Yes, that's Elvis Presley. Yes, that's a pencil tip. Yes, that's simply...insane. The Telegraph shares more work from the incredible Dalton Ghetti. Miss the last post? Check it out.
Would you glue fly legs to your eyelids? More or less stomach churning than gluing your eyelids to your...eyelids? (Shudder.)
When viewing Toronto based artist Evan Penny's work, Ron Mueck immediately comes to mind. The clear similarities include a representation which is completely photo-realistic, a playfulness with scale, and the mutually shared background in Hollywood SFX.
Texas based artist Shawn Smith brings the digital world to reality with his woodcut pixelated sculptures. The combination of a traditional material (wood) with a contemporary concept results in surprisingly fresh work. Plus, the craftsmanship appears to be impeccable. Check out his artist statement below.
It's amazing what you can do with an ordinary material like cardboard... or a truckload of discarded pizza boxes.
We love it when everyday material is used in a new and unexpected application. Cardboard is something most of us take completely for granted. We need it when we're moving, and that's about it. When Frank Gehry created the cardboard chair in 1972, he blew the minds of both the furniture and the design world. So strong. So durable. So fluid.
Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson totally inspires us here at Wonderhowto. His waterfall installations on the Hudson River. His incredible sun exhibit at the Tate in London. His concepts and execution are dazzling. Plus he has Taschen book that weighs a frickin ton. (Yes. The tonnage does translate to respect.)
Sounds like an odd bragging right, but hold your horses, artist Hannes Langeder's handmade Porsche is pretty damn interesting.
53-year-old artist Scottish artist David Mach uses tens of thousands of matchsticks to create sculptures of animals, as well as religious and political icons. He first creates a plastic or fiberglass mold, and then inserts the matchsticks, one at a time. His work sells anywhere from $30,000 to $52,000... unless he sets the piece on fire, of course.
INSANE what you can do with a truckload of packing tape. Viennese/Croatian design collective For Use/Numen uses the common junk drawer office supply to create massive, self-supportive cocoons that visitors can climb inside and explore.
Love it. Spooky. Weird. Visually compelling. Entitled, "Klunk Garden", the piece was made by (well-known-in-the-art-world) Austrian artist collective, Gelitin. Looks like one of those cheesy little tabletop zen gardens. You know what I'm talkin' about:
I'm totally drooling over artist Azuma Makoto's insanely lush, decadent floral arrangement-sculptures. Drop. Dead. Beautiful.
When two houses were scheduled for demolition, artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck of Art League Houston decided to take advantage of the situation and create the super trippy Tunnel House.
Artist Austin Houldsworth of the UK has come up with a device that drastically speeds up the process of fossilisation. Entitled Two Million & 1AD, Houldsworth is capable of creating a fossil in a few months (which otherwise might require thousands of years). Houldsworth is currently experimenting with objects such as a pineapple and phesant, but ultimately hopes to fossilize a human. Houldsworth proposes:
Surfer, chef, and artist Jim Denevan makes "makes temporary drawings on sand, earth, and ice that are eventually erased by waves and weather." Check out these beautiful ephemeral designs, crafted on the beaches of Northern California.
Hmm, what to do with all those old comic books lying around... How about a little Manga farming?
Dalton Ghetti has been carving teeny, tiny pencil tip sculptures for 25 years. Mr. Ghetti, who owns about as many possessions as a monk, is aware how unusual his craft is. He started carving tree bark when he was a child and experimented with everything from soap to chalk before settling on graphite. It's second nature now, and for 90 percent of his work, all he needs is a sewing needle, a razor blade and a carpenter's or No. 2 pencil.
As a protest to American consumerism, NYC artist Jeremy Dean converted a Hummer H2 into a horse-drawn carriage "to show just how screwed and unsustainable the auto industry has become." Dean believes the gas guzzling SUV is the epitome of everything that is wrong with American consumerism. Whatever your political opinion may be, Dean's conversion is pretty striking.
