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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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40 Photographs By Steve McCurry That Explore The Relationship Between Humans And Animals

Even if you’re not an avid fan of photography, you’ve probably seen some of photographer Steve McCurry’s work. He’s the same photographer who took the legendary Afghan Girl photograph that appeared on the June 1985 issue of National Geographic magazine. Throughout the years, the photographer has published many books and now he’s back again with a new one simply titled “Animals”. In his latest publication, Steve explores the complex relationship between humans and animals, and some of the photos look simply magical.

“The idea of photographing animals and people may have been planted in my mind since I was first starting out as a young photographer. My sister gave me my first photo book, Son of Bitch, a collection of pictures of dogs and their humans by the great photographer and friend Elliott Erwitt. It was the first time I saw a book on animals with humor, pathos, and wonderful storytelling,” said the photographer in a recent interview with Bored Panda. He says animals are one of his favorite subjects to shoot as they are completely unpredictable. “Animals are in constant motion, have a mind of their own and rarely pay any attention to directions from a photographer,” added McCurry.

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The photographer shared some of his experiences working in Kuwait after the first Gulf War. He says it was a surreal and unforgettable experience. “There were 600 oil fields burning, panicked and starved animals were wandering about, and the landscape was dotted with dead Iraqi soldiers. It was heartbreaking to see these animals, which we were supposed to be guardians of. Those animals that escaped slaughter were abandoned and left to wander the streets looking for food and shelter,” said McCurry. He says the photograph he took there is his best work in the entire book.

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Altai Region, Mongolia

Another one of the photographer’s favorite shots is the one he took in Thailand. “I photographed this novice monk studying Buddhist writings in the late afternoon at a monastery in Aranyaprathet, Thailand, near the border with Cambodia. I watched the changing light as the monks went about both the mundane and sacred duties of their day,” recalled the McCurry. “With the simple use of wood and fabric, of shades of saffron from mustard gold to deep orange, their environment was serene. The patient cat completed the scene of contemplation and peace.”

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India

McCurry says it is his hope that people will see animals as intelligent beings that deserve our love and respect. “In most cases, our pets are totally dependent on us for their survival and safety. It’s our duty to protect them like our own children. Since we often create a special bond with certain animals, I would hope people should treat them with the care they deserve,” concluded the photographer.

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Bamiyan, Afghanistan

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Afghanistan

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Kham Litang, Tibet

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Jaipur, India

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Omo Valley, Ethiopia

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Australia

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Near Samyr, Tibet

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Perkins + Will Blurs Work-Leisure Lines for Madison Marquette’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters

PROJECT NAME Madison Marquette
LOCATION Washington
FIRM Perkins + Will
SQ. FT. 17,800 SQF

Escorting several visitors through real-estate developer Madison Marquette’s new headquarters at the Wharf in Washington, D.C., chief development and asset management officer Peter Cole opens a closet door.

“Everybody squeeze in,” he commands. Inside is a counter with a white lacquered backsplash, which slides open seconds later to reveal a conference room. “In lengthy meetings, people wonder, Are we ever going to eat?” Cole explains. “Then they turn around and they’re like, Where did that buffet come from?”

In a corridor of the Madison Marquette headquarters, a storytelling wall slices up a photomural of the Wharf, one of the real-estate developer’s projects. Photography by Eric Laignel.

 

Two of the visitors, Perkins + Will design principal Ken Wilson and senior associate Haley Nelson, have seen the trick many times. They designed it, after all, to convey hospitality as a theme for a developer whose many mixed-use projects, including the 3.2-million-square-foot Wharf itself, purposefully blur the traