Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hyper-realistic Paintings by Omar Ortiz

Alright, I know some of your folks hate hyper-realism but you can't deny the amazing patience, not to mention the incredible talent, these artists display through their work. Here is another one:

Omar Ortiz was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1977, where he still resides, the main elements of his hyper-realistic paintings are the human figure and a magical set of fabrics. He studied for a degree in Graphic Design at college, where learned different techniques such as drawing, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, and airbrush. After studying Graphic Design decided to devote himself to the world of painting. In 2002 He did his first oil painting class with the painter Carmen Alarcon to which he considers his main teacher of Art. Now paints in oils, considering the noblest art.

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Volker Steger's Photos of Squashed Bugs

German science photographer Volker Steger, in his book BUZZ: The Intimate Bond Between Humans and Insects, published microscopic photographs of insects that crashed into the windshield of his car. He collected the dead bugs from his car’s bonnet and ran them under a scanning electron microscope. Steger actually taped plastic foil to the hood of the car, so that fallen bugs didn’t stick to the hood, and drove his car hitting as many insects as possible.

“The speed is important”, Steger says. “The right speed is about 70 km/h. Flies that get hit by a car at that speed look like fallen angels in the electron microscope.”

The specimens in the book came not only from the hood of his car, but also a pest control company, a pharmaceutical conglomerate, a zoo, a university, a flea circus, the police of Bavaria, a dead dog, and the rotting leg of a diabetes patient. His book features photographs of over 100 squashed insects.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

‘Day On The Beach’ by Kacper Kowalski

‘Day on the beach’ is a short but fantastic photo series by Polish photographer Kacper Kowalski documenting the bustle of activity on a small beach from morning to sunset, taken from a dizzying height. Kacper Kowalski, who specializes in aerial photography, grabbed the second prize in World Press Photo 2008 contest in the category ‘Arts and Entertainment’ for this series.

The beach in question is located near Wladyslawowo, a small resort in the Baltic Sea Coast.

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Thousands Strip In Salt Lake City to Protest Conservative Laws

Thousands of people stripped to their underwear and ran through Salt Lake City to protest what they called the 'uptight' laws of Utah. Undie Run organizer Nate Porter said the goal of the event on September 24, Saturday, was to organize people frustrated by the conservative nature of the state's politics.

Nudity was prohibited by organizers. Participants donned bras, panties, nightgowns, swimwear or colorful boxer shorts – and some added political messages by expressing support for causes like gay marriage on their chests, backs or legs. Porter estimates 3,000 people participated in the run, which began in downtown Salt Lake City and circled past the state Capitol building about a mile away

Other weird protests: Kissing protest in Chile, Slutwalk protest in Toronto, PETA’s bloody protest

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Wire Sculptures by Gavin Worth

These amazing wire sculptures were created by self-taught artist, illustrator and designer Gavin Worth.

By bending black wire into something of freestanding line drawings, I create sculptures that engage the viewer by involving them in their subtle changes. When the light in the room shifts, so does the mood of the piece. A breeze might softly move an arm. My wire sculptures tell stories of simple human moments: a woman adjusting her hair, a face gazing from behind tightly wrapped arms, a mother gently cradling her baby. The honest, unguarded moments are the ones that I find to be the most beautiful.

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Body World Exhibition in Rome

The Body World exhibitions are one of kind exhibitions using an extraordinary process called Plastination invented by the controversial German anatomist Dr Gunther von Hagens.

Plastination is a technique of preserving bodies or body parts by replacing the water and fat components by certain plastics, thereby yielding specimens that can be touched, do not smell or decay, and even retain most properties of the original sample. Plastination was invented in 1977, but it was not until the early 90s that the equipment was developed to make it possible to plastinate whole body specimens.

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Photo:Reuters

Dr von Hagens plastinated animals are now on display at an exhibition in Rome. The exhibitions shows the whole bodies plastinated in lifelike poses and dissected to show various structures and systems of human anatomy allowing visitors to see and better understand about anatomy, physiology, and health by viewing real human bodies. The exhibitions also shows the long-term impact of diseases, the effects of tobacco consumption and the mechanics of artificial supports such as knees and hips. Each exhibition features more than 200 real human specimens, including whole-body plastinates, individual organs, organ configurations and transparent body slices with each specimen taking up to 1,500 man hours to prepare.

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The Disciples: Fans of Rock Concerts by James Mollison

For over three years photographer James Mollison photographed fans outside different concerts. His stunning panoramic portraits of pop concert fans emulating their idols are collected in an addictive volume called ‘The Disciples’. Featured bands and stars include Madonna, Marilyn Manson, 50 Cents, Sex Pistols, Spice Girls, Iron Maiden, Rod Stewart and more. Says James Mollison,

I was fascinated by the different tribes of people that attended them, and how people emulated celebrity to form their identity. As I photographed the project I began to see how the concerts became events for people to come together with surrogate 'families', a chance to relive their youth or try and be part of a scene that happened before they were born.

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