beneath the surface blog

  1. Thursday Salute to Originals: Candy Communities

    A cluster of colorful SuperAdobe structures dot the beaches of Hormuz Island Along the beaches of Hormuz Island in the Persian Gulf, the Tehran-based architectural firm ZAV Architects has constructed a cluster of dome-shaped homes in vibrant, candied colors that form a one-of-a-kind community living experiment titled “Presence in Hormuz.” Each tiny hut is made […]

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  2. Thursday Salute to Originals: An Entanglement with Glenn

    Painter re-imagines iconic portraits in distinctive winding strokes London-based based painter Glenn Brown is re-interpreting some famous portraits in his signature style in his series And thus we existed. Made with a bold pallet and swirling, tangled brush strokes, wisps of oil acrylic effortlessly gather and intertwine to form historic figures on canvas. Brown lifts […]

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  3. Thursday Salute to Originals: Droning Light

    Experimental photography uses light and motion to highlight the beauty of Southwestern landscapes. Chicago-based photographer Reuben Wu is known for his landscape photography that focuses on unique and strange terrestrial textures. Light Storm, Wu’s most recent photography series, brought the photographer to the rocky terrains of Utah and New Mexico. The luminous shapes featured in […]

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  4. Thursday Salute to Originals: Digital Bloom

    Complex digital renderings highlight intricate structures in botanicals. Cologne, Germany-based digital duo Misha Shyukin and Hannes Hummel are fixated on flowers. Their collaborative, Shy Studio, has been producing digital renderings of complex patterns in the natural world. Through still-life “photos” and animated short clips, each rendering showcases the intricacy of natural life. Unfurling petals, swirling […]

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  5. Thursday Salute to Originals: Strong Steel Roots

    A South Korean sculptor crafts human figures from metal branches and roots. Sun-Hyuk Kim is deeply inspired by human connections with nature and is known for illustrating complex metaphors through sculpture. In the work displayed here, Kim merges human anatomy with intricate root systems to show the connection between what is human and what is […]

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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Dunes of Montreal

    A public art installation fills Avenue de Musée with golden dunes of sand. Just outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the road is “covered” by flattened waves of sand. Neutral-tone lines roll across the straight walkway, mimicking the curves of desert dunes or sandy beaches. The formless shapes of this public art installation comprise […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Expressive Masks

    Sure, masks are the new norm. But these aren’t your average masks. In this day and age of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are finding ways to be more individualistic than ever! None is seen as more expressive than the masks in the Vicki Myhren Gallery. While the pandemic is a current issue and should not […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: The Blob

    Beware of the Blob! It creeps, and leaps, and glides and slides across the floor. — from The Blob, a 1958 American horror film. In the hands of Spanish sculptor José Manuel Castro López, hard stone is a soft, bendable, and pliable medium. In a series of organic-form sculptures, López has taken chunks of granite […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Retro Pointed Cakes

    Despite what they say… You can have your cake and eat it, too! These funky cakes by Alana Jones-Mann are just… *Chef’s kiss* At first glance, we really can’t be sure that these are actually real, edible cakes. They are so ornate that they often appear to be eccentric decor instead! But upon closer examination, […]

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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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