beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Frozen Victorian Gown Bouquets

    A Venus flytrap made from frozen Victorian gowns… That sounds like a terrifyingly interesting combination!  Through the media of frozen fabric and icicles, artist Nicole Dextras has crafted an ephemeral bouquet of winter flowers. The effect may be enchanting, but the form is meant to resemble giant, man-eating Venus flytraps from old science fiction novels. “This […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Digital Brushstrokes

    We’ve seen artist Dimitris Ladopoulos build complex cyberspace landscapes, but this time he’s teaching us how to paint masterpieces with a digital brush. Continuing his application of the Houdini software algorithm, Ladopoulos reimagines classic paintings in a new, pixelated form. The algorithm identifies variations in hue on the surface of renown portraits like Johannes and […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Contorted Human Figures

    If you’re a Twister tournament champion, artist Brooke DiDonato would probably want to take your picture. This week, we are sharing the work of a photographer who captures a bit of a twisted and fun perspective on everyday life. In her latest series, Brooke DiDonato poses human bodies in intertwined, contorted positions with each other […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Getting Back to Your Roots

    Many poets, painters, and sculptors have all wondered at the connection between humans and nature. Few have ever crafted sculptures of trees actually growing out of a person’s head. South Korean artist Sun-Hyuk Kim bends pipes and wires into forms that are one part tree and one part the human cardiovascular system. The roots of the […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Books Have Eyes

    We’ve all heard the saying, “read between the lines”, but what would it look like if the lines were reading you back? Italian sculptor Paola Grizi crafts sculptures of bound paper in bronze with faces, eyes, and even hands emerging from their hinges. Many of the sculptures look like excerpts from traditionally spined books, flipping […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Sinuous Wooden Sculptures

    Bodies are strong yet easily broken; beautiful but made of gross guts. Mixed-media sculptor Michael Alm illustrates this duality in his lifelike animal sculptures made of carved and shaved wood. Alm crafts lifelike animal figures from thin strips of wood, often showing their bodies in mid-motion. Each sculpture is true to life, taking direct inspiration […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Glass Fairy Tales

    “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where—” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. —    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland In a new […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Ironic Public Spaces

    Crosswalks, trashcans, doughnuts, basketball hoops — they’re all just ironic to artist Octavi Serra. Barcelona native and photographer Octavi Serra knows how to stage a real world, daily phenomenon in a twisted way. Quite literally, she took the lines from parking spaces and twisted them into squiggly, nonsensical spagheti just for a picture. The normal, […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Landscapes in Cyberspace

    “Cyberspace… Lines of light ranged in the nonspace of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding…” — William Gibson; Neuromancer The digital world is frontier for creatives, and the engines they ride into the pixel horizon are accelerating, thinking and creating faster and faster. Digital creative Dimitris Ladopoulos uses a simulation […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Masterpieces Hung Where You Can See

    Mona Lisa’s smile lost in the crack of a brick wall in Brooklyn. Van Gogh hung perfectly on a break wall at the beach. Wouldn’t it be great if your museum favorites could be found anywhere? Go to any art museum and the walls are lined with painted canvases. It’s a common construction – a […]

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