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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Twisting Seats and Bending Benches

    Amsterdam-based designer Sebastian Brajkovic transforms classical furniture into modern, distorted sculptures. Brajkovic’s half furniture, half sculptural pieces are a conceptual exploration of motion and contortion. Inspired by literal expressions of passing time, his sculptures illustrate how physical objects come undone as they age. “I like the aspect that time is visible in the work that […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Resting Giants

    French artists Ella & Pitr paint massive murals of sleeping giants, smooshed and contorted into rooftops, lots and buildings. Flying over the Paris Parc Expo in France, looking down is normally a boring view of concrete and cars. That was until artist duo Ella & Pitr decided to transform the gray space into a massive […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Colorful Paper Passageway

    Emmanuelle Moureaux hangs 140,000 individual colored paper letters to create a rainbow passageway in Japan. Moureaux is a Tokyo-based architect, originally from France, who is known for using color as a three-dimensional element to create tangible layers and spaces. Rather than applying colors as a decorative element to her pieces, different shades are used to […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Face It

    French artist Julien Malland (known as Seth Globepainter) takes us on a tour of his mind with a large-scale installation in Bordeaux. Within the halls of the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez museum in Bordeaux, Julien Malland has transformed the eighteenth-century castle into a colorful, immersive illustration of his world travels and a tour of his […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Picture, Picture

    Fabian Oefner crafts complex sculptures of intricate technologies suspended in transparent blocks. In a new sculpture series titled Cut Up, Oefner dissects the inner-workings of complex technologies — like an SLR camera — and arranges their pieces in a constructed way. In previous works, the artist would capture moments of intense destruction. Here, Oefner explores […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Haunted Architecture

    Syrian-American sculptor Diana Al-Hadid creates ghostly architectural references that melt away into bodily forms. Al-Hadid is an artist known for creating haunting, organic pieces inspired by well-known archaeological finds. From bronze, steel, and concrete, the sculptor forms disheveled columns, great walls and arcing aqueducts that melt away into human forms. The sculptor is also known […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Shadowy Silhouettes and Illuminated Impressions

    Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde creates interactive artificial landscapes that explore our relationship to the natural world. In his premiere solo installation, PRESENCE, Roosegaarde invites guests of the Groninger Museum (Netherlands) to leave temporary impressions. They can lay down to make a shadowy silhouette on a glowing backdrop, dig through piles of illuminated orbs or even […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Flying Sand Creatures

    Netherlands photographer Claire Droppert captures abstract silhouettes of animals but in a completely unstructured, unusual way. Sea creatures, silkworms, snakes and more emerge in midair from clumps of tossed sand in Droppert’s latest photography series — Sand Creatures II. Each scene captures a moment of explosive motion, with the sandy particles often shown blowing or […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Glitter-tography

    All that glitters is not gold. To artist Sara Shakeel, the whole world is coated in diamonds, crystals, and glitter. The ex-dentist turned photographer has developed a following for some iconic images, featuring subjects from french fries to female figures covered in silver and shiny things. Her most recent work, The Great Supper, features a […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Pint-Sized Pottery

    “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” — Vincent Van Gogh Japanese ceramicist Yuta Segawa has crafted thousands of tiny jars, shrinking full-size detail into thumb-sized crafts. Together, the miniature vessels create a dotted spectrum of color. Crafting the miniature figures is an example of what details a human touch […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Abandoned in Tehran

    “Every natural action is graceful.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature Iranian photographer Gohar Dashti photographs every-day abandoned spaces in and around Tehran in her 2017 series, Home. The images she captures are not of historic buildings or landmarks, but rather the organic growth of the natural world when humans leave their home forever. Some staged, […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Inflatable Labyrinth of Light

    “Never regret thy fall, O Icarus of the fearless flight. For the greatest tragedy of them all Is never to feel the burning light.” — Oscar Wilde According to sculptural designer Alan Parkinson, “a luminarium is a sculpture that people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and […]

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    Thursday Salute to Originals: Waves of Wood

    “Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It’s the glory of the sea that has turned my head.” — Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island In Spring of 2019, a room of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art was flooded by a massive wooden whirlpool. Local sculpting duo Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen crafted an immersive exhibit […]

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