beneath the surface blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Thursday Salute to Originals: Strange Leaves

    “With man gone, will there be hope for Gorilla?” Daniel Quinn, Ishmael. What will be left behind if humans aren’t around anymore? Spanish photographer and digital artist Al Mefer shows us his version of a post-human, post-apocalyptic scene in the photo series Strange Leaves. By shifting the color palettes of images of tropical plants, Mefer […]

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  7. Thursday Salute to Originals: Rebirth From Rust

    In Greek mythology, the phoenix is a magical creature that cyclically regenerates over and over. Associated with the sun and fire, each rebirth rises from the ashes of a predecessor. From her own “pile of ashes,” sculptor Penny Hardy brings new life to rusted old metal through her series of human forms, Blown Away. Each […]

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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Upside Down Ocean

    *crinkle* *whoosh* *shrrrrr* *crunch* That’s the sound of air being sucked out of two hundred and seventy empty white garbage bags in synchronized rhythm. Satisfying, right? Two Hundred and Seventy – named for the number of plastic bags – is an immersive mixed media installation by artist Nils Volker currently crinkling and whooshing from the ceiling […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Wood Sculptures and Metal Armatures

    You know us… We love a good fusion of media, and today is no exception! Allow us to introduce you to carving artist, Phil  Young. Young has been toying with (and perfecting) wooden sculptures within metal armatures. What’s cool about his work is that this isn’t your typical fusing of media. Young’s finished sculptures appear […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: Threaded Tiny Homes

    Is it paint or is it thread? This question is hard to answer when you’re staring into the work of artist Stephanie Clark. Clark does in fact consider herself a painter; however, thread is her medium when creating her works of tiny homes and landscapes. With a needle as her paintbrush, Clark does an incredible […]

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