Crazy house by Hang Nga
Born in 1940, Vietnamese expressionist architect Dang Viet Nga built a guesthouse, better known as “Crazy House”. Designed and constructed by her unique “fairy tale house” represents a giant tree. Also, each room is cave, full of sculptured design elements of animals, spider webs, vegetables, and mushrooms. Inspired by Antoni Gaudi, Salvador Dali, and Walt Disney, she succeeded in creativity without limits. Fortunately, she reached her goals – to build a house like no one else on the Earth. Dang Viet Nga – the daughter of General Secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party in her youth studied architecture and lived for 14 years in Moscow, Russia, then came back to Vietnam. Her name comes from “Viet” – the indigenous people of Viet Nam, “Nga” means Russia). One of world most bizarre buildings “Crazy house” was opened in 1990, and it immediately gained recognition, being featured in numerous guidebooks, newspapers and magazines.
Category Archive: Art
Crazy house by Hang Nga
Neon portraits of exotic marine life
American Los Angeles based photographer Mark Laita makes beautiful images of marine life in an incredibly vibrant colors. After his project “Serpentine”, which focused on multi-colored snakes from around the world, Mark Laita has created this amazing collection of bright and colorful underwater creatures. This project is simply called – “The Sea” of surprisingly “photogenic” representatives of the different seas and oceans. His upcoming book, Serpentine was released in 2013. His work has been exhibited at galleries in the U.S. and Europe. Mark Laita’s clean, colorful graphic photography has earned him a reputation for award winning work for clients such as Adidas, BMW, Van Cleef and Arpels, and MINI.
Optical illusions by Professor Akiyoshi
It’s hard to believe that all these colorful images in front of us are still images, but not animations. Kitaoka Akiyoshi is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan studying visual perception, visual illusion, optical illusion, trompe l’oeil, 3D, etc. Specializing in visual perception, Kitaoka Akiyoshi has created a kaleidoscopic picture-illusion full of colors, based on the modern concept of Gestalt psychology. Gestalt psychology is a theory of the Berlin School on mind and brain. And the operational principle of gestalt psychology is that the brain is holistic, parallel, and analog, with self-organizing tendencies. The principle maintains that the human eye sees objects in their entirety before perceiving their individual parts, suggesting the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Kurt Koffka is the author of the original phrase (though mistranslated) “The whole is other than the sum of the parts”.
Swedish artist hyperrealist Johannes Wessmark
born in 1962 in Karlstad, Sweden, Johannes Wessmark is a talented Swedish artist hyperrealist. He works in the style of photo-realism. Noteworthy, he is a self-taught artist, who hasn’t got art education. The amateur artist Johannes Wessmark is a member of different art associations. In particular, The Swedish Artists National Organization, International Association of rt, International Guild of Realism, Varmland Artist Association, and Colored Pencil Society of America. Besides, color pencil artist Johannes has 15-year experience in advertising as a 3D-illustrator/animator. Johannes Wessmark has exhibited his beautiful artworks in numerous solo exhibitions, as well as group exhibitions. Mostly in his home town Karlstad, Sweden, but also in Gothenburg, Stockholm, Michigan USA. Johannes Wessmark currently lives and works in Sunne, Sweden
Colorful painting by Indian artist Debarati Sarkar
Born in Kolkata, in 1975, Indian artist Debarati Sarkar graduated MA from Calcutta University in 1999. According to Debarati Sarkar, as a girl, deeply interested in decorative art, she drew and painted since childhood. These colorful, bright, even psychedelic artworks, with highly contrasting colors make her paintings unique, with distinct features. Meanwhile, all these beautiful paintings relate to the style of minimalism. Debarati Sarkar participated in many local and international exhibitions. Also, her artworks are in private collections of corporate houses, galleries, banks and interior decoration firms in different countries. Now the talented decorative painter Debarati Sarkar is a freelance artist.
Millennium History embroidered in unique Maldon Tapestry
First of all, Maldon is a quiet town at the mouth of the River Blackwater 40 km north-east of London.
Noteworthy, in 991 BC, it became a stage of one of the bloodiest battles in the ancient English history.
Meanwhile, in 1991, the city began preparation for the celebration of its millennium. And created beautiful tapestry in memory of the Battle was the part of the preparation.
Every Thursday, for two and a half years in a bedroom located in the back of the built in XVII century farm house was working a small group of dedicated to one aim women. Bending over their work, they were laughing and talking, and their work was – the creation of embroidered panels. And now, in the beauty it competes with the amazing French Bayeux Tapestry, which noted the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Rarely mentioned on the pages of history books Maldon, thanks to the the tapestry became famous. Made by traditional methods by hand, it has an inherent kind of naivete, and despite the motives of the present, it seems that a folk tale unfolds in front of you.
Miniature sculptures by Maico Akiba
Japanese artist Maico Akiba presented the series of works under the name «SEKAI», which means “peace”. In her miniature sculptures she embodies her dream, a desire to have her own little corner of comfort and peace. Main occupation of Maico Akiba – illustrating children’s books. In her creative work the artist remains childish, even when it comes to serious topics. Among the numerous art works of Maiko, the series «SEKAI» is the most personal. It was created in the past two years between illustration classes. The basis of her sculptures were animal figurines, then she applied layers of paint on them, creating “landscape”. All the small details, such as figurines of people and other objects Maiko has made with her hands.