I think it’s important to take a little time out of your day every now and then and look at art. Wether it’s street graffiti, fine art in a museum, or drawings your little sister did in school, it’s good for you. Each piece took someone time to think, feel and create something from scratch. Art can be such an overused, cliché and annoying word, but at the end of the day, there’s beauty in it. I stumbled on an article showcasing pieces (some paint, some sculture, etc) that are so deep into Realism they look like actual photos. Some of the blew me away. They are below. Enjoy.
Sculpture by Ron Mueck
Painting by Thomas Arvid
Pedro Campos Oil Paint
Gregory Thielker Oil Paint
Kelvin Okafor Graphite Pencil
Lee Price Oil Paint
Bryan Drury Oil on Wood
Gottfried Helnwein Oil and Acrylic
Omar Ortiz Oil Paint
Kim Ji-hoon Pencil
Mike Bayne Oli on Wood
We here at 2DOPEBITCHES love it when our peers are doing great things. And when people are willing to stop at nothing to make a difference in their world, that is an admirable thing. My friend Julian, who I went to Art School with, has been working tirelessly on his company, Wynwood Skateboards, a company that aims to bring artists and skaters together.
The concept of the company is to provide high quality, USA made skateboards that feature artists’ work that people might not have seen if it wasn’t on their skateboard. They also provide tee’s, beanies, super slim “skate” wallets that hold all the essentials, 5-panel hats and one-of-a-kind tie-dye logo shirts. You can purchase a cruiser or regular “street’ board, to hang on your wall or fully equipped and ready to ride while knowing you’re purchasing a dope board with a great purpose. I want two.
One thing I’ve noticed is that there is SO MUCH dope art and talent in this city, but living here kind of makes you take it for granted. Have you ever noticed the out-of-towners and how much they LOVE Wynwood? When you live in a wack boring city, the Wynwood walls are amazing and new. That’s why I think it’s such a great idea to get that art to as many people as possible- everyone can’t just go to Art Walk every second Saturday.
They are taking donations in many forms- from just $1, or different packages like the $15 package that gives you assorted pins and stickers, the $25 options for a beanie or a shirt, up to a limited edition $150 option that get’s you a deck featuring a Wynwood artist (and signaure), along with a 5-panel hat or beanie, a slim skate wallet, a shirt AND assorted pins and stickers. You can also get ALL OF THOSE GOODIES along with the complete board- wheels, trucks, grip tape, etc, ready to ride for $175. Everything is designed and constructed here in the USA and suports Miami to the fullest!
Help a great movement and get some dope skate gear while you’re at it!
Please take a moment out of your day to admire the beautiful and spellbinding photographs by Lucy Martin. In what looks like a swirling, spinning depiction of the world inside of a powderless snow globe, Lucy Martin encapsulates scenery in a way that I’ve never seen before. Roundography- the full 360 view photo- is categorized in three groups: Planets, Wormholes and Landscapes. They are all trippy to me, as if the photo was in actual 3-D. I love the way that any normal situation like workers checking a chart can look so amazing- just making you appreciate life when you see it in a different light.
Make sure you follow Lucy on twitter for 140-character updates on her amazing work
If you’re wondering how these images are created, it takes lots of work and lots of photos.
Below is a Gif of the artist taking said photos (and one of her view.) Pretty cool.
Click HERE to buy a Roundography book or calendar. These would make pretty dope coffee table books and gifts (I’d want one!)
Think you look different with makeup on?
Check out these UH-mazing photos of New York City drag queens in and out of their makeup shot by famed photographer Leland Bobbé. This photo shoot is beautiful. The makeup these guys do is really spectacular! I mean, the shading and blending in their makeup is breath taking. What, do these guys all go though some extensive and fabulous Drag-Queen-Bootcamp to get this stuff down? And the transformations they go through! I literally put my hand up to the screen to cover the “male” side of each and everyone of the photos and damn! They, for the most part, look nothing like the “regular” half. You can see the features and such but the Drag persona definitely takes over. I love this. It’s such a flattering way to showcase Drag Queens- not just another kitchy, cheesy show of feather boas and glitter- this shows pure artistry. Think what you may about Drag, but it’s an artform. I’m all for it!
In his Half-Drag series, New York photographer Leland Bobbé captures the two sides of the city’s drag queens — the extravagantly made-up drag divas and the organic men that lie beneath.
Bobbé tells Huffington Post Gay Voices, “Through the power of hair and makeup these men are able to completely transform themselves and find their female side while simultaneously showing their male side.” Shockingly, the identities are composed in camera and are not separate images joined during editing.
Bobbé posted the first portrait of the Half-Drag series on his blog last March, writing, “I got great feedback on the image so I decided to reach out to other drag queens using Facebook as my main means of communication… I’ve now shot four people with many more on the way. We’ll see where this takes me…”
Five months later, the project has taken the award-winning photographer far: It has been featured in Italian Vogue, fashion site Refinery 29, as well as in other websites and blogs from around the world. Bobbé reflects, “This is what the term ‘gone viral’ is all about.”
