Dioramas by Guillaume Lachapelle Suggest Infinite Space using Light and Mirrors

guillaume lachapelle sculpture
The Cell, 2013

Canadian artist Guillaume Lachapelle explores the concept of infinite, evoking a sense of mystery and almost fear, with his series of miniature sculptures that have interiors that seem to expand without limit. Titled Visions, the series is composed of several 3D-printed dioramas employing light and mirrors to suggest boundless spaces.

Remember the novel House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski? In the novel, the Navidson family discovers a dark hallway that seems to continually expand. As the explorers venture deeper into the hallway, they become increasingly aware of their inability to comprehend or stay sane in a boundless space. Although Lachapelle’s dioramas are small and have finite measurements, their interiors appear to hide unknown amounts of space. Even in such small spaces, we can touch upon the surface of the concept of infinity.

“Lachapelle’s miniatures act as a threshold between what is seen and not seen,” writes L. Sasha Gora in her summary of Visions on Art Mûr.

The artist’s sculptures inspire intrigue, and perhaps fear of the unknown. They beg the question, “What is hiding further in?”

Guillaume Lachapelle is a sculpture artist residing in Canada. His series Visions was on display at the art gallery Art Mûr in 2014.

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infinite parking lot
Nuit étoilée, 2012

office space mystery
Dernier étage, 2014

empty train car frightening
Metro, 2013

optical illusion diorama
Détour, 2014; and Awaiting Knowledge, 2013

secretive path
Vie secrète, 2014

design with mirrors
Rêve collectif, 2014

Artist Paints Pop Culture Characters onto Thrifted Art

diy thrift store painting
(via Dave Pollot).

One’s trash is another’s treasure, and artist Dave Pollot demonstrates just how thrift store finds can receive a fresh breath of life with paint and humor. By repurposing thrifted paintings to include the likes of characters from the Mario franchise, Star Trek, Doctor Who, and more, Pollot paints touches of humor into otherwise run-of-the-mill thrift store art.

The Etsy artist’s thrift art series began as a joke. According to his shop page, a joke made in passing at a thrift store to paint monsters into old prints became reality.

Although Pollot initially only painted generic monsters and robots into his scenes, he then later began adding recognizable characters to parody popular culture. Armed with oil paints and his brushes, he re-creates landscapes and picturesque scenes to include Yoshi next to a mountain river, or the Kool Aid Man bursting through the walls of a red brick townhouse.

yoshi in realistic setting
(via Dave Pollot).

90s crossovers kool aid man
(via Dave Pollot).

With their roots in humor, these repurposed prints are also meant for enjoyment and laughter.

According to Pollot’s Etsy, his hope is to take old art finds full-circle, so that they may once again hang proudly on walls for the viewing pleasure of others.

star trek uss enterprise painting
(via Dave Pollot).

doctor who weeping angels fan art
(via Dave Pollot).

ghostbusters car painting fanart
(via Dave Pollot).

mario ghosts painting
(via Dave Pollot).

What would you paint onto a thrift store find? Comment below!

Flower Petal and Ink Illustrations

cabbage flower
(via Meredith Wing).

Combining ink and found objects in art form is nothing new, but inspired by blooms and flower petals, Meredith Wing has created a collection of beautifully illustrated – well, flower girls.

flower shaped dress
(via Meredith Wing).

The colorful petals of tulips, sunflowers, roses, and more grace Wing’s sketches, creating unique patterns and soft textures. With each petal intentionally placed, different shapes are created. The same number of hydrangea petals can form a voluminous, billowing skirt or the trumpet of a piece drawn to cling around a figure.

The New York City-based interior design and fashion aficionado values the ephemerality, or fleetingness, of her flower girls. According to Wing on her website, none of these pieces is glued to keep. They are memorialized only by her sketches and the photos she takes.

Full of whimsy and elegance, these designs are the fusion of a love for fashion, illustration, and the beauty of flowers.

meredith wing design
(via Meredith Wing).

flower petal dress
(via Meredith Wing).

dress made of rose petals
(via Meredith Wing).

fashion in flowers
(via Meredith Wing).

floral skirt
(via Meredith Wing).

yellow skirt with trumpet
(via Meredith Wing).

diy flower projects
(via Meredith Wing).

Sweets Diagrams by Song Sweet Song

Bunny parfait and apple carving by songsweetsong
Bunny parfait and apple carving diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

In this combination of food and design, a Thailand-based interior designer creates fun diagrams of recipe how-tos. The materials, procedure, and assembly are illustrated using Copic markers, while an iPhone depicts the final product.

Bunny sugar cookie by songsweetsong
Bunny sugar cookie diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

The designer and foodie, who goes by Song, “loves baking and sharing tutorials” (Song Sweet Song). Song’s food creations are shared via social media, including Facebook and Instagram. Leaning on the side of cute food design, posts include edible versions of animal characters, Disney characters, and more.

According to her posts, Song draws diagrams to plan recipes based on the materials in her refrigerator. Although overly meticulous for a snack plan at home, the product is a detailed and eye-catching collection of illustrations.

Dougnut pop by songsweetsong
Dougnut pop diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

Honey toast and bunny ice cream by songsweetsong
Honey toast and bunny ice cream diagram (via Song Sweet Song).

Cool Globes Boston 2013

Cool Globes: Green Manufacturing

It looks as if giant globes have taken over Boston these past several weeks. From the Esplanade, to Logan Airport, and to other traveled areas all around Boston stand 48 globes decorated to address the matter of climate change.

The public art project “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” has come to Boston after originating in Chicago and moving around the country and the world. Artists decorate these globes in different, creative ways with ideas to combat environmental problems. A couple globes are also reserved for decoration by local organizations. The goal is social awareness to the environmental issues of our time and that there is hope for the future.

Founder of the initiative Wendy Abrams states the project came out of the idea of “public art with a purpose.” By forcing people to confront climate change with something fun, the project has been accepted by thousands and grown to a global scale.

Cool Globes: Unity and Strength

Cool Globes: Conserve Water

Cool Globes in Boston

According to The Boston Globe, the exhibit is around until the 15th of October, so make sure to catch as many as possible before they’re gone!