Millions of Images Now Available for Free!

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Getty Images, the world’s largest photo agency, has just made millions of historic and contemporary photos free to the public for non-commercial use.  The company made the move in an effort to combat piracy after realizing that a large number of its images were already being used without permission on the Internet. Images can now be shared by copying simple code from the Getty Images website.

Source: BBC News

 

Mysteries of the Unseen World

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Have you ever wondered about the microscopic life swirling around us? National Geographic’s new film, Mysteries of the Unseen World, is a mesmerizing glimpse into natural phenomena that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Take this macro photo of moss, for instance, which reveals the plant’s complex structure that is host to colonies of methane-consuming bacteria that help to limit the amount of methane gas released into our atmosphere. The film is now playing in Dallas and Houston.

Source: National Geographic

Focus on Interiors: Wooden Fast Food Kitchen

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Artist Roxy Paine has created a to-scale model of a fast food kitchen at the Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago in her first solo show, Apparatus.  Made of birch, maple, glass, and florescent lighting, Paine has rendered the space and its objects, with all their implied functions, obsolete.  The piece is paired at the Gupta Gallery with another one of her full-scale, carved dioramas of a control room equally devoid of human presence, but designed to be activated by human interaction. For more about Roxy Paine, check out her website.

Source: This Is Colossal

Post-Soviet Constructions

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Examining buildings constructed from 1998 to the present, German photographer Frank Herfort documented architecture all over post-Soviet countries during his more than 15,000 mile journey toward creating his book Imperial Pomp. Concentrating specifically on the ostentatious, Herfort’s photographs shed light on an attitude of pageantry in new constructions in the former Soviet Union. For more his work, check out Herefort’s website.

Source: Visual News

Fun Friday: Living Graffiti

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UK based artist Anna Garforth makes graffiti, but not the kind with paint. Utilizing moss as her medium, she elegantly sculpts natural living materials onto walls all over the world. Not only are her tags “green,” she’s getting commissions and people seem to like it. For more information on her work, check out her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Source: Visual News

Focus on Interiors: Inflatable Room as Dadaist Collage

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The latest installation from design collective Numan/For Use, entitled String Prototype, allows visitors to climb through a network of ropes within an inflatable white room. The duo liken visitors interacting with this work–floating in an unnatural white space–to elements of Dadaist collage,. This piece aims to shift one’s perception of scale and direction, allowing the participant to simultaneously experience the “immenseness and absence of space.”

Source: designboom

Alexandre Jacques’ Architectural Pattern

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Parisian photographer Alexandre Jacques’ series Architectural Pattern explores form and repetition in the buildings of New York, Brisbane, and Paris. Cropping out all other context, his images of facades become landscapes of abstraction leaving the viewer to wonder which side is up. For more of his stunning architectural photography check out his Tumblr and website.

Source: Visual News

Focus on Interiors: Light and Shadow

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Anila Quayyum Agha’s large wooden sculpture, Intersections, projects light from within a carved cube onto the walls and ceiling of a gallery in a play of light and shadows. Broaching the complex topics of female exclusion and sacred space growing up in Pakistan, Agha utilizes a pattern from the Alhambra as a metaphor for the coexistence of Islamic and Western discourses. For more on Anila Quayyum Agha visit her website.

Source: Visual News

 

The Garden of Edward James

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Nestled in the subtropical jungles of Central Mexico, the incredible garden of Las Pozas (“the pools”) near Xilitla (He-leet-la), San Luis Potosí, sparks the imagination of pretty much everyone who lays eyes upon it.  Created 1947-1984 by British poet and artist Edward James, this surrealist landscape features thirty-six concrete sculptures on more than twenty lush acres.  To learn more about the garden of Edward James, check out Fondo Xilitla, the foundation that now supports the garden’s conservation.

Source: Visual News

Fun Friday: Batman Maps Texas

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What is a map and what is not? Photographer Rémi Noël explores this question in a tongue-in-cheek series of publications entitled This is Not a Map (an homage to Magritte?)For the Texas edition, Noël embarked upon a cross-country road trip of the Lone Star state, plastic Batman in tow, documenting the pair’s exploits in a series of photos that seek to capture the ”timeless ‘America’ of Jack Kerouac.”

Source: Visual News