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Jen Stark's paper art

American artist Jen Stark cuts and layers paper to create amazing, psychedelic, colorful 3D sculptures.

And animation

Tunnel Vision Inside View from Jen Stark on Vimeo.

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Images from the Wangju Art Biennale 2010 [9.3-11.7]

Korean artist Haegue Yang is the recipient of the young artist award at this year's gwangju art biennale.

Gustav Metzger artist and political activist, father of the concept of Auto-Destructive Art and Art Strike.

Rupprecht Geiger, His abstract color compositions make Rupprecht Geiger one of the most important exponents of color field painting in Germany. 

James Castle  was a self taught profoundly deaf artist. He worked exclusively with found materials such as papers salvaged from common packaging and mail, in addition to food containers of all types. 

The Wangju Biennale will run through November 7.

12 extraordinary photo manipulated pictures

Photo manipulation is the art of digitally combining simple images with digital effects and/or textures in order to create a feeling, convey a message or just have fun. Photo manipulation is used extensively in advertising and produces stunning visual results and feelings, my preferred campaign is Lavazza's "espress yourself" campaign. Or photo manipulation is just used as a means of artistic expression for artists and designers alike.

Why do I like it so much? Because it is eye-catching, rich in textures and colors, complex in composition and visually interesting.

Here are 12 extraordinary images from 12 outstanding artists. Enjoy!

Guitar Splash | Gest0ert

Guitar Splash

So You Think You Can Splash | Stefanos Michaelides
So You Think You Can Splash

Colorful Nature Sounds | Cimoetz

colorful nature sounds

CD Cover 7 | Marcus Lorenzet 
CD Cover 7

Crescendo | Jesar One

Feel My Greatest Temptation | Fatkur Rokhim
feel my greatest temptation

Digital Skin | Benjamin Delacour
Digital Skin

Woman Souvenir | Alberto Seveso
Woman Souvenir

Nanopao | Thomas Kim and Benjamin Delacour

Life Stories | Umbrell4

EVE | Aryaz
Breakdancer | Wael.Hamdan
Camera Con Vista | Alberto Seveso
Camera Con Vista

Color Matters

Color is one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication and a tool to create a mood or rapidly convey a message. In fact color is one of the most important arsenals in marketing and design in order to attract the consumer's eye, create an impression, convey a message and ultimately make a sale. At the minimum create enough interest about a product or service.

Humans react to color in an unconscious way as color stimulates our senses and sends messages to our brain suggesting specific feelings. The power of color is visible around us in logos, advertising, signage, billboards, packaging, websites, blogs even cell phones and MP3 players.

Statistics demonstrate the importance and power of color. Humans spend approximately .03 seconds looking at a package while walking in the aisles of a store. At that time a product must attract our eye, make clear what the product is about while at the same time appeal to our aesthetics and create the curiosity to look at it closely.

To show the importance of color here is a list of human responses just for RED:

Bright Red: Exciting, Energizing, Hot, Dynamic, Stimulating, Provocative, Aggressive, Powerful

Bright Pink: Exciting, Happy, Hot, Energetic, Youthful, Spirited, Fun, Trendy, Wild

Light Pink: Romantic, Soft, Sweet, Tender, Cute, Babies, Delicate

Dusty Pink: Soft, Cozy, Subtle

Mauve: Soft, Subdued, Quiet, Sentimental

Burgundy: Rich, Elegant, Refined, Tasty, Expensive, Mature

Fuchsia: Bright, Exciting, Fun, Hot, High Energy

Brick Red: Earthy, Strong, Warm Country

Terra-cotta: Earth, Warm, Wholesome, Country, Welcoming

And you? How do you use color to help your business grow? Next time you will have a promotional material designed or a logo redesign or a new website think about color and discuss it with your designer.

Invest in the well being of your own business. Trust a professional designer.

Jeff Koons on Art

When I view the world, I don't think of my own work. I think of my hope that, through art, people can get a sense of the type of invisible fabric that holds us all together, that holds the world together.

Jeff Koons

Cobra Art Movement

Over Christmas, a dear member of my family, offered me a book dedicated to the CoBrA movement, a movement I knew very little about. It turned out that CoBrA is such a fascinating and inspiring art movement.

It started in 1948 in Paris and lasted for three years. CoBrA stands for Copenahgen, Brussels and Amsterdam because the artists participating in the movement came from Denmark, Belgium and The Netherlands.

The 1948-1951 period was characterised by a lot of activity in all areas of art including literature and poetry, sculpture and painting. Europe was coming out of World War II and closer to a European ideal of unity and peace in Europe. CoBrA artists embraced this internationalist spirit and applied it to their ar. They overcame the boundaries of their nationalities by collaborating closely between them. They overcame the boundaries of their own art by seeking expression through other forms of art. The CoBrA movement influences and inspires art still today.

The Musée de Beaux Arts in Brussels, Belgium hosts a unique exhibition about CoBrA until February 15. To find out more about the exhibition click here.

Here are a few examples of CoBrA artists. Enjoy them!

Anders Fosterling, Imaginary Red, 1950.
Oil on Canvas

Pierre Alechinsky & Pol Bury, Mixing Machine, 1964.
Ripolin paint on four transparent disks mounted on a central axle by Pol Bury, Indian ink on paper glued to a board, case by Pierre Alechinsky.

Christian Dotremont & Hugo Claus, Avant de dormir je compte mes insomnies, 1962. Watercolour and indian ink on paper.

Henry Heerup, Assemblage, 1951.
Oil on wood, assemblage of motorcycle wheels and parts.

To find out more about the COBRA movement try those links on the web

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