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I am blown away by Shannon Rankin‘s map installations. How great are these? I love artists that repurpose things to create new narrative. Although in this case, her intricately patterned installations are so perfectly constructed, they probably appeal to my OCD. The Maine-based artist creates installations, collages, and drawings that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy.

(via The Jealous Curator)

I bet you’re thinking these are pretty stunning photos, right? Well they’re not. Photos that is. These are Marilyn Minter’s incredible, hyper-realistic paintings. That’s right, paintings! I saw her work over on The Artful Desperado and was taken aback.

Minter begins her process by staging photo shoots with film. She uses a conventional darkroom processes and does’t crop or digitally manipulate her photographs. Her paintings, on the other hand, are made by combining negatives in photoshop to make a whole new image. This new image is then turned into paintings created through the layering of enamel paint on aluminum. The last layer is applied with fingertips to create a modeling or softening of the paintbrush lines.

The 64-year-old New York-based artist’s work has been shown at an international level and not surprisingly, has garnered quite a loyal fan base.

Found photos and embroidery, what a fantastic pairing. I’ve been seeing a few different artists’ work lately, but this series, called Lonely Houses, by Hagar Vardimon-van Heummen of Amsterdam-based, Happy Red Fish, really caught my eye. The clean yet intricate and detailed collages are just so beautiful to look at. It’s as if the strands of thread are mapping the history of these buildings, and securing the memories held within them.

(via Design*Sponge)

I could stare at Dion Johnson’s idiosyncratic compositions all day. I just love how the colour interplay in the LA-based artist’s work can seem controlled and haphazard at the same time. The flat planes of intense colour rhythmically merging and moving against one another, but always contained by their hard edges. I can imagine how these vibrant, large scale canvases would completely energize a room, can’t you? For those of us who can’t live in the eternal summer of  Southern California, perhaps living with one of Johnson’s radiant canvases is the next best thing.

(via Chloé Douglas)

I came across one of Brooke Wandall’s canvases over on curate1K the other day and just fell in love. The Scranton, Pensilvania- based artist makes the most beautiful abstract paintings. She says of her process, “as I take away the physical nature, I add to the conceptual nature.” Wandall also says she has to work quickly not only because she’s impatient, but because she has two small children. Well, whatever the reason, Wandall is prolific. Just check out her amazing range of works on etsy. *sigh* I wish I had the space for this Abstract Landscape… love it.

(Quote via The Magazine of Yoga.)

 

Ah-mazing. I stumbled upon this incredible knitted sculpture over on the The Jealous Curator. Designed for children, the Japanese net artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam, crocheted it entirely by hand. Woods of Net is a permanent pavilion at the Hakone Open-Air Museum in Japan, and was added to the Museum’s collection for their 40th Anniversary. Now that’s a playground I’d never want to leave!

To celebrate the 25th annual festival of classical music, over 100 intricate paper sculptures hover over the Gothic arches of the Saint-Riquier Abbey church, in Northern France. Using paper Peter Gentenaar mills himself (paper mills weren’t able to provide him with a stock he wanted) and bamboo ribbing, the Netherlands-based artist’s etherial creations echo the curving lines of the church’s vaulted ceilings. Gentenaar compares his paper objects to dried autumn leaves twirling in the wind. As if the ornate architecture of the church wasn’t beautiful enough already, these sculptures must make walking through the Abbey absolutely breathtaking.

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It’s Friday (yay!) so I thought I’d end the week with these vibrant, abstract-expressionistic paintings by Claire Desjardins. The bright colours make me so happy. Just like weekends do. There are so many beautiful pieces, I had a hard time choosing my favourites. The Montreal, Quebec-based painter, comes from a long line of artists, so it’s no surprise she has chosen a creative path. She says she enjoys working with colour and form, and since 2007, began to move away from figurative work (she originally designed souvenirs for tourists in the Caribbean) journeying instead into the abstract. By 2011, she left her graphic design job, and dedicated herself to painting full-time. Her work can be found in both private and corporate collections, in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa.

Last year, Desjardins began a partnership with Anthropologie, who began selling her canvases. And as of this past August, you can sleep with Claire’s art too, thanks to the store’s new Kala Bedding line.

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Daniel Moreira is a Switzerland born, Portuguese-based architect, who, on a whim, entered an illustration agency’s contest and ended up being featured in the subsequent exhibit and catalogue. Through the catalogue, Moreira was commissioned by a Portuguese newspaper, and his illustration career was born. Since then, he’s built up quite a resumé, with clients that include Red Bull, Portugal Telecom and Pepe Jeans, among others. Check out The Daniel Moreira Project on Facebook, where he posts new work daily. Or visit his Etsy shop for some great prints.

 

I spent a good chunk of Friday night perusing though Nick Lamia’s portfolio. His work is so interesting. It evokes architectural drawings or aerial views of elaborate geographical formations. He says he’s trying to create imagery that successfully marries technology and ecology by combining geometric and organic imagery in a way where they can live together. Although he’s lived most of his life in cities, he spent many years in the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada and on the ocean as an offshore expedition leader. It’s this varied experience that has formed his belief that society and nature are complementary parts of a single system that must be integrated.