beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Walled Off Hotel

    Is there anything more thrilling than dwelling in a piece of art? No, not just expressive architecture – but being surrounded by colorful, charismatic artworks? Soon you can travel to Bethlehem and find out for yourself in the new and beautiful Walled Off Hotel, which promises its occupants “the worst view in the world”. As […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Pixelated Wood Carvings

    In our world of highly advanced technology and on-demand culture, it can be frustrating when we experience glitches in technology. If the internet goes out,  or Netflix freezes mid-binge, we can feel isolated, incapacitated, almost cut off from the world (and probably a little annoyed to say the least). We’re willing to bet you never […]

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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