Updating Philosophies: Street Art In NYC

This video takes us into the life of Cern, a street artist and graffiti writer in Brooklyn, New York. Intimate and illuminating, this short documentary shows Cern creating murals and other guerrilla installations while explaining what moves him to make his art. He refers to his work as “ephemeral art”– art that is temporary and changes with the landscape. For Cern, street art is a dynamic form present in our everyday lives, and that makes it more like poetry than like painting.

Liked that video? Then check out our original photos of vibrant street art in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Nothing Says Happy New Year Like 13 Tons Of Candy

Craig & Karl

Source: designboom

They’re calling it a candy carpet, and it’s taking over China. Artists Craig & Karl teamed up with Hong Kong creative studio AllRightsReserved to build “Sweet as One,” a lighthearted candy installation that features blooming flowers, pandas and colorful patterns. Constructed out of 13 tons of candy, the installation was built to celebrate the Chinese New Year and–as odd as it may seem–to draw attention to the plight of underprivileged children in rural areas.

13 Tons of Candy Art

Source: designboom

Candy Installation Up Close

Source: Co.Design

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The Surreal Reality of HR Giger

At Work

Source: MTV

If the purpose of art is to hold a mirror up to reality and encourage us to look at the world in new and different ways, then Hans Rudolf Giger was one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. For over 40 years, from his first solo exhibition in 1966 to his 2011 death, Giger warped reality for audiences in art galleries and movie theaters around the world. His 1977 work, Necronom IV, caught the attention of director Ridley Scott and earned him a job as set designer for the 1980 film Alien.

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Don’t Blame Millennials For Selfies; Blame 18th Century Monarchs

Selfie History Ducreux

Source: Wikimedia



Portraiture saw its artistic heyday in the 18th century, when royalty enlisted the world’s greatest artists to convey their monarchial power and immortalize themselves on canvas. Nowadays, self-portraiture and its associated egoism aren’t just for the wealthy; they’re owned by the people. With advances in technology and changes in social norms, the common man grasps at immortality using the self-portrait or selfie—this time not shared through the royal courts but social media.

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