Princess Peach poses as the Madonna, cradling Mario (as Jesus), in artist Kordian Lewandowski's sculptural rendition of Michelangelo’s “La Pietà”.
Nothing better than toppling a domino chain and watching them fall. Worst part? Setting them all up again. Created by Los Angeles artist Karl Lautman, the Ouroborus Domino structure reconstructs itself after a single round of five times. Wonderfully clever and whimsical. Previously, Perform the Impossible Balancing Dominoes Trick.
Remember the room with a rotating view? Dutch artist Zeger Reyers brings us an equally interesting installation, created for the exhibition Eating the Universe at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany. The kitchen has been rotating since November 27th, 2009, and will continue to do so until February 28th, 2010.
This video has generated half a million views and quite the comment stream on YouTube. A paper airplane is placed between two fans, and suspends in the air for some time. The comments predominately charge that the action is "fake" (has a wired been suspended?).
Amazing work by artist Walee for BEAUX ARTS Magazine. Photoshop tricks? Photograph manipulation? Papercraft sculpting?
Massive bouncy ball installation by Australian artist Nike Savvas. Entitled "Full of Love and Full of Wonder", each bouncy ball "represents the very atoms that are the fundamental structural units of all things".
Taking the idea of the classic terrarium a couple steps further. Artist Naoko Ito's urban nature project.
Nick Cave is the Willy Wonka genius behind the extraordinarily imaginative "soundsuits" pictured below.
Looks good enough to eat. Artist Olle Hemmendorff was asked to interpret the Nike Air Max 90 for an exhibit.
Conceptual artist Michel de Broin has created the biggest disco ball the world has ever seen, which he suspended over Paris for one night.
Amazing sculptures by Peter Schuyff. Don't know about you, but they've inspired me to check out some wood carving tutorials.
Los Angeles based artist Mashanda Scott creates soft and squishy sculptures of everyday objects.
More pyro-art fun. Artist Johannes Vogl's flamethrower mosquito catcher.
Wow, forget treehouse-lust, I want my own Patrick Dougherty human-sized twig-nest. According to Dougherty's site, he has built over 200 sculptures all over the world to date, beginning in 1982. Dougherty uses primitive building techniques to create his tree sapling structures.
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto's medium of choice is none other than your simple household table salt, fragile and completely ephemeral. Yamamoto creates beautiful installations with the medium, salt being a strong symbol in Japanese death culture (as well as several other cultures around the world: Hinduism, Catholicism, Egyptian and Aztec mythology).
Artist Zimoun creates amazing sound sculptures using motors, magnets, compressed air, hoses, woodworms and other materials. Some of the sculptures recreate everyday sounds (rain and sprinklers), others have an unidentifiable, industrial sound to them.
Artist Marshall Astor has made a fully functional Rubik's Cube out of bronze. What? No differentiated, colored sides? How do you play? Apparently there's reasoning behind it. Astor gets deep:
What is it about the infamous colored smoke bomb that is so deeply satisfying, so beautiful? Well, first there's an explosion (always fun), which then yields beautiful billowing clouds of saturated color. Check out artist Olaf Breuning's Smoke Bombs, 2008.
Beautiful LED sculpture made for the 2008 100% Design exhibition in Earls Court. Curious how it was made? Process images below the video. Previously, 24,000 LED Light-Up-My-Dress.
Tom Friedman. One of my very favorite contemporary artists. Friedman injects the wonder into the humdrum. He creates magic from the unsuspected with his incredible sculptures assembled from simple, everyday materials. His materials have included: toilet paper, drinking straws, construction paper, masking tape, toothpicks, bubblegum, spaghetti, toothpaste, soap powder, sugar cubes.
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Tim Hawkinson is an artist who truly inspires. The Los Angeles based artist creates complex, whimsical sculptures with simple mechanics and basic materials. One of his most notable pieces is the art-world-renowned "Uberorgan", a giant football field sized, fully-automated bagpipe, cleverly constructed with plastic sheeting and pieces of electrical hardware.