Human Etch-A-Sketch

Kseniya Simonova is a Sand Artist.  A Sand Artist?  What in the world is a Sand Artist? You may ask. Well, with handfuls of volcanic sand, a ligthbox, a projector and music Simonova tells stories.  She gently glides her hands, tossing and wiping the sand, drawing illustrations all in sync with accompanying music which vividly bring her stories to life.

When she was growing up in the Ukraine, her mother, a painter and teacher of fine arts, was instrumental in her highly creative upbringing. Realizing her passion for art, she attended a college for art and poetry, earning a degree in both. In 2002, she had a change of plans and became interested in psychology and eventually graduated with a degree in Psychophysiology, an area between psychology and anatomy. Her final project was about her artistic perception of reality which led to the beginnings of her unique, sand art performances.

After getting married and having a child, she and her husband were struggling to make ends meet. Her husband, knowing of her hobby, encouraged her to enter “Ukraine’s Got Talent”.  After an 8 minute long, moving performance about a couple being separated during a WWII Nazi invasion, she was ushered into the following rounds and eventually won the 100,000 Euro prize.  25 million Youtube views later, she is now traveling and performing her sand art shows all around the world.  You can see her performance here below:



Cyborg Botany

Frantic Gallery of Tokyo, recently displayed Macoto Murayama’s unique “Botech Art” (combination of Botanical Art and TECHnical Art)  style of art with their recent exhibit “Inorganic Flora”.  Murayama used sketches, traditional botany disection drawings, pictures of several types of flowers, and by altering them digitally with software such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator created these extraordinary pictures depicting the gentle, inorganic, architectural and even sexual nature of the flowers.

Via Frantic Gallery

You’ve never seen Origami like this!

Brian Chan has been an Orgami enthusiats ever since he was child.  However, it wasnt until he was exposed to the mathematical Design Secrets to Origami at MIT that he took his craft seriously. As he says in his own words, “As an artist, I am particularly drawn to Origami because it adds the extra challenge of folding from a square (and I like challenges, sometimes) and incorporates a lot of geometry, which was my more favored sector of mathematics.”  Which you can tell by the intricate plans that are drawn out for each Origami piece.  It doesn’t hurt that he’s an instructor at MIT either!

Chan’s pieces are more sculpture than simple Origami.  Some of these pieces can be mistaken for real insects.  Nevertheless, you can’t help but to be amazed at the intricacy in details. And to think that they’re made with one single piece of paper.  Amazing!

Via BrianChan

Mesmerizing Kaleidescope of Naked Bodies

Angelo Musco, is a New York-based Photographer/Artist that creates awe inspiring illusion-based imagery. Musco takes photographs of naked human bodies and then digitally forms an intriguing visual to resemble scenes from the natural world, such as tree roots, bird nests, beehives, a swarm of fish and more. Musco’s photoshoots include anywhere from dozens to thousands of naked models and volunteers, which are repeated digitally (sometimes over the course of years) to create the illusion of depth. In the work entitled “Tehom”, Musco used between 150,000-200,000 naked bodies, most of which were actually photographed nude under water; and over 1 million bodies for his work entitled “Xylem”. Musco’s work is printed on numerous pages and then assembled on large gallery walls to create the final image.