beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Frames Inception

    Coming in all different sizes, shapes, materials, and motifs, frames are generally considered the border to more important works inside. Though frames themselves can often be meticulously crafted and decorated, they rarely are given the credit they deserve for being works of art in their own right. But an American artist named Taylor Holland, based out of […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Cake Fangs

    Cake: We bake them, we eat them, we love them. We appreciate their versatility – red velvet, chocolate, marble, yellow – and they are great for celebrating any occasion. And did we mention they’re sweet and delicious? Hardly anyone is immune to their tasty charm. But above all, cake is terrifying and lethal. Wait, what? Cake is […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Twisted Tree Root Frames

    Wood is hands down one of the most versatile materials in architecture and design. Whether its being used  unseen as milled, rigid sub-structure (think studs, furniture substrates), celebrated for its natural beauty in grain pattern and warm tone (i.e. hardwood floors, wood-clad walls), sculpted into a decorative artwork piece, or put on center stage in […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Classical Art Re-imagined Into Modern-Day Scenarios

    What comes to mind when you hear “Classical Italian?” Probably the greats like Sandro Botticelli and Titian. We’ve admired the classical paintings, many depicting full-figured women with soft, round faces placed in a landscape, a furnished room, or even in heavenly scenery. But what would these figures look like today? In our modern society at […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Anatomical Transformations

    Have you ever seen the movie Stepford Wives? If you haven’t, here’s a brief synopsis (spoiler alert!): Women are turned into remote-controlled robots. The climax scene depicts the lead actress’s body sparking and glitching after a major malfunction – wires and robotics are revealed from behind her face in a shocking twist. In looking at […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Murals Take on Cubism and Realism

    We love it when artists experiment with their work using mixed media, a new technique, or fusing two totally different styles together. And one particular artist, doing just that, caught our eye this week. Spanish mural artist, Miguel Angel Belinchon, also known as “Belin,” has brought together the unique (and completely opposite) styles of realism and […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to the Originals: Chrome Meets Oil

    We often see genius works of art created with mixed media, some of which we have even featured in the past like Freya Jobbin’s anthropomorphism and Matthew Albanese‘s miniature worlds. However, what we don’t typically tend to see is one work of art created in a specific medium just to serve as the model and inspiration for another piece […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Spider Embroideries

    Spiders… Just the word can make someone’s skin crawl! Finding one in your home can be surprising to say the least, but finding one elegantly embroidered in art has the potential to be perception changing! Artist, Adam Pritchett, works out of England’s Lake District – a popular countryside – embroidering items like plants and insects, which are […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Guerilla Floral Street Art

    Looking back through 2016, we have seen many awesomely strange guerilla street art installations such as extensive yarn bombing, surprising sidewalk gum paintings, and stunning spray painted tiles. But none have been quite as ‘blooming’ or comical as florist Geoffroy Mottart’s floral arrangements around Brussels, Belgium. This artist hilariously, yet beautifully, targets public monuments with […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: These Aren’t Your Average Christmas Trees

    The Christmas tree. It doesn’t matter whether you pick out the perfect living tree with your family or help drag out the giant box containing the faux from the attic each year, the tradition of the infamous Christmas tree is always good family fun and really quite… standard. Regardless of what color garland you choose […]

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