Starting his career as a social psychologist, now photographer Allan I. Teger turned to photography to combine the multiple realities which exist around us into one medium. Wanting to project this idea, he thought of his BODYSCAPE project as a way to portray the universe repeating its shapes – breasts as mountains, the flesh as landscape and BODYSCAPES was born.
Placing miniature toys and scenery on a models body, he’s able to create wonderful photos which bring smiles to any viewer. Many times the photos may not even seem to be of a human body, either way the art is there. A self-taught photographer Teger takes pride in his art giving it a whole other meaning in dimension as well as scope.
The images are amazing as Teger is talented in manipulating the eye and the scene with shadowing and lighting to make these adorable photos. Can you spot the body parts?
Check out more of his work over at www.bodyscapes.com.
Art Walk. A monthly celebration of art, culture, diversity, and creative simulation in Miami. This upcoming Saturday, Miami’s very own Steven A. Clark (winner of The305.com “ Album Of The Year by an Independent Artist” and Miami New Time’s Regular) will be having his official listening party for his upcoming album, “F.ornication, U.nder, C.onsent, of the K.ing“.
Art Walk is always a dope move and especially now with so much people showing up to the Downtown area to partake in all the festivities. Live art will be taking place by Ruben Ubiera, an urban street artist with a pop twist.
So check it, live music by Steven A. Clark, Live Art, Art Walk, and 10$ gets you free drinks all night from Voli and Perrier. Sounds like a good time to me. All takes place behind the Panthers Coffee. Check out more info below!
Saturday, July 14, 2012 – 8:00pm until 11:55pm
Beck’s Brewery makes the worlds best-selling German beer. Available in over 90 countries, Becks has been a long time supporter of the arts and has shown this by showcasing original artwork right on the label of their beer bottles. For over 25 years Becks has exhibited the work of such artist as Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, and Damien Hurst all before they became cultural icons. With that said, from now until July 2012 Becks has rolled out their newest gang of artists for a six-bottle showcase of talent.
Ranging from controversial songstress M.I.A., to Miami’s very own Freegums – Becks definitely did a great job with their choice of creatives. “We are always looking to support artists who are doing really interesting and groundbreaking work. The stuff that may go unnoticed at first, but can’t be ignored,” said Chris Curtis, brand manager for Beck’s. “These artists are shaping our culture and we are excited to share their creative ideas with Beck’s drinkers around the country.”
Hitting home to Miami, you may have recognized artist Freegum a.k.a. Alvaro Llizarbe work from the Nike Lebron James 9 basketball shoe which featured his designs or from his relationships with FRIENDSWITHYOU, or even from his art on the now closed local Downtown Miami watering hole BAR. If you live in Miami, then you know Freegums. It’s an honor to know Becks have recognized someone from the underground Miami art scene and has gone international with his designs. Among the likes of M.I.A. and Bert Rodriguez as well? Amazing. Even Bert Rodriguez is a Miami performance artist which now moved to Los Angeles, that’s TWO points for Miami! I love all the designs (Miamians or not) as they are unique in each of their own mediums and expressions.
Check out more about the other artists featured in Beck’s LIVE BEYOND LABELS campaign and make sure to watch the videos to find out more about each one. ( In the Freegums video you may notice a few familiar faces! )
Lithuanian photographer Tadas Černiauskas decided to invite hundreds of participants to his studio in Vilnius, Lithuania to take part in what would be an interesting photographic experience. Dubbed “Blow Job“, that is exactly what he did to them – blew air in their face. The result is several photos of people’s faces disfigured in a strange but comically relieving way. Gums and all, the photos are meant to just give viewers a laugh. As Tadas told the Huffington Post, “This series doesn’t have any hidden meanings. It was meant to give some good laughter to the viewers and participants.” He continued, “It turned out to be better that I expected and that is why I like what I do today — every day is full of pleasant surprises.”
I like this guy. Learn more about Tadao Cern on his official website. Enjoy.
David Mach (born 18 March 1956) is a Scottish sculptor and installation artist.
David Mach creates installations from normally found objects such as match sticks, cloths hangers, dominos, bricks, books, and more. Practing art since 1974, this talented artist has an incredible talent to take normal objects and turn them into incredibly detailed peiecs of art.
Incredibly inspiring and motivational! We all have this type of talent inside us, we just have to tap into it.
See more of David Mach’s art at his website here.
In 2007, David Mach entered the Guinness Book of Records for creating the ”largest coat hanger installation”—a giant gorilla sculpture entitled Silver Back. The seven-foot tall, nine-foot long, five-foot wide piece was constructed from 7,500 hangers.
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