Is Google Earth Art The Next Wave Of Travel Photography?

Using the world as your digital canvas is no easy feat, but Argentina-based photographer and artist Federico Winer is doing just that. Winer studied at the Argentina School of Photography in the 1990s before pursuing an academic career as professor of philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires.

Within the last couple of years he has refocused on his love of photography and composition, and his latest work “ULTRADISTANCIA” has been featured around the web and through international media outlets including the Huffington Post, Design Boom Magazine, and The Creators Project. For the basis of his project, Winer utilizes the unique, colorful, and often mesmerizing geometrical patterns of the Earth he discovers when taking what he calls “long trips” through Google Earth.

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Slipping Glimpser: Willem de Kooning’s Sublime Take On What It Means To Be An Artist

Willem de Kooning snuck into the United States in 1926. The 22-year-old brought little with him except his formal fine arts training, which he started in his hometown of Rotterdam at the age of twelve. When he arrived in the U.S., he painted houses for a while. He then transitioned to murals with the Works Project Administration as part of FDR’s New Deal.

Eventually, he began palling around with New York’s avant-garde, including fellow immigrant Arshile Gorky, art critic Clem Greenberg, and Jackson Pollock. Starting in the 1940s and for the next four decades, de Kooning, an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands, became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.

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An Art Inception: Joe Fig’s Dioramas Of Artists Making Art In Their Studios

The artist’s studio is akin to the scientist’s laboratory. It is a space for ideas to take physical form; it is a place for innovation and–pending the occupant’s mental state–alchemy. It is also deeply personal, simultaneously reflecting and shaping the artist’s creative process. Knowing this, American sculptor Joe Fig utilized his own talent to create miniature dioramas of famous artists’ studios and workspaces, recreating in great detail whole rooms in which they allowed their genius to germinate.

The result isn’t unlike a scene from “Inception”, but this really hits home when you imagine Fig sculpting the diorama of himself while in his studio–while physically standing in the very studio he’s recreating in miniature (see below). Have a headache yet?

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