Last night I saw a classic on the train to the coast

Wednesday, 27 May, 2015

Image by Alexey Kondakov

A couple of times now I’ve thought I’ve seen a Mona Lisa on the bus or the train. Now I know I wasn’t imagining things. Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov blends elements from classical works of art with contemporary photos, creating a surreal collection of images in the process. See more of his work on his Facebook page (login required).

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The appreciation of latte art, it’s all a matter of taste

Tuesday, 26 May, 2015

Latte, or coffee art, is part of the latter day cafe experience. Even cappuccinos, that will be sprinkled with a concealing coat of chocolate, come off the coffee machine with a pour-crafted design in the froth.

But here’s a question, a rather pivotal question in-fact, does this artwork detract in anyway from the taste of the coffee? Matt Perger, writing for The Barista Hustle, sets out a procedure for finding out.

The three most common commandments of Latte Art are contrast, symmetry and central placement in the cup. This trio, by their nature, result in a bold ring of crema around the edges of the drink. Whether this ring is made of pure crema, brown coloured milk, or a mix of the two is up to your coffee and technique. What’s certain is that this ring is intensely flavoured and definitely impacts your perception of the drink.

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Set in the street, whatever scene you care to create

Friday, 22 May, 2015

Photo by Justin Bettman

#SetintheStreet is a project by New York City photographer Justin Bettman that involves the building of a set, such as the dining room scene above, from discarded materials that are found on the street, that he then photographs. The sets are then left for passersby to use to take their own photos.

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Food cubes, unprocessed, uncooked, but looking irresistible anyway

Friday, 22 May, 2015

Artwork/photo by Lernert & Sander

Working on a commission from a local newspaper, Amsterdam based artists and filmmakers Lernert & Sander, took ninety-eights items of unprocessed foodstuffs, and cut them into two and half centimetre neatly set out cubes. It may be unprocessed food, but it still looks good enough to eat right now.

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Which way is up? The inverted illustration of Cinta Vidal Agullo

Monday, 4 May, 2015

Illustration by Cinta Vidal Agullo

Holy Penrose stairs… what to make of the mind bending altered perspective illustrations of Barcelona based artist and illustrator Cinta Vidal Agulló.

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Artworks from Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos” show sold at auction

Thursday, 16 April, 2015

Artworks created by Jon Lomberg for use in Carl Sagan’s 1980 TV show, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, were sold by auction in New York City last week. They would have been quite the keepsakes to score, for hard core fans of the series.

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Oil, water, and paint in motion

Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

Pacific Light, artwork created by Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov through the combination of water, oil, movement, and music.

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The colour of art has undergone a blueshift

Monday, 13 April, 2015

Painted artworks are increasingly featuring more of the colour blue, according to research conducted by Martin Bellander, a psychology student at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet, who analysed over ninety-four thousand paintings that were created between 1800 and 2000.

Bellander considers a few explanations for the increase in blue. The most persuasive are that the aging of resins has changed the color of oil paintings over time; that the pricing of different pigments have changed over time, with blue getting less expensive; or that it represents an artistic trend in the use of color.

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The towers of London, old and new, illustrated for a vintage era

Thursday, 9 April, 2015

Illustration by Mike Hall

Renderings of prominent tower buildings and structures in London, both old and new, by Valencia based freelance illustrator and map designer Mike Hall, have the look and feel of drawings from centuries ago.

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Water, in a less excited state, photography by Toshio Shibata

Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

While the work of Australian coal miner and photographer Ray Collins, presents water in a rather excited state, the images taken by Japanese photographer Toshio Shibata shows us another, sometimes all together different aspect, of this fluid.

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