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20 Mind Melting Artworks By Visionary Arts Pioneer Android Jones

In the visionary arts community, few have paved the path for new artists like the legendary Andrew “Android” Jones. His digital painting prowess pioneered the way for cross-media creatives to merge and blend textures on canvas, domes and in VR. He’s even projected his art onto the side of skyscrapers to feed the furnaces of compelling discourse.

He describes his signature style of blended textures and art as ‘electromineralism’ with a touch of ‘popshamanism’. From Burning Man to the Renwick Gallery (and so much more), Android Jones’s scintillating creative talents were forged in the fires of Industrial Light and Magic, a company owned by George Lucas. They were honed further when he started his own company called Massive Black. In a recent video by the Smithsonian Institute he explained the exhibit he showcased at the Renwick which included dual VR rigs so folks could immerse themselves in 360 degrees of his imagination.

He also has been delivering an immersive dome experience, Samskara. In it, he blends indigenous mythology, tribal elements, transhumanist symbols, storytelling with a lense of abstract realism, and the sort of energetic illustration that seems to push the boundaries of perceptibility. You can check out both videos at the bottom of the post!

For a snapshot of his creative delights churned out by the factory of his mind over the years, we’ve gathered 20 of his most eye-catching, brain-bending art.

It’s a ride for your eyes, so buckle up and enjoy!

All artwork and photography provided courtesy of the Android Jones.

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Designers Show How Much Interior Design Has Changed Over The Past 600 Years (12 Pics)

If you ever visited your grandparents’ or your great grandparents’ homes, you probably noticed how differently their rooms are decorated when compared to your own place. But have you though how the same rooms might have looked four, five or even six hundred years ago?

The designers at HomeAdvisor, a digital marketplace for home services, have created a unique project that shows how much the interior design trends changed over the past 600 years. From the wooden panels in Renaissance apartments to the funky and abstract furniture in postmodern style homes, check out the interior design trends throughout the years in the gallery below!

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Renaissance (1400 – 1600)

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“Art and culture were reborn as the French Renaissance spread across Europe. Architects found a renewed enthusiasm for ornate decoration and fine detail, inspired by a new sense of humanism and freedom. Arabesque and Asian influences revitalized the decorative arts, and careful attention to symmetry and geometry brought a new sense of harmony to European interiors.

We designed the cabinet in our Renaissance living room image in the shape of a small palazzo (palace) which was common at the time. Its columns and balconies echo the shape of the building, evoking harmony. The Turkish rug is inspired by one seen in a painting by Hans Holbein the Younger, a German painter who lived in Renaissance-era London. Rugs like this were first woven in western Turkey in the 14th century and became very popular in Renaissance Europe.”

Baroque (1590 – 1725)

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“Turkish rugs fell out of fashion during the Baroque period, as more opulent and elaborate architecture required fixtures and fittings to match. The Catholic Church was the first to develop this new sense of affluence as an attempt to impress the uneducated masses with their wealth and power. Hence the frames of the Louis XIV-style suite seem to be dripping with gold.

Beneath the gilded finish, the frame of the furniture was often made from tropical wood. Other exotic materials such as ivory were popular, and surfaces such as floors and table-tops were usually marble. Our color scheme here is dramatic and sensual. The play of light around a baroque living room would have been exaggerated to create a sense of movement and enormity.”

Rococo (1700)

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“Towards the end of the Baroque period, a subset of the style briefly stole the limelight. Rococo style (from the French word rocaille, meaning shell ornamentation) was famous for just three decades during the reign of Louis XV. It is lighter, more whimsical, and freer than Baroque. For some, it better suited the intimacy of the family home than the grand church style that came before it.

The shell and floral motifs in our Rococo living room are typical of the style’s more playful influence on home décor. The cabriole legs and scroll feet of the furniture delicately balance high-spirits and elegance. Social gatherings in the home were becoming more common in the early 18th century. The Rococo style allowed homeowners to demonstrate their wealth and taste without appearing showy or stuffy.”

Neoclassical (1780 – 1880)

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“The late Georgian era ushered in a new age of architecture that responded to the Baroque and Rococo periods. The rediscovery of Pompeii contributed to new understandings of Roman and Greek architecture. This inspired a movement towards more ‘tasteful,’ refined, and timeless design principles, free from the pomp and novelty of the Baroque trend.

