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22 Apr 16:14

New Large-scale Geometric Illusions in Paris by Felice Varini

by Christopher Jobson

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Swiss artist Felice Varini (previously) recently opened a new solo exhibition titled “La Villette En Suites” featuring a number of anamorphic projections designed to be viewed from a single location creating an uncanny optical illusion. Varini is fascinated by architecture as backdrop for his artwork and seeks unusual spaces with varying planes of depth for his installations which can grow to be quite dramatic.

The new geometric pieces (which are technically paintings) are installed in both interior and exterior spaces around the Grande halle de la Villette within Parc de la Villette through September 13, 2015. You can see more views of the exhibition on StreetArtNews, and follow Varini directly on Facebook.

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16 Apr 16:00

Colorful Street Art Coming to Life

by Donnia

Photographe et motion designer résidant en Espagne, A. L. Crego est l’auteur d’oeuvres street art auxquelles il donne vie à travers des GIF animés. Ces fresques en mouvement interagissent souvent avec l’environnement qui les entourent. Une sélection de ses GIF est disponible dans la galerie.

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01 Nov 03:53

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16 Apr 15:03

Car safety system monitors your body language to prevent accidents

by Mariella Moon
Many collision avoidance systems watch out for other cars or pedestrians to keep you safe. But this new one called Brains4Cars being developed by Cornell and Stanford University researchers adds a camera that monitors you (or the driver's, if it's so...
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11 Apr 14:40

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17 Apr 17:16

The Kanna Finish: How to Get Glass-Smooth Surfaces in Wood Without Sandpaper or Varnish

Sandpaper has to be the number one consumable in the modern-day furniture shop. But a subset of craftspeople, like Toshio Tokunaga and his four apprentices, don't use any of the stuff—yet are still able to achieve a glass-like finish on their furniture pieces, even absent varnish.

Anti-sandpaper furniture builders achieve this with handplanes and spokeshaves, or what are collectively called kanna in Japanese. While Western planes are made with cast-iron or bronze bodies, kanna are made with wooden bodies supporting the iron cutter.

While sandpaper and kanna might seem to produce the same results to the untrained eye—or hand rubbing the surface—it's simply not true, particularly when seen at a microscopic level, or touched with sensitive fingertips.

As you can see, blades cut. Sandpaper tears. Thus, as Tokunaga Furniture Studio explains,

We use no sandpaper at all when crafting our furniture. Sandpaper rubs away the natural pattern of the wood, leaving behind a smoothness that is artificial and which obscures the tree's innate characteristics. In contrast to this, the kanna cuts away successive layers of wood in a way that preserves the wood's natural appearance.

Tokunaga, by the way, makes his own kanna, from the ones that do the roughing work to the ones that take the final fine shavings.

As you can see, he's designed a staggering range of shapes. Collectively these tools can cope with every type of contour required in his work, whether flat, concave or convex.

Here's the team putting in the elbow grease:

And here's Tokunaga discussing the benefits of the kanna finish:

The blades of course require regular maintenance. Here an apprentice sharpens an iron on a waterstone.

Speaking of the irons, take a closer look:

Those look store-bought to you? Nope, Tokunaga has them made locally. And while I hate to write this hacky, clickbaitey sentence, you really won't believe where they came from! Stay tuned.

18 Apr 08:31

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15 Apr 10:17

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This is Megumi Igarashi

She’s a Japanese artist

Japan, the country with some of the most fucked up pornography and the penis festival

Where the vagina is basically illegal to talk about 

So she did a bunch of art featuring 3D sculptures of her vagina, including this kayak, and was put in jail for it

She was indicted again in December on obscenity charges for selling vagina art to crowdfund for the kayak and could spend two years in prison

In Japan, women’s vaginas are treated as though they are men’s property. The trains here usually display pornographic advertisements. As a woman, I find that blatant objectification to be humiliating. I’m disgusted by it. My body belongs to me.
So, with this project I wanted to release the vagina from the standard Japanese paradigm. Japan is lenient towards expressions of male sexuality and arousal, but not so for women. When a woman uses her body in artistic expression, her work gets ignored, and people treat her as if she’s some sex-crazed idiot. It all comes back to misogyny. And the vagina is at the heart of it.
The vagina is ridiculed. It’s lusted after. Men don’t see women as equals—to them, women are just vaginas. Then they call my vagina-themed work “obscene,” and judge me according to laws written by and for men. [x]

She plans to turn her trial in to a manga comic. She seems pretty sure she’s not going to do any jail time but if you’d like to help her pay for her inevitable fine and court fees, you can check out her online store. There are little glow in the dark vagina characters.

