An Interview With Artist Beth Cavener Who Captures Human Emotions Through Sculpted Stoneware Animals
Artist Beth Cavener explores the extremes of human emotion and psychology through the articulated forms of animals. The twisting shapes of oversized predatory cats, foxes, goats, and other animals are meant to depict the internal and external human struggles of fear, anger, love. Filmmaker Bas Berkhout of Like Knows Like recently interviewed Cavener in her Montana studio to learn more about the inspiration and process behind her sculpture.
The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts presents the first major American exhibition of Theo Jansen's famed kinetic sculptures. Dynamic and interdisciplinary, Jansen's Strandbeests ("beach animals") blur the lines between art and science, sculpture and performance.
The exhibition celebrates the thrill of the Strandbeests' unique locomotion as well as the processes that have driven their evolutionary development on the Dutch seacoast. The kinetic sculptures are accompanied by artist sketches, facilitated demonstrations of the creatures' complex ambulatory systems, a hall of "fossils" as well as photography by Lena Herzog.
Hundreds of Vibrant Doors Found Within Lithuania's "Garage Towns" Photographed by Agne Gintalaite
Lithuanian artist Agne Gintalaite has always been attracted to the "garage towns" of her native Lithuania—large areas filled with storage units for cars that are terribly inconvenient and often a bus ride away from the owners' homes. In her series Beauty Remains, Gintalaite explores the multitude of garage doors she has discovered on her explorations, the brightly colored wooden and metal doors that look as if time has tried to claw them to pieces, yet their vibrancy withstands each passing year.
These self-propelled kinetic wood sculptures by David C. Roy can spin for nearly a day
Since graduating in 1974 from Boston University with a degree in physics, artist David C. Roy has been fascinated by the motion and mechanics of kinetic sculptures. Roy is a self-taught woodworker who designs limited edition wall-mounted sculptures powered by various mechanical wind-up mechanisms without the aid of electricity. Each piece can run for about 5-18 hours unassisted on a single wind, with his latest piece Dimensions capable of whirling around for a whopping 40+ hours.
Highlights from Artist Tatsuya Tanaka's Daily Miniature Photo Project
Photographer and art director Tatsuya Tanaka has a fascination with all things tiny and has an uncanny ability to repurpose everyday objects as set pieces or tools for the inhabitants of his miniature world. For his project Miniature Calendar, Tanaka has been stretching his imagination to its limits nearly every day for the last four years. A tape dispenser becomes the bar for a restaurant, a circuit board is suddenly a rice paddy field, and the notes of a musical score become the hurdles for a track race. Individually, the photos might invoke a smile or chuckle as you get the joke, but when viewed collectively they morph into a fascinating study on Tanaka's breadth of creativity.
This Giant Abandoned Soviet Spaceship Made of Wood Looks Like the Ultimate Children's Playground Feature
While exploring an abandoned corner of the Zhukovsky airfield (Ramenskoye Airport) in Moscow two years ago, aviation photographer Aleksander Markin stumbled onto a forgotten relic of Russia's Buran Space Program. This decaying wooden spacecraft was used as a wind tunnel model in the 1980s for the VKK Space Orbiter, the largest and most expensive Soviet space exploration program conceived as a response to the United States' Space Shuttle. Despite its scientific purposes the wooden ship has the appearance of a fantastic children's playground feature.
Neon Sunsets and Technicolor Landscapes Painted by Grant Haffner
Deeply influenced by a childhood spent growing up on Long Beach in Sag Harbor, N.Y., artist Grant Haffner tries to capture the color and feeling of sunsets burnt into his memories. Haffner works primarily with a mixture of acrylic, marker, pencil and paint pen on wood panels to create vibrant neon depictions of Long Island landscapes from the viewpoint of roadways punctuated with power lines.
An Underground WWII Bomb Shelter in London Has Been Converted Into the World's Largest Subterranean Hydroponic Farm
Over 100 feet below the bustling streets of London is a cavernous, abandoned space. Originally built to serve as a bomb shelter during World War II, it was designed to house and protect the lives of nearly 8,000 people. The space remained abandoned for close to 70 years until entrepreneurs Richard Ballard and Steven Dring decided to turn it into the world's first subterranean farm called Growing Underground. And surprisingly, where the sun doesn't shine turns out to be an ideal setting for a garden.
Creatures Cups Are Lurking The Colossal Shop
There's something creepy in your coffee. Don't worry, it's actually pretty cute too. Creature Cups are fun 11-ounce mugs, handmade by Brooklyn-based design team Yumi-Yumi. As you drink your bevearge of choice a creature will emerge from the depths. You may want to warn your guests though, that octopus is obviously up to no good. We're pretty excited to see them lurking around the shop, the bunch of creeps.