Notice the straight lines and logical, almost mathematical layout of our Neoclassical living room. These design principles were spread throughout Europe by artists studying at the French Academy in Rome. Note the column-like shape of the fireplace, lamps, and paneling. Colors were mild and undramatic. A plain palate emphasized the stoic, superior sense of form that the Neoclassical embodied.”

Arts and Crafts (1860 – 1910)

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“The Arts and Crafts movement began in England as a reaction against the mechanization of creativity and the economic injustices of the industrial age. It was not so much a style as an approach, putting the responsibility for design and craft back in the hands of skilled workers. However, Arts and Crafts interiors shared an aesthetic of simplicity, quality of material, and a connection to nature.

The ideas and look of the Arts and Crafts movement spread to American living rooms via the influence of touring architect-designers, journals, and society lectures. Gustav Stickley was America’s foremost Arts and Crafts designer. You can see his influence in the chunky, function-led woodwork of the furniture in the image, which makes a feature of exposed joinery. This emphasis on wood, brass, and the artisan’s touch gives Arts and Crafts interiors a dark, earthy, and textured palette.”

Art Nouveau (1890 – 1920)

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“Art Nouveau was a ‘new art’ for a new century. Interior designers paired handcraft with new industrial techniques, which often made for an expensive process. Furniture and fittings were extravagant and modern, exhibiting the influence of Japanese art, which European artists were seeing for the first time near the end of the 19th century.

The vases and lamps in our Art Nouveau living room are inspired by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the celebrated artist and first Design Director at Tiffany’s. His glass-blown forms were a tribute to the natural world, and their lush, iridescent and swirling colors are typical of Art Nouveau.”

Art Deco (1920s to 1960s)

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“If Bauhaus and Modernism were the utilization of 20th-century advances, Art Deco was a glamorous celebration. Interior designers were inspired by the geometry and motion of the machine age, materials, and symbols of ancient cultures, and rebirth in nature. And they weren’t afraid to use them all together.

Designers created a feeling of opulence by using a wide range of materials, including lacquered wood, stained glass, stainless steel, aluminum, jewels, and leather. Bold colors and striking contrasts conjured power and confidence.

Strong, straight lines echo through the fireplace and mirror trim to the skyscrapers in the woodcuts on the wall. Note also how these lines boldly counterpoint the shell-shaped sofa, flowing chairs, and spiky ornaments and houseplant.”

Modernism (1880 – 1940)

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“Like the Arts and Crafts movement, Modernism is less of a style than a philosophy. “A house is a machine for living in,” said Swiss architect and designer Le Corbusier, the pioneer of Modernism. The Modernist living room utilized the latest materials and technologies. It was designed to be comfortable, functional, and affordable. Beauty was a bonus, although elegant design solutions were highly valued.

These ‘limits’ proved inspiring to the first generation of professional ‘interior designers.’ The table you see above is inspired by a famous design by Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi. It consists only of a plate of glass, two identical wooden supports, and a pivot rod to hold them together. The original Anglepoise lamp was invented by an engineer who was inspired by his work on vehicle suspension – demonstrating the close connection between Modernist interiors and the 20th-century industry.”

Bauhaus (1919 – 1934)

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“The Bauhaus (rhymes with ‘cow-house’) was a hugely influential German school of art and architecture. It existed for just 14 years until the Nazi government closed it down in 1933. Bauhaus design was a radical subset of Modernism, with greater emphasis on the human spirit and the craftsperson. As with Modernism, form followed function. Bauhaus interiors were true to their materials, meaning that they didn’t hide the underlying structure of a furniture piece to make it pretty.

Our Bauhaus rug is inspired by the work of Anni Albers, a graduate and teacher of the Bauhaus school. Albers experimented with shape and color to produce textiles that were equally art and craft. The lamp is modeled after the MT8 or ‘Bauhaus Lamp.’ Its circular, cylindrical, and spherical parts create geometric unity and can be built with minimal time and materials. This type of opaque lampshade had only previously been seen in industrial settings.”

