Thick, distinguished brushstrokes of yellow orbs in a swirling blue sky over a quiet village. This is what defines Vincent van Gogh’s iconic painting “The Starry Night.” The texture of the oil on canvas is a distinctive part of the image, but Melanie Sullivan, a microbiologist from Missouri, has created a reproduction that replaced the oil and canvas with bacteria and petri dishes.
Crack Is Wack is arguably known as Keith Haring’s most legendary work and the most iconic mural in New York City. The double-sided mural’s location in Manhattan on 128th street, next to…
Fearing a severe beating one evening in the early 1960s, a boy named Ionel Talpazan hopped out of his bedroom window and ran into the dusky fields of the Romanian countryside. What happened next would greatly shape his life: As Talpazan, 8, stood in the fields, a bright blue light shined down from an approaching aerial craft, then vanished. Transfixed by the source of the mysterious blue light, Talpazan would spend his adulthood attempting to answer questions about life on Earth — and elsewhere — through art.
On September 21, 2015, 60-year-old Talpazan, then living in Manhattan, died of a stroke and advanced diabetes. Before that, Talpazan worked tirelessly to map out the details of alien aircraft — so much so that during his lifetime, Talpazan is known to have created more than one thousand works of art inspired by UFOs.
What a way to end a season. Each year on the last day of August, Japan’s Niigata Prefecture celebrates the end of the rice harvest in a rather elaborate (yet resourceful) fashion: creating rice straw sculptures.
Known as the Wara Art Festival, artists across the area transform the prefecture’s leftover wara (rice straw) into some truly stunning artwork, all available for public viewing.
For artist Phil Robson, aka FILFURY, obsession shapes life–and art.
In Robson’s case, those creativity-informing obsessions include the 90s, basketball and fashion. Such obsessions translate quite well into reality, as Robson has collaborated with Nike, Adidas and Reebok–among a host of other big names.
Also inspired by the likes of Stan Lee, Ron English, Neville Brody and Ewen Spencer, Robson describes his work as “a battle of pop culture vs nature,” and enjoys utilizing contemporary textures to repurpose form and painting. One such texture is–you guessed it–the shoe. Robson makes himself at home cutting and arranging soles, laces, tongues until they no longer resemble shoes but insects, guns, and even skulls.