ArtQuench Presents Eric Demattos

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Originally posted on Art Quench Magazine:

ArtQuench Gallery Announces 

Eric Demattos Winner of the

October Vibe” Art Competition

Eric uses the light in such a way that creates a dramatic image that tells its own wonderful story. Eric moves from photomanipulation to painting on birch adding photo transfers that can only be described as originality at it’s finest.

Eric has won one year with ArtQuench Gallery

 We welcome Eric to the ArtQuench Family!

We are proud to represent such a gifted artist. View Eric’s Gallery profile Page Here

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I was born at a very young age in Glendale, California. Right from the start I had a wonderfully diverse upbringing by being blessed (because its better to think of it that way) with parents who seem to have a nomadic streak in their blood. I moved from California to Mexico where I learned English (yes English) in Mexico from an American friend. My parents…

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Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold

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Books, Magazines and Computer Manuals Turned Into Crystallized Sculptures by Alexis Arnold

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It’s become a fairly common sight: boxes of discarded books, abandoned on the sidewalk. As the onset of digital publishing brings reading material to handheld devices, physical books have become less important. Struck by scenes of shuttered bookstores and books rendered as garbage, San Francisco-based artist Alexis Arnold embarked on her Crystallized Books project.

By combining borax crystals with weathered books, magazines and computer manuals Arnold grows them into wonderfully organic forms that become artifacts or geological specimens. “The books, frozen with crystal growth, have become… imbued with the history of time, use, and nostalgia,” says Arnold. In selecting books to turn into aesthetic, non-functional objects Arnold revealed that she tries to use found books. But she will sometimes purchase titles, or use books from her own library if she finds them conceptually appropriate. (via The Creators Project)

Fabulous New Mind-Boggling Photo Manipulations by Erik Johansson

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Swedish-born photographer and retoucher Erik Johansson is an undisputed master at photo manipulation, as can be seen from his mind-boggling depictions of everyday scenes with major twists. Part surreal wonders, part mind-boggling optical illusions, the Berlin-based artist’s images depict impossible situations that transcend our experiences of daily life. Looking at his impressive creations, it’s no surprise to learn that the 29-year-old is inspired by the likes of M.C. Escher and SalvadorDalí.For each work, Johansson begins with a simple sketch of a concept. Once he determines if the idea is good enough, he starts planning and finding places to capture the raw photographs. Next, he collects the materials needed to construct the final image by shooting hundreds of photos while maintaining similar lighting and perspective. Finally, he combines all the pieces like a puzzle with the help of image manipulation software like Photoshop. The final results are astounding, multilayered compositions that fit together so seamlessly it’s impossible to pull apart each illusion.

Erik Johansson’s website
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Dirk Staschke’s SCULPTURE

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While Dirk Staschke’s past work has had a meticulously polished look, his latest series of sculptures for his upcoming solo show, “Executing Merit” at  a Seattle gallery, the rough-hewn edges of his process. Staschke (whom we featured in HF Vol. 23) creates opulent ceramic still lifes that evoke 17th-century vanitas paintings. In his previous pieces, he labored to conceal the evidence of his hand-executed process. His latest work, however, juxtaposes pristinely glazed forms with unglazed, unrefined surfaces, exposing the craft behind Staschke’s typically immaculate work. “Craft and skill have always been important in my work and by examining this further my recent sculptures have become an exercise in relinquishing control,” wrote Staschke in his artist statement. “Executing Merit” opens on March 3 and will be on view through April 15.

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Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

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Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves is a talented artists with a stunning vision. This Canadian artist was born in 1959. Firstly, he worked as an architect upon finishing college. Later, In 1990 Rob decided to commit majority of his time drawing paintings.

Rob Gonsalves

Currently, Rob is recognized as the world’s greatest surrealist painter in North America.

TOWARD THE HORIZON

Mind Bending Drawings

BEYOND THE REEF

Mind Bending Drawings

AS ABOVE AND SO BELOW

Mind Bending Drawings

THE PHENOMENON OF FLOATING

Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

AUTUMN CYCLING

Mind Bending Drawings

BIG AIR

Mind Bending Drawings

WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE OUT

Mind Bending Drawings

ASPIRING ACROBATS

Mind Bending Drawings

MAKING WAVES

Mind Bending Drawings

NIGHT LIGHTS

Mind Bending Drawings

THE ARBOREAL OFFICE

Mind Bending Drawings

CANYON

Mind Bending Drawings

New Three-Dimensional Figurative Collages Encased in Multiple Layers of Glass by Dustin Yellin

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Photo by Andrew Romer Photography courtesy the artist

The Brooklyn-based artist Dustin Yellin (previously) was commissioned by the New York City Ballet to install a new series of his figurative collages. The artist refers to the sculptures as Psychogeographies because “they feel like maps of the psyche.”

