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The Paper Statues Of Li Hongbo… In Motion

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

In this day and age marked by the omnipresence of dexterous Photoshop trickery and digital image manipulation, one could be forgiven for mistaking Li Hongbo’s works for just that – masterfully composed three-dimensional computer renderings. And as his sculptures indeed turn, twist, expand, contract and transmogrify in a truly supernatural fashion, their creation is not the result of any clever 1-0-1 hoodwinking. Quite the contrary in fact. Almost like peculiar sleeping creatures, the Chinese artist’s sculptures seem to wait silently. That is, until provoked, which is when they reveal their hidden second nature, courtesy of the hundreds upon hundreds of meticulously stacked and glued together layers of paper they are made of.

Inspired by traditional Chinese paper decorations as well as a personal long-standing fascination with paper and its qualities which he acquired while working on book designs, some of Hongbo’s more intricate pieces can take months to realise as the artist carefully sculpts their forms from blocks composed of as many as 20,000 layers of paper.

Statues In Motion” video directed by Todd Martin and produced by Kid Guy Collective in collaboration with Klein Sun Gallery.  Music Composition by Aled Roberts.

”In my art, I like using subjects that we often see. Quite ordinary, quite natural {…},”
Li Hongbo explained in the video published earlier last year by Crane.tv.

And while some of his surreal, technically adept pieces indeed resemble more mundane, ordinary objects such as tree branches, stones, vases or flowers, while developing his works, Hongbo also looked back to his student days, recalling the times when he was frequently asked to reproduce classical sculptures such as Michelangelo’s David. These referential works, named ‘Tools of Study’, strikingly reminiscent of the well-known marble masterpieces were recently showcased at Li Hongbo’s first solo exhibition in the United States at New York’s Klein Sun Gallery {525 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011}.  The exhibition will be on view until the 22nd of March 2014.

”Tools of Study” installation view at Klein Sun Gallery. Photo © Lucía Franco.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

”Tools of study” by Li Honbo at Klein Sun Gallery.  Photo by Scott Lynch.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

Statues In Motion, video screenshot, Courtesy of Kid Guy Collective and Klein Sun Gallery.

”Tools of Study” installation view at Klein Sun Gallery. Photo © Lucía Franco.

”Tools of Study” installation view at Klein Sun Gallery. Photo © Lucía Franco.

It’s Hard Being A Canadian Actor

Canadian Film Fest
March 20-22, 2014
The Royal in Little Italy, Toronto
www.canfilmfest.ca

A Canadian film actor discovers it takes more than brains and maple syrup to make it to the top.

Produced by JWT Canada.

Antoine Zombé - Ian Matthews

JWT:
Brent Choi — Chief Creative & Integration Officer
Ryan Spelliscy — SVP Creative Director
Jim Wortley — Executive Creative Director
Colin Winn — Associate Creative Director
Shelby Spigelman - Producer

SPY:
Director/Cameraman — Jonathan Bensimon
Executive Producer — Stephanie Walker-Wells, Marni Luftspring
Line Producer — Jason Aita

MARRIED TO GIANTS:
Editor — Graham Chisholm

POST:
Alter Ego — Tricia Hargoiles/Steve McGregor

MUSIC:
Grayson Matthews — Tom Westin/Dave Sorbrara

Most Shocking Second a Day Video

Syria’s civil war has cost the lives of more than 11,000 children and turned more than 1 million into refugees. It has subjected them to trauma, indiscriminate shelling and even torture.Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to keep Syrian refugee children and those trapped inside Syria, safe and healthy. In this video a young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in your company? This is what war does to children.

Syria’s civil war has cost the lives of more than 11,000 children and turned more than 1 million into refugees. It has subjected them to trauma, indiscriminate shelling and even torture.Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to keep Syrian refugee children and those trapped inside Syria, safe and healthy. In this video a young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in your company? This is what war does to children. - See more at: http://elmaaltshift.com/2014/03/06/most-shocking-second-a-day-video/#sthash.emYYzpXQ.dpuf
Syria’s civil war has cost the lives of more than 11,000 children and turned more than 1 million into refugees. It has subjected them to trauma, indiscriminate shelling and even torture.Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to keep Syrian refugee children and those trapped inside Syria, safe and healthy. In this video a young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in your company? This is what war does to children. - See more at: http://elmaaltshift.com/2014/03/06/most-shocking-second-a-day-video/#sthash.emYYzpXQ.dpuf
Syria’s civil war has cost the lives of more than 11,000 children and turned more than 1 million into refugees. It has subjected them to trauma, indiscriminate shelling and even torture.Save the Children is doing whatever it takes to keep Syrian refugee children and those trapped inside Syria, safe and healthy. In this video a young girl’s life gets turned upside-down in this tragic second a day video. Could this ever happen in your company? This is what war does to children. - See more at: http://elmaaltshift.com/2014/03/06/most-shocking-second-a-day-video/#sthash.emYYzpXQ.dpuf

GoPro – Pelican Learns To Fly

BigBird is a pelican that was alone in Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania, abandoned by his group after a rainstorm. Residents and specialists helped BigBird to fly, taking the opportunity to put a GoPro Hero camera 3 + on its beak for a very successful record. Details are in the following.

Catching The Light In Asia

Photographer Weerapong Chaipuck described in his pictures Asia. A beautiful and mysterious continent with breathtaking landscapes and deep-rooted traditions. Enjoy traveling through these beautiful photos in the following section.

Funny Photos Of Pairs Figure Skaters In Which One Of The Duo Is Missing

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World Press Photo 2014 Winner
Sports Feature, 3rd prize   

Donald Miralle (USA) - Free Diving With Sharks

With more than 30 international awards to his credit, Donald Miralle is recognized as one of the most innovative photographers in the industry today. Born and raised in Southern California, Donald graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Fine Arts. His artistic approach to his editorial and commercial photography has been sought after by some of the largest agencies, publications, and brands to shoot the world’s greatest athletes and biggest events. Miralle’s work has been profiled in publications including Photo District News, British Journal of Photography, The Holland Times, The San Diego Union Tribune, and Top Magazine in Brazil; as well as on TV shows like ESPN, Entertainment TV, and the Today Show. Donald has served as a keynote speaker at many international events  including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, Great White North Workshop, UAPP, Danish Photographers Union Convention, and is active in the education of photojournalism at collages and workshops.

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Ukraine:Sniper kills protesters

Hyperrealistic sculptures by Sam Jinks

Sam Jinks creates amazingly hyperrealistic sculptures of humans. Emotional vulnerability is both the subject and result of his work and moves his audiences. For Jinks, his works are not literal representations, but are based on the combination of different stages of life.

His characters often represent a mixture of different people he knows in real life. He uses photos to recreate these bodies in the most attentive way. Jinks uses the themes of old and new to suggest unrealized potential: the figures are frozen in time, simultaneously at the beginning and end of life. This can be interpreted either as a melancholy reflection of loss, or as the experience of generations standing together with the awareness of life cycles and different stages of development. His works create a dialogue on both a technical and emotional level through a strong sensitivity to detail. Created from silicone, fiberglass, resin, calcium carbonate and human hair these works contain a profound sense of the vulnerability and are remarkable in their striking portrayal of the human condition.