German based, Turkish artist extraordinaire, Sakir Gökcebag, has taken what we see as conventional items to another level. Playing with shape, movement and 3-dimensional spaces, Gökcebag examines something as simple as a roll of toilet paper. The silhouettes he’s created are remarkable and breathtaking, making one realize the difference between great imagination and brilliant minds.
If you don’t know Saimir Strati’s work, its about time you add his name to your list of inspirational artists. Strati has taken his skills of restoring archeological sits in Albania to becoming and artist with 6 Guinness World Records creating breathtaking large mosaics using materials like nails, toothpicks, corks, sea glass, eggshells, coffee bean and amount other materials. Strati continue so push limits proving that one can successfully unite traditional techniques and modern materials in today’s time. (via visual news)
After having spent an entire weekend telling my father to avoid McDonald’s at all cost, I find this group exhibition at the David B. Smith Gallery featuring beautiful cutout paper trees from McDonald’s carryout bags by Yuken Teruya. The lesson? Things are never what they seem and believe it or not…there are even times where Dad does know best! 😉 (Thanks Appa!)
This past week, the National Mall in Washington DC hosted 48,000 panels of quilt blankets covering 29 acres of land for the AIDS Memorial Quilt project started by the NAMES Project Foundation. With over 50 locations around the DC area, these breathtaking quilts are composed of eight 3′ x 6′ panels (the dimension represents the size of a human grave) sewed together to form a a 12′ x 12′ block.
Louis Vuitton has launched their newest collection with a flair of Japanese funk/genius with artist, Yayoi Kusama. Everything from the facade of the building to clothes and accessories have been covered with Kusama’s iconographic polka dot print design. If this isn’t enough, you can also see an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Kusama’s Fireflies of the Water until September 30.
Street artist Bored has taken the initiative to remind the people of Chicago that life is a game in the sense that you, the player, always have choices. Creating iconic pieces from the game Monopoly out of plywood and paint, it is not uncommon to see a stack of ‘Chance’ cards, dice, and different parts of the board walk stenciled onto the sidewalks of Chicago. So, what’s your next move? (via Colossal)
I was in the Meatpacking District this past weekend to walk into what looked like Michelangel’s David in a Missoni print body suit?!?! Is that possible? I should know by now, that in NYC, anything is possible. Spanish artist, dEmo and Missoni have worked together in suiting up a 15 foot tall statue letting the public know, that even David can make a fashion statement.