We have seen many crazy, whacky, bizarre things happening in the world of art. Artists using humans to create animal figures, visual illusions, Trompe-L’Oeils, 3D art, sand art, realistic, surrealistic, hyper-realistic, and what not! Recently, we even witnessed a reverse situation, where a bedroom from one of Van Gogh’s iconic paintings was recreated in a physical form – and let out on Airbnb!
However, American artist Alexa Meade has invented a new painting technique – that optically transforms the 3-dimensional world into a 2-dimensional painting! So she basically does a volte-face on the efforts done by the painters in hyper-realism; while they aim to make the 2D painting look as 3D as possible, with all possible shades and shadows added to lend a photographic quality to a painting, Alexa takes human bodies and spaces and makes them appear like 2D paintings!
Inspired by Robert Irwin’s explorations of shadow and perception, Alexa’s work is deeply influenced by his biography, “Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees”. Using non-toxic acrylic paints, Alexa Meade creates ‘perceptions’ using human bodies as her canvases! The results – to say the least – are spectacularly mesmerizing.
Artists are some of the craziest people on earth! They revel in such creativity that one cannot even fathom or dream about in their heads. Theirs is a vision, that nobody else other than the artist himself can perceive. They have the resolve to chase that vision and keep at it, no matter how arduous or unfeasible it seems to be. What we art lovers are left with, are some mind-boggling and marvelous works of art to drool over. One such artist baffling the world with his whacky style of art is Tim Bengel, from Germany. Treading into the less popular and less explored realm of sand art, Bengel has mastered it in a way that's simply incredible! Here's a peep into Bengel's amazing world of sand-art...
Where can one’s love for art and compassion for humanity take them? A room full of children and women, dedicating themselves completely, to creation of art, is the answer for Himanshu and Aqui Thami. Dharavi Art Room, an NGO by Mumbai based artist Himanshu, is utilizing the power of art to empower children and women of relegated communities. Himanshu, who is referred to as the ‘High Five Guru’, is a 2005, fine arts graduate from J J college. He specializes in making zines and high fiving every child in view. Accompanying him in his venture is the ‘Chief Hug Officer’, Aqui. Along with Dharavi Art Room, she is pursuing a doctoral degree in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. If there's anything she likes more than hugs its animals. Together, they are making dreams and aspirations of these women and children come true, little by little.
Homes with scenic views are hugely popular and have been eternally sought after; almost as if we pine to connect with that very nature we shelter ourselves against through our homes. Today, we endeavour to celebrate the marvellous architecture that makes two homes located in different greens of the world, not just soak in the natural view surrounding them, but also mimic nature in their form. The first is a home designed by Petr Hajek Architekti, a Prague based Czech firm who have delivered impactful architecture that has won them scores of awards in their young life. The second home is designed by the firm New York firm Gluck+ (formerly Peter Gluck and Associates) who, committed to a holistic approach, take on the construction management of every project they design.
With an emphasis on style, comfort and affordability, Neha Vaidya and Nikhil Dhuri founded the Nikneh Studio, offering services in residential and commercial interior design. An eagerness to satisfy client preferences seems to overpower their own design sensibilities, as they deliver highly customized spaces within the assigned budget and agreed time-frame – as part of their commitment to their clients. A good Profile on TFOD helps Neha Vaidya claims this week’s TFOD Profile Of The Week.
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