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Visual Strangeness: Photos by Bjørg-Elise Tuppen

This ongoing series by Norway-based photographer Bjørg-Elise Tuppen explores the expressions created by combining contradicting and out of context elements. Using photos of arctic landscapes found in the northern regions of Norway and adding elements that don’t belong such as a zebra, butterfly, whale or the even the space shuttle, Bjørg-Elise has managed to create images that are dreamlike and surreal.

I love to use and experiment with different medias such as painting, drawing, photography, typography and digital collage, as well as mix them to explore and create different moods, effects and expressions. My style is not set or limited, but ever evolving and seeking.

See more of Bjørg-Elise Tuppen’s work on Behance.

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Paintings of Goldfish in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

Singapore-based artist Keng Lye‘s latest series of goldfish paintings in layers of resin. Inspired by the work of Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori, Lye continues to push the boundaries of his technique by incorporating different materials to make his goldfishes and other animals appear life-like. He bases his works on everyday objects and what he sees around him—from a weathered wooden box to a patch of thick moss. He alternates layers of acrylic paint and resin to make them appear so realistic that he has often been accused of animal cruelty. He states:

Many people have said that I am cruel to keep live fish in a tiny bowl and some even think that I poured resin over live fish, in the name of art. I am not sure if these comments are serious or not, but most people are generally amazed by how realistic my artworks are.

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Lost Work by Albrecht Dürer Found in French Flea Market

It’s one of those stories where you’re walking in a flea market and finding a priceless piece of art. That’s exactly what happened to a retired French archeologist who noticed the 500-year-old engraving by German artist Albrecht Dürer as he stopped by a bric-a-brac stall in Sarrebourg, France. The archeologist was able to buy the artwork for a few euros and decided to donate it to the Staatsgalerie in Stuttgart after noticing the museum’s stamp in the back. The copperplate engraving, Maria Crowned by an Angel, was made in 1520 and has been missing since the end of the second world war. The artwork remained in very good condition as it was probably wrapped in paper for the past few decades in order to preserve it.

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Street Level Constellations: Photos by Michael Massaia

New series of photos by fine art photographer Michael Massaia that sort of looks like long exposure photos of the night sky with trailing nebulas but these are actually pavement with white stones highlighted by headlights and long tar patches. Were it not for the parking lines on some of the photographs, the images could easily be mistaken for the Milky Way galaxy. He explains:

A while back I was driving at around 3am and I pulled over because I was tired. I started to stare at the highway, and the white stones embedded in the pavement. The white stones were glowing from the headlights of the oncoming traffic. The black “tar snakes” patches were splicing through the glowing pavement. I actually became disoriented and felt as if I was viewing a crystal clear star-lit sky.

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Micro Invasion: Paintings by Masakatsu Sashie

New series by Japanese artist Masakatsu Sashie who is best known for his floating orb paintings. The orbs are created out of scraps from Showa-period constructions and pieces from popular culture such as vending machines, fast food signs, video game components and pachinko parlors. The objects are woven into his imagery depicting city-like spheres drifting above post-apocalyptic worlds that serves as a warning for human tendencies towards environmental dominance and over-consumption.

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Mea Culpa: Miniature Sculptures of Crime Scenes by Abigail Goldman

New miniature “die-o-ramas” by Washington-based artist Abigail Goldman featuring mundane suburban settings that consists of crime scenes and gore. The artist constructs each fictitious scene using a variety of materials such as synthetic grass, styrofoam, and model train set figures. Every component is formed with thoughtful consideration and the attention to detail draws the viewer in only to be greeted by unexpected violence. The miniscule size and disposition of each sculpture clashes with the unapologetic crimes taking place, often creating a humorous reaction. Goldman’s fascination in crime and forensics began at an early age, eventually leading to a job as a crime reporter at the Las Vegas Sun and later as an Investigator for the Federal Public Defender of Nevada. Her time spent analyzing the details of old crimes influences her current interest in miniature narratives.

Today, there’s an anger buzzing just under the surface—polite exchanges through clenched teeth, charged conversations around the water cooler at work, someone cuts you off on the highway and you see red. It’s a frenzy out there. By condensing rage, miniaturizing it, making violence preposterous and humorous—maybe there’s some relief.

On view at Hashimoto Contemporary through August 27.SaveSave

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Papercut Art by Mr. Riu

Intricate papercuts by Japanese artist Mr. Riu. The highly complex works are all hand-cut using a craft knife and focuses mostly on mandalas and other structured patterns using a zentangle method. Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art created from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. The process of creating a zentangle is sort of a form of artistic meditation as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern “one stroke at a time.” Not only has Mr. Riu mastered this technique but he also shows great patience in cutting the delicate sheets of paper.

See more of Mr. Riu’s work on Instagram.

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Observatories in the Middle of Nowhere by Noémie Goudal

Photos of fictional concrete structures set against desolate landscapes by French photographer and installation artist Noémie Goudal. Her process involves photographing an architectural element and digitally reworking the image before printing it out and mounting on a solid structure, such as a wood block, that matches the shape of the building. The constructions are then set on a real landscape which she re-photographs to make it look like the structures have always been there. Influenced by the works of Bernd and Hilla Becher, the series catalogues a group of imagined rather than real architectural monuments that explores her curiosity with ritual structures designed to frame the solstice as well as her fascination with concrete, the defining material for both modernist and fascist architecture.

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The Old New World: Photo-Based Animation by Alexey Zakharov


The Old New World is a photo-based animation project by Moscow-based digital artist Alexey Zakharov. Using archival photos from Shorpy, a site that scans and extracts reference images from the Library of Congress, Zakharov takes us back through time with a little steampunk time machine and for a moment, we get a glimpse of what it was like in the early 1900s. The animation looks convincing that you might mistake it for real film footage.

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Solitary Figure Paintings by Stefan Nandancee

Paintings by Belgian artist Stefan Nandancee focusing on his wife as a recurring character. The small-scale works portrays his wife as an ambiguous figure with short hair, jeans and hoodie that seems to hide her gender. There is a philosophy of emptiness and a melancholy vision reminiscent of the works of Caspar David Friedrich that feature a solitary figure contemplating the value of human existence at the present time.

In order to create an intimate paradigm, my work is focused upon my wife Jo as a recurrent character. I believe that when you look at someone long enough you can discover the whole humanity. Throughout the past few years, I have produced a series of miniature size paintings wherein Jo embodied a sort of anti-heroine facing adversity. I painted these pieces on a smaller scale to invite the viewer close to the work whereby s/he could more fully appreciate the tiniest details. I hope that this planned proximity is promoting an ongoing dialog. Ultimately, I try to be an objective observer of my time; but most of all, to capture the inner essence of Jo within the absurd choreography commonly referred to as “the human condition.”

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