bears the remains of a meal could double as a visual representation of our brains circa noon yesterday. But the appeal of Ahead and beyond of everyone’s time, space and rhythm isn’t limited to its evocation of a New Year’s hangover; it’s also a beautiful and disconcerting vision of staid, quotidian life brought to the brink of destruction by debauchery. Click through to see the sculpture, which we discovered via Beautiful/Decay, from various angles, and visit Pereda’s website for more of his thought-provoking work. … Read More

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Unbelievably Detailed Wood Sculptures of Animals

To some, the idea of working on an anatomically correct sculpture 10 to 12 hours a day, shaving hundreds of wood chips from a solid hunk of cedar, sounds tedious. For Russian artist, Sergei Bobkov, who we learned about on MSN, it’s a passion. His Siberian cedar chip animal creations take about six months to complete (with no days off), but he has his technique down to a science. After carving the chips, he lets them soak in water for several days, and then carefully whittles them down to the necessary shapes. Every now and then he’ll add willow and beech chips to the sculptures. Each piece contains incredible texture, giving Bobkov’s creatures lifelike feathers and fur. Take a closer look in our gallery. … Read More

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Amazing, Hyperrealistic Doll Children

Doll enthusiasts have created a unique industry for themselves, often taking vinyl doll “skeletons” and “reborning” them to look like living, breathing babies. It’s a startling and surreal thing to behold, but the painstaking level of detail is admirable. French artist Laurence Ruet — whose work we first spotted on Design You Trust — also makes “living dolls,” but her creations are perhaps more unique.

All of her dolls are one of a kind works, made without a mold, and sculpted from polymer clay. She also crafts the clothes, shoes, and “pets” that go along with them. Ruet puts a lot of thought into portraying the emotions of the dolls, and each tiny figure’s chubby cheeks, freckles, and missing teeth express their personalities in a beautiful, but uncanny way. See what we mean, below. … Read More

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10 Playful Public Works of Art

If you prefer to actively engage with art without a “do not touch” sign plastered on the wall next to it, interactive, public artworks can make you feel like a kid in a candyland. We spotted a playful installation on Colossal that transforms a swing set into a whimsical musical instrument when people take it for a ride. We featured it past the break, along with other playful public works of art that inspire viewers to channel the fun-filled days of their youth. Each installation requires spirited and carefree participation to bring it to life. See what we mean in our gallery of playful public artworks, below. … Read More

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