Dense Mixed-Media Sculptures Depict a Poignant Collision of Urban and Natural Worlds

From This Distance: Sound Pearls, 2014. Edition of 30, Signed/Numbered, Heavy 308 gsm photo rag paper, 12″ x 12″. In a fantastic collision of natural and human-made elements, Minneapolis-based artist Gregory Euclide explores aspects of nature, impermenance, and the human experience in unusual relief artworks that seem to grow and…

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Istanbul Inception: Warped Turkish Cityscapes by Aydin Büyüktas

Turkish photographer and digital artist Aydın Büyüktaş turns the streets of Istanbul upside down in these warped cityscapes that appear to curve infinitely upward and outward toward the skies. While it’s tempting to draw parallels with stunning visuals from the 2010 movie Inception, the artist says his true inspiration is…

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Artist Samantha Keely Smith Explores Powerful Collisions of Dark and Light in Her Abstract Elemental Paintings

Yield, 54″ x 72″, oil and varnish on canvas, 2014. When encountering paintings by artist Samantha Keely Smith (previously) it’s nearly impossible to escape the mystery and gravity depicted by a violent clash of abstract brush strokes. Ocean waves crash atop foreboding bodies of water, plumes of fire seem to…

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Bright Environmental Paintings Focused on Survival by Artist Julie Heffernan

Artist Julie Heffernan‘s paintings are technically complicated, layers of detail filling her often 5-foot-tall canvases. Although enchanting, her environments reference disaster and distress, situations that peek into how we might reposition ourselves in nature after massive traumas such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill. “We are slowly making our…

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Bottled Finnish Landscapes Captured With Double-Exposure Photography by Christoffer Relander

Stemming from a past of ambitious collecting, photographer Christoffer Relander utilizes mason jars as vessels to capture the environments that surrounded him during his childhood in Finland. The project, Jarred & Displaced, utilizes double exposures shot on medium format film to combine pristine images of jars with black and white landscapes,…

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Geometric Light Installations by Nicolas Rivals Bathe the Spanish Countryside in Red

As part of his project La Línea Roja, Paris-based photographer Nicolas Rivals constructed bright red light configurations installed outdoors while on a trip through Spain. Each temporary piece was captured in a series of long-exposure shots that reveal an unusual juxtaposition between fabricated objects and the natural world. You can…

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Radiant Sunsets and Landscapes Hidden Inside Forgotten Places by Andrew McIntosh

Scottish painter Andrew McIntosh (aka Mackie) takes ubiquitous structures often abandoned on rural homesteads like travel campers or sheds and reveals hidden worlds within: radiant sunsets and expansive skies that appear like portals into another place. Drawing inspiration from a childhood spent in the Highlands of Scotland, the London-based painter…

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