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Hyperrealistic Tattoo Art by Russian Artist Valentina Ryabova

October 22nd, 2014

St. Petersburg-based tattoo artist Valentina Ryabova creates stunningly lifelike portraits. Her work includes portraits of celebrities and famous scenes from movies, as well as animals and portraits of loved ones. Each piece …

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Everyday Objects Transformed Into Clever Sculptures by Gilbert Legrand

October 22nd, 2014

Gilbert Legrand is a French illustrator and sculptor. He takes random everyday objects like rulers, brushes, zippers, or tool and turns them into fun character sculptures. He brings out the character in every object with …

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L.A. Graffiti Artist “Skidrobot” Humanizes Homeless People By Painting Their Dreams

October 22nd, 2014

To raise awareness of the problem of poverty in the streets of Los Angeles, the American street artist Skidrobot decided to go and meet the homeless, and to materialize their dreams and hopes with a few strokes of paint… …

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New Mural by OZMO ft. Lady Liberty and Michelangelo’s David in Miami

October 22nd, 2014

Italian artist, Ozmo spent a total of six days working on his latest mural in Miami. Measuring 30 x 6 meters, the gigantic piece depicts realistic renditions of the Statue of Liberty next to Michelangelo’s sculpture …

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Illustrations by Marcello Vargas-Machuca Puell

Illustrations by Marcello Vargas-Machuca Puell

October 22nd, 2014

Vintage illustrations by Peru based illustrator Marcello Vargas-Machuca Puell. More illustrations

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Is it possible to view space without positioning humans in it? Humans – that is ourselves. Can we look at space in its purity without instinctively projecting human situations, relations onto it? Looking at the artworks, one might get the impression that the series examines the relationship between mankind and space given that the pictures depict solitary figures floating in vast spans of space. But as the concept of solitude describes the relationship between the individual and the outside world – i.e. the first person singular and them -, so do the figures in the pictures depict the relation between the individual and the outside world rather than that of mankind and space. Physical space is merely a segment of the world but the backgrounds depicted symbolise the outside world in a much broader sense.

All the photographs show humans in an artificial, man-built environment, which offers a number of possible associations: man versus building as small versus large, temporary versus permanent, living versus lifeless. The spacious buildings shown in the pictures provide the background to social relationships. Serving as social settings, they inherently require a certain set of behavioural patterns, a degree of self-control and adaptation of man, which will – in all cases – be coupled with a certain level of sacrifice. This is particularly true of the old buildings, whose venerable elegance, monumental character invoking ancient times and ancestors enhance the sense of pressure to display behaviour that is considered acceptable and desirable. Spaces thus become symbols of these restrictive conditions of belonging to a community, barriers of self-expression and self-assertion, and limitation on our independence. The figures depicted in the photographs are physically detached from every single corner of the given building serving as backgrounds as if freeing themselves from barriers of communal existence. Their relaxed posture, however, tells about their loneliness being a more deliberate and calm introversion, a kind of self-imposed temporary solitude rather than hopeless and aggressive isolation. They seem to be floating in a surreal freedom of their own making.

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