Data Sculptures by Luke Jerram

"Artist thinks 'science' and 'tech' with varied works ... "

Though artist Luke Jerram's most widely known artwork is perhaps "Play Me, I'm Yours" -- a piece that temporarily distributes actual full-size pianos on the streets of major cities for anyone to play -- his body of work displays a particular fascination with science and technology.

"Scientists and artists start by asking similar questions about the natural world. They just end up with completely different answers," the U.K.-based Jerram told Seed magazine recently. "The nice thing about being an artist is that I can jump around from one area of interest to [another] -- microbiology one week and the gravitational pull of the moon the next. Scientists don't seem to be allowed to do that anymore."

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Photographer's Black & White Studio

A bespoke glass live/work studio by Toronto-based design practice gh3 empowers a photographer to be the master of his own light; realizing the universal dream of every illumination-obsessed artist.

Perched on the edge of Stoney Lake, the structure updates the 19th-century convention of the ideal artist’s studio as an isolated windowless space whose only natural light comes in from the skylights above. The architects used glass-curtain wall construction to create a double-height space that is open to the natural surroundings while providing a continuous diffused light.

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Janaki Larsen - POTTER

Admired today: minimal but soulful pottery by Janaki Larsen, in the interiors of the Butter on the Endive dinner in Vancouver (and available for sale at Le Marche St. George).

Janaki grew up surrounded by working artists on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island (her mother is potter/painter Patricia Larsen and her father is painter/stonemason Ron Crawford). After completing her degree at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Janaki returned to BC, where she opened Le Marche with her husband, Pascal Roy, and her sister, Klee Larsen.

“I love dirt,” Janaki offers as an opener for her bio, a refreshingly unpretentious explanation of her artistic philosophy and process. Her ceramics do possess a certain informal, organic charm. But even so, they are a far cry from mud. Light and airy, Janaki’s vessels are full of delicate grace and beauty. Their forms are simple, elemental, their proportions personal. Perhaps favoring texture over color, Janaki’s glazes are similarly understated, but also vital. The results are pieces that are both modern and timeless. Serene and lovely, but designed to be used, they are so tactile that you can’t help but touch.

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Nano Art by Frederik de Wilde

After two bursts of color, back to austere monochromatic pieces. Discovered on Belg'Chic, I fell in love with this concept of 'Nano Art' and, in particular, these pieces by Belgian artist Frederik de Wilde.

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WONDERLAND by Philippe Huart

If you love Pop-Art, American culture, and bold statements ... and happen to be lucky enough to be in Paris at the end of May of this year, you are cordially invited to a vernissage (Art Opening) to see Philippe Huart's new show WONDERLAND.

Show Opening is Thursday May 31st from 6-9pm
Exhibit closes on July 7th, 2012.

Galerie Olivier Waltman
74 rue Mazarine
75006 Paris

01 43 54 76 14

REALPOLITIK by Valery Lippens

This Work in Progress Series … samples from a mélange of historical, pop culture, philosophical, comedic, and Internet images to create a montage in the vein of the the literary montage style invented by Walter Benjamin as part of his Arcades Project… The idea is to liberate the suppressed “true history”… a quest for traces of the untold, the ignored and the suppressed… producing some disturbing and provocative outcomes.

Elegant Upcycle Origami Lampshades

Issey Miyake Upcycles Plastic Bottles Into Elegant Origami Lampshades

Japanese designer Issey Miyake is known his environmentally sustainable fashion items that combine the art of origami with fashion-forward cuts. Recently, Issey Miyake exhibited his collection of upcycled lampshades for the Italian lighting manufacturer Artemide, at the Milan Design Week.

These soft, flexible lampshades are made with a special fabric produced from recycled PET bottles. The innovative high-tech process reduces both energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 80 per cent.

The lamps are created using mathematical principles similar to origami so that the 3D shape can be easily folded and collapsed into its 2D form.

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Ion Zupcu - "works on paper"

Austere beauty. I must admit I remain completely hypnotized every time I look at Ion Zupcu's "works on paper". Simple, warm, mysterious, abstract, geometrical, romantic ... this is what this series of photographs evokes inside of me every time I look at them. This visual poetry is a pure delight.

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Guerrilla Artist Replaces Ads With Poetry

The Scottish artist, Robert Montgomery, like countless street artists who came before him, hijacks billboards and bus stops to display his melancholic verse. For ten years, he’s been replacing ad pitches with poetry and presenting commentary on culture, ranging from consumerism to beauty in bold white type set against a black background. Though not really a street artist, Montgomery takes inspiration from the Situationist tradition of 'détournement' – capturing the audience’s attention in unexpected ways within the public realm.

In his latest show, at London’s KK Outlet, the featured work references the Occupy movement, Capitalism and its moral failures, as well as what freedom means in the city today. Promoting ideas that strike a chord with each passerby, Montgomery seems an artist very much aligned with the struggles of this generation. And in describing the straightforward nature of his work, Montgomery shared his thoughts on advertising, his writing process, and the Occupy movement.
Share with us how you feel about advertising and its place in society? 
Advertising is the collective unconscious, the “group mind” of our society. Unfortunately it is often too stupid for its audience, and worse than that sometimes evil, although it can be used for good (John & Yoko’s “War is Over” billboard in Times Square for example).
In your current show, you have created a series of three large poetic billboards referencing Capitalism, the Occupy Movement, and the idea of freedom in the city. Can you address what you hoped to convey to the public with these pieces? 
I wanted to convey that our current very narrow and extreme version of Capitalism, which is based on over-simplified Reaganomics and relies on the wealth of the investment banking class “trickling down” to everyone else instead of investing in free healthcare and free education, which we could do very painlessly, is a historical mistake.  And I wanted to convey that Occupy is good and positive and should be listened to and not marginalized.
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Japanese Woman Street Art

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