beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Van Gogh Comes to Life

    These days, it is rare to find someone who is unfamiliar with the infamous work of Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s work is often praised and revered by art lovers alike, but the Indianapolis Museum of Art is taking things to a whole new level. Soon, visitors will be able to actually step inside a […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: Laced Up Mini Scenes

    These are not your grandmother’s pillow laces! Hungarian artist Agnes Herczeg uses traditional handicraft techniques to create her stunningly intricate lacework. And even better, they’re miniatures. Working within just a few inches on each scene, Herczeg has to take incredible care to be as detailed as she is. Each scene depicts something pastoral, which is […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Rattan Yoga Sanctuary

    Need a little peace, quiet, and reflection? How about some yoga in your own rattan pod? Thanks to Enter Projects Asia, a Thai architecture studio, you can do just that. If you were to stand outside Vikasa Yoga’s Retreat, you could see this structure that fills 450 square meters pretty clearly! On the first floor […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Nature or Embroidery?

    Your guess is as good as ours… Is this true nature? Or is it an embroidery? Say ‘hello’ to artist Victoria Richards, who makes it hard to distinguish what is true nature, and what is embroidery! For example: Are you looking at a pond in a farmland, or are your seeing brilliant blue threading among […]

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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