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English artist Craig Davison creates series of paintings that beautifully illustrate the awesome power of childhood imagination and our limitless ability to play pretend as our favorite movie characters. He draws from a wide variety of movies, but the pieces seen here all revolve around Star Wars.

Kids play their hearts in the foreground while their shadows loom larger than life in the background as the fictional characters they’re pretending to be. Tree branches have become light sabers, cardboard tubes and a hair dryer work equally well as blasters, a garbage can and a colander are all you need to be R2-D2 and C3PO, and a pair of headphones serve as Princess Leia’s cinnamon bun hairdo.

Visit Craig Davison’s website to check out more of his delightful and nostalgic artwork. Then go grab a tree branch and meet us at the park for a light saber duel.

[via Nerd Approved]

(Source: archiemcphee, via brain-food)

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odditiesoflife:

Spectacular Shadow Portrait from a Sheet

Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita is known for her stunning installations that incorporate the clever use of shadows. Her newest piece is called ‘Veil’, and it is a work of wonder. Veil is a temporary installation at the Villa Como in Italy in the 23th edition of Miniartextil. It is created out of a single piece of cloth, but through simple lighting mastery, it produces a shadowy outline of a woman. The result of simple elements produce this unbelievable outcome.

Nothing I say about this isn’t going to sound like wanky stereotypical art critique. But there are so many things about this installation. How such a simple concept can make such a complex piece, the little bit of fabric that drapes over the edge, how emotive the light and shadows are…

(Source: designtaxi.com, via odditiesoflife)

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odditiesoflife:

The Secret Lives of Fish

Paris-born artist Anne-Catherine Becker-Echivard uses fish for her art. Not a common medium for most artists, but that’s what makes her work so incredibly fascinating. The details in each scene are meticulously placed and the positioning of her “subjects” is perfect. Each piece is so unique with its content that it brings to mind particular scenes from movies and film.

The artist works in Berlin, Germany and takes up to three months to complete each piece. Every diorama she makes is perfectly placed and detailed, with set decorations, clothing, shoes, and tiny utensils.  After she is done photographing the fish scenes, she cooks and eats them. Recycling at its best.

I find this odd, but also really cool.  The patience this artist has to work with this medium, especially as it’s a time-sensitive one.

(Source: amusingplanet.com, via odditiesoflife)

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flyingfreakflag:

carlosbaila:

Marina Abramovic meets Ulay

“Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again. at her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing it and this is what happened.”

“En los años 70, Marina Abramovic mantuvo una intensa historia de amor con Ulay. Pasaron 5 años viviendo en una furgoneta realizando toda clase de performances. En 1988, cuando su relación ya no daba para más, decidieron recorrer la Gran Muralla China, empezando cada uno de un lado, para encontrarse en el medio, abrazarse y no volver a verse nunca más. En 2010 el MoMa de Nueva York dedicó una retrospectiva a su obra. Dentro de la misma, Marina compartía un minuto en silencio con cada extraño que se sentaba frente a ella. Ulay llegó sin que ella lo supiera, y esto fue lo que pasó”

I just love this. on so many levels. 

Beautiful.

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kambriel:

thescarletconspiracy:

Francis Alÿs, Nightwatch, 2004.  

Surveillance cameras observe a fox exploring the Tudor and Georgian rooms of the National Portrait Gallery at night.

All foxes are cultured and urbane.

This fox has it all figured out… No crowds and long lines, no admission fees, just art. 

(Source: free-parking, via amandapalmer)

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brain-food:

The works of Japanese artist Shintaro Ohata are a subtle mix of paintings and sculptures, playing beautifully with the ambiant light. A manga universe that literally comes out of frames.

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emporioefikz:

Steampunk Artwork by WJ313

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amandapalmer:

possibly the absolute inverse of a piano in handcuffs? or is this ultimate bondage disguised as beauty? we may never know.
(care of @lilN1 via @neatorama).

I am horrified and fascinated at the same time.  I wonder if that was actually a real piano or if it’s just made to look like a piano…

amandapalmer:

possibly the absolute inverse of a piano in handcuffs? or is this ultimate bondage disguised as beauty? we may never know.

(care of @lilN1 via @neatorama).

I am horrified and fascinated at the same time.  I wonder if that was actually a real piano or if it’s just made to look like a piano…

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photojojo:

Japanese photographer Yoji Ookata was diving 80 feet below sea level when he seemingly discovered the world’s next underwater art exhibit. 

After bringing a camera crew back and doing some investigation, it was discovered that these intricate sand formations were made by none other than a single fish! 

Photographer Stumbles Upon Underwater Crop Circles Near Japan

via DeMilked | Spoon & Tamago

I heard about these fish on a nature documentary. So neat.

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