Category Archives: Art


3D rendered nude sculptures


Design studio Meiré und Meiré commissioned London based motion designer, digital designer and director Julien Simshauser to create 3D Illustrations of nude women for the August issue of GQ Italy. This resulted in beautiful renderings of 3D sculptures made of marble and high gloss material. Simshauser then arranged these on top of each other to shape collages of naked bodies. In turn, those collages were used on the opening pages of GQ to introduce the different sections of the magazine.

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Art, Film

Surrender to this short dance film by Maceo Frost


‘Ready To Surrender’ is a short dance film by Swedish filmmaker Maceo Frost, set to a choreography by Mari Carrasco. The two found inspiration in a stage piece by the same name. Immerse yourself in this video that explores the subject of letting go, daring to fail and not going out without a fight. The piece is set to a score written by Maceo and his father Damon Frost. Watch it after the break.

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Art, Nature, Photography

These portraits are slowly being devoured by living fungi

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A few years ago, South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh noticed something strange was happening with his photo paper: fungi were slowly but surely harming his photos. It would only be a matter of time before the picture would become totally unrecognizable … and useless. Or not? Instead of doing everything in his power to keep the fungi away from his photos, he decided to embrace the parasites and let them go their way without restraint. Ever since, the artist has created a series of these photos, under the title ‘Impermanence’. He places the images in a warm, moist environment in which the fungi thrive and consume the light sensitive chemicals for months or even years. Seung-Hwan has also started breeding parasites himself in a micro fungi farm, although molds found on old bread or rice do the job as well. Nevertheless, letting nature run its course doesn’t always yield results: “To put thing in perspective, only one out of 500 frames of medium format color reversal film comes out properly and I only have 15 of them so far since I started the project in 2010.” – Seung-Hwan Oh

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Art, Design

Satta finds ‘Spiritual Materialism’ in Bali with a show featuring mixed media and reclaimed wood


By combining painting, illustration and woodworking skills, Joe Lauder has put his line of retro inspired, handmade cruiser skateboarders and accompanying apparel on the global surf and skate radar under the name Satta. Collaborating with illustrator friend Stevie Gee, he has also gained the attention of the British and international graphic design community. Based out of South London, Lauder approaches art and making skateboarders from the viewpoint of adapting to one’s environment. During a short holiday in Bali (which became a much longer stay than anticipated) Lauder was invited to the Deus Temple of Enthusiasm as the space’s resident artist. The temple combines a gallery, workshop, and café – all focused on good vibes and creativity. Fast forward just six weeks and Lauder is opening his ‘Spiritual Materialism’ show that features work comprised of found objects, freshly shaped skate decks and reclaimed wood.

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Artist Olafur Eliasson moves 100 tonnes of ice to Copenhagen to visualise climate change


Artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing want to keep the people thinking about the consequences of climate change. That is why they presented an installation called ‘Ice Watch’ that visualises climate change by placing 100 tonnes of inland ice at the Copenhagen City Hall Square. The ice has been collected from a fjord outside of Nuuk, Greenland by Royal Arctic Line divers and dockworkers, contracted by Group Greenland/ Greenland glacier ice, and shipped in four refrigerated containers. The installation consists of twelve large blocks that have been displayed in the formation of a clock, to serve as a physical wake-up call that the ice is melting and sea levels are rising. The project marks the publication of the firth assessment report of the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change. “Today we have access to reliable data that shed light on what will happen and what can be done. Let’s appreciate this unique opportunity – we, the world, must and can act now. Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action,” according to Eliasson and Rosing.

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Art, Culture, Music, Nightlife, Photography

Blend Selects: Museumnacht


For the 15th time the museums of Amsterdam will open up their doors with special activities and exhibitions for the annual Museumnacht on the 1st of November. From 19.00 to 02.00 art lovers and culture fanatics are invited to make their way to 50 participating museums. With music performances, special exhibitions, tours and DIY projects you have a sea of opportunities to go and experience the art Amsterdam has to offer. BLEND has selected the best Musuemnacht has on offer.

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Min Jung-Yeon’s work takes the roads less traveled


France based, Korean born artist Min Jung-Yeon has recently come up with a series of India ink paintings meditating on those rare moments of quiet stillness. Her body of work emerged during the artist’s move from the French capitol to the countryside. The nostalgic setting reminded her of her childhood and youth spent in Korea. Jung-Yeon’s work communicates less through grandiose vistas and more through a subtle placement of suggestive elements. Her geological formations are stylized and textured, with pine trees showing up as dreamlike motifs that invite the audience to imagine an undisturbed, uninhabited paradise. The artist will be showing with Galerie Maria Lund for the upcoming Young International Artists Art Fair, taling place in Paris October 23 through 26.

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Art, Photography

Astonishing Self Portraits by pro skater Fabiano Rodrigues


Fabiano Rodrigues is a Sao-Paulo based skateboarder and photographer with a fantastic eye for composition – especially in his self portraits. The thirty year old first stood in front of the camera before choosing to stand behind it. During his tours of Europe and Brazil as a professional skateboarder, he was regularly seen photographing other doing tricks. Soon he became interested in motion, composition and architecture. His Tumblr features brilliant shots of other athletes doing their thing, next to a series of self portraits that show him doing tricks and catching airtime in locations with astonishing architecture. Rodrigues shoots with a medium format Hasselblad and wireless remote control. After framing the scene, Rodrigues grabs his board, performs a trick, and then uses the remote to trip the camera’s shutter at the apex. Note the framing of the images, the play of light and shadow and the architectural beauty of its surroundings. Each photo is printed just once. His work is available from the Logo Gallery in Sao Paulo. More images after the break.

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Knitted glassware


Seattle based artist Carol Milne has come up with a technique to create sculptures in glass that look as if they were knit. She starts out by making a model in wax which she then places in a mould, exposing it to high temperatures. Next, she melts part of the wax and inserts glass into the mould. Subsequently, she places all of it in a ceramic oven and lets it sit there at temperatures of 1400-1600 degrees Fahrenheit. Finally, she lets the sculptures cool off for a couple of weeks. The result is an astonishing collection of knitted glassware.

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Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography

Mr. Blick makes art, not war


Mister Blick is an artist from France who takes found black and white photography and replaces the guns and weapons by colourful floral illustrations. The images in monochrome show men at war, but instead of carrying guns, Blick has seamlessly provided them with lush blossoms.

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