COMPUTER-GENERATED FLOWERS BY MACOTO MURAYAMA

by Ariadna Zierold

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In the spirit of Darwin’s botanical studies, Japanese artist Macoto Murayama attempts to unlock the beauty and genetics of flowers in his incredible computer-generated illustrations.

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With scientific precision, he maps out their organic structures, first beginning with studies from real specimens like sun flowers and Yoshino cherry, which he dissects with a scalpel and observes with a magnifying glass, then sketches and photographs, and finally recreates in 3ds Max (3DCG software) and Photoshop. Each digital illustration is scrutinized and labeled with details like the plant’s measurements, parts names, and scale.

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WIREFRAME SHADOWS BY MOTO WAGANARI

by Ariadna Zierold

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German artist Moto Waganari (whose real name is Lutz Wagner) filigree polygon sculptures are already compelling, but when you shine a bright light on them from the right angle, they cast spirited and dramatic shadows that bring them to life. Using a 3D printer to create a network of wires, he combined technology with inspiration, crafting delicate, surreal shapes and forms that play off light and darkness.

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KINGDOM OF CERAMICS BY VIPOO SRIVILASA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Vipoo Srivilasa works predominantly in ceramics. He uses porcelain clay to hand build his work, then he paints over it with cobalt oxide to obtain the blue color. The last step of this process consists of firing the work at 1200°C. According to the artist, his work is saturated with symbols taken from different religions, although it’s not meant to evoke religion itself, but rather to reinvent certain religious images.

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Srivilasa’s work also explores the commonalities between Thai and Australian culture and Eastern and Western culture, where he uses blue and white as a reference to the export of blue and white porcelain from China to Europe. While being fully aware of his heritage, Srivilasa has been mixing up echoes from the past with traces of the present in a carefully arranged juxtaposition of old and new ways of thinking.

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SURREAL HAND-CUT COLLAGES BY HUMAN WRECKAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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Building upon the foundation of forgotten ephemera, the meticulously crafted collage art of Human Wreckage transforms the simple into the sublime. By assembling images culled from varied historical frames, ranging from mid-century pop to antiquity, the works evoke an ethereal timelessness.

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The unconventional juxtaposition of diverse subject matter simultaneously elevates the mundane and humbles the divine. It is at once violently innocent and joyously satirical.

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HAUNTING PAINTINGS BY MOON CHANPIL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Korean artist Moon Chanpil paints imaginative illustrations of people and animals coexisting in a witty, and sometimes unsettling, world.

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Her bear, tiger, and chimp characters act like silly humans, wearing colorful suits and protesting early mornings. With magnetizing cat eye-like stares, they gaze directly at the viewer like a predator ready to pounce or shivering prey.

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