These charming artworks are by Sydney-based artist Yan Qin Weng (aka Loika).
“I make sanctuaries for myself from the places in my head — mountain ranges, narrow alleyways, canopy shadows. If stories were air then I’d breathe my best with a pen in hand and a blank canvas in front.”
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Tokyo-based photographer Yasuhiro Ogawa shows us the true magic of Kyoto.
For Ogawa, Kyoto is all about the colors that fill the city and as he said“It changes constantly.”
Eight hundred years ago the Japanese poet Kamo no Chomei penned the following poem:
“The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.”
“The color of Kyoto tells us that everything is transient, almost like the current of the flowing river,” says Ogawa.
Sakimi chan is a digital artist based in Canada, she amazed us with her Gender Bender series in which portrays some of the most famous characters in Disney world(and not) in a gender bender version.
This is her new Horoscope Series.
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A native of Ipswich Massachusetts, photographer Mike Kelley has been named one of the 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide 2016/17 by Luerzer’s Archive and his images have been named Digital Camera World’s Best Images of 2014.
In his Airportraits series, Mike sets up camp outside of airports and meticulously photographs planes as they takeoff and land—shooting thousands of photos per location. He then uses Photoshop to isolate the planes and combines the images into the composite “portraits” you see here.
Chicago-based photographer Nick Ulivieri specializes in architecture, food, and aerial photography. Ulivieri takes some of the best photos of Chicago year-round, aerial or otherwise.
“I like my verticals parallel, my skies wild, bold color, and shooting above Chicago.”
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Controversial artist Ai Weiwei recently opened his first major exhibition in Italy, titled Libero (Free), at Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi. Prior to the opening, the artist installed the work Reframe.
Reframe is Ai Weiwei’s major new installation involving two of Palazzo Strozzi’s façades: twenty-two large orange rescue dinghies grafted onto Palazzo Strozzi’s windows draw the public’s attention to the fate of refugees who place their lives in jeopardy every day by crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
The installation, a product of the artist’s personal involvement and commitment as an activist in the refugee humanitarian crisis, offers the city of Florence a major opportunity to use culture to focus attention on the migrant issue.
“I have a strong respect for everyone who is fighting for freedom, willing to sacrifice everything, take a risk, take their children for a better future,” Ai Weiwei explained as part of the motivation for these series of works on the refugee crisis. “Those people are the heroes of our time. I have full respect for them. My work is about showing my clear respect for those people and their fight for freedom. They have been called many very bad names, but they are our brothers.”
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NONE is a short film that explores the balance of light and darkness. It has a personal narrative which plays with the notion of finding yourself amidst the noise around you.
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DIRECTOR / DESIGNER / CG ARTIST – Ash Thorp
CO-DIRECTOR / DESIGNER / CG ARTIST – Christopher Bjerre
CHARACTER DESIGNER – Alex Figini
COMPOSER – Ben Lukas Boysen
“NONE emerged as a collaboration with Chris Bjerre, when our schedules aligned with a small break from client work. We decided we wanted make something special that would allow us to further explore and evolve our craft, but needed to stick to a strict deadline of three weeks before the quick pace of work began again.
What started out as a series of surreal images that lived solely in my mind, we quickly manifested into reality. I wanted to stay true to the original, beautiful simplicity of my visual thoughts while also pushing to explore new techniques.
As the sequence progressed and we paired the rough cut with a track from the incredible musician, Ben Lukas Boysen, we immediately knew we had something special. So we quickly transitioned into post production mode, and completed the short film within the defined time limit. However, no true piece of art is ever finished… it’s just due.”