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14 Apr 21:29

Six Design Approaches to the Folding Bike Helmet

No one likes carrying a bulky bicycle helmet around. And as one designer after another tries to devise a way to make them collapse for storage, we're struck by how different everyone's approach is.

Julien Bergignat and Patrice Mouille's Tatoo Helmet is comprised of polypropylene strips lined with padded cells. Fastened at each end, the contraption rolls up like an armadillo. It's not terribly practical for carrying around, but assuming the connection points are strong enough, does seem it would withstand impact from the radial angles.

We Flotspotted/Trendletted Mike Rose's polypropylene Collapsible Helmet, which is considerably more elegant in terms of how it shrinks. The helmet compresses laterally, just about halving in size. However, while Rose has conducted drop tests for the helmet taking an impact from the top, we don't see any provision for providing the side-to-side structure you'd need for a lateral impact.

Inventor Jeff Woolf's successfully-crowdfunded Morpher helmet design also compresses laterally, and has won Popular Science's Safety Invention of the year for 2014/15. The helmet locks into the closed position via neodymium magnets. I'd like to see some explanation on the website as to how rigid this makes the helmet, but there is no technical description, just a statement that "Morpher has been designed to surpass all relevant safety standards."

The most recent design we've seen is Closca's Fuga helmet. Though they describe it as "folding," it doesn't fold at all, but rather telescopes down to roughly half-height. As with many of the other designs, there is no discussion on their website as to what provides rigidity from an impact along the axis it collapses along.

BioLogic's Pango folding helmet is made to fold in on itself from three angles. Because the folding design is hinge-based rather than compression-based, and when snapped together you have parts bracing each other in place, it seems it would be the most structurally sound:

It's subjective, but after looking at all of these, it seems the best solution to a folding helmet may not be a helmet at all.

We first spotted the Hövding "airbag for cyclists" a while ago, and it was first conceived of in 2005. By now the product's been around long enough that they've racked up both customer testimonials and praise from the insurance industry. And they really put their money where their mouth is, by showing crash-test footage and video demonstrations aplenty of the system deploying:

The only downside we can see is that there is a battery one must keep track of. But looking at the impressive protection statistics shown in the video, one does have to wonder if, compared to the Hövding, helmets really stand a chance.

14 Apr 21:57

Metazoa: Mixed-Media Cabinets by ‘ROA’ Reveal the Hidden Anatomy of Animals

by Christopher Jobson

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Belgian artist ROA (previously) just opened his first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC titled Metazoa. The new series of mixed media works feature the artist’s familiar black and white depictions of animals painted on various cabinet-like furniture pieces that can be opened or shifted to reveal anatomical details. ROA often chooses to depict animals native to where he is working, specifically species that have been forced from their native habitats and now live on the outskirts of urban areas. Here’s a comment about ROA’s decision to depict the beaver, New York’s state animal, via Jonathan LeVine:

ROA views the beaver, the state animal of New York, as a metaphor for the idea that nature has the ability to reclaim itself. The recovery of the beaver in New York City after it was previously thought extinct is exemplary of how humans and animals affect each other and reflects the artist’s interest in how animals evolve within urban landscapes. Wherever man settles, the desire to explore beyond the borders of survival leads to the extinction of species. This extermination due to mankind’s impact not only disrupts the natural balance but also leads to drastic cosmic changes, which ROA aims to convey by depicting the life, transience and carrion of animals.

Metazoa will be on view through May 2, and you can see plenty more gallery views and an interview with the artist during a studio visit on Arrested Motion from earlier this year.

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Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae

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Composition I: Castor, Didelphimorphia, Sciuridae (DETAIL)

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Composition III: Alligatoridae, Testudinidae, Gastropoda

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14 Apr 15:17

Awesome Words You Didn’t Know You Needed

by Strange Beaver

UrbanDictionary is packed full of words for today’s slang, but it also has a ton of hidden gems like these. Some of these are so perfect they need to be more commonly used

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13 Apr 14:00

Theories of Disappointment

by Lisa Marcus



Grant Snider of Incidental Comics takes on the inevitable occurrence in life of being disappointed. Whether it's disappointment as a result of the actions of significant others, friends or family, disappointment in the workplace or in other life circumstances, it's unavoidable. But as Snider points out, trying to avoid disappointment at all costs only makes your world smaller, with few opportunities, and thus, more disappointing. 

