“Mirror Portraits” by Photographer Matthew Morrocco

Los Angeles-based photographer Matthew Morrocco photographs his friends and artistic circle for his ongoing series, “Mirror Portraits.” Originally conceived as a means to expand the visual space in his photographs, the series has since evolved into what Morrocco describes as “a study in self-actualization and friendship in an ever-expanding, complex, and individualistic industry.” He explains how the work has taken on a new meaning within the context of COVID and its impact on creatives: “During Covid, I hoped these pictures would be a reminder of the people who invest their…

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A Plant Overruns an Incredibly Intricate Cardboard Universe for Robots by Greg Olijnyk

 Art Craft #cardboard #light #plants #robots #science fiction #sculpture September 18, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Greg Olijnyk, by Griffin Simm, shared with permission Until now, Greg Olijnyk’s cardboard robots have been poised for adventure, whether perched on a speed bike or sailing an undulating sea. His meticulously crafted universe, though, has taken an eerie and slightly dystopic turn. The Melbourne-based artist presents fully articulate robots lying on an operating table and attempting to wrangle an aloe plant bound to a cage. Complete with LED lights and glass where…

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Bees Encase Raw-Material Embroideries with Honeycomb in New Encaustic Works by Ava Roth

 Art Design Science #bees #encaustic #honey #mixed media September 18, 2020 Grace Ebert “Falling Horsehair, Gold #2,” encaustic, Japanese tissue, horse hair and thread in embroidery hoop, embedded in honeycomb, custom double length Langstroth hive frame, 19”x 9.5 inches. All images © Ava Roth, shared with permission When Ava Roth adds the last stitch grasping horsehair or porcupine quills to her embroidered artworks, she passes the fibrous material on to her black-and-yellow counterparts. The Toronto-based artist collaborates with bees to encase her mixed-media pieces in waxy honeycomb. What emerges are…

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Rich Portraits Illustrated by Uli Knörzer Capture Subjects’ Idiosyncrasies through Colored Pencil

 Illustration #colored pencil #drawing #hair #portraits September 18, 2020 Grace Ebert All images © Uli Knörzer, shared with permission Fascinated by the transient expressions and feelings of his subjects, Uli Knörzer attempts to capture a moment in time. The Berlin-based illustrator draws richly detailed portraits that are simultaneously revealing and elusive. By positioning each subject against a solid backdrop, Knörzer eliminates the contexts that inspire their particular looks and moods. “Because a tilt of the head and look to the side or a smirk could be just that but…

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