Wonderful and Hilarious French Nail Art

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Amazing and Awesome Sparkler Art:

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Awesome Hurry Up Art done with Bones

Sunday, December 27, 2009
Hurry Up, a piece that out-paced Fail Harder in hours spent is currently on display in the W+K Lobby (224 NW 13th Ave in Portland). An intimate reception was held on January 4th and the show will be on display through the end of the month.

The process began by sculpting pink insulation with hack saws and electric carving knives. After that, we covered them in a thick layer of plaster.
We chiseled, filed, and sanded until the plaster was smooth, then added additional plaster for details. The color was an inaccurate amalgum of coffee, white and ocher paints, tea, gel medium, sand and dirt. One more round of sanding, and they were ready to hang.
Suspended from 25 foot crossbeams, the bones were hung with fishing line fed through eyelets. (Minimal) kerning and leading later, we were done. No one but Bernie and I will know how slow the Hurry Up process actually was. Kind of nice that way.

Awesome and Amazing Magazine Illusions

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Amazing and Incredible Corrugated Cardboard Art

Friday, December 25, 2009
What do Edvard Munch’s “Scream”, Uncle Sam and a standard barcode have in common? At first glance – not much. It’s at artist Mark Langan’s studio in Cleveland, OH where all the leads come together. Or should we say the cardboard pieces? Mark Langan uses corrugated material – recycled corrugated cardboard boxes – from friends’ and neighbours’ trash cans and turns them into amazing pieces of art. A super cool and creative way to recycle we think!

Cardboard Uncle Sam seems to have a metallic sheen:

Mark Langan has been focusing on corrugated art since 2004 and creates his own as well as commissioned pieces. Each artwork can take about 80-100 hours to make. He markets to corrugated manufacturers, packaging companies, recycling firms and green industries who love his artworks – which adorn their boardrooms and lobbies and are used at green events.

Does recycled art keep board meetings focused?

Asked what corrugated art is, the artist says: “My personal interpretation to the term “Corrugated Art” is the celebration of the unique properties of a highly visible manufactured product for which it was not purportedly intended. Striving to artistically focus by highlighting those aesthetically characteristic qualities which otherwise would be unknowingly ignored.”

Only cardboard, non-toxic glue, razor knife, cutting edge and mat – Mark Langan at work:
While Langan is particular in using only recycled materials, he shies a bit away from the label “green.” Though his motto is “reduce, reuse, recycle”, he is realistic enough not to claim that “he’s making a huge dent in reducing waste material going into landfills.” However, he strongly believes in inspiring others to ask, “What can I do to help?” when it comes to recycling. That’s more than most of us can claim. We’ll surely do some thinking and will not look at an old cardboard box in quite the same way again…