Tag Archives: modern art

Deep-Fried Gadgets

If you ever wondered what technology looks like after it’s been cooked, Henry Hargreaves has the answer! Fret not, these gadgets aren’t real – just foam copies. Hargreaves has a “restless and curious mind, a fascination with the unusual or quirky and a desire to see how photography can illuminate the world and spark conversation.”

Photos via Hargreaves’ website.


While washing dried paint out of his sink from a different project, Michael Chase was inspired by the colors and textures that the combination of water and paint created, and set out to make his own psychedelic patterns armed with only his iPhone, his sink, and different types of paint. He states that the series, entitled Paintaway, “revolves around the central theme of impermanence. The flowing water represents the erosion of time and the paint is symbolic of the physical world we live in.”

Photos via his website.

Detailed Doodles

Yosuke Goda is the artist behind these incredibly complex drawings, covering the room and enveloping the viewer in lines and curves without a beginning or an end. Timelapse video is below as well!

Photos and video via here.

Being Banksy: Part 2

I previously posted about Nick Stern, a photographer who is creating real life versions of infamous street artist Banksy’s 2D graffiti. He’s at it again with more photos for the series he’s entitled “You are not Banksy”.

Photos via.

Scratching the Surface

Alexander Farto, better known by his street name of Vhils, is the artist behind these portraits found on walls and buildings in multiple cities. Vhils actually constructs through destruction by chipping away at the surfaces to create portraits that despite their hard material seem emotional and thoughtful. On why he chooses walls as his canvas and chiseling as his medium, Vhils says that he never has and “never want to have absolute control over what I’m doing – I like the unexpected and the uncertain. I am interested in working with what one can’t control; it is this ephemeral character which I’m interested in exploring: the inconstancy and impermanence of matter. My pieces are in permanent transformation – an intentional transformation. The entire scope of human endeavor has been aimed at fixating, at creating institutional structures which can oppose change, maintain. and nature is the exact opposite of this, a permanent state of transformation, mutation, change. I’m interested not only in highlighting this ephemeral condition, but also in instigating it, in encouraging it.” And if you weren’t enthralled by his words already, the meaning behind the art digs even deeper: “The intention is to engrave the idea of life on a wall, creating an iconographic piece of symbolism that will endure — bringing to life the idea of life on a lifeless surface. in the un-organic and grey landscapes of the urban world it is easy to loose track of what our nature really is and where we came from…”

Photos via Farto’s website and here.

Bathroom with a View

Monica Bonvicini is the creator of “Don’t Miss a Sec”, an outdoor toilet made with one-way glass, enabling the user to see outside but blocking surrounding passerby from seeing the person inside the toilet. Bonvicini purposely placed it across from the Tate Britain museum, as the work “relates to the urge, during big art events where so much is about “see and be seen,” to not miss anything. At any big art event, everyone needs a bathroom at some point. If you use the work for it, you are still able to see the next art work, who is passing by, who is talking with whom, and who is wearing what. At the same time, you can literally show your ass to them.” Additionally, the toilet serves to question which aspects of our lives we prefer to be private or public, and how we feel when those lines are blurred. As you look through the photos and watch the video below, ask yourself – would you use this toilet?

Photos via here and here. You can see more of Bonvicini’s work here.

Street-Art with a Dose of Sarcasm

Mobstr, a British street artist, is known for his witty, short and to-the-point tags that often cause the viewer to stop and think. Like other graffiti artists such as Banksy, he is very passionate about the debate over the difference between advertising and street art. “We’ll happily put a six metre wide billboard up on the side of a shop or house convincing you the latest innovative toothbrush will enrich your life yet when someone paints a picture on some brick we suddenly become offended. What is the difference between putting your image on the street via the means of a billboard or taking it into your own hands and spraying it on a wall? The billboard is legal and the spray paint image is not. Why? One is endorsed by money and the other by a creative spirit. I know which one wins out for me and ultimately which one creates the image I would rather walk around my city and look at.” On his motivation behind his art, and his particular style of graffiti, he states, “Our visual surroundings are very important to us. They dictate our mood, well being, and satisfaction with where we live. The people who decide how we visually use our space have got it wrong…I want something quirky and different. Something which makes you smile, which makes you question, which makes you think…. even if it is “why the fuck is that there?”

Pictures/quotes via Mobstr’s website, here, and here.

Nature at Night

Lee Eunyeol is the creator of these lighted landscapes, composed of elements from night and day due to his planting of lights around common nature scenes. On his work, Eunyeol says that “Starry Night expresses private spaces given by night and various emotions that are not able to be defined and described in the space…Unified light from these two spaces generates a mysterious landscape.

Photos via here and here; unfortunately Eunyeol doesn’t have a website yet.

Bouncing Bubbles

Renée Reijnders and Merijn Hos created this fun installation, which they call “Bubblegum”, on the waters of Almere, a town in the Netherlands. The bubbles float and dance on the water, and LED lights are inserted inside them at night to create an equally whimsical vision. Discussing her work, Reijnders says that her art “is not only for myself. I want to show something beautiful, a vision or interaction. My sculptures and other projects are mostly for public spaces. Art can be used and is not only meant for watching.”

Photos via Reijnders’ website, Hos’ website, and here.

Chemical Creations

Fabian Oefner, creator of the “Dancing Colors” series I wrote about here, placed a mixture of ferrofluid and watercolors onto a magnetic field to produce these incredible designs, which he calls “Millefiori”. Oefner explains, “ferrofluid is a magnetic solution with a viscosity similar to motor oil. When put under a magnetic field, the iron particles in the solution start to rearrange, forming the black channels and separating the water colors from the ferrofluid. The result are these peculiar looking structures.” Crazy photos are below along with screenshots from this video of the process.

Pictures from Oefner’s portfolio, here, and here.