At first glance, this mind-bending lamp appears to be some sort of Photoshop trick, but it’s real, and all just a clever illusion that looks to be straight from a science fiction movie. Created by New York-based artist Sean Augustine March, this desktop ‘lamp’ was created using a combination of dichroic and reflective glass, which in turn create a colorful light show from all angles. One caveat: it’ll set you back a hefty $3,000. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Bob Ross was best known for “The Joy of Painting”, an popular television program that aired from 1983 to 1994 on PBS. Unlike Ross, whod uring his 20-year tenure with the U.S. Air Force developed a taste for painting after attending an art class at the Anchorage U.S.O. club, YouTube user “SmallishBeans” is not an artist by any means, but rather a Minecraft fan. So, he decided to attempt to recreate one of the late painter’s works in the game, which involved logging into a second account. Read more for a video of the process and additional information.
In the near future, virtual reality will be used in a wide variety of everyday tasks, like painting. As many already know, standard virtual reality systems use either special headsets or multi-projected environments to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual environment. An artist who goes by “Anna dream brush” online shows us the surreal paintings that ensue when you combine virtual reality with art. Read more for a video and additional information.
New York City-based artist specializes in creating kinetic sculptures, and he’s best known for his ongoing mechanical mirror series. His older versions used hundreds of motors to rotate the pieces at different angles to change their appearance and a camera to observe the viewer capture them to be displayed. The latest ones utilize motion and laser sensors to “see” the person standing before the piece. “As you move, suddenly the piece moves. So then the piece is moving and that captures your eye, and you say ‘Oh my God, this is a kinetic piece. It’s moving. That’s very cool.’ And after maybe a few more seconds, you say ‘Hey, this piece is moving in tandem with me. It’s interactive. I’m actually creating what’s going on there,'” said Rozen. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Ai-Da, named after the mathematician Ada Lovelace, is the world’s first humanoid AI robot artist that can draw independently using a robotic arm and an inbuilt camera. She’s set to open her own art exhibition, called “Unsecured Futures,” at Oxford University on June 12th. “Pioneering a new AI art movement, we are excited to present Ai-Da, the first professional humanoid artist, who creates her own art, as well as being a performance artist. As an AI robot, her artwork uses AI processes and algorithms. The work engages us to think about AI and technological uses and abuses in the world today,” said Aidan Meller, Ai-Da’s brainchild and gallery owner. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Researchers at the Samsung’s AI Center in Moscow have managed to use Deepfake technology to create “living portraits” from as few as just a single photograph. The paper, titled “Few-Shot Adversarial Learning of Realistic Neural Talking Head Models,” was published on the preprint server arXiv on Monday. Simply put, the AI can be trained using just one image to create a realistic-looking, animated portrait, and by adding a few more shots (up to 32 photographs) the realism improves. Read more for a video and additional information.
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For those unfamiliar with Ukiyo-e (translates to pictures of the floating world), it’s basically a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists created woodblock prints and paintings of female beauties, kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers as well as scenes from history and folk tales. Illustrator Takumi Toxin decided to give The Avengers: Endgame characters a Ukiyo-e makeover, starting with Thanos. Read more to see them all.
A group of artists / modeling experts in China spent 48-days building a 1:1 scale cardboard replica of the Merkava MK4 Israeli battle tank, and it’s currently on display at the Hobby Expo China (HEC) International Model Expo in Beijing. Not much is known in the way of what tools were used, but social media users do state that around 5,000 cardboard parts were used, and it weighs in at 1-ton. Unfortunately (or fortunately), you’re not able to climb inside, nor is the cannon functional. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Russian artist Roman Booteen specializes in the art of the hobo nickel, or to be more specific, the sculptural art form involving the creative modification of small-denomination coin. He’s known for several pieces, including a Gold Bug that was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, The Gold Bug, and one of his newest pieces with a hidden gold chalice. Many of his coins have been sold on auction sites online (eBay, WorthPoint, etc.), and have fetched as much as $3,100. Read more for a video and additional information.
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To celebrate the premiere of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones on April 14th, British office supply company Viking employees teamed up with artist Andy Singleton to create a giant 43-foot, fire-breathing paper dragon. How long did this all take? Around 10-days, with an additional 10-hours required to piece everything together. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.