Archive for the ‘Unique’ Category

Though recently the landscaping arts have gained respect and popularity, the British artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey’s work definitely puts a new twist to the term when they use grass as their medium in numerous works.

In Ackroyd and Harvey’s site they describe their work as a culmination of architecture, biology, photography, and sculpture to create works that have “an intrinsic bias towards process and event and often reflecting urban political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay.” Their earlier works used architecture as their canvas on a grand scale with such pieces as shown below.

Dilston Grove (2003)

Theaterhaus Gessnerallee (1993)

The Undertaking (L’Antre-Prise) 1992

Now, their newest work is an ingenious use of natural process and creativity. Ackroyd and Harvey have been using the natural production of chlorophyll through photosynthesis as a photographic process of developing portraits “printed” on grass. They manipulated the light the grass received by projecting the negative image onto it which produces shades of rich greens and yellows to bring the composition out.

Testament (2011-1998)

Park Ave + Resident (2011)

Presence (1992)

Up close the photos simple look like a patch of grass, but as the observer moves further away, the portraits grow clearer, crisper and into focus. The greatest part of this process for me, as a fan of ephemeral art, is the fact that though the image can last for quite a long time as the grass grows the image out, it will fade, change color, and age like a vintage photograph as depicted clearly in the picture below off of the Domaine de Chamarande site where their work is currently on view until September 30th, 2012 in France.


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So lately I’ve been noticing an up and coming “trend” so to speak. Artists have been collecting tid-bits, text, and technology of things that were usually only illustrated through our imagination.

First was the highly impressive and equally disturbing sculpture of Beavis and Butthead from special effects makeup artist Kevin Kirkpatrick from Hollywood for his exhibition Conjoined 2.

These sculptures are made from silicone, with acrylic eyes and teeth, real human hair, and T-shirts. Check out more of Kevin’s insanely impressive art at his site, and pray that his next installment into our youth’s media nostalgia is not as masterfully accurate and haunting… may the Simpsons, Rugrats (not counting the disturbing youtube video), and many other animated classics forever stay sacred.

Then I stumbled upon a sketch of the ever offensive and always enlighteningly humorous favorite 4th graders from South Park. Though I’m not completely positive of its origins I believe one of the animators created a realistic sketch of the 4 young fellas. Sadly, I can not find the artists name of this sketch:

I also stumbled upon a collection of colored sketches of some of the rest of the cast by another anonymous artist.

Most recently, I’ve discovered this on going project by Brian Joseph Davis entitled The Composites where he uses law enforcement composite sketch software to create an image of classic literary characters. A spectacular and original concept that really connects the arts and technology.

Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby

Humbert Humbert, Lolita

Emma Bovary, Madame Bovary

Go to Brian’s tumblr account to check out the other literary characters he’s brought to life, and even suggest a character yourself for him to do by simply leaving the name under his sites “suggest a character” tab with a description found in their novels text. These odd renderings, though obviously rout with computer composite features are still fascinating, but don’t ruin ones personally created identities from these beloved novels.They actually draw an intriguing comparison between ours and the softwares take of these people.

So what and who is to come next in the creation of realism in our fictional literary and animated loves? Will there be a new technique or subject to be brought to life and light? I know I can’t wait to see it.

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I’m loving this Chromatic Typewriter created by artist Tyree Callahan! He modified a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by replacing the ink pads with color paint pads, and swapped out letters for coinciding color markings. Pure genius! He has entered this piece into the 2012 West Prize competition (Vote) where anyone can go and vote for their favorite.



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It’s a pleasant change from the previous typewriter art of old where letters, numbers, and punctuation lend themselves isn’t it? Quite honestly, whether it functioned or not, he had me at color… beautiful in execution, composition, and function. You can’t go wrong with color or vintage.



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Some of you may have seen this already some where around the net, but I had to post it. Dave Devries created this book entitled: The Monster Engine where he brings to life children’s drawings.

  This original, jaw        dropping, eye opening, yet completely simple concept will have you saying: Why didn’t I think of that? But you didn’t, and Dave Devries did, and trust me when I say: I think he was the best for the job.

Inspired by his nieces drawings in his sketchbook, this painter, who worked for Marvel and DC comics bringing their cartoons to life, made the effortless step towards bringing the youths illustrations to life… or at least 3D. He brilliantly formatted the book to show the side by side drawings partnered with portraits of the child creators, and their interviews on their subjects. Devries describes his process simply:

“I project a child’s drawing with an opaque projector, faithfully tracing each line. Applying a combination of logic and instinct, I then paint the image as realistically as I can. “

He does so mainly with acrylic paint, airbrush and colored pencil; and therein, his genius lies.

To read and see more of Dave Devries work, please visit his site: themonsterengine.com

Once you’ve looked through his  Artwork section, I highly recommend you check out his Larger Works tab. It’s truly awe inspiring, and make sure to look at the child’s original as well.

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