Mind Trip: High-Tech Japanese Art Installation

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It’s hard to figure out exactly what’s going with Norimichi Hirakawa’s high-tech art installation. Using contact microphones, a giant screen and a Mac Pro running some kind of visualization algorithm alchemy, the Japanese artist has created an interactive piece that’s puzzling, mesmerizing and more than a little haunting. Swirling, undulating lines heave and spiral, dance and fade away...

Chiseled Female Bodies

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With eyes on every crease, line, tuck and fold, master sculptor Dominique Regnier carves intricate female forms out of marble and wood. Some of his more erotic pieces, like “Armelle de Carennac,” (pictured above) are scantily pantied forms captured in mid-movement or cheeky peeks up skirts, but many of Regnier’s works are more classic studies in female form and shape. [via...

Richard Barnes' Flock Takes to the Sky

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Depending on your perspective, the photography of Richard Barnes either inspires wonder-- or fear.  While the ornithophobes will see only terror, the rest of us are amazed by the visual appeal of animal nature.  Barnes' muse is the animals of the sky, and the patterns and shapes they take which don't look natural at all.  With this, Barnes is a true original, an artist with an aviary...

Jorge Mayet Creates a Lonely Nature

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Art imitates life-- and while it is hard to capture the magic of nature and the beauty of evolution in a miniature form, renowned Cuban artist Jorge Mayet manages to do so with astonishing ease. Creating lifelike and often haunting images of the plant kingdom, these amazing small scale sculptural installations are simultaneously complex, beautiful, alive and lonely. Perfect for those who love...

Bold Branding: Commercial work by Sebastian Onufszak

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The dynamic, colorful images created by German graphic designer Sebastian Onufszak are intricate and detailed, but convey concepts bold enough to find commercial branding buyers. His vibrant work has earned scores of top commissions from image-conscious companies like Sony, Audi, MTV, Bacardi, Jeep, Nike and RayBan, pictured above and below.  In all, a welcome addition to StyleCrave's artwork...

WWF Ad Campaign: Our Life at the Cost of Theirs

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Though it's sad that even wildlife needs advertising these days, it's one way of making people aware that our natural environment needs conservation, research and restoration. An established international brand, the WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) hired the creative folks from Ogilvy & Mather from India to design their latest ad campaign that sends out a clear message "Our Life at the...

Animals in Human Cages: Trading Places with the Wild

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While art is always open to interpretation, it's often the most apparent emotions that can be the most striking. Same goes for Mikel Uribetxeberria's Animalia, a composite collection of fabulous photographs that creatively portrays wild animals in hollow, empty human settlements. Is the gorilla pondering how to escape extinction or the reindeer how to get on a first flight to the North Pole?...

The Art of Obama: ManifestHope Celebrates History in DC

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ManifestHope: DC showcases art-inspired change we can all believe in. The grassroots Barack Obama election movement is highlighted in a three-day art show in Washington, DC. The show started Saturday and ends today at 6 p.m. and our friends over at NotCot were there to capture scores of gallery standouts. Both underground and mainstream artists played a significant role in Obama’s historic...

Leather in Art: French Artist Wraps Her World in Leather

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Spooky, strange, stylish and simply eccentric, these are the leather-pampered creations of Natalia Brilli. Natalia is a Parisian designer who seems as though she could always do with more leather in her designs. Using treated lambskin to cover her creations, Natalia is a design rockstar with leather on the brain.  Take the above as an example-- Brilli's rock show piece includes three...

Digg.com's Top 15 Arts and Culture Stories of 2008

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Not surprisingly, the Digg community has its finger on the pulse of Arts and Culture in the world.  While some Diggers focus on tech, others on politics, we thought it was time to celebrate the respect for arts and culture in the Digg community.  From the Obama fist bump to the graffiti of Banksy to the history of the five dollar bill, here's a list of the 15 most dugg stories in Arts and...

Money as Art: Dollar Origami by Won Park

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Artist Won Park has developed a hobby fraught with existential conflict.  When faced with the choice of making money or making art, Park chose both.  Mr. Park is a "money folder", a practitioner of origami whose canvas is the United States One Dollar Bill.  Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not-- both in stunning detail.  While...

Body Painting Evolved: Emma Hack Body Art

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In a world where body painting is celebrated more often with testosterone than artistic appreciation, Australian artist Emma Hack stands out.  This skin illustrator, sculptor and photographer spent her early days as a hairstylist and make-up artist in Adelaide.  In its infancy, Emma Hack saw her vision come to life in unlikely places, like face paintings for children or high-fashion...

21-19's "East Meets West" Campaign

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When director Bita Hairdarian completed her autobiographic film about life as an American-born Iranian, she sought the help of the design firm 21-19 to develop a promotional campaign.  The result was a series of prints entitled "East Meets West", where the imagery of the East was merged with the consumerism of the West.  From Louis Vouitton bullets to Jihad Cola to a mainstream media drug...

Movie Posters Revisited: Olly Moss Illustrations

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In modern cinema, the movie poster has become more representative of the business than the art itself.  Fraught with sex, violence and sixth-grade-slogans, movie posters tend to serve the interest of the film's marketers moreso than its makers.   In an attempt to resurrect the classic vision of the movie bill, British illustrator Olly Moss has designed a series of movie posters for films...

Nuno Trafaria's DSRUPT: Digital Inspiration

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Portuguese art director Nuno Trafaria has quite a brilliant eye for graphic art.  His flowing, liquid designs stir with messages, both textual and implied, that instantly ease the busy eye.  Trafaria's works maintain both a visual complexity and balance of blank space, evoking a peaceful, curiosu response.  Our favorite is the title piece above, with liquid text speaking the phrease "from...

Last Demèche Collection: 7 Deadly Sins Candles

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If you are thinking about your own list of sins that you want to indulge in, you might want to put that on hold and read on. These sensuous set of fragrance candles from the Last Demèche Collection are pretty tempting in their own perfumed way. The seven deadly sins - gluttony, lust, pride, greed, sloth, wrath and envy, all blend in perfectly to ensure that the perfume will...

Dutch Commemorative 5 Euro Coin Design by Stani Michiels

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Stani Michiels is one of the many artist who participated in an architecture competition announced by the Dutch Ministry of Finance to design a commemorative 5 Euro coin. The stunning result is the Architecture Fiver which faces Dutch Queen Beatrix on one side crafted from names of the most important Dutch architects ever, while on the other side it has some interesting bookshelves that rise...

Media Decor Eclipse Art Lift

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What dominates your living room-- a work of art or your flat panel television?  Why not both?  The Media Decor Eclipse Art Lift offers both, showcase your art over your wall mounted flat panel tv. Press one button on the ultra-simple remote control and a painting on the wall slides up (or down, or left, or right) to reveal what you consider a true work of art...your TV set. You can mount any...

East Meets the Street: the Art of Sam Flores

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Mention this name in urban art circles, you'll spark an uproar of praiseful commentary.  Sam Flores is an artist in the traditional sense and still the most forward thinking.  While his works can be seen as paintings on canvas, his reach extends into urban art, graffiti, fashion and even cultish vinyl toys.  Sam Flores takes his inspiration from the East, fusing early Japanese landscapes...

The Mighty Pen: The Illustrations of Chris Dent

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At the ripe age of 23, Chris Dent has become one of the finest illustrators of his generation.  His client work spans across groups like Red Bull, Zoo York, XBox, ASOS, Bethesda Softworks and more.  His personal portfolio is like a vivid travel guide through the world's best in urban architecture.  It blows our minds, really, to see a fresh, analog approach to design, a dying art that fades...