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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s focus is Art that Messes with Your Head Optical Illusion–-art that plays with space, light, and the role that our minds play in what our eyes see.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do any these artists speak to you? Have you ever thought of exploring ideas like this with your own art?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Impossible Photos of Erik Johansson”

All these images made me smile because in each photograph Johansson combines mundane gadgets of every day life like zippers and vacuums with large familiar natural elements or man-made structures (like miles of paved roadways) in surprising, and humorous ways. Click on the image to see more work.

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Smart, Skilled and Playful: 3-D Sidewalk Artist Edgar Mueller + Many More

A wonderful variety of sidewalk artists creating fabulous illusions of depth. Click on the image to see the rest–they are all so fun.

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In Front, Around, and Behind: Optical Art by Felice Varini

These geometric shapes are actually painted onto the surfaces of the building’s’ vaulted ceiling but they look like they are hanging straight down in space within the archway. All Varini’s pieces play with space like this. Difficult to photograph because the illusion is so good, definitely click to see the other photos so you can get a sense of what’s really happening. Clever and fun, this artwork really makes you think about distance, the act of seeing, and the space you inhabit.

Felice Varini Street Art

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I’m loving this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List…it’s all about layers of meaning.

Five different artists use formal elements to explore the ideas of space, time, depth, permanence, clarity in five completely different ways.

They’re all worth taking at least a moment or two to check out–if these don’t get you thinking, I don’t know what will!

Tell me-which inspires you the most? Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Carving and Chipping Away at Paint by Karin Waskiewicz”

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“Time is a Dimension: Layered Images of Landscapes Over a 2-4 Hour Timespan” Photos by Fong Qi Wei

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“Layer Motives by Nobuhiro Nakanishi”

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“Charles Clary’s Cut-Paper Perfection”

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“Riusuke Fukahori Paints Three-Dimensional Goldfish Embedded in Layers of Resin”

Riusuke Fukahori Three-Dimensional Goldfish

 

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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List…young artists “making it big” –but calling it inspiring this week is not quite accurate.

I’m actually torn about this week’s list–it’s 5 short articles or videos about very young artists who have gotten the attention of the insider art world, the media, or both.

I love their creativity, but I’m of two minds–some of it feels pretty gimmicky–especially by the galleries.

And sometimes I’m just unconvinced–is that 3 year old photographer really making choices with his camera? Did he take those pictures? What does it say about photography?

On the other hand, the little four year old from Australia looks as immersed in her work as any other artist I know–and Wang Yani is probably a prodigy.

I think these videos actually say a lot about the contradictory role of art in our society and the rush to buy work by these artists seems driven by reasons other than loving the art.

So–I started to post it last week  and then I couldn’t do it because normally my goal is to simply try to inspire you, and I felt a whole range of uncomfortable feelings watching these videos.

But they’ve been lingering in my mind and frankly, I want your opinion! So I’ve posted them.

Please watch a couple of these videos and tell me what you think!

Is it inspiring? Is it aggravating? Is it a mixture? Is it something else entirely?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Lagos’s three year old photographer”

Onafujiri Fuji Remet 4 year old photographer


“4-Year-Old Girl Takes NYC Art World By Storm”

Aelita Andre Child Art Prodigy


Wang Yani: “Yani’s Monkeys

Wang Yani Monkeys Child Prodigy Painter


“The Amazing True Story of Akiane Kramarik”

The Amazing True Story of Akiane Kramarik


“Nine-Year-Old Artist Kieron Williamson Sells $386,000 Of Artwork In Minutes”

Nine-Year-Old Artist Kieron Williamson

 

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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

Now I love myself a beautiful bowl, and this week’s artists may all work in clay, but it would be hard to call them potters–even the one who is still making teacups.

Take a look and you’ll understand what I mean!

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do this artwork speak to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Ceramic Plate Christmas Tree in Hasselt, Belgium by Mooz”

 Ceramic Plate Christmas Tree Mooz


 Conceptual Porcelain Sculptor Kate MacDowell

Kate MacDowell Ceramic Sculptor


“Bottom Feeders, Ceramic Cups and Pitchers Covered in Barnacles, Tentacles, and Other Sea Life” by Mary O’Malley

Mary O'Malley Ceramic Bottom Feeders

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Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s focus is art that explores travel–-from sepia toned vintage images embedded in old suitcases to carefully consructed bronze sculptures to a giant travel celebration machine in the center of Paris.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do this artwork speak to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


“Old Suitcases are Canvases for Memories of a Past Life”

These sepia-toned images on the suitcases feel so homey and deeply personal, they really evoke a feeling of stories and domestic histories. I love them.

 

Yuval Yairi Memory Suitcases


 “Bronze Sculpture: Traveling With Bruno Catalano”

These bronze half empty figures carrying their luggage seem to speak about the past and the future at the same time. The solidity of the bronze and the fragility of the open spaces somehow speak to the human condition in a way that’s both traditional and very fresh.

 

Bruno Catalano Travellers


 “Escape Machines” by DDB Paris

Is it art?Is it really about travel? I’m not sure, but it’s certainly joyful, unexpected, and over the top! Watch the video and see.

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s focus is art that explores the idea of destruction–-3 different artists using elimination, removal, or destruction to make an aesthetic and cultural statement.

I hope they inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory.

Do these artists speak to you?

Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!


 ”High Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith”

Beauty in the act of the explosion.

High-Speed Photography of Light Bulbs Exploding by Jon Smith


Michael Landy: Break Down

I was skeptical when I first watched this video because I think artists can do a lot of posturing in performance, time-based or experiential art that I generally find annoying, but I think what he’s done is provocative and compelling, weirdly uncomfortable and definitely interesting. It was the ultimate UN-objectification as he destroyed all his possessions in a matter of fact, systematic way that also really captivated the public.
Watch it and tell me what you think! 

Michael Landy Break Down


Janine Antoni: “Lick and Lather”

The artist makes classical busts of herself in chocolate and soap and then she licks her way to the finished product with one and takes a bath with the other as she talks about ideas of disintegration and dissolution. I know, I know, but read the interview–compelling.

Janine Antoni Lick and lather

 

Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

This week’s theme is about home–artist-created dwellings/nests/forts…various life-sized “containers” that can hold a human or two.

These pieces explore our needs and experiences of home, internal space, boundaries, safety, fantasy and loss.

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory:

Which one speaks to you? Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments!


 Spirit Nests by Jayson Fann

Tell me you don’t want to crawl inside one of these wonderful eucalyptus nests
and I’ll call you a liar! Beautiful.

Spirit Nests Jayson Fann

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 “Solarium, A Caramelized Sugar House by William Lamson”

This stained-glass looking structure is made of sugar and glass and honestly, I didn’t quite understand it (aside from its beauty) until I watched the video. I actually don’t completely understand the need to make it from sugar, but watch the video and tell me what you think.

El AnatsuiSolarium Caramelized Sugar House William Lamson

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“Play Room Photos Capture the Imaginary Worlds Inside Children’s Minds” Photography by Björn Ewers

Did kids make these? I’m not sure, but they’re fun, fanatastical and hearkened back memories of my old forts underneath the ping pong table in the basement.

Child's Caves by Björn Ewers

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“A Condemned House Explodes Onto the Streets of Austin” Art by Chris Whiteburch

This piece is especially powerful in light of the numerous experiences of storm damage across the country this past year. I wonder if his original thinking was just formal or had more to do with the housing crisis. Either way, a powerful statement about loss and destruction.

The Purge by Chris Whiteburch