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Image courtesy of Chris Cosnowski

This oil on panel from 2014 by Chris Cosnowski represents an American Football trophy.  It is a theme very recurrent in Cosnowski’s work, which focuses a lot on American culture and the meritocracy. His reflection goes into the symbolic of the trophy, how it aims to be grand and metallic but is in fact only a small plastic figurine; so basically an illusion. I think the idea of the illusion works well because his paintings are also very good at creating this sensation thanks to his great technical skills in depicting metal (or in fact, gilded plastic).

If you’d like to check out some more of his work, this is his website.

The Place Where Wishes Come True

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Image courtesy of Sena Runa

Sena Runa is a Turkish artist who quit her day job less than a year ago to dedicate herself to paper quilling. She creates small paper sculpture (this one is 30x40cm) from colored paper. Paper quilting consists of rolling and gluing pieces of paper together to create patterns.

It might not be monumental or a museum piece but I think it’s a nice example of where contemporary art  is going, with people working from their houses and getting noticed through the internet. Thank you tumblr and pinterest.

It also shows you how thin the limit between crafting and art is. I am going to keep following updates of this artist because I think she has great potential, even if she never ends up being exhibited in a significant way.

So check out her work here, she also has an etsy store if you’d like to own a piece.

Silence/Shapes

All images courtesy of Filippo Minelli

Today I’m posting some contemporary art. This series by Filippo Minelli is a work on shaping silence and bringing attention to a happening in a certain set. The artist creates his photographs by setting up smoke bombs in selected locations. The essence of it is to capture the moment in a photograph; not to create a performance or installation.

The use of colored smoke bombs for silence is well thought through as they are usually associated with protests, crowds, and loud noises. This is entirely reinterpreted here and we see them put out of context, which is what art does I guess. There’s a lot more of conceptual thought behind the project, and you can read about that and see more pictures here but I like the fact that they have a high aesthetic value (in my opinion at least) in addition to a solid concept. I think that a lot of contemporary art is so conceptual and abstract (in the semantic not the artistic sense) that it eats up on the looks of it.

So if you’re a fan of Minelli make sure to check out his website here. He has other works about silence, and a favorite of mine is the Geometry of Silence installations which I might post about as well.

Hibiscus Fish

Image courtesy of Limzy

It would seem like I have become a Sunday blogger but I guess this comes with actually having a job and trying to have a social life too.

Anyway I’ll make it up with really great art (at least I think so), starting with this super illustration/mixed media print by Taiwanese artist Lim Zhi Wei, who goes by the name of Limzy. She works mainly with leaves and flowers, both on paper and as installation.

Her Blooming Fish series is probably my favorite, and you can check it out here. I had such a hard time picking only one for the blog. I like this series because I think it’s one of her most original artwork. Her more fashion-oriented Flower Works is beautiful as well.

If you like her work, you can follow her on wordpress here and check out her shop here.

Viktor & Rolf Spring 2010

Image courtesy of style.com

There was a time in my life when I was obsessed with Fashion tv and I used to spend hours watching runway shows. A couple of them stayed in my head, and in particular this Viktor and Rolf collection featuring cut tulle dresses. I think the rigidity and the lightness of the tulle make a very interesting paradox in this collection, which mixes very feminine shapes and textures with some more rigid and masculine elements. This collection is all about contrast and visually it works really harmoniously.

Mummy Portrait of a Man

Image courtesy of the Chicago Art Institute

This mummy portrait was found in Fayum, Egypt (as were many others), and dates back to the second century A.D. It belongs to the collection of the Chicago Art Institute but isn’t currently on display.

Mummy portraits start showing up in Egypt by the Roman period. It’s a trend that lasts about 200 years. These portraits, as you may have already guessed, were included in the mummy of people. Studies were done to evaluate how realistic they were, using techniques of facial surgery, and it turns out that these portraits are generally quite accurate in their depictions.

Usually, these portraits were painted on wooden boards using pigments, wax, and gold leaf. Some of them can be dated by the hairstyles of fashion and jewelry represented on them (because typology is awesome like that).

Chocolate Flowers

Image courtesy of Savour

So I don’t know exactly who made these crazy amazing chocolate flowers; but I know that it’s someone from Savour school and that you can learn to make them (provided you live in Australia and are very rich).

I know this sounds like a promotional post but it isn’t. I found their account through instagram and what they do looks amazing. If you’re really into it they even have online classes. Anyway if you’d like to check it out here is their website.

Untitled Series by AmourAmelia

All images courtesy of AmourAmelia

This set was created in November 2014 by a young photographer who goes by the name of AmourAmelia.I particularly like the fact that these photos are portraits and landscapes at the same time. It gives them quite a strong identity. Otherwise, I think she has really good editing skills and is worth checking out (click here for her website).