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Paprika Mars, cotton clouds

Matthew Albanese makes miniature dioramas out of everyday materials and photographs them, producing Uncanny Valley landscapes that seem almost, but not quite, real. His Paprika Mars, above, is made of 12 pounds of charcoal and spices (paprika, cinnamon, nutmeg, chili powder). Fields, After the Storm, below, is mostly faux fur and cotton. Albanese’s scenes are…

Kate Street

Orchis Nodulosa Kate Street The delicacy of Kate Street’s pencil drawings belie their sinister undertones: a garden of chimeric orchids flowering with skulls, intricate skeletons of birds perching on leaves, tuberous roots that are half heart and half honeycomb. Her installations, on the other hand, pull no punches. In Bird in the Hand II, disembodied…

Father Heart, 2006 Black Nickel on Rolled Steel; Glass Tank – 80cc with pedal Josh Hadar It’s always puzzled me that bicycles don’t take better advantage of the gleaming potential of curvacious, polished metal. Why are most bike frames so boring and triangular? Fortunately Josh Hadar has come to the rescue, with his beautiful curved…

A Skull a Day in Richmond, VA

Ornament(al) Skull Noah Scalin Anatomophiles alert: tomorrow, Noah Scalin, proprietor of the Skull-A-Day blog and author of Skulls, opens a new show at the Quirk Gallery in Richmond, VA. I just typed “Richmoaned”. Does that qualify as a Freudian slip? Or something else?

Artomatic 2009: Paul Taylor

Her Dark Satanic Mills Paul Taylor When I saw Paul Taylor’s massive paintings at Artomatic, I immediately thought of two things: fire and Blake’s etchings. So I was tickled that the title, “Her Dark Satanic Mills,” refers to a poem by Blake, and that Taylor’s creative process is all about fire: The medium is essentially…

NĂ¡poles #2 acrylic Fabian H Rios Rubino It’s the last two weeks for DC’s Artomatic, which runs through July 5. If you haven’t had a chance to go, in addition to losing your chance to Draw A Robot, you’re missing a lot of wonderful artwork. For the next week, I’m going to highlight some of…

I’m here in DC at the Newseum for the State of Innovation Summit, a collaboration between SEED and the Council on Competitiveness. The crowd is pretty awesome – right now Adam Bly, SEED’s CEO, is sitting a few rows from me with E.O. Wilson. Earlier, Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, talked about a…

Thanks to SEED’s matching Bloggers Challenge funds and some generous donors who gave me DonorsChoose gift certificates for Christmas, I got to push several worthy projects to completion this winter (by “topping off” their funding). That meant that I got real, snail mail thank-you packages from those classrooms.

Kristin Mitsu Shiga

Evolve Electroformed Copper, Vitreous Enamel, Sterling, Pearls, Lens, Feathers, Steel, Worm Photo: Courtney Frisse Last week I featured electroformed copper pendants by Kristina Glick Shank. I also found another outstanding electroformed copper artwork, this one by Kristin Mitsu Shiga. I think it’s a wonderful idea to portray a chrysalid, the very symbol of transience, in…

I finally got around to reading my backed-up RSS feeds, and had the chance to peruse these, well, demented 1970s biology textbook illustrations uncovered by Crooked Timber. I mean, what? No – what??! Crooked Timber calls it a “Groovy Prog Rock Wannabe Biology Text.” I don’t know what to say, except that I went to…