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JIYEN LEE

jiyen lee

Korean artist Jiyen Lee beautifully manipulates images of crowds to create captivating works of art. It’s a distorted reality that looks completely real and impossible at the same time. From crowded stands to intertwining escalators, Jiyen’s patterns provoke the imagination. We’ve posted a few sample images from his collection below. Click Read More to view.

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TWO DIMENSIONS

christian aslund

We’ve spent more hours than we’d like to admit playing video games. Kung Fu, Excite Bike, Donkey Kong – you name it, we were lost in it. All thanks to the two-dimensional worlds conjured up by Nintendo and Sega. That’s why Christian Aslund’s photography resonated with us. His approach to capturing Hong Kong’s urban landscape will make any arcading fanatic pause. Using a tele lens and some ingenuity, Christian recreates a world reminiscent of your favorite video games. By laying flat and shooting from above, HK’s streets take on a new look and feel. We’ve posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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ART THAT BLENDS

city camouflage

Seeing the unseen is a beautiful trend bubbling among contemporary artists. From Liu Bolin to Joshua Callaghan, their work is creating a deeper awareness for cityscapes by hiding surprising elements in the everyday details of their surroundings. Bolin hides himself in plain view. Callaghan hides utility boxes. And both utilize a form of urban camouflage as their expression.

More recently, we came across the brilliant work of Roeland Otten, a dutch designer, who applies this technique to the streets of Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Dating back to 2009, Otten has been making his mark by applying paint, large prints and even mosaic tiles to city objects to hide them in plain view. For example, in the above image Otten explains, “An old public toilet building used to measure the quality of the air in this thoroughfare in Amsterdam was to be renewed, but the district council determined the area shouldn’t suffer from another concrete element. The design camouflages the little concrete building of GGD (Health Department of the city) Amsterdam. The tiling patterns bring back the lost views as pixelated images of the shopping street Jan van Galenstraat.” Click Read More to view more of Otten’s work.

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BY THE BUS STOP

london bus stops

Call it anthropology. Call it beautiful photography. Either way it’s an interesting look at London and its community. Between 2001 and 2005, Richard Hooker consistently took photographs of various bus stops throughout London. The result tells a fascinating city-story. As Richard describes it, “Every few minutes of the day, all over the capital, people gather into small groups to share the same space and fleeting moment in time. Simply to wait for something routine and forgettable as a London bus. In transient, with time to kill, and often amongst strangers, each collection of these individuals proves completely unique from the next. The way people take ownership of the space, how they congregate, is often better than anything an art director or photographer could ever deliberately replicate. Each collection provides a little insight into London’s incredible diversity, how we relate to our surroundings, and each other.” We posted a few images from the series below. Be sure to check them out, it’s really well done.

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SUBWAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Nick Frank ISO 72

Subways never looked this beautiful. Nick Frank, also known as IS072, is an Art Director and Photographer hailing from Munich, Germany. We first noticed his work on The Fox is Black and immediately dove into his portfolio where we found the following subway images. Each photo highlights their individual beauty in a way that is easy to miss when you’re among rush hour crowds. Nick’s use of color and composition bring to life some of the world’s most well designed stations. We’ve posted a few images below, but be sure to visit his website to see his full range of work.

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SCULPTURE FOR MANDELA

nelson mandela sculpture

Recently we came across this incredible sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli honoring Nelson Mandela. Last August marked the 50th Anniversary of his arrest by apartheid police. In 1962 while driving just outside of Howick, KwaZulu-Natal he was pulled over and arrested after successfully avoiding apartheid operatives for 17 months. From that moment, Mandela disappeared from public view for approximately 27 years. The sculpture, located at the spot of his arrest, beautifully displays Mandela’s face from one angle, but from another, eerily reminds the viewer of jail’s isolation. Click Read More for additional information and images.

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HENDRIK BEIKIRCH IN KOREA

hendrik beikirch

South Korea’s expanding urban center raises the temp on tensions between the working class and big business. High risk, high interest and even higher skyscrapers dominate. But mural artist Hendrik Beikirch offers a counter punch to make people stop and think about aging workers who are hitting 60 without any hopes of retirement. His black and white mural of a working class man is perched high on the face of one of South Korea’s taller buildings. The juxtaposition is brilliant. We posted a few images below. Click Read More to view.

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