Each large-scale sculpture is individually embellished with bizarre found objects—cut-up books, magazines and trash found on the street—which are then sealed within layers of glass. “Imagine if you were to make a drawing on a window,” said Yellin, explaining his process. “And then you were to take another window and glue it to that window… until you had a window sandwich. I make window sandwiches.”

The resulting forms resemble dancers striking various poses: their multi-dimensional bodies encapsulated in suspended animation. A grand total of 15 of these “window sandwiches,” each weighing in at 3,000 pounds each,were installed in the atrium of the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. The installation is on view for all performances through March 1, 2015 but there’s also free public viewing through February 22. If you can’t make it you can always follow Yellin’s activities on Instagram.

Photo by David Deng courtesy the artist

Photo by Andrew Romer Photography courtesy the artist

Photo by Andrew Romer Photography courtesy the artist

Photo by David Deng courtesy the artist

Photo by David Deng courtesy the artist

Photo by David Deng courtesy the artist

Photo by David Deng courtesy the artist

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PICTURE OF THE DAY

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Photograph by Howard Hollem, Edward Meyer or MacLaugharie   In this poignant photograph, people at Times Square in New York City are seen reading a news ticker about D-Day (Normandy landings), the largest seaborne invasion in history. D-Day occurred on 6 June 1944 when Allied forces targeted a 50-mile (80 km) stretch of Normandy, France…

PICTURE OF THE DAY

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A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon. According to local Navajos, who have lived here for some time, the canyon and the LeChee area were places where cattle grazed in winter.

To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.A long time ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon. According to local Navajos, who have lived here for some time, the canyon and the LeChee area were places where cattle grazed in winter.

To older Navajos, entering a place like Antelope Canyon was like entering a cathedral. They would probably pause before going in, to be in the right frame of mind and prepare for protection and respect. This would also allow them to leave with an uplifted feeling of what Mother Nature has to offer, and to be in harmony with something greater than themselves. It was, and is, a spiritual experience.

Toilet Paper Rolls Squished into Funny Faces by Junior Fritz Jacquet

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Junior Fritz Jacquet Toilet Paper Rolls Squished into Funny Faces by Junior Fritz Jacquet

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French paper artist Junior Fritz Jacquet created this fantastic series of weird masks made from toilet paper rolls. Inspired by the craft of origami, each mask is made from a single paper roll which is folded and squished into an expressive face. The pieces are then finished with a coat of shellac and different pigments. These masks are just one small facet of Jacquet’s artwork, you can see more of his functional paper lights and other paper creations over on Facebook. Photos here by Matthieu Gauchet. (via Brain Pickings, Lost at E Minor)

Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

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Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

Rob Gonsalves is a talented artists with a stunning vision. This Canadian artist was born in 1959. Firstly, he worked as an architect upon finishing college. Later, In 1990 Rob decided to commit majority of his time drawing paintings. His fantastic work has been featured Art Expo New York, Huckleberry Fine Art, Hudson River Art, and other galleries around the globe.  Currently, Rob is recognized as the world’s greatest surrealist painter in North America.

TOWARD THE HORIZON

Mind Bending Drawings

BEYOND THE REEF

Mind Bending Drawings

AS ABOVE AND SO BELOW

Mind Bending Drawings

THE PHENOMENON OF FLOATING

Mind Bending Drawings By Rob Gonsalves

AUTUMN CYCLING

Mind Bending Drawings

BIG AIR

Mind Bending Drawings

WHEN THE LIGHTS WERE OUT

Mind Bending Drawings

ASPIRING ACROBATS

Mind Bending Drawings

MAKING WAVES

Mind Bending Drawings

NIGHT LIGHTS

Mind Bending Drawings

THE ARBOREAL OFFICE

Mind Bending Drawings

CANYON

Mind Bending Drawings

ATOMS FOR PEACE – “BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES”

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ANDREW THOMAS HUANG

ATOMS FOR PEACE – “BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES”

AN AMAZING VIDEO

Directed by Andrew Thomas Huang
andrewthomashuang.com

http://youtu.be/j98KD5E5KDs

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BJORK – “MUTUAL CORE”

SIGUR ROS – “BRENNISTEINN”

“SOLIPSIST” – Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors Showcase – Official Selection

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Artist Uses Paint, Hair, and Plastic to Transform Models into Creepy Living Replicas of Pop Culture Figures

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Artist Uses Paint, Hair, and Plastic to Transform Models into Creepy Living Replicas of Pop Culture Figures

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Canadian artist Marie-Lou Desmeules slathers paint, hair, fabric, paper, and plastic on models, transforming them into garish, wonderfully creepy living replicas of famous people and pop culture characters. Photos of her wondrous pop culture replicants can be viewed on her Behance portfolio and her Instagram account.

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Steve Jobs

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Barbie

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Kim Jong-un

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Andy Warhol

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Rambo

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Bert/Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)

photos by Marie-Lou Desmeules

via designboom