Japanese artist Hikaru Cho possesses an uncanny ability to alter the appearance of an object with expertly applied camouflage. In her mind-bending series It’s Not What It Seems, she’s used acrylic paint on several types of food that end up looking like something else pulled from the kitchen: a banana becomes a cucumber, a tomato assumes the look of an orange, and an egg is turned into an eggplant.
After the onset of the digital renaissance, vinyl records became little more than obsolete products of days long past, reminders of how unforgivingly fast technology moves. In a creative and sentimental nod to the value they once held, Estonian designer Pavel Sidorenko uses a laser and delicately cuts shapes into old vinyl records, building fully functional clocks out of what he’s carved. The imagery he creates includes cityscapes, iconic logos, and more.
Instead of wielding a paintbrush and applying strokes to a waiting canvas, Greece-based artist Charis Tsevis uses hundreds of colorful wires (phone cables, USB cords, etc.), grouping the strands together to create beautifully unique illustrations that reflect his recognition of the wired and interconnected world in which we now live.
At the urging of multiple friends and acquaintances, I’ve only just started watching the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad, which recently ended its celebrated five season run. And while considerable suspension of disbelief is required to follow the criminal adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, I can’t deny that I’m hooked on what’s ultimately a story about the lengths — and perhaps depths — one will travel in the name of family. Clearly another fan, Bulgerian artist Zsolt Molnár has crafted a 62 set collection of posters for every episode of the show. Not wanting to spoil myself, I’ve held off on going through each entry in his project, though I’m definitely impressed by how accurately he’s captured the essence of this series in the posters I did view.
Recently unearthed from the archives of the British museum, this interpretation of the alphabet was drawn in the 19th century by illustrator Charles Joseph Hullmandel, who turned the letters into scenic landscapes. “L” is represented by stormy waves rocking a boat, “V” sees a herd of deer peacefully sitting in the forest, and “M” finds a family of ducks floating about a pond. And those are just 3 examples from his 26-letter collection.
As you can see, we used his work to spell out our brand’s name, but you can view the entire set here.
For anyone living in a bustling metropolis, the commute to work often involves riding the transit system. Whether it’s on a bus or train, each day includes a period spent sitting across from and next to complete strangers whose thoughts are never revealed unless they’re given to random outbursts in public settings. What if we were able to pry into the innermost recesses of a commuter’s mind and listen to what they were thinking?
That’s the idea behind a clever art project by two artists from New York City who decided to create an interactive animation that invites participants into the thoughts harbored by a fictional cast of commuters on a subway train. Artist and animator Alon Chitayat teamed up with writer and programmer Jeff Ong on Subway Stories, which consists of a control box that allows a user to navigate up and down a subway car filled with characters who can be zeroed in on and listened to, all of whom based off actual people Alon observed and sketched during his commute between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Check out the video below and visit Subway Storieshere.
Although Super Bowl XLVIII failed to live up to expectations, proving far less competitive than many NFL fans had anticipated, enthusiasm about this wildly popular sport continues in spite of the underwhelming outing between Denver and Seattle. The most recent example of this can be seen in a newly unveiled project by graphic artist John Raya, who’s redesigned the helmets of every NFL team (while retaining their respective color schemes), remixing them with characters and icons from the world of Star Wars. The New England Patriots become the Jedis, the Philadelphia Eagles have been turned into the Yodas, and the Oakland Raiders assume the villainous honor of being the Vaders. Those are just three of the 32 teams that have all had their helmets re-imagined by Raya.
Visit him here to see how the remaining teams ended up.
Tiny dot-sized stickers are put to brilliant use by Yukino Ohmura, whose precise hands delicately apply hundreds of them against a black acrylic board, recreating dazzling snapshots of nightlife scenery. Cars streaking down a freeway and emptied skyscrapers beneath a setting sun are just two of the familiar urban sights she’s included in this work of hers.
Montreal-based artist Jean-Pierre Seguin used thousands of toy soldiers to create the recognizable imagery of World War II, painting and gluing them to wooden boards. From a Curtiss P-40 Warhawk zipping through the sky to an undulating American flag, what he’s crafted assumes a photographic appearance when viewed from a distance, despite being installations assembled with one toy soldier at a time.
This March, an exhibition of Seguin’s art will take place at the OK Harris Gallery in Manhattan.