Incredibly Intricate Sand Paintings

Using just colored sand, artist Joe Mangrum beautifies streets and museum floors in major US cities. What’s most amazing is that this artist comes up with his highly detailed, often symmetrical pieces without any advance planning. Instead, every design is improvised by “the inspiration that comes from the day.” Watch the video Story Eyed Media did on Mangrum to see learn more about his process (see below).

This week, Mangrum will be part of SOFA New York’s show called Swept Away, where he will create his signature works in sand. The exhibition sounds particularly interesting because it deals with live, site-specific installations made of ash, dust, sand and dirt.

Joe Mangrum’s website
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December 2, 2016

Sexy French Farmers Pose for Shirtless 2017 Calendar

Last year, the holiday season was set ablaze by France’s Pompiers Sans Frontières (Firefighters Without Borders) and their sizzling, stripped-down calendar. Shot for a good cause by renowned Paris-based fashion photographer Fred Goudon, the risqué calendar proved to be a popular Christmas gift—both in France and abroad. In keeping with tradition, Goudon has photographed a new crop of au naturel pin-up models for his 2018 edition: French farmers.

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December 1, 2016

Meticulous Landscape Paintings Beautifully Represent Intangible Emotional States

Artist Crystal Liu intimately ties her emotional states to beautiful abstract paintings. In large-scale works, she constructs landscapes that are metaphors for the intangible forces that drive us. Visually, elements of the Earth and sky are the actors for the feelings we cannot easily imagine. Together, the sun, mountains, and more depict “narratives of conflict, entrapment, longing, and precarious hope.” These symbols allow Liu to seem removed, yet make the pieces deeply personal.

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