Floating on top of a paddle board, artist Sean Yoro aka Hula creates stunning hyperrealistic murals depicting women emerging from the water. After stumbling upon this old sunken ship, Hula was inspired by the way the tide crept in and out daily. This routine either had the boat emerging from or sinking back into the water. “I usually don’t try to plan every pose ahead of time,” he explains, “I’ve always been drawn to the subtle emotions of portraits—the emotions that you can only get hints of, if you look deep enough.” The mural titled “Ho’i Mai” is literally translated to ‘Come Back’
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via [Street Art News]
Fascinated by a trade that seem to belong to a bygone era, photographer Christopher Griffith, set out to document the remaining shoe shiners who labor on the streets of NYC, by capturing the main tool of the trade: their hands. Griffith told the NYTimes that he was struck by his subjects’ approach to their work. “Different shiners had completely different techniques,” he said. “There’s water techniques, there’s dry techniques, different textures of the fabric.” But all shoe shiners have one thing in common: the rag, the most disposable and yet the most indispensable tool of their trade. A long strip of fabric that gets twisted around fingers and then back over the flat of the hand, the rag works the polish into the deepest cracks, then buffs it till it gleams.”
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via [Photojojo] via [NYTimes]
Located in Tokyo, “Shitomito Pallet” is a studio/ office space for a video production company designed and constructed by design studio Hiroki Tominaga Atelier, using over 100 wooden pallets that were broken down to create floorboards, wall coverings and furniture. The designers came up with the idea to use wooden pallets after noticing the crates being used to deliver water to a number of small publishing factories that occupy nearby buildings. The pallets, which are only fastened with screws, are intended to be reassembled and used to move office after the lease on the property ends.
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All photo Masao Nishikawa
Using different types of local mud, dirt and dust, Japanese artist Yusuke Asai created an immersive mural that covered the walls and ceiling of a school classrooms in a remote village in India. The sprawling, indoor paintings were created for the Wall Art Festival, an annual gathering of Indian and Japanese artists who spend around 20 days at the Niranjana School in Sujata Village, Bodh-Gaya, and produce wall art using the walls of the school building as canvas. The initiative aims to help resolve various issues confronting villages in India such as those regarding poverty, education, and employment through cultural and artistic exchange.
Find out more about Yusuke Asai’s work here.
via [Spoon & Tamago] via [My Modern Met]
Pittsburgh artist Toby Atticus Fraley works with vintage thermoses, picnic coolers, and various found objects, converting them into robots with human-like attributes. For his installation titled “The Secret Life of Robots”, on view at SPACE gallery in Pittsburgh through April 27, 2014, Fraley created a dozen scenes of robots in domestic vignettes, presenting an unpolished look into their unseen and often mundane lives. The artist explains the story behind the installation, “Robots assembled from pieces of Americana illustrate mundane everyday rituals, acts of daring, and precious milestones. These scenes of great joy and crushing sadness cover the beginning to the end of a typical robot’s lifespan, celebrating and revering the beauty in the everyday.”
Find out more about Toby Atticus Fraley’s work here.
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Italian artist Francesco Romoli creates mysterious dioramas constructed out of cardboard, incorporating light and shadow to produce a very dramatic atmosphere. Each diorama is constructed specifically to be photographed. Like filmmaking all staging and lighting is done looking through the lens. Once photographed the dioramas are then digitally manipulated to add solitary figures wandering through through these desolate, eerie landscape. Romoli’s capacity for self-effacement is one of the secrets of his art. Speaking about his work he says, “I am nobody, I don’t exist. I love using my imagination and my Canon 1000D.”
Find out more about Francesco’s work here.
via [My Modern Met]
For his series titled “Flying Houses”, Paris-based photographer Laurent Chehere created beautiful surreal images of buildings floating in mid-air. The series reflects Rafa’s interest in architecture and serves as a metaphor for travel.
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In his installation entitled “Reverse of Volume RG”, artist Yasuki Onishi uses the simplest materials — plastic sheeting and black hot glue — to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float inside the Rice University Art Gallery space. Rice University art gallery’s assistant curator Josh Fischer explains, “The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.”
Find out more about Onishi’s work here.
Turkish artist Ahmet Öğüt created a gigantic helium balloon in the shape of Magritte’s floating rock, as part of an outdoor installation for Belgian art festival, TRACK: a contemporary city conversation
in Ghent. Ahmet replaced the mysterious castle on top of the rock with a replica of the Vooruit building, a cooperative where the working-class people of Ghent assembled from the end of the nineteenth century until the early 1970s and which ran both a centre for festive occasions and a newspaper .
Find out more about Ahmet’s work here.
While walking down the street one night, filmmaker Mark Cerosimo accidentally walked into a man’s home thinking it was an antique shop. Turns out, the space wasn’t a shop at all, but a home belonging to a man named Anthony Pisano, who for the last 30 years has collected odds and ends and opened his collection to the public. Mark went back a few weeks later and created a short film about him. This is a story of a man and his home.
Find out more about Mark’s work here.