Elegant Sculptures Formed From Deconstructed Instruments

Sculptor Koji Takei deconstructs everyday objects and reassembles them in new and exciting ways. As a fan of classical music, the Los Angeles-based artist focuses his subject matter on guitars, fragmenting their original parts and occasionally adding vases and trumpets to the mix. Now, a chair doesn't look like a chair anymore. We see every part of it at once, and it tricks our perception of what's three-dimensional and what's flattened. This style is reminiscent of cubist paintings by artists like Picasso and Braque.

Before Takei transitioned into fine art, he owned and operated a successful graphic design and marketing firm. You can spot this influence in his elegant sculptures. Despite being a mixture of wood and shapes, his work feels harmonious. Every part of the assemblages seem to have a careful consideration of how it's placed as to not disturb the overall flow of the piece.

Takei's work is currently on view at William Turner Gallery in Santa Monica, California. His exhibition, titled Resonance, is up until May 10th of this year.

Koji Takei website
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January 23, 2017

Makeup Artist Raises Mental Health Awareness With New #InsideOutChallenge

Canadian beauty blogger Yasaman Gheidi is using her makeup skills to spread mental health awareness with her new #InsideOutChallenge. While makeup can be fun and glamorous, Gheidi shows us a different side by using products to transform her face into a mirror for what’s within. The project came about after the 27-year-old self-taught beauty blogger left her staff Christmas party early due to an anxiety attack.

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