Mid-Century Modern (1930 – today)

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“The Mid-Century Modern movement emerged as a softer, suburban take on Modernism, integrating natural elements. Interior designers introduced rustic elements and freer use of color inspired by Scandinavian and Brazilian furniture trends. Materials such as rattan, bamboo, and wicker felt both natural and modern when brought into the living room in the form of chairs, mirrors, and trim.

Statement lighting remains a simple way to add pizzazz to a well-used family living room. The lampshade and standing lamp in our picture both borrow formal elements from Modernism and Bauhaus but have the playful look of repurposed outdoor tools. The bright mustard of the armchair and vases exemplify the common Mid-Century Modern technique of pairing muted neutrals with a saturated signature color.”

Postmodern (1978 – today)

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“Postmodern design can trace its artistic influences from epoch-defining surrealist, Marcel Duchamp, to Pop Art’s crown jester, Andy Warhol, to the ambiguous Bad Taste of Jeff Koons. It all came together in the 1980s when designers threw off the shackles of Modernism and approached interiors with a sense of humor and the brash confidence we associate with the decade.

In a Postmodern living room, every piece is a talking piece – because each one has a double-meaning or visual joke to unpack. The arches in our image question classical ideals of form, both flattening and unflattening a traditionally austere shape with an optical illusion conjured by their irreverent color palette. The rug’s meaning is simpler. It adds a rock n’ roll feel with its vinyl record shape – a Warhol-like ironic celebration of late 20th-century materialism.”

Contemporary (1980s – today)

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“A cluttered age calls for a pared-back living room. Today’s contemporary style borrows the clean lines of Modernism and the airy, outdoors feel of the Mid-Century Modern home. Interior designers in the late 2010s love to give a nod to Bauhaus by peeling away surfaces to show the materials at work. However, today’s cutting-edge building materials and textiles can sit happily alongside repurposed industrial features from past eras.

The smooth, bare floor and uncluttered walls of our contemporary living room create a typical sense of space and light. Abstract art on the walls prevents the area from feeling empty and draws out the subtle style of the otherwise minimalist surroundings. Observe, too, the use of line to draw your eye around, such as the horizontal central light, which is both extraordinary and very simple – and seems to widen and heighten the room.”

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Matt Gagnon Builds a Cityscape of Skyscraper Lamps at L.A.’s THE NEW

Matt Gagnon will debut his Light Stacks collection in “Material Relations,” an exhibit at THE NEW gallery in Los Angeles. Photography by Matt Gagnon.

In 2001, Matt Gagnon introduced Acrylic Lamps, a collection of works that mimics the nighttime glow of half-occupied skyscrapers. Inspired by evening strolls through cities, the lights are scaled to the floor plate of the New York Times Building—a proposal Gagnon worked on while cutting his teeth at Gehry Partners. The designer will transform Los Angeles’s THE NEW gallery into a miniature cityscape of floor lamps for “Material Relations,” on view February 8 to April 7.

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10 Most Anticipated New Builds of 2018

Any list of the most significant architecture projects of the coming year will inevitably feature an abundance of superlatives. We can look forward to the world’s largest airport terminal in Turkey, Europe’s tallest building, and, perhaps more modestly, Scotland’s first dedicated design museum, which also happens to be architect Kengo Kuma’s first building in the United Kingdom.

Skyscrapers are set to dominate the architectural agenda in 2018, with the offices of architects Renzo Pianoand Richard Rogers completing significant towers in New York. The world’s tallest residential tower in Mumbai, India, will also welcome its first residents, while several skyscrapers under construction in China could end the year among the world’s top ten tallest buildings.

Architecture fans will converge on Venice for the 16th International Architecture Exhibition, which will be curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara of Irish firm Grafton Architects. Several innovative stadiums should be completed in time to host the world’s top soccer stars during the FIFA World Cup, and London is preparing for the first trains to roll into ten stations constructed along the route of the new Crossrail railway. Keep reading for a look at some of the key projects due to launch over the next 12 months.

1. Kengo Kuma & Associates

Project: V&A Museum of Design Dundee

Site: Dundee

The opening of a new Victoria and Albert museum outpost is set to reactivate the Scottish city’s waterfront by attracting up to 350,000 visitors a year to the country’s first design museum. The building’s inclined stone-clad facades are intended to resemble a cliff face emerging from the sea.

