Using found paper as his palette, artist Peter Clark creates intricate three-dimensional collages. He shades with density of print and creates substance and movement with lines plucked from old maps or manuscripts he finds in antique shops. Clark’s pieces are innovative as he utilizes the patterns and textures in a humorous way. Peter focuses much of his expertise on creating dog collage portraits, however his clothing and people portraits are equally incredible. To see more of Peter’s incredible collage sculptures, check out his website where you can purchase his book and original art!
Architectural design studio, Stickyline, based in Hong Kong, created a series of paper helmets shaped as iconic buildings from their famous skyline. The team selected the Cultural Center, Space Museum, International Finance Center, HSBC Headquarters and the Convention and Exhibition Center for this amazing project. By folding bright paper into building-shaped hats for their series entitled, “Masked Creature”, the Stickyline team hoped to showcase the harmonic connection between the people and the buildings. The helmets were made as part of the deTour 2011 design event. As they introduce the familiar structures with a new perspective, the Stickyline team certainly give us a new understanding of the beautiful city.
Posted in Architecture, Art, Design, Paper
Tags: "Masked Creature", architecture, Art, Design, deTour 2011, Hong Kong Designers, Hong Kong Skyline, Paper art, Paper Hats, Skyline, Stickyline
Artist Chris Crites of Seattle uses paper bags and toilet paper rolls as canvas for his incredible series, “Big Time”, which is part of an ongoing series of mug shots. For over ten years Chris has created tightly rendered and flawlessly detailed four and five color mug shot portraits hand-painted on brown paper bags. The wrinkles and folds provides a new context for his criminal portraits; employing a disposable frame for socially disposable people. The quality of the paper bags both elevate the contrast between the brightly colored acrylic portraits and their dingy backdrop. Check out more of his amazing work, on his website- here, and Flickr photostream, here. Also, be sure to check out his book of collected mug shots, which can be purchased, here.
“Years ago I saw a book of black and white crime photographs from the past. I found it amazing. The characters and crime scenes looked like surreal glimpses into the history of human interaction. Much more intriguing for me were the mug shots. Portraits of people who had just been caught. Despair, frustration, anger – so many expressions could be read on the faces. Each one of these images has a story. Often times I have no idea what the real story is, but it’s hard not to make one up. One of the reasons I paint them is to bring out another possible story, for people to look at and think about. The majority of the images I base my paintings on are from the 1890’s through 1950’s.” – Chris Crites
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Tags: Acrylic, acrylic portraits, Arrested Moments, Art, Big Time, Chris Crites, College of San Mateo, Flickr, Jack Fischer Gallery, Mug Shots, Paint, Portraits, San Jose State University, Seattle Artist