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Several tons of black peppercorns, cardamom, turmeric, paprika, cumin seeds, ginger, chili and coriander were rigged to explode in perfect sync with a bespoke musical composition. Each explosion represents an individual piano note or chord, which when filmed at high speed, creates a surreal three dimensional soundscape.

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Captives is an ongoing series of digital and physical sculptures, a contemporary interpretation of Michelangelo’s unfinished series “Prigioni” (1513-1534) and his technique of “non-finito”.

The work explores the tension and equilibrium between form and matter, man-made objects of perfection and complex, chaotic forms of nature. Whilst referencing Renaissance sculptures, the focus of this series shifts from pure figurative representation to the articulation of matter itself. As in the original “Prigioni” the classic figures are left unfinished, documenting the very history of their creation and transformation.

Mathematical functions and processes describe computer-generated geological formations that evolve endlessly, morphing into classical figures. Industrial computer-controlled robots sculpt the resulting geometries into life-size “unfinished” sculptures.

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped, and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell; the sculptor’s hand can only break the spell
to free the figures slumbering in the stone. The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.”
Michelangelo (1501)

Via Quayola’s website.

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Street artist Hush explores the relationship of fine art and street graffiti with his Geisha series. The artist is also interested in the way visual styles from the East meet those from the West. After spending a number of years in Japan as a toy artist, Hush returned to his home – the UK to produce a series of solo works and collaborations that have been on the radar of high-profile collectors.

Hush has exhibited in solo and group shows in Los Angeles, New York, London, Miami, San Francisco, Basel and Berlin. Since 2011, Hush has been running the very successful installation and exhibition space onethirty3 in Newcastle UK.

Via Studio Hush

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Pharmaceutical Speed

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Since the 1950s, we in the western world have increasingly come to understand our most intimate desires and experiences, as the products of a so-called “chemical self”. We are able to explain moods, angers, and diseases both physiological and psychological through an imbalance of substances in the body. All of this, of course, takes place against the backdrop of a constantly shifting legal and political climate regarding the regulation of different types of mood altering substances.

What all these substances actually look like when their essence is visually depicted?

Sarah Schoenfeld squeezed drops of various legal and illegal liquid drug mixtures onto negative film which had already been exposed. Each drop altered the coating of the film. Much like the effect of some of these substances on humans, this can be a lengthy process – sometimes one that can barely be stopped.

She then enlarged these negatives including the chemical reaction of the particular drug, to sizes of up to 160 x 200cm. All of the substances behaved very differently: the shapes and colors that appeared showed unique characteristics and revealed unique internal universes. Schoenfeld explores the possibilities of photography at the frontiers of what can be visually portrayed– the interface between representation and reality.

Via Sarah Schoenfeld’s website.

 

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This amazing new sound/sculpture installation was a jury recommended work for the 14th Japan Media Arts Festival. The work creates a field of exploding fog clouds through the strategical use of music speakers to push them out. The possibilities of this technology seem infinite and they really remind us of the waterfall graphic print technology that has been around for some time now.

In research of digital information the installation ‘for those who see’ shows the beauty of the unseen. The impulse of sound creates a vortex air ring‚ invisible, as the sound itself. Only fog is demonstrating this aesthetic phenomenon. Individually released to the air, our visual perception connects the single rings to patterns, surfaces or bodies, befor they slowly dissolving. These could be viewed as a whole picture or an individual fragment – inviting one to contemplate and wonder.

Via Daniel Schulze’s website and Colossal.

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French muralist Seth Globepainter lives up to his artistic name and travels the world to adorn city walls with his colorful graffiti works. Without a specific political agenda, he paints images of children opening up through their curiosity colorful and interesting worlds which oftentimes are occupied by magical and dreamlike creatures. Through his work, he aspires to engage adults to reconnect with those worlds and once again be inspired to dream freely and in full color.

Murals done in the Ukraine, Indonesia, Cambodia, and France

Via Seth Globepainter’s flickr.

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The image of light against a dark and cold background evokes hopefulness and immediately draw attention with their vibrancy and brightness. Masterfully located in the scene, the light circles both extend the perspective into the infinite and serve to create a fine equilibrium between light and color within the images.

Via Nicolas Rivals’ website and Ignant.

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Dutch radiation scientist Arie van’t Riet turns traditional x-ray imagery into art with his Nature series.

Arie van’t Riet: As a physicist I specialized in radiation physics.Especially in very low energy X-rays. Some years ago I started to use these experience in X-ray photography. An amazing kind of black and white photography.

Looking with X-ray eyes to nature. That’s what I like to experience with my X-ray camera. I prefer X-ray objects of ordinary scenes like a butterfly nearby a flower, a fish in the ocean, a mouse in the field, a heron along the riverside, a bird in a tree and so on.

Each time it is challenging me to arrive at an X-ray photograph that represents the sentiment of the scene, do raise questions and excite curiosity. I hope, in most of the images presented here I succeeded.

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Previously featured on Epistrophy for her collaboration with Daniela Figurniak to create the WUAU! characters, Estela Cuadro’s personal work is captivating in its own right. Full of rich detail and masterful use of watercolors, the artworks draw inspiration from circus performers and fictional characters.

Born and educated in Argentina, artist, illustrator and graphic designer Estela Cuadro has exhibited her work in multiple shows in Buenos Aires and most recently in New York’s “Where is North’s Arts” exhibition on Hudson Street.

Via Epistrophy Submissions.