Firm: Kengo Kuma & Associates. Project: V&A Museum of Design Dundee. Site: Dundee.

2. Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Project: 565 Broome Soho

Site: New York

Following the completion of his Whitney Museum of American Art last year, Renzo Piano’s first residential project in New York is rising above the Freeman Plaza approach to the Holland Tunnel. Two 30-story towers will accommodate 115 apartments starting at $970,000 for a studio.

Firm: Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Project: 565 Broome Soho. Site: New York. Image by Noe & Associates.

3. Heneghan Peng Architects

Project: Grand Egyptian Museum

Site: Giza

Set to become the largest archaeological museum in the world, the Grand Egyptian Museum will partially open in 2018 after years of delays that have seen costs spiral to more than $1 billion. A triangular motif repeated throughout the design echoes the forms of the nearby pyramids.

Firm: Heneghan Peng. Project: Grand Egyptian Museum. Site: Giza. Image by Archimation. 

4. Zaha Hadid Architects

Project: Morpheus Hotel

Site: Macau

Described by its developers as the “world’s first free-form exoskeleton high rise,” this sculptural hotel in Macau’s City of Dreams complex features large voids carved into its monolithic form. The exoskeleton mesh embraces a reinforced-concrete core to provide lateral stability.

Firm Zaha Hadid Architects. Project: Morpheus Hotel. Site: Macau. Image by Zaha Hadid Architects.

5. Concept Design: Grimshaw ArchitectsNordic Office of Architecture, Haptic Architects

Lead Delivery Architect and Interior Concept Designer: Scott Brownrigg

Project: Istanbul New Airport

Site: Istanbul

Scheduled to open officially on Turkey’s Republic Day on October 29, 2018, Istanbul New Airport will handle more passengers than any other airport in the world once fully operational. The world’s largest terminal under one roof will feature vaulted ceilings and references to Istanbul’s architectural heritage.

Firms: Grimshaw, Nordic Office of Architecture, Haptic, and Scott Brownrigg. Project: Istanbul New Airport. Site: Istanbul.

6. Büro Ole Scheeren

Project: Guardian Art Center

Site: Beijing

The pixelated volumes forming the base of Büro Ole Scheeren’s Guardian Art Center in Beijing are informed by its context in close proximity to the historic Forbidden City. The plinth supports a monolithic hollowed-out volume that allows light to flood into the museum, event space, and lifestyle center.

Firm: Büro Ole Scheeren. Project: Guardian Art Center. Site: Beijing. Image by Büro Ole Scheeren.

7. Heatherwick Studio

Project: Coal Drops Yard

Site: London

Heatherwick Studio is transforming a pair of disused Victorian warehouses into a new public space and retail destination as part of the ongoing renewal of London’s Kings Cross district. Swooping extensions to the existing gabled roofs will form a canopy over a cobbled yard at the heart of the project.

Firm: Heatherwick Studio. Project: Coal Drops Yard. Site: London. Image courtesy of Coal Drops Yard.

8. Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners

Project: 3 World Trade Center

Site: New York

The latest building to complete at the World Trade Center site will be the 80-story tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Richard Rogers‘s London-based firm. The building features a podium dedicated to retail, with offices and trading floors accommodated in stepped volumes that reduce the tower’s mass as it rises.

Firm: Rogers Stirk Harbor + Partners. Project: 3 World Trade Center. Site: New York.

9. Kettle Collective

Project: Lakhta Center

Site: St. Petersburg

Located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, this huge mixed-use complex in the Russian city of St. Petersburg will center around Europe’s tallest skyscraper. A free public observation deck at an elevation of almost 1,200 feet will provide panoramic views of the city and its surroundings.

 Firm: Kettle Collective. Project: Lakhta Center. Site: St. Petersburg.

10. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Project: World One

Site: Mumbai

Upon its completion, World One will be the tallest building in India and the tallest residential building in the world. The 117-story tower will feature interiors designed by Giorgio Armani and will contain 290 apartments, a swimming pool, gym, health club, and its own cricket pitches.

Firm: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Project: World One. Site: Mumbai. Image by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

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