Incredible Ink Portraits on Phone Book Pages

A friend recently posed the question: "Why on earth do we still receive free phone books anymore? Have the phone book people not heard of the Internet!" Though I agree with her statement, artist Carlos Zuniga certainly does not! The artist relies on these trusty printed books to produce his work, a creative interpretation of written text transformed into visual delights. This series Next is a collection of portraits where Zuniga blacks out certain bits of text to form the image in the negative space.

The Chile-based artist's bio says that, "Through the destruction of textual identities, a new layer of representational information is created" and that the work, "has to be deciphered from between the lines. Like memory, which is composed of isolated moments that weave a more comprehensive whole."

These magical creations require a strong vision and a bit of planning. Zuniga has the amazing ability to foresee an image in the space and to, line-by-line, transform the text into a strong visual narrative.

Carlos Zuniga's website
via [David Sketchbook]

January 22, 2017

Dynamic Sculptures Capture Powerful Combination of Emotion and Movement

The dynamic work of sculptor Gaylord Ho is instantly recognizable. Emotion oozes from the figures, as they throw their energy into dancerly poses. His female figures twist and twirl, animated and vital. Born in Taiwan, the 66-year-old artist has a fascinating personal history. Growing up as the son of low income farmers, Ho was expected to balance his studies while helping on the rice farm.

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