Category: Art

ArtLauren DiCioccio’s Embroidered Art is SEW Cool

 

 
 
I could try to paraphrase, actually I did, but you just don’t mess with perfection. Artist Lauren DiCioccio says it best in her own words:
 
My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects, most recently: the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides. These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?
The tedious handiwork and obsessive care I employ to create my work aims to remind the viewer of these simple but intimate pieces of everyday life and to provoke a pang of nostalgia for the familiar physicality of these objects.
 
 

 
As you can see, the original newspaper is still there, underneath her beautiful embroidery. The same is true for her National Geographics collection:
 

 
 
You really get the nostalgia she’s talking about with her “35mm sewn slides“. I haven’t seen these since third grade!
 
 
 
 
I know. It’s amazing. But, I can’t help myself; there is more:
 

 
 
Playing cards, money, books, paper products… You wouldn’t believe some of the other fasincating work this young lady has done. Seriously, narrowing down my favorites was a gargantuan challenge.
 
AND she’s a good samaritan, too. Her “Dear Soldier,” collection gathered volunteers to embroider hand-stitched letters (on her own machine-sewn, lined, fabric “paper”) to members of the armed forces currently deployed in Afghanistan.
 
Wow.
 
(Images courtesy of Lauren DiCioccio and Colossal)

ArtIt’s a Small, Small World (Really, Really Small)

Never has a lab coat looked so much like an artist’s smock. The Nikon International Small World Competition has been “recognizing excellence in photography through the microscope” since 1974, capturing the rarely-seen world that stays invisible to the naked eye.
 
Curious? According to their site:
 
A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.
 

 
Now, call  me shallow, but the close-ups of intestines, cancer cells, and bugs, while fascinating in their own right, kind of gave me the creeps. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t subject you to that. So I went ahead and selected my own personal winners from 2011. Not that an English degree qualifies me as a judge, but hey, ths is just my “level of comprehension and appreciation.”
 
Some are amazing because of what they are, like a needle and thread, a down feather, a snowflake, or frost crystals (clockwise from top left). This microscopic view of sand from Beijing, however, has to be my favorite (above).
 
Others look remarkably like abstract art, though I couldn’t begin to tell you what they actually are. Unless, of course, you happen to know what a “graphite-bearing granulite from Kerala ” is…(below).
 

 
What really blows my mind is how much some of these photos look like landscape paintings. Scenic hillside, anyone? Oh, no, that’s a “gallium antimonide semiconductor wafer surface after metal peel-off,” actually. Duh.
 

 
Sunset, right? No. Try fire agate magnified by ten. Silly me.
 

 
I’m always a sucker for a holiday theme…
 
Also, since this competition has been active since the mid-1970′s, I figured I should pay homage to the winners of 1977, below. You’d think they’d look a lot more low-tech, am I right?


 
Who knew science could be so pretty?

(Images courtesy of Nikon Small World)

ArtLEGOs Make a Home Sweet Home for Le-Ghosts

 
Can’t you just imagine the tiny LEGO ghosts who must wander these halls?
 
 

 
I’ve seen some cool uses for LEGOs, but this just blows my mind. And since ’tis the season for spooks, how perfect are these scary-movie-ready, Halloween-happpy, LEGO masterpieces by MOC enthusiast, Mike Doyle. (New thing I learned today: MOC is an acronym for “my own creation,” which refers to any Lego creation designed and built without instructions.
 
Absolutely stunning to look at, yes, but the fact that they are composed purely of LEGOs, (no glue, no paint, just plastic toy bricks), makes these creepy little houses the coolest thing around, and a feat of artistic ingenuity. Whether it’s a mud-stricken manor (above), a freakish fallen tree, or a weather-worn abode, Doyle’s creations are startlingly realistic and more than worthy of a few “ooo’s” and “ahhh’s.”

 
I know you’re curious (I was), so here are a couple stats for the “Three Story Victorian with Tree”:
 
5′ X 3′ X 2′ (that’s almost as tall as me!)
 50-60,000 pieces used
 Approximately 450 hours to build
 
Check out the close-ups below to really appreciate the intricacies.
 


 
I love the detail on the burnt out window to the left. On the right, you can see how he used droid arms and levers to create the weeds, branches, and grass; my geek senses tell me these fancy pieces have something to do with LEGO Star Wars…
 

 
Doyle’s first “Abandoned House” of the series (above), and according to his site, his first ever MOC. Wow.
 
If you mosey on down to his site, you can check out in-depth play-by-plays for all of the buildings, plus tons of information about what inspired this project, and loads more pictures. Also, his sister site, reMOCable, is too cool to miss.

(Images courtesy of Mike Doyle’s Snap & thanks to BitRebels)
 

ArtPortrait & Sketch: iPad Art by Meric Canatan

 
Turkish artist Meric Canatan makes art from his iPad. That’s right, iPad. All of his work from his portrait & sketch series has been photographed and illustrated directly from his iPad. He shot the pictures using the ever popular instagram app, and sketched using the Sketch app. The results are amazing. This is the way to make art with your phone/tablet. Check out the rest below!
 
 
 
 
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ArtPenmanship Portraits by John Sokol

 
And I thought learning cursive was a waste of time….
 
 
 
Yep, those are words, and not just any old words, they’re the very words that made these faces famous. Up top, Walt Whitman’s portrait is drawn/written using his classic collection of poetry, Leaves of Grass, while the two writers below, Eudora Welty and Robert Lowell, are composed of their respective works, Powerhouse and History. This is the vision of Ohio artist/writer/overall genius John Sokol, who brings the classics to life like never before.
 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as A Psalm of Life
 
John Keats as Lamia (left) and James Joyce as Ulysses
 
Grace Paley as Debts
 
 
And just in case these faces don’t look terribly familiar, check out some side-by-side comparisons with actual photographs, below. Spittin’ image!
 
 
William Faulkner as The Sound and the Fury
 
Charles Baudelaire as Les Fleurs du Mal
 
Henrik Ibsen as Hedda Gabler
 
Anybody else feelin’ the urge to crack open a book??

 

(Images courtesy of demilked and the artist’s website)