beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: CTRL+X

    Unless you’re a renowned graffiti artist like Banksy, or you’re completely immersed in the graffiti art subculture, you may find graffiti to be ubiquitous, repetitive, troublesome, or distasteful. But what if, in all of the negative connotations of graffiti, we could find some comedic relief and simply laugh it off? It’s possible. We’ve found a group […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Giant Mixed Media Stories

    One of the cool things about art? Multiple interpretations. The phrase “larger than life” can take on both literal and figurative meanings. Canadian figurative painter Andrew Saldago‘s works exemplify this concept, combining reality and imagination in a whirlwind effect of color and scale. His staggering oversized masterpieces utilize mixed media to create powerful stories infused with […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Comedy-Infused Vintage Photos

    Looking at vintage photographs, its sometimes hard to imagine the subjects of those pictures ever having fun! The stern looks, cross faces, and emotionless expressions seem to exude seriousness and sadness. But German artist Anja Wulfing has decided to turn those frowns upside down in her latest series of photographs. Anja creates beautiful images of oil-painted […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Felt Store

    Picture this: You’re on the road heading to work, and you decide to stop at the convenience store – just like you do every morning for your cup of coffee. You walk in, grab your cup, pour your coffee, pay, and you’re on your way again. Sounds like a predictable morning experience in any convenience […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Fragmented Ink Memories

    It is said that pictures are worth a thousand words, so we can only imagine how many words one must be worth when a picture is painted onto a book! And what about memories? How many words are those worth? This is a question artist Ekaterina Panikanova seeks to answer with her ink paintings that depict memories, […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Metamorphosis of Life

    One of art’s biggest allures – regardless of the shape, size, medium, or color – is that any given piece can really force us to think on a much deeper level: our own experiences, the meaning of life, an object’s true purpose. Truly, art is in the eye of the beholder, and London-based illustrator Miles […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: YInMn Blue

    We’re pretty familiar with the 7 basic colors of the rainbow (ROY G. BIV!)  but the vast pigments that stem from those foundation colors seem to go on and on…and on. Crayola has always done a brilliant job of displaying some of the many color variations in their mega-box crayon collections. But guess what they’ve done now? […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wire Figures

    Wire: such a mundane object we might see in a toolbox, an industrial drawer, or on the backs of our picture frames. While it has been used to hang our art pieces in our home or workplace for years, the artworks of Roberto Fanari suggest that wire may serve an entirely opposite purpose; instead of a […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Horse Problem

    Man meets animal in an awe-striking statue depicting a horse “frozen in time” and the young lady who happened to stumble upon it. Displayed in the Venice Biennale’s Argentinean Pavilion, this is a masterpiece that is simple in form but heavy in symbolism. The statue, which is called The Horse Problem by Claudia Fontes, resides in the Biennale’s arsenal […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Venice Hand Sculptures

    In past blogs we’ve highlighted unique works that have been small, fragile, and nearly microscopic. But today we’re sharing something monumental! Artist Lorenzo Quinn has created a mammoth masterpiece for the 2017 Venice Biennale. The piece has single “handedly” altered Italy’s already gorgeous landscape, leaving a lasting impression on those who cross (or live in) its path. These enormous hands, titled […]

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