This is part one of "Theories of Disappointment." See part two at Incidental Comics.

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10 Apr 23:18

A Trio of Fictional Ice Cream Flavors Named for Uncomfortable PMS Symptoms

by Rebecca Escamilla

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Dallas, Texas-based designer Parker Jones created packaging for a trio of fictional ice cream flavors, each named for an uncomfortable symptom of premenstrual syndrome (aka PMS). Flavors include Don’t Come Near Me rocky road, I Think I’m Dying strawberry swirl, and I Need Some More mint chocolate chip.

I Need Some More PMS ice cream

Dont Come Near Me PMS ice cream

I Think Im Dying PMS ice cream

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images via Ice Cream That Understands PMS

via Package Inspiration, DesignTAXI, Elite Daily, Lost at E Minor

11 Apr 03:22

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08 Apr 23:39

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09 Apr 18:06

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08 Apr 22:00

This Isn't A Chameleon. It's Two Women Expertly Covered In Body Paint

by Lauren Davis

Johannes Stötter is a fine art body painter who creates incredible illusions with his paints and his performers, transforming human bodies into various animals. This chameleon is particularly spectacular, with two women forming different halves of the chameleon's body.

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08 Apr 23:52

’50 Foods in 50 Days’, Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

by E.D.W. Lynch

Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

In her recently completed illustration series 50 Foods in 50 Days, Australian artist CJ Hendry depicts foods on ornate Hermes plates in startlingly realistic pen drawings. As the Brisbane Times reports, Hendry has found considerable success through her popularity on Instagram. Her food illustrations, which debuted on Instagram, were all sold before their gallery exhibition in Melbourne back in March.

Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

Hyperrealistic Food Drawings by CJ Hendry

photos via CJ Hendry

via This Isn’t Happiness

08 Apr 23:30

I Cannot Stop Watching This Food Science Porn

by Esther Inglis-Arkell

I never would have guessed I would spend an entire afternoon glued to the screen watching corporate instructional videos, but these food science equipment videos are fascinating stuff. See peanut butter act like spray paint and learn about how how companies test the strength of pasta noodles.

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08 Apr 13:21

Artist Niyoko Ikuta Uses Layers of Laminated Sheet Glass to Create Spiraling Geometric Sculptures

by Christopher Jobson

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Since the early 1980s Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta has explored the properties of glass which she uses to make etheral geometric sequences manifested as layered sculptures. One of the leading figures in Japanese glass art, Ikuta’s works have been collected by institutions worldwide including the V&A in London and the Corning Museum of Glass in the U.S. She shares about her work via V&A:

I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 I began making artwork by laminating sheets of glass using adhesive and exposing the cross sections. My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer. In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life.

You can explore more of her work at Yufuku Gallery. (via Art Ruby)

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08 Apr 22:19

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08 Apr 16:00

Doodle Time by Sarah Anderson [tumblr | twitter | facebook]



Doodle Time by Sarah Anderson [tumblr | twitter | facebook]

04 Apr 16:00

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07 Apr 00:22

Crashing Glass Waves Frozen Into Elegant Vessels by Marsha Blaker and Paul DeSomma

by Kate Sierzputowski

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Husband and wife team Paul DeSomma and Marsha Blaker translate their oceanic inspirations directly into their collaborative glass sculptures, frozen glass waves caught mid-crash and appearing to spray surf from the contained vessels. The works exist as seamless gradients, dark blues circling the base while white froth circles the top of the pieces crafted from molten glass.

Although the couple works collaboratively on the vases, they also adhere to individual practices. Blaker focused on the textures and colors found within detailed marine environments while DeSomma’s work emphasizes the clarity and form of colorless and transparent glass.

The couple met at the esteemed Pilchuck Glass School in 1989, marrying shortly after and opening their studio in Live Oak, California in 2001. Together the couple is known internationally for their glass and ceramic work. (via Creative Boom and Amusing Planet)

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