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Paintings by Mike Shankman at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco

Paintings by Mike Shankman at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco

Art Openings Friday, June 1

Event: ’SUPERSTRUCTURE‘ paintings by Mike Shankman, Opening Reception When: Friday, June 1, 2012 At 5PM Where: 111 Minna Gallery 111 Minna Street (at 2nd) SFCA 94105

Event: Sheila Ghidini: Halftones (graphite drawings and sculptural installation) and Esther Traugot: Outside In (sculptures . . . → Read More: San Francisco Area Event Picks for May 31 – June 6, 2012

Tiny graphite pencil sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

'Chain' © sloan T howard photography

'Chain' © Sloan T Howard Photography

Thank goodness for zoom photography otherwise I’d have to be an ant to appreciate the magnificence of these tiny sculptures. São Paulo-born artist Dalton Ghetti carves intricate objects from the protruding graphite of wooden pencils. To create his pieces, Ghetti uses either a sewing needle or a sharp triangular . . . → Read More: Tiny graphite pencil sculptures by Dalton Ghetti

Photomontages by Tom Chambers at the Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco

Pennants Over Plenza, 2012

Pennants Over Plenza APP; 14″x14,” 20″x20,” 30″x30″; Edition of 20, 20, 10

The Modernbook Gallery is currently showing some captivating photomontages by photographer Tom Chambers. Inspired by Renaissance artists such as Taddeo Gaddi and Giotto di Bondone who celebrated the glory of light in their frescoes, Chambers recently completed a new series, Illuminations, which . . . → Read More: Photomontages by Tom Chambers at the Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco

Figurative paper sculptures made from Chinese honeycomb decorations/toys by Li Hongbo

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(detailed view) ‘Flexible Woman’ by Li Hongbo, 2010, paper dimensions variable

My eyes are spinning… looking at these pieces by Beijing-based book editor, designer and artist Li Hongbo. Manipulating the traditional Chinese decoration/toy called the ‘paper gourd,’ Li creates these human figures with hyper-extended limbs and necks. Like writhing snakes, the elongated limbs drape . . . → Read More: Figurative paper sculptures made from Chinese honeycomb decorations/toys by Li Hongbo

Embroidered vintage photographs by Maurizio Anzeri

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“Giovanni” 2009 Photographic print with embroidery, 51 x 41 cm

I am intrigued by these vintage portraits overlaid with colorful embroidery by London-based artist Maurizio Anzeri. Visiting flea markets around Europe, Anzeri collects antique photographs to use in his artistic process. The colorful, geometric lines add a three-dimensional element to the photographs, as well . . . → Read More: Embroidered vintage photographs by Maurizio Anzeri

“Time Machine” by Samuel Lowder at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco

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Love the old movies? Los Angeles based artist Samuel Lowder re-presents them with a fresh twist in his latest exhibition, Time Machine, now showing at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. Using a stencil-based approach with layers of transparent bright colors, Lowder’s work mimics the style of the early pop artists though with more . . . → Read More: “Time Machine” by Samuel Lowder at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco

Land art sculptures by Jaakko Pernu

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Finnish land artist Jaakko Pernu creates stunning sculptural land works in his Timberline series. Created with wood, usually willow branches, these large-scale pieces alter the spaces they inhabit, as well as bring out an absurdist element by mimicking shapes which are uncommonly found in the environments they are placed – a stylized 25 foot . . . → Read More: Land art sculptures by Jaakko Pernu

Design Finds: container gardening for small spaces

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1. “Fluidity” dish rack and planter. Designed by Milan-based studio DesignLibero, this dual function dish rack directs excess water into the sections where the plants are placed. An elegant solution for small kitchens. (via)

2. Plastic Bottle Garden. I love this idea of presenting plants using upcycled plastic soda bottles. It was designed by Brazilian . . . → Read More: Design Finds: container gardening for small spaces

“From Love to Bingo in 873 Images” as told by stock photos from Getty Images

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Thinking about stock photos makes me yawn. Thinking about hundreds of them makes me fall in a coma-like sleep. But somehow AlmapBBDO – directed by Cisma and Marcos Kotlhar via Paranoid Brazil – has gathered 873 of these photos from Getty Images to create this spellbinding one minute video clip.

Cisma said, “Although . . . → Read More: “From Love to Bingo in 873 Images” as told by stock photos from Getty Images

Crystallized books by Alexis Arnold

Cookbook, book, Borax crystals, 9'' x 6'' x 6.5'', 2011

Crime and Punishment, book, Borax crystals, 8” x 9” x 5”, 2011

If you consider books to be sacred, this article will send shivers down your spine. Sculptor and installation artist Alexis Arnold drops books in vats of boiling water, stirs in some borax, and then lets the chemical process work its magic. A . . . → Read More: Crystallized books by Alexis Arnold