In ‘Extinct and Endangered,’ Photographer Levon Biss Magnifies the Potential Loss of Insects Around the Globe

 Photography Science #bees #butterflies #climate crisis #insects #macro June 28, 2022 Grace Ebert Madeira brimstone. All images © Levon Biss, courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History, shared with permission Despite existing on separate continents thousands of miles apart, the Madeira brimstone and giant Patagonian bumblebee are experiencing similar hardships. The former, which inhabits the islands it inherits its name from, is dealing with an invasive species decimating the trees its caterpillars require pre-metamorphosis, while the latter has been struggling to survive in its native Chile after farmers…

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Ellen Akimoto – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

A selection of recent work by Leipzig, Germany-based artist Ellen Akimoto. Predominantly taking the form of figurative painting, her work seeks to depict complexity and ambiguity in our surroundings and social selves. Her process brings together painting and digital collage, featuring mainly human (and sometimes animal) protagonists and interior spaces that are composed and presented in ways that reveal their obviously constructed nature.  “My goal is to make images that do not offer a consistent, unified world, but rather one that is complicated by contradictions and allusions to other possibilities,”…

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Jarid del Deo – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Based in southern Maine, artist Jarid del Deo finds inspiration and subject matter in his New England surroundings. Though he feels a connection to the tradition of representational picture-making, it’s the color and shape that most excite him. Of his process, he says: “I spend more time looking than painting. I am slow to decide what I am reacting to and I consider this observational relationship to be as important as the finished painting.” See more from Jarid del Deo below! Source link

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“I am Not a Soldier, but I have been Trained to Kill” by Photographer Jesse Rieser

A thought-provoking series by photographer Jesse Rieser. “I am Not a Soldier, but I Have Been Trained to Kill” explores the growing tactical industry that teaches American civilians to fight like Special Ops forces. Photographed the day after the insurrection at Gunsite — the nation’s oldest firearm training facility — Rieser questions whether preparing for violence at home merely calls it into being: “Like many of my works, I employ the use of text paired with imagery. Here we see an episodic approach broken into 4 chapters and denoted by…

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For the Birds: 33 Artists and Designers Reimagine Avian Architecture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

 Art Design #architecture #birdhouses #birds #climate crisis #site-specific June 27, 2022 Grace Ebert Olalekan Jeyifous’s “Birdega,” wool and metal, 16 x 16 x 16 inches. All images by Liz Ligon, © Brooklyn Botanic Garden, shared with permission A bright blue bodega, clustered wooden complexes, and a classic design emblazoned with a Swiss flag occupy the lush landscape of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this summer. Eclectic in style, concept, and technique, the collection establishes dozens of tiny homes for avians across the 52-acre site as part of For the Birds,…

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Sports and Art History Team Up in a Playful Twitter Account That Matches Life and Art

 Art Photography #art history #humor #sports August 10, 2022 Grace Ebert Top: “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” (1675) by Mattia Preti. Bottom: Photo by Brad Smith/ISI Photo. All images courtesy of ArtButMakeItSports, shared with permission What do an injured Kelley O’Hara and “The Incredulity of Saint Thomas” by Italian Baroque artist Mattia Preti have in common? The exasperated soccer star and 1675 religious masterpiece find unexpected synchronicity thanks to LJ Rader, the creator behind the wildly popular meme account ArtButMakeItSports. Since 2015, Rader has been cleverly pairing photos from…

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An Interview with Filmmaker Eli Hirtle – BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS

Were you at all anxious about the idea of immersing yourself in it? Was it outside of your comfort zone? I’m anxious and excited about being able to embark on my own language-learning journey this year. While working on Voices on the Rise for the past 5 years, I’ve been able to witness and help share stories about people doing such incredible work revitalizing and stabilizing Indigenous languages, in their families and communities, in so many different ways. It’s been really inspiring. I wasn’t able to carve out the time…

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Radiant Installations and Projections Illuminate Sydney’s Architecture for an Annual Light Festival

 Art #installation #light #public art June 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Vivid Sydney, shared with permission Following a two-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney (previously) returned this May with a spectacular display of light and color. The annual month-long festival brings an array of installations, sculptures, and projections to the Australian city, and this year’s iteration included Lighting the Sails, a vibrant series of works by Aboriginal Martu artists that illuminated the Sydney Opera House with kaleidoscopic patterns, and a color-blocked animation on Customs House by Ken Donne. In…

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“Like a River” by Photographer Daniel Jack Lyons

A selection of images from “Like a River,” the upcoming photobook by anthropologist and photographer Daniel Jack Lyons. Soon-to-be-released by Loose Joints, the project explores notions of identity, transformation, and coming-of-age for marginalized groups set against a backdrop of deep Amazonian rainforest.  Lyons’ background in social and medical anthropology initially brought him to the Amazon, where he worked with Casa do Rio, a community-based organization that celebrates and supports the cultural lives of teenagers and young people living in the depths of the Amazon. With “Like a River,” Lyons focuses…

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A 546-Piece Puzzle Slots into a Hulking Simian with Moveable Limbs

 Craft Design #animals #DIY #puzzles #toys June 27, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Mat Random A follow-up to his wooden geometric figures, Mat Random designed a similarly stocky simian with a DIY twist. The architect and craftsman, who’s based in Buenos Aires, recently released a three-dimensional puzzle that once slotted together, forms a moveable ape-like creature. Made from 546 pieces that are laser cut from cardboard, the buildable figure has flexible joints and can be posed in various stances. “The Simian” is available as a limited edition in…

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