In her Kitsch Kogei collection, artist Keiko Masumoto crafts ceramic vessels unexpectedly embedded with octopuses. Each piece that composes the sea-inspired series beautifully blends a surreal silhouette with a classic aesthetic, tip-toeing the line between form and function. The ceramic octopus vessels feature intricately painted blue-and-white patterns characteristic of traditional Chinese (and eventually Japanese) wares. Like the age-old pieces that have inspired them, Masumoto's vases, teapots, and urns are both inherently utilitarian and undeniably visually appealing.
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Great land art reimagines the world in ways we never expected.
Ever look at a graffiti wall and wonder what would happen if you scraped off a bit of paint?
One often associates graffiti with vandalism, but over the past 40 years, graffiti art has proved to be much more than kids writing on walls. From its start as a New York subculture to the international explosion of street art, graffiti has slowly invaded contemporary culture.
LEGOs don’t have an age limit.
As a part of the Library of Congress‘ latest and largest digitization project, the esteemed institution has published over 2,500...
In her delightful series of animal illustrations, artist Kelsey Oseid explores and presents the amazing diversity of the earth's living things. Arranged by group and drawn by hand, Oseid's illustrated critters double as scientific studies and whimsical works of art. Each illustration exhibits the creatures that compose different animal groups. While most are organized by order—a class that includes well-known labels like Primates, Carnivora, and Rodentia—some pieces are also arranged according to other groups, like Infraorder, Class, and Infraclass.
In his ongoing series of contemplative and conceptual Layer Drawings, Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi continues to artistically explore perspectives and alter perceptions.
When it comes to contemporary sculpture, artists work with a range of mediums.
Moscow-based bakery Kalabasa creates colorful cakes inspired by one of art's most fundamental elements: the brushstroke. Covered in a collection of sculpted, sugary strokes, each mesmerizing dessert doubles as an edible artwork. Kalabasa's brushstroke cakes showcase the bakers' interest in unconventional cake decorating. The painterly strips are crafted from chocolate and airbrushed in a range of tones. They are artistically arranged on the cakes, which are also fitting adorned with chocolate “paint” splatters, delicate airbrushing, and fresh fruit.
With one in seven inhabitants leaving Italy's small villages for prospects elsewhere, it's estimated that one-third of the country's villages...
Some tattoos are full-color masterpieces while others create striking optical illusions on the skin.