One of the most recognizable icons in the world of video games, Pac-Man is the quintessential addict, driven by an insatiable appetite for pellets and fruit that he collects while attempting to elude deadly foes in hot pursuit. This mad hunger is the basis for The Consumer, a new piece created in Hamburg, Germany by London-based street artist Shok-1, whose artwork consists of translucent illustrations that look like x-rays.
Located in India, the Drepung Loseling Monastery is home to a group of Tibetan monks who travel the world promoting world peace by creating amazingly detailed mandalas, Hindu and Buddhist symbols that represent the universe. Beginning with just an outline that is drawn on a clean surface, the monks meticulously apply multicolored grains of sand that number in the millions. A process that can take several weeks to complete, the result is a breathtakingly colorful work of art. Yet in spite of how much time is spent working on each mandala, the monks leave them to be viewed for just a short period before sweeping up the sand and depositing it in an urn, where half is given to the audience and the rest is returned to the ocean. The fleeting existence of each mandala is meant to represent how short life can be and to reinforce our appreciation of the time we’re given.
Berlin-based artist Olivia Steele puts neon lighting to bold and dazzling effect, creating installations that consist of short statements set against various backdrops. She’s turned a medium that is traditionally employed for marketing purposes into a meditative form of expression.
Swedish artist Nina Lindgren recently exhibited Floating City at the ArtRebels gallery located in Copenhagen, a sculpture that she created using only cardboard and glue. The construction of each home featured in this piece is exceptionally detailed, from the angular roofs that sport chimneys to the tiny holes that represent windows. Equally impressive is the seamless grouping of each module, which is shown in the short video below.
Apparel, art, and other gifts that embody urban creativity can be found within the doors of San Francisco boutique Upper Playground. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the brand has teamed up with neighboring skate shop DLX, who’s entering its 20th year of delivering a diverse array of goods — boards, clothing, shoes, and more — to the same community. The two brands commissioned artist Jeremy Fish to design the Walrus Cruiser, a custom skateboard that’s limited to just 75 units. In Fish’s signature style, a walrus is illustrated along the deck’s bottom, its gaping mouth unzipped to reveal a golden view of the San Francisco skyline.
The Walrus Cruiser skateboard can be purchased here.
On Saturday, I showed up to the Might And Magic exhibit held at Kulturez‘ flagship store in Harvard Square, where tattoo artist Rueben “Horikei” Kayden — whose talents can be commissioned at Chameleon Tattoo — had several pieces on display. From producing traditional prints to having his work grace the surfaces of skateboards, Kayden’s artistry is greatly informed by Japanese themes, the result of frequent visits to Japan and his tutelage under Japanese tattoo master Horimyo. Those in attendance were also treated to food, drinks and a raffle that rewarded winners with apparel and a select number of Kayden’s unframed prints.
Might and Magic will be on display until August 1st.
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Inspired by the time-traveling adventures of Marty Mcfly and Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown in the 1985 classic Back To The Future, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty is a hilarious animated series that premiered last year and has received critical acclaim for its darkly humorous storylines. Two of its fans are artists Yaoyao Ma Van and her husband, both whom showing their love of the show with this newly crafted paper cutout featuring the two stars and several other characters that appeared in the first season.
Rick and Morty’s second season will begin at the end of this year.
Celebrating 30 years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Gallery Nucleus is working with Nickelodeon to host an exhibit within its space that pays tribute to a franchise which originated as a comic book before branching off into various other forms of entertainment, the latest being a feature film set to be released on August 8, 2014. 30 artists, including some who’ve worked on previous incarnations of this series, will unveil their own take on the turtles and other characters that are central to the story. Production art from the new television series and other memorabilia will also be on display. And for an added bit of nostalgia, visitors will be able to play the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game.
Heroes In A Half Shell: A TMNT Art Tribute Exhibition Where: Gallery Nucleus - 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801 When: July 12, 2014 – August 3, 2014 (Opening Reception / Jul 12, 7:00PM – 10:00PM)
In addition to being a skateboarder and a full-time boat builder, Sydney-based artist Ben Young is also a surfer, and his affinity for the ocean inspires him to craft sculptures that emulate the unpredictable beauty of the sea. Using only his hands, he recreates waves and other forms of water by delicately cutting multiple sheets of glass. In the video below, Young speaks about the process behind his work.
In addition to all manner of activity taking place on the field at the World Cup in Brazil, even a stadium and the towering statue of Christ the Redeemerare represented in this inspired take on the alphabet by Majorca-based illustrator Gustavo Berocan Veiga. Goalies lunging at the ball, referees wielding penalty cards, rowdy fans cheering their teams on, and more have been creatively transformed into each letter that makes up what he’s called the Association Ball Cup Typeface.