Organic Public

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Patrick Dougherty has been working with organic materials and doing site specific sculpture for over 30 years. He clearly likes to create structures that at least mimic indigenous buillding techniques as well as a surreal sensibility. As you can imagine this work is very popular with the public.

Take a look at some of his installations from 1990 to today below.

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Phillipe Baudelocque

April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Parisian street artist Phillipe Baudelocque uses an ephemeral medium in his public work. Rather than spray painting his markers in an anonymous and  perhaps destructive way Baudleocque gets permission, even commissioned to create his detailed collages. Using a blackboard paint he first covers the surface with black then draws on the surface with regular chalk. So his work is subject to the rain, sun and wind so he never knows for sure how long they will actually last.

“The artist also has a repertoire of drawings on canvas and gallery installations. Baudelocque recently completed a lengthy rhinoceros mural in Paris. “

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Impossible Landscapes

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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“With inspirations varying from a past job restoring a theme park in Oakland, CA to texts by botanist William Brewer, Kluth gathers evidence that expounds on our attachments to these “happy wastelands.” Using a personal collection of snapshots of fake theme park landscapes and a little Photoshop, Mary Anne Kluth pieces together both digital and hand-cut collages to match Brewer’s journal entries, producing improbable Romantic yet surreal landscapes.”–    Ignant

Kluth’s work is currently on display at the Bedford Gallery of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, CA as part of a group show called “Sky: A National Juried Exhibition,” on view through May 25, 2014.

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Michael Shainblum

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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We’ve featured the astrophotography of Michael Shainblum before but now he has a large series of sunset images up on his website so we thought we’d share.

I seek to capture the extraordinary and the unique. I find beauty in everything from the scale of our Galaxy to the way sunlight hits a glass of water from behind. In filmmaking and photography possibilities are endless. I strive with every project and photography to push the boundaries of what we think is achievable in these mediums.

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New RF

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Dreaming of places near and far… If you need to take a little mini-vacation from the comfort of your desk, we’ve got you covered with some of our newest RF. Bon Voyage!

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Photographer: John Lund/Blend

Dragon blood tree overlooking rocky mountains, Dixam Plateau, Socotra, Yemen

Treehouses

April 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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While tree houses are often associated with one’s childhood, adults have taken it upon themselves to create some unbelievable buildings that are far more incredible than one could ever imagine. In a book published by Taschen, author Philip Jodidio has brought together 50 of the most incredible tree houses in the world – from a teahouse in Japan set amongst beautiful cherry blossom trees (which we previously featured) to a UFO-shaped tree hotel in Sweden. You won’t believe your eyes as you witness each architectural wonder.

Called Tree Houses. Fairy Tale Castles in the Air, the hardcover book covers all kinds of different styles from the traditional to the modern. As Taschen states, it’s “childhood fantasy meets grown-up savoir faire.”

Now, courtesy of Taschen, here’s a sample of what you’ll find inside. Love the Mirrorcube Tree Hotel in Sweden. It’s so hidden, if the lights inside were off, you might not even spot it!

Above: Terunobu Fujimori, Teahouse Tetsu, Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, Nakamaru, Hokuto City, Yamanashi (Japan)

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Above: Terunobu Fujimori, Teahouse Tetsu, Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, Nakamaru, Hokuto City, Yamanashi (Japan)


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Monumental

April 21, 2014 § Leave a comment

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French photographer Fabrice Fouillet has a thing for the colossal and the gigantic. He has traveled to Russia, China, Ukraine and Senegal searching out these massive sculptures and photographing them

 

 

 

The photographer says, “Although hugeness is appealing, exhilarating, or even fascinating, I was first intrigued by the human need to build gigantic declarations. Then, I asked myself how such ‘works’ could be connected to their surroundings. How can they fit in the landscapes, despite their excessive dimensions and their fundamental symbolic and traditional functions?”

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