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Underwater Photos by Steven Kovacs Frame the Shimmering Unearthly Bodies of Larval Fish

A young Ribbonfish off Palm Beach, Florida. Image © BluePlanetArchive / Steven Kovacs. All images licensed Set against the stark backdrops attainable only during blackwater dives, larval fish become strange, otherworldly specimens with glasslike bodies and translucent fins that billow outward. Their delicate, still-developing anatomies are the subjects of Steven Kovacs’s underwater photos, which frame …

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In Graham Franciose’s ‘Morning Coffee Paintings,’ Dreamlike Watercolor Works Capture the Day’s Unmediated Emotion

Day 75, “Always There, Always Changing.” All images © Graham Franciose, shared with permission Many days, artist and illustrator Graham Franciose sits down with watercolor, gouache, and a small sheet of cotton paper to paint a whimsical scene or surreal moment. A skateboarder carries a tree in a backpack, an anxious figure peeks through a …

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In a Patterned Menagerie, Artist Anne Lemanski Stitches Printed Papers into Animal Forms

“Painted Wolf” (2019), copper rod, archival pigment print on paper, artificial sinew, 39 x 47 x 15 inches. All images by Steve Mann, © Anne Lemanski, shared with permission Constellations, butterflies, and bold checkered prints overlay the animalistic forms by Anne Lemanski. Beginning with a copper armature, the North Carolina-based artist stretches vintage paper or …

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Kitchen Stitching: Pies, Pastries, and Chicken Wings Are Crocheted into Delectable Fiber-Based Cuisine

Healthy fibers meet delicious decadence in Normalynn Ablao’s crocheted provisions. The California-based crafter and pattern maker is cooking up spring rolls, pies, and party-sized platters of chicken wings, crudites, and dip, all made with yarn. Like her pastas, Ablao continues to serve textured designs that mimic their edible counterparts, although she tends to have a …

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Delicate Lace Patterns Overlay Facades in Ornate Large-Scale Murals by NeSpoon

Yffiniac, France (2022). All images © NeSpoon, shared with permission Polish artist NeSpoon (previously) continues to add to her expansive collection of murals that merge local craft traditions and street art. Having traveled around Europe in recent months, she’s completed pieces in France, Spain, and Italy, to name a few, and each oversized motif recreates …

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Painted with Mesmerizing Precision, Innumerable Dots Cloak Stones in Hypnotic Patterns

 Craft #Elspeth McLean #painting #pattern #stones August 8, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Elspeth McLean, shared with permission Concentric circles in bold gradients, spiraling lines, and bright radial motifs by Australian-Canadian artist Elspeth McLean transform stones into endlessly hypnotic designs. Impeccably arranged on the flat, round objects, the patterns are comprised of countless individual …

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Division of Birds: A Group Show at Paradigm Gallery Celebrates Feathered Life

 Art #birds #books #collage #embroidery #feathers #sculpture August 5, 2022 Colossal Felicia Chiao. All images © the artists, shared with permission The Division of Birds, housed inside Chicago’s Field Museum, boasts one of the largest scientific avian collections in the country, representing about 90% of the world’s genera and species and containing more than …

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Human Ears and Animals Emerge from Dense Fields of Porcelain Foliage Sculpted by Melis Buyruk

 Art #anatomy #animals #flowers #Melis Buyruk #porcelain August 5, 2022 Grace Ebert “Habitat” (2021), porcelain, 18k gold, 101 x 101 x 10 centimeters. All images courtesy of Leila Heller, shared with permission Cradled within wooden boxes, leaves, blossoms, animals, and the occasional bit of human anatomy form the dense topographies of Melis Buyruk (previously). …

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UV Light Unveils the Extraterrestrial Luminescence of the American West in Cody Cobb’s Photos

 Photography #Cody Cobb #landscapes #light #ultraviolet August 5, 2022 Grace Ebert All images © Cody Cobb, shared with permission In his ongoing Spectral series, Las Vegas-based photographer Cody Cobb projects an ultraviolet light source across desert shrubs and secluded, rocky coves, unveiling an invisible spectrum of blues and oranges. Lichens, fallen leaves, and the …

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Bewildering Inconveniences Trap Subjects in Uncomfortable Scenarios in Ben Zank’s Surreal Photography

 Photography #Ben Zank #surreal August 4, 2022 Grace Ebert “Some people live on the block, I just live under it.” All images © Ben Zank, shared with permission The ordinary collides with the bizarre in Ben Zank’s photography. Set on the street, on construction sites, or in grassy fields, his surreal images capture subjects …

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