beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Anatomical Tea Pots

    Allow us to introduce you to some art that’s finger-licking delicious! Meet artist Ronit Baranga, who is really working up an appetite with her art. In her ceramic series, All Things Sweet and Painful, you’ll find items like teapots and cups accompanied by desserts — All while being balanced by jutting fingers or decorated with […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Giant Prismatic Abstractions

    No, this isn’t a Skittles commercial. But you can definitely see the rainbow! Meet artist Katharina Grosse, who created what is essentially a giant kaleidoscope that spills beyond the boundaries of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart. These rainbow structures and paintings begin in the building with surges of color everywhere, and then they […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Books With a Fringe

    There’s just something about a big, massive book that we love! But one artist sees those many pages in a whole new way… Artist Barbara Wildenboer creates some serious fringe from the pages of a book. Literally, fringe! Whether it’s a classic, an encyclopedia, or a textbook, Wildenboer splices pages, layer upon layer upon layer, […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wicker Pavilion

    You don’t have to be a total basket case to enjoy this wicker-cool pavilion! The designers from Didzis Jaunzems Architecture (DJA) have created a whole new way to offer entertainment! Set in Annecy, France, The Wicker Pavilion is made completely out of wicker baskets… 262 to be exact. When the sunlight filters through, it’s mesmerizing! The baskets […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Fragile Weaponry

    Death and destruction aren’t exactly synonymous with the dainty and delicate. But perhaps that’s exactly the point artist Helena Hauss is trying to make. In her latest series called Hell Hath no Fury, Hauss has purposely transfused the concept of domestic femininity, shown through delft-style porcelain, with weaponry like a grenade, an axe, and a […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Banana Peel Ceramics

    If you love bananas, we’re going to ask that you don’t look at the screen too closely… These bananas look good enough to eat! But if you tried to take a bite, you’d end up in a lot of pain because the bananas are actually ceramic. Japanese-based artist Koji Kastani has made them so life-like […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Surreal Miniatures

    Look closely. Things aren’t always as they seem. No one understands this better than German-based artist Frank Kunert, who creates mind-bending images through his miniature sculptures and some great photography. At first glance, these scenes might seem pretty normal. But once you do a doubletake, things begin to take a turn towards the surreal. One […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Restoration by Gifs

    We know we’re living in the digital age, but this takes things to a whole new level… Think about most of the world’s ancient architecture… How do you picture them? If you’re like most of us, you think of them as they stand now, often crumbling and in decay, hanging on desperately to any preservation. […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Floating MAiZE

    Lovers of Mountain Dew will either be excited or horrified by Floating MAiZE. Artist Jean Shin is exhibiting her latest installation at the atrium in Brookfield Place in New York City. Floating MAiZE is made up using over 7,000 Mountain Dew bottles! While Shin’s previous installation, MAiZE, used Mountain Dew bottles as well, the big difference here […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Animal Fringe

    NEW TREND ALERT! Fringe is back in. Artist Troy Emery has reenvisioned fringe, but with a twist. Well, several twists, actually! The first twist is that this isn’t the kind of fringe YOU would wear around town. Instead, Emery creates colorful and amorphous swatches of fringe and tassels in the shape of various cat and […]

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  11. Custom Illuminated Video Wall Promotes Healing and Imagination

    University Hospital Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Center Cleveland, OH: University Hospitals’ newly renovated inpatient oncology unit features a custom video wall that encourages interaction and healing. At the Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer on the 7th floor of Horwitz Tower, patients who are undergoing treatment and stay for up to […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Making Mends

    Take a walk anywhere and you’re almost sure to find several random discarded objects on the ground along the way. While most of us wouldn’t give a second glance to the litter, artist Glen Taylor thinks differently. Using his skills as a cabinet maker and his long-time interest in Kintsugi – the Japanese art form […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: Holding Hands in Bronze

    We’re awarding artist Anders Krisar first place for his bisected bronze figures. Based in Stockholm, Anders Krisar is a sculptor and photographer who presents work that focuses on the human body. In his biography on his website, he explains that his art is constructed through meticulously repeated processes. In the case of this series, of […]

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