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Matt Cusick's Cartographic Creations

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Maps repurposed as eye-catching collages

For Dallas-based artist Matthew Cusick, repurposing stuff balances out his hoarding impulse. "I have a natural inclination to collect stuff," he says. "Repurposing is an alternative to hoarding. It is also an alternative to consuming and creating waste. It takes patience and a willingness to tinker." Cusick creates collage portraits and landscapes from the vintage maps he collects.......read more

Matthew Brandt: Lakes and Reservoirs

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LA artist experiments with water to produce unique and colorful landscape photos

In his "Lakes and Reservoirs" series, LA-based artist Matthew Brandt subverts the hackneyed practice of landscape photography, emphasizing the properties of photo production over the actual landscape depicted. Photographing water bodies around the Western US, Brandt soaks his images in the water of the depicted subject for anywhere from a couple days to several months, until the photo......read more

Matteo Procaccioli: Microcities

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Milan photographer takes to the sky to capture eerie aerial images of nameless cities

By day, Italian photographer Matteo Procaccioli works as a "creative associate" in Milan's fashion industry. When he finds the time, he actively pursues his other passion: fine art photography, mostly focused on the built environment. Heavily stylized and laden with emotion, Procaccioli's work makes no attempt at objective documentary. In that sense you could say it owes a debt to his......read more

Matthew Picton: Paper Cities

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Aerial urban grids recreated in recycled paper

From cartographic collages to multimedia map works, we love us some map-related art around here. Oregon-based British artist Matthew Picton adds some more enthralling creations to our collection with these stunning paper sculptures of cities made of books and other textual materials. The works play on the idea of the city as living organism. Explains Picton in his artist's......read more

Strange Worlds

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Meticulously detailed model landscapes by Matthew Albanese.

Matthew Albanese's landscapes are so real looking, it's hard to believe they're not photos of real life scenes. The New Jersey photographer creates meticulous small-scale models that are as dramatic as any Romantic landscape painting. The strikingly realistic images are achieved through the use of various household materials - cotton for clouds, salt for waterfalls, tile grout for......read more

Matthieu Gafsou: Alps

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Swiss photographer snaps near-sublime mountain panoramas

Matthieu Gafsou's interest in the tension between untouched nature and its exploitation by human beings is revealed in Alpes, a photo series of the mountains around his home in Lausanne, Switzerland. Gafsou presents the mountain as a complex subject, one that's torn between its various interpretations: pristine nature, tourist destination, symbol of Swiss national identity.......read more

Landscapes of the Imagination

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Swinspeed's stock photo composites make for beautiful digital art.

Swinspeed is a digital artist and matte painter who uses stock photography to composite epic and surreal landscapes. His Flickr photostream is chalk full of beautiful compositions that evoke solitude and foreboding. At only 23, Swinspeed is a creative guy of many talents; digital art is just something he does for fun while he pursues his passion for automotive design. Someone give this guy a job!...read more

Submerged Sculptures by Forlane 6 Studio

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A deep diving artist duo creates amazing underwater art from marine trash

There's no missing the message behind the work of scuba diving artists Mathieu Goussin and Hortense Le Calvez. The creative duo's flowing, underwater sculptures made of common oceanic trash make a direct statement on the issue of marine pollution. Goussin and Le Calvez call themselves Forlane 6, after the 40 year-old sailboat they call home. Both are deep sea diving professionals who earn their......read more

SHFT Sampler 4-29-11

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Whole Larder Love is the best food foraging blog ever, Alternative Apparel hits the street, ants make rafts to defy floods, and more.

Foraged Food Porn: Thanks to Cold Splinters, we just discovered our new favorite food blog. Whole Larder Love comes correct with "thrilling yarns of cooking, hunting, fishing, and harvesting" from Ballarat, Australia. Beauty photos! Re Up Gang: Looking to build green? The Design for Reuse Knowledge Exchange is the online encyclopedia of materials reuse. Good resource. Eco Brick and Mortar:......read more

SHFT Sampler 2-4-11

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Mountaintop mining, Volt vs. Leaf, vintage babes in nature, and more.

Electric Avenue: The race for electric car dominance is underway, and GM is emerging as the early front-runner. According to CNN Money, since production began last November, U.S. sales of the Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid are three times that of the all-electric Nissan Leaf. On the strength of those numbers, GM is planning to roll out the Volt to all 50 states by the end of the year. Material......read more

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