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12.22.14 Rhett Jones

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, artist New York-based artist Lisa Beck talks about Threshold, an outdoor sculpture that is “solid but also open,” inspired by passing. I was invited to make an outdoor sculpture for the exhibition called […]

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12.03.14 Rhett Jones

Mixing original works with great 3D rendered fan-art, Igor Verniy’s steampunk sculptures are beautiful, handmade bionic creations. The sci-fi vision of steampunk goes back more than a 100 years but still feels prescient and modern the more that we continue to modify our own bodies with technology. Verniy keeps it old school with the classic worn […]

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12.02.14 Rhett Jones

Manhattan’s neighborhoods have long been shaped by the music its inhabitants create, and that element of history inspired designer John Davies to see what the topography of the island would look like if each neighborhood were represented by a song. Using laser cut perspex, Davies chose an iconic song for each neighborhood and made a model […]

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10.13.14 Marina Galperina

A new project by Roopa Vasudevan sources hip-hop lyrics by Jay-Z, the Notorious B.I.G., Fat Joe and Rick Ross and the frequency of their particular word patterns.   Grillz are lyrics processed by PyGenius, modeled into physical form with the help the geomerative and modelbuilder libraries and 3D-printed in polished gold steel. The technique is clever, but […]

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09.08.14 Marina Galperina

Pop star Miley Cyrus has an Instagram account that 12,520,528 people follow. She posts pics of her baby pig, her baby pig sitting on her crotch and her NYFW pink glitter that was totally not a weird rash, #RAVE. Also, peeing in a forest. Also, her art! V Magazine was quick to catch on Miley’s artistic potential, in particular, her assemblages — Miley has been lovingly “obbling together […]

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09.05.14 Marina Galperina

The NYPD’s SkyWatch towers — now mofidied to fit vans with surveillance platforms extending from the roof — have become a ubiquitious fixture in the city, especially in areas where there’s lot of tourists or poor people. Artist Zaq Landsberg is so discomforted by the platforms which were originally designed for border protection that he was inspired to […]

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06.23.14 Marina Galperina

Jeff Koons’ Split-Rocker was recently installed at Rockefeller Plaza, in conjunction with his retrospective opening this Friday at the Whitney Museum. Equipped with its own irrigation system, the 150-ton, 37-foot-high stainless steel, soil and geotextile fabric sculpture features over 50,000 plants. We were told to come back by the second week of July when its marigolds, petunias, geraniums, begonias and impatiens are “really in […]

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Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Los Angeles-based artist Sterling Crispin talks about Charon — a technically complex year-long project creating a gorgeous sculpture derived from a flight path of a drone. In short, Charon is an interactive installation and sculpture created […]

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06.18.14 Marina Galperina

MSHR’s stage is one giant musical instrument, a sculpture made of mirrors and fluorescent plastic. It’s laser-cut into latices of glyphs connected by wires, with plates curving into square, kaleidoscope shapes and lasers cutting through the fog. Their other instruments are custom-built from analog synthesizers, optical sensors, oscillators, light bulbs, microphones and seashells. As they perform, moving […]

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06.16.14 Marina Galperina

ANIMAL’s feature Artist’s Notebook asks artists to show us their original “idea sketch” next to a finished artwork or project. This week, Seattle-based artist Sean Pearson talks about the road, nightmares and his piece “I don’t know where he came from or why.” I’m usually inspired by daydreaming, especially during something exciting, like being on the road. This is how […]

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