beneath the surface blog

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Thursday Salute to Originals: Recycled Renaissance Costumes

    The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. These words were spoken by William Shakespeare, and now artist Suzanne Jongmans embraces this ideology on a daily basis. She is a gifted artist that finds normal in an abnormal aesthetic! Jongmans is an interdisciplinary artist that […]

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  9. Thursday Salute to Originals: Geometric Pressed Cans

    According to Albert Einstein, “Play is the highest form of research.” Contemporary Artist Noah Deledda does exactly that with aluminum cans. How? Deledda transforms the everyday aluminum can into an astonishing work of art! Deledda is a native of  Michigan and has mastered other disciplines such as graffiti, graphic design, and painting. His most recent […]

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  10. Thursday Salute to Originals: British Houseboats

    Recycling is the process of converting wasted materials into new materials and objects. Now, allow us to introduce you to artist Hamish McKenzie, a contemporary artist that resides in the historical community of River Adur in the English coastal Sussex town of Shoreham-on-Sea. A unique fact about this artist is that his work is his […]

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  11. Thursday Salute to Originals: Suspended Items

    Meet Artist Thomas Jackson, whose work is quite literally confusing! His series Emergent Behavior is a visual statement as to how opposites attract and form an ongoing relationship. Jackson’s work combines man-made objects with natural landscapes. He prefers that the objects that he uses are iconic, something that is easily recognizable, and gaudy or cheap […]

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  12. Thursday Salute to Originals: Expanded Eye

    Take a moment to open up your eyes and observe the world around you…is the philosophy of art duo Expanded Eye (artists Jade Tomlinson and Kevin James). The pair studies our world and tells an intimate story with each piece of artwork they create. Their style has an unmistakable quality that is well-known in the […]

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  13. Thursday Salute to Originals: History Dissected

    Preservation is the process of keeping something of value intact, and free from damage or decay. Meet artist John Peralta, who has a forward-thinking aesthetic that is prominent throughout his work.  His point of view is nostalgic, inspiring an emotional connection with the viewer and the object. Peralta’s exploded diagrams focus on classic historical objects […]

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