Dianna Lynn Vandermeulen’s Collages That Look Like Cosmic Aquariums

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Dianna Lynn Vandermeulen describes her work in stars. Really: look at her website. Each body of work is explained in symbols! What a cute, playful way of presenting work. It certainly is better than ambiguous names as it captures a specific magical quality her work has. She embraces “girl” colors that she juxtaposes with the dark and she often uses the shiny and the sparkly. She’s not afraid to get big with her work, using the otherwise cloying to be beautiful. This is what makes her collages wonderful: they feel like you are staring into a the sky or into water from the gaze of an enchanted crystal.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

March 18, 2014 / By

‘NASA Images of a Spacetime Odyssey’ Serves Up a Liberating Dose of Reality

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Last weekend the Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey aired, Carl Sagan’s masterpiece reimagined. In celebration, NASA unveiled a gallery of images, aptly titled “NASA Images of a Spacetime Odyssey.” It’s a gorgeous collection of some new, and some familiar images, from NASA’s repertoire of galactic exploration. More than that, this gallery is one of those beautiful moments when art converges with science, serving a dose of liberating reality, to aid in easing the troubles of our daily lives.

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Nick Partyka

March 13, 2014 / By

ADC’s ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’ Celebrates the Craziness That Comes With Being A Creative

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The Art Directors Club annual Portfolio Night is fast approaching—a “global portfolio and recruitment event” for young advertising creatives (or, in my experience, an evening of industry canoodling and general debauchery). The campaign surrounding this year’s event has aptly been titled “Blood, Sweat and Tears.” A theme any creative can no doubt relate to. 12 typographic executions have been created by 12 different designers, each reflecting a personal interpretation of the aforementioned phrase.

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Nick Partyka

March 5, 2014 / By

Carrie Mae Smith’s Dinner Paintings

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Carrie Mae Smith must like food a lot because it’s a recurring theme in her work. A lot her recent works are very woody, of-the-home items but—previously—had included lumber bread and Cheetos sculptures, drawings of utensils, and collages that mash the female body with food. Her paintings best epitomize her interests in food, specifically in prep and dinner service. They study form and let her flex her painting talents by sharing still lives and points of view for diners.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

February 28, 2014 / By

Lola Dupre Creates Exploding Collages

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Lola Dupre’s work is blowing up, almost quite literally. A collagist based in Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucía, Spain (longest town name ever), she creates these incredible looking collages which explode with energy. There’s also a bit of an op art thing happening, the stark black and white shapes sort of make your eyes go funny. It’s amazing that she has the time and patience to cut all these tiny pieces out and then glue them all together.

You can see more of her work below or by visiting her site.

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Bobby Solomon

February 27, 2014 / By

Sculptures from an Imagined Outer Space by Yoskay Yamamoto

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Many people, including me, are fascinated by outer space. The movements of the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars are carefully recorded and obsessively followed. The current hit Korean drama, My Love From The Star, is a rom-com involving a 400-year-old handsome alien and the female celebrity whose life he saves. Recently on Brain Pickings, Maria Popova wrote about Carl Sagan’s Murmurs of Earth: The Voyager Interstellar Record. Sagan and his team compiled “the sounds of Earth,” dubbed it the Golden Record, and placed it on the Voyager to transmit a distilled idea of our planet to the galaxies with the possibility that other lifeforms out there might hear it.

Yoskay Yamamoto’s sculptures and carved figurines are a possible interpretation of what these outer space lifeforms might look like. The faces of Yamamoto’s pieces tend to feature small eyes barely open or shut, thin noses with high bridges, and knowing half-smiles. They are usually missing pupils, have large foreheads, and pale skin. I think Yamamoto has imagined a possible martian appearance without going in the direction of tentacles, excess body parts, and slime.

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Charis Poon

February 26, 2014 / By

Japanese Poster Artists: Cherry Blossom and Asceticism

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Having grown up in Switzerland, those that know me are no stranger to my fondness of the country. Those that know me also know of my relentless affection towards Japan—a nation I often refer to as “the Switzerland of Asia.” This is the 150th year of diplomatic relations between the two nations. Surprised? I’m certain everyone is. What’s actually thrilling about this is that to celebrate, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich has organized an exhibition, Japanese Poster Artists: Cherry Blossom and Asceticism, showcasing the stellar exemplars of renown Japanese graphic design. The exhibit is reflected in an accompanying book, Japan  Nippon, which marks the 26th release of the Lars Müller Publishing’s poster collections.

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Nick Partyka

February 26, 2014 / By

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