Throughout time, flowers have stood as symbols of beauty. Their vibrant color and pleasant aroma has made them integral parts of rituals around the world. To see them as bouquets and arrangements in the background is common in many cultures. Floral artist Kirk Cheng pays tribute to flowers by making attention grabbing displays, which take beauty that is normally glanced over and push it to the center of attention. Cheng creates wall gardens of seasonal plants, drawing the symbolism found in the plant’s color or species. Behind the glass of sleek dioramas, they look like perfectly preserved specimens from some other dreamy world.
Chicago artist Pose recently rocked an installation in Detroit’s Belt, an alley in the city’s downtown that has been converted into an outdoor art exhibition space, curated by Library Street Collective. Already filled with art from some of the world’s leading street and contemporary artists, Pose has added to the madness with his signature collage of vibrant colors and cartoony textures. See more photos after the jump, courtesy Library Street Collective.
Alejandro Pasquale uses charcoal and graphite to create images with photographic accuracy. From top to bottom, each picture is flush with elaborate detail. Pasquale brings to life seemingly banal background elements, like blades of grass and tree branches, which he makes look luscious and vivid.
Eva Eun-Sil Han’s mixed-media collage works use geometry and line to create surreal and mysterious scenes. By replicating circle cut-outs, the Belgium-based artist obscures parts of photographic images with what look like a cross between clouds and censor pixels. In some pieces, the circles are the focus of the work, layered on top of one another in fish-scale patterns. The repetition of color and size creates a soothing visual rhythm, which gives a feeling of cohesion despite the variety of patterns. Often invoking the baroque period, the images have a regal feel to them, which is reinforced by the stark black and white with gold palette in some pieces.
The captivating paintings of artist Joel Rea presents a take on surrealism that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. The richly colored scenes that Rea creates look like stills from a vivid dream, featuring men in suits and a tiger on a seemingly endless beach. The intense detail of Rea’s renderings, combined with his use of composition, gives the paintings a breathtaking, larger-than-life feel. His human subjects look almost helpless compared to the vast grandeur of the crashing waves threatening to swallow them whole. Even the more modest scenes that Rea paints inspire a deep feeling of humility. We featured some of his previous work here and today we bring you his latest paintings.
Drawing in talent from all over the world, the Life is Beautiful Festival recently wrapped up in Las Vegas. The event brings together many different art forms and aspects of culture, such as music and food, but the street art installations are at the forefront of the festival. Its outdoor gallery, curated by Charlotte Dutoit of Justkids, takes over 15 blocks of the city. Life is Beautiful is now in it’s second year, returning with the addition of a few new twists including an abandoned motel that houses 6 separate installations, each done on an impressive scale.