Markus Raetz: Yes/No

Swiss sculptor and conceptual artist Markus Raetz makes wonderful sculptures that change as you move around them. It’s visual poetry written in space. He puts it like that: “I am doing things everybody can understand. It is not complicated work. I can see that in the reaction of children.” Just have a look, walk around and change your perspective.

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Sean E Avery: CD Sculptures

Australian artist Sean E Avery is a writer-illustrator of children’s picture books and a sculptor who makes beautiful animal sculptures with recycled materials — old CDs, computer hard drives and others. “CDs come in a zillion different colours and I never know what colours will be available to me on any given day.” His animals’ colors are definitely well chosen and impressing. Sean talks of his work as ‘sustainable art’, I think he is right. Last week-end I found a box of old data backup CDs and I didn’t know what to do with it because my computer doesn’t even read them anymore. Now I have an idea, maybe I can send them to Australia.

All images © Sean E Avery | Sean on Facebook | deviantART

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Laurent Sciamma: Visual Comments on France and the World

While France is still lamenting its downgrade from AAA to AA+ visual artist Laurent Sciamma has long before taken the whole discussion a step further. On his tumblr Laurent cleverly comments on politics and culture in France and the world in a minimalistic visual style. As an independent art director he was also responsible for the film title design of his sister’s much acclaimed movie Tomboy that came out last year. For me as a German there is definitely one favorite picture: it’s Laurent’s comment on German reunification when western socks met eastern sandals more than 20 years ago. One to watch and follow. Thanks to Victor for the hint.

All images (c) Laurent Sciamma

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Sarah Frost: From Keyboards To Qwerty Art

Do you remember those old and noisy computer keyboards halfway on the evolutionary path between typewriters and the touchscreen. What did you do with them? Throw away? Just don’t! The better answer is recycling. American artist Sarah Frost from Saint Louis came up with that great idea: putting tens of thousands of used keyboard buttons on a wall. Have a closer look, then step back and enjoy the larger pattern. Sarah’s current work examines our culture through the collection of its remains, such as consumer objects and discarded packaging (not only keyboards). A permanent installation of her Qwerty art can be found at The James Hotel in New York. Enjoy!


All images © Sarah Frost.

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Brent Pearson: Antelope Canyon

There are a lot of photogenic places in the world but some of them are outstanding. One stunning example came to my attention via Abuzeedo today: the Antelope Canyon. This colorful landscape is located on Navajo land in Arizona and probably one of the most photographed canyons in the US. After digging through Flickr I found that one of my favourite photo sets of this place was shot by Australian photographer Brent Pearson who managed to deal with the light and the crowd in the canyon: “I did manage to snap a few shots of Antelope Canyon while visiting there with my family. But what a zoo it was! I couldn’t believe it. The canyon was packed, I think they have lifted the restrictions to how many tours can go through Upper Antelope at one time, and it was literally a zoo.” Look how he captured the waves and the colors made of sand stone and light. Amazing pictures of an amazing place!

All images © Brent Pearson (Website | Flickr)

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