We’ve always highlighted works of art that collide with the world of science — this work takes that collision to a whole new level.
These portraits are made from disease-causing bacteria. Artist/Scientist Zachary Copfer used different types of bacteria for the different portraits, including that which causes respiratory infections and even some from his own body!
The portraits themselves are quite impressive, outside of the medium used to create them. The way Copfer exposes the bacteria to radiation in order to accelerate their growth causes a Lichtenstein appearance in the work as well — the spots of bacteria resembling the comic book style Lichtenstein was known for.
The other thing about creating art from bacteria is that these cells are living things, which means they will eventually die. These works of art are mortal beings.
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When you think of mushrooms — or fungi — the first thought that comes to mind is not usually how beautiful, or pretty, or fascinating they are. Generally fungus is associated, to no fault of its own, with negative thoughts like gross or weird.
Steve Axford has changed that.
A photographer based ¬†in Australia, Axford has captured some rare and undiscovered types of mushrooms. The colors, textures and overall images are so pleasing to look at that you would never think the subject was fungi. Ranging from temperate fungi (well-known) to tropical fungi (not-so-well-documented) Axford seeks out the most intriguing, visually and scientifically, animals, plants and people to photograph.
We think he’s done an amazing job with this series, check out his Flickr for even more photos.
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Artist Bradley Hart¬†has created a bunch of portraits and paintings by injecting paint into bubble wrap — creating a mosaic, pixelated image.
The process is twofold. First he injects each bubble with the paint to create the pixelated look. Second he removes the drippings from the back of the paintings to see the impression of the piece. Some examples are below, with the injection version complete and the impression version almost melting downward.
Besides the fact that these paintings are incredibly well done for being created one bubble (or pixel) at a time, the back stories of Hart’s inspiration is fascinating. Ranging from why he injects the paint, to why he wanted to create pixelated images, to the end meaning behind both the injection and impression pieces, his art is “injected” with sentiment and meaning every step of the way.
Part of what he explains on his website¬†is that: “The bare bubbles in the bubble wrap reference dots or pixels, echoing various movements in art history and other media, including pointillism, screen-printing, TVs and LCS monitors… The process of injecting paint into bubble wrap directly references pixilation (and those 1′s and 0′s) and at the same time harkens back to the time of family portrait painting, when a family’s personal “photo” album consisted of paintings hanging on its walls.”
In today’s world it is easy to image the wide range of colors that are possible in the world. With tools like Photoshop and online color pickers, we can interactively choose any hue, shade, saturation, lightness, etc. in the blink of an eye.
But what about 300 years ago, when an artist wanted a very specific shade of red, or the perfect color of blue for the night sky? It wasn’t as easy as that.
That’s what makes this book, by someone called “A. Boogert” so extraordinary. This artist handwrote and painted over 700 pages of colors, descriptions and explanations. Historian Erik Kwakkel, who posted the book on his blog, says that it was written as an educational guide although as the only copy it had probably not reached the extent of artists that the author would have hoped.
Take a look at some of the other colors that were documented below, and remember the author had to create each of these hues using the perfect combination of paint and water — don’t take your modern-age color picker for granted!
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The title says it all! We want to take a moment to appreciate the things that are sometimes easily overlooked – architecture built by animals.
We humans base a lot of our architecture and design in general on things ¬†that occur naturally, or in the wild by our furry friends. And these photos show why — they are creative and smart builders!
The fact that they don’t have access to the tools, machines, and technology that we do and they still create these magnificent – and highly functional – works of architecture is very impressive. The photographs were all captured by Ingo Arndt¬†for the book, Animal Architecture.
Take a look at some of the awesome construction he discovered.
Australian Weaver Ants Nest
Buff-Tip Moth Larvae Web
Baya Weavers Woven Nest
Via AnOther Magazine
It’s not too difficult to see why we love this artwork by Nicolas Jolly.
Fingerprints! And we love fingerprint art.
These drawings are made up of thousands of fine lines, curving and swirling to create unique patterns within the image itself. It’s hard to tell when looking at the images, which he planned out first – what the drawing is of, or the “fingerprints” within them. Using only black ink, he works only with the width and pressure of the lines to illustrate the big picture.
We would love to see one of these images being drawn, to witness Jolly’s process.
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These X-ray images reveal the tiny details within nature. As a physicist,¬†Arie van’t Riet specialized in radiation and low energy X-rays and eventually turned this part of his profession into an artistic hobby.
The stunning black and white images are first taken using X-ray technology, and afterwards he fills in the color using photoshop, as he sees fit. The combination and contrast between the X-ray image and the color is eye-catching and interesting. Van’t Riet says that approaching an image opportunity, “Each time it is challenging me to arrive at an X-ray photograph that represents the sentiment of the scene.”
Take a look at the colorful, yet black and white images below and let us know what you think! If you like this work, stop by DNA 11 to some more science-based art!