Monday, April 14, 2014

2D on 3D


Wow! Alexa Meade's work is a fantastic illusion, either photographed or as an installation the 2D-like painting she does over a 3D live surface creates such a great illusion, really making 3D look flat. Other artwork she uses warped mirrors to photograph the subject to create an abstract image or photographs in water or milk for different effects. Her milk what will you make of me? collaboration is a great example of the illusion of dimension, bluring the edges of 3D and 2D. Wow, wow, wow!!!
See more here or here.
Also check out her living street art.

Blue Print
Aligned with Alexa
Living Street Art
White Out
Using the same idea, turning 3D faces into 2D images, photographer Alexander Khokhlov and make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan together have created these images based on paintings.

2D or not 2D

Monochrome makeup

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cardboard Art- Mark Langan

Mark Langan creates 3D art from corrugated cardboard, utilising all surfaces of the material to create textured and detail works of art, which also make a comment on recycling and make something beautiful or interesting from something otherwise discarded. The corrugated edges really create an interesting texture and the fact that it is all recycled is fantastic.

I Want You To Recycle
Midstates Packaging
Universal Barcode
Campbell's Soup
Some other cardboard art, without artists.. These would also make great stamps..

Dear Photograph

Dear Photograph is a great website that lets people submit photographs they take of old photos from the past held up at the original place it was taken to link past memories with the present in a clever and heartwarming way. I love it when the old photograph really lines up with the present but you can see time as changed.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Mark Bradford

Mark Bradford's large mixed media works are made with collage and paint, using all sorts of found papers from posters, billboards, advertising, foil and mark making to create an arranged loosely gridded abstract image with urban themes that address issues of urban poverty, racial discrimination and social injustice. The multilayered works are reworked and distressed with sanding and bleaching to create urban map and street light like effects. With Google maps occasionally as a starting point, his works link to street art as well as abstract expressionism.

"Its about…tracing the ghost of cities past. Its the pulling off of a layer and finding another underneath" - Mark Bradford
'Kryptonite', 2006, Mixed media, collage on paper
"Scorched Earth," 2006,
 Billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, carbon paper, acrylic paint, bleach, and additional mixed media on canvas,
"A Truly Rich Man Is One Whose Children Run Into His Arms Even When His Hands are Empty," 2008. Photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, comic-book paper, carbon paper, acrylic paper, caulking, and additional mixed media on canvas
"Strawberry," 2002,
Photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, permanent-wave end papers, and additional mixed media on canvas
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jon Cattapan

Jon Cattapan takes photographs himself or images from the media, "these are worked, rearranged and layered until something approaching a compositional structure is arrived at....he is always on the lookout for the fortuitous accident." I love the multi-layers of his works and the effect of the monotypes. The layered abstract paint dripped background and communication lines and dots with the objective pictorial outline drawing monotype print over the top. He also explored Night Vision technology as an artistic tool to create an interesting effect. Other lines and dots used add to the layers in his work representing data, graphs, maps, surveillance, computer codes and radar lines.
"The paintings are dripping (sometimes literally) with markers of coded data and are filled with streams of dots, hazy graphs, and luminescent green lines that call to mind radar screens and early monochrome computer monitors... The world present here is one dominated by information networks." ("Data-scapes", Eye-line, Kylie Weise)
I love his cityscapes and how they look completely abstract until you notice the structure of the monotype city. The layering technique creates the image of city at night, which "evokes the global networks of communication, energy and power of which the city is apart" Data-scapes

'Night Figures', 2009, Oil on Belgian Linen, 185 cm x 250 cm
‘Continuing Underground II’, 2006-2013, Oil on Linen, 185 x170 cm,
'Red system no.3' (The third deadly system) (detail), oil on canvas, 198 x 167.5cm
'Heading out (Gleno)', 2008, oil and coloured pencil on paper