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Porcelain pieces that are infested with hand-painted ants by artistLa Philie

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German artist Evelyn Bracklow of La Philie decided to combine the elegance of vintage porcelain with the grossness of a horde of ants in a series she calls Chitins Gloss. Various dining pieces such as plates, tea cups, and jugs are all crawling with ants, as if your kitchen is having some sort of ant-infestation.

These are great !

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Classic paintings with a Modern Twist // ‘Art x Smart’ series by Kim Dong-kyu

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In his recent project ‘Art x Smart’, Korean illustrator Kim Dong-Kyu combines famous historical paintings with images of 21st century technology. I call it a fusion of the modern day with classical moments from art and history, resulting in one massive head f… I mean head spin. And I like it. The works are also a piercing comment on the way smartphones have dramatically changed today’s social interaction. Apart from being absurdly funny, the series also draw attention to our relationship with new technologies and their influence on modern society.

Some of these images are pretty ridiculous but it seems so familiar these days – the swiping, scrolling, grammin’ (that’s Instagramming for all you “non-users”), and regular selfies find their way into paintings by Vermeer, Picasso, Manet and Van Gogh – as if the action was of second nature to them, like it is for us.

1. ‘Girl with a pearl earring and an iPhone,’ 2013 / after ‘Girl with a pearl earring’ by Johannes Vermeer, 1665.

2.. When you see the amazing sight,’ 2013 / after ‘Wanderer above the sea of fog’ by Caspar David Friedrich, 1818.

3.. ‘Always in my hand,’ 2013 / after ‘in the conservatory’ by Édouard Manet, 1878-9.4.

4. Her Mirror,’ 2013 after ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velázquez, 1647–51.

5. ‘Luncheon,’ 2013 / after ‘The luncheon on the grass’ by Édouard Manet, 1862–1863.

6. The Scream,’ 2013 / after ‘The Scream’ by Edvard Munch, 1893.

7.‘Music for dreaming’ after ‘the dream’ by pablo picasso, 1932

8. In a cafe’ after ‘l’absinthe‘ by  edgar degas, 1876

9. ‘A family gathering’ after ‘the balcony’ by édouard manet, 1868 

10. ‘The Last 2G Phone User,’ 2013 / after ‘The Last Supper’ by  Leonardo Da Vinci, 1495-98.

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Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness

This is so cool. Would defiantly check out a floating bookshop. Although, it does sound a little dangerous for the books!

~Intern Tori~

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Amazingly Delicate Paper Art Hand-Cut by Akira Nagaya

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Japanese artist Akira Nagaya creates insanely intricate paper cuttings called kirie that look like delicate pencil drawings or wire sculptures.

Nagaya discovered his talent in his early 20s when he was learning sasabaran – a technique for cutting food decorations from bamboo leaves at sushi shops. When he practiced on his own using paper and a utility knife, he realized that he was good at it and that he enjoyed it. Only later in his life, though, did he start to look at his paper cuttings as art and display them to the public.

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Soo Sunny Park::Boundary Conditions 2014

Stainless steel, Plexi glass, paint.
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The New Britain Museum of American Art announced the a shining, site-specific installation by Soo Sunny Park, titled Boundary Conditions. The light-responsive piece evolves on the museum’s LeWitt Staircase by adding interlocking, stainless steel grids, woven with various types of Plexiglas, that cast refracted light onto the dark gray walls of the building.

According to the press release, “The installation blurs the line between painting with pigment and painting with light. Depending on the season and time of day, the installation changes from refulgent and prismatic to subdued and shimmering.” It’s a geometric stunner, and arguably one of the most flattering designs towards that oft-desired Cinderella-style debut. 

Park added, “As a whole, the installation is neither the central form nor its shadows, but the structured space between them. Light, in this piece, does more than allow us to look at things. It reveals the rich structure of the liminal space we inhabit.” 

The installation will be in place for two years, offering art fanatics plenty of time to check out the liminal, undulating structure. Park has already proved herself adept at imbuing spaces with light-bending, mathematical, and awe-striking installations

 Watch the video,  time-lapse: installation process

Boundary Conditions - Soo Sunny Park from Soo Sunny Park on Vimeo.