Reconfigured Sporting Equipment

Guatemala-based artist Dario Escobar redesigns the structure of sporting goods. A trained architect, Escobar reconstructs athletic gear, slicing the equipment and assembling them in an atypical fashion. Initially, the pieces seemed to shine a light on the importance of design and our innate recognition of consumer goods. Despite disfigurement, we can identify what item Escobar has reworked.

Delving in deeper, I realize that many of these sculptural installations rendered the original products useless. The artist’s interesting and unusual design practices redefine the purpose and often challenge the functionality of these items. Growing up in Guatemala, Escobar was surrounded by a clear class divide where the wealthy were members of fitness centers and recreational clubs. These series of works seem to reflect his response to elite activities driven by consumerism.





















Dario Escobar website
via [CollabCubed]





December 6, 2016

Famous Songs Hilariously Reinterpreted as Witty One-Panel Cartoons

Cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson hilariously reinterprets the meaning of some of the world’s most popular songs. Ranging from timeless Christmas carols to chart-topping hits, the Icelandic artist uses them as inspiration for his deceptively simple-yet-clever line drawings. As a result, their biting wit puts a whole new spin on the melodies we thought we knew. These one-panel cartoons are ripe with parody. Dagsson takes a snippet of a song—such as its title—and builds a whole stick-figure world around it.

Read Article


December 6, 2016

Ballerina Combines Intricate Beauty of Russian Ballet and Architecture

Russian photographer and ballerina Darian Volkova takes an innovative approach to exploring St. Petersburg’s architecture with her new ballet photography series Ballet House Tales. While she typically shoots backstage life at the ballet, these stunning images prove that her photography is not limited to straight reportage. By placing ballerinas in these these decadent houses, she fills the space with a new spirit. Each dancer melds into her surroundings, molding herself to the surfaces.

Read Article


Get Our Weekly Newsletter