Branislav Kropilak’s photos of indoor car parks and illuminated billboard posts are simply stunning.

Sculptor, Isaac Cordal’s brilliant work uses small-scale figurines to make a big statement about his concern for societies relationship with our leaders, our environment, technology and each other.

Alan Wolfson is a native New Yorker who has spent decades creating miniature urban sculptures that recall the changing landscape of NYC. Often, he creates with painstaking detail models of places that have actually existed, like Katz’s Deli (below).

Similarly, Michael Paul Smith creates scale model nostalgic environments that he photographs in a manner that would make you swear they’re real. All of the images that he creates are of a fantasy town that he’s named Elgin Park.

Artist, Simon Beck does a lot of walking in the snow to create stunning, intricate pattern illustrations (see below). Another artist named Andres Amador does something quite similar using a rake to create his temporary patterns on beach sand.

 

Sacred Ink is the result of photographer, Cedric Arnold’s four and half year long journey to document traditional tattoos of Thailand.

An Amazing Dad Award goes to graphic designer, David Laferriere who has been drawing illustrations on his kid’s sandwich bags with a Sharpie marker since 2008. See his flickr gallery of lunch bag art.

My friends Tina and Ryan Essmaker are the folks behind a fantastic interview series that focuses on creativity - The Great Discontent. This week, they sat down with Sara Blake, an illustrator/designer that I’ve been a fan of for some time now. I always admire when talented people have a lot of candor about what they wrestle with to get to make their work. See more on Sara’s site and her blog.

Rapture is a site-specific choreography film by Noemie Lafrance of Sens Production staged on the architecture of Frank Gehry.

Animals as people.

Thom Yorke does it again - another whimsical, strangely choreographed dance music video. This time it’s for the track Ingenue by his side-project Atoms for Peace. Simple. Beautiful. Brilliant.

I can recall the first time I came across Dan Flavin’s artwork in person. I was completely enamored by it and still am. Yet, I’d struggle to explain exactly what it is that I’m so compelled by in his work. More interesting to me than what an adult would have to say of his work is what a child might have to say. Here are 3 minutes worth of kid’s opinions on an untitled Dan Flavin piece that was installed in their Liverpool school for one day.

Nina Katchadourian has a rather peculiar, yet clever way to kill time on long plane trips. She locks herself in the plane’s bathroom and takes self portraits in which she imagines herself the subject of a 15th Century Dutch painting.

15 Extraordinary Black & White Films (Since 1980)

The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke, 2009
Control by Anton Corbijn, 2007
Lake of Fire by Tony Kaye, 2006
Angel-A by Luc Besson, 2005
Dark Days by Marc Singer, 2000
Institute Benjamenta by the Brothers Quay, 1996
La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz,1995
Dead Man by Jim Jarmusch, 1995
Ed Wood by Tim Burton, 1994
Man Bites Dog by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, and Benoit Poelvoorde, 1992
Tetsuo: The Iron Man by Shinya Tsukamoto, 1989
Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, 1987
Rumble Fish by Francis Ford Coppola, 1983
The Elephant Man by David Lynch, 1980
Raging Bull by Martin Scorsese, 1980

Imagine Spencer Tunick’s photography in motion. Imagine that all of the people present in the frame are in a persistent state of gyration. And now, you have a project called The Humping PactSee a video compilation of the The Humping Pact get their grind on.

Montreal based Marie Chouinard has been creating unique dance-works since in 1978. I’ve only just discovered them now - like nothing you’ve ever seen before

I’ve written before about wonderful collections of typographic imagery. Again, I’ve discovered a brilliant blog dedicated to showcasing excellent examples of type - We Love Typography.

 

These cloud installations made of smoke, moisture, and light by Berndnaut Smilde just made my day.

Metropolis II is a short docu-film on the kinetic sculpture of the same name created by Chris Burden. The project which took 4 years to build is a massive cityscape inhabited by a never ending stream of toy car traffic.

I love this so much. Check out Edward Gorey’s previously unseen letter correspondence with a children’s author and the illustrated envelopes they came in.

The erotic world of Salvador Dali as seen in Playboy (maybe NSFW).