The ocean is full of trash. If you don’t believe me, check out this post. Just like Mandy Barker, artist Gilles Cenazandotti was inspired by the mass of ocean debris which affects our habitat. The animal sculptures above (from a project titled “Future Bestiary”) were formed from recycled products found on beaches — plastic bottles, lighters, combs, bags, etc…
Speaking about his work Cenazandotti said:
“Impressed by everything that the Sea, in turn, rejects and transforms, on the beaches I harvest the products derived from petroleum and its industry. The choice of animals that are part of the endangered species completes this process. In covering these animals with a new skin harvested from the banks of the Sea, I hope to draw attention to this possible metamorphosis – to create a trompe l’oeil of a modified reality.”
Holi is an ancient Hindu festival of color and love celebrated at the arrival of spring in India and Nepal. Music, dancing, and explosions of colored powder create these incredible visual landscapes. The celebration starts with a big bonfire, and the next morning, everyone runs around the city with water guns, balloons, and powder painting the city rich with color.
Several groups form impromptu musical parades with drums and other musical instruments. At the end of the day, people dress up and visit with friends and family.
It’s a wonderful place to capture photos. I imagine it would ruin your camera, but it’s worth the risk!
I’m loving these illustrations by Zao Dao, an artist based in Kaiping, China. She wields earth-toned watercolor paint to create these beautiful, Dalí-esque illustrations. I honestly don’t know too much about the artist. I suppose she doesn’t have the biggest presence in the Western world, but maybe that will all change soon.
You can check out the whole collection at Zao Dao’s facebook site.
Henrique Lima is a Brazilian artist who makes some of coolest GIFs on the web. The series titled, Mestre Fungo, is an pure acid trip, and probably not the good kind. Henrique animates flowing tears, bleeding noses, gashed faces, and melting skin in fluorescent colors that seem to jump off the screen.
Mestre Fungo translates to Master Fungus, and I think the name is very fitting!
Rafael Araujo is a Venezuelan artist who studied architecture at the Universidad Simón Bolivar in Caracas. The illustrations were completed entirely by hand and each piece takes approximately 100 hours from start to finish! It’s an uncommon display of focus in today’s technology-driven atmosphere.
Via Wired: Before computer-assisted drawing, there were artists like M.C. Escher, who Araujo counts among his biggest influences. “When I first saw M.C. Escher, I was speechless,” he says. “His artwork was so akin to my geometrical taste.”
A new exhibition on the history of anatomy, Body of Knowledge, opened recently at Harvard and will be on display until December, 2014.
From the Harvard Museum of Science & Culture:
“Body of Knowledge” will explore the act of anatomizing not as a process of mapping a finite arrangement of bodily structures, but as a complex social and cultural activity. By means of a diachronic perspective, the exhibit narrative cuts through the multiplicity of anatomical practices, presenting three important moments in the history of anatomy: sixteenth century dissections and anatomical drawings, nineteenth century anatomical practices, and contemporary use of both cadavers and digital technology for anatomic education. “Body of Knowledge” hopes to capture the complexity of the many people, places, and meanings involved in human dissection.
Seen above is Harris P. Mosher lecturing at Harvard Medical School in 1929. The giant skull was made in the 1890s and is a piece in the new exhibit. I’d love to have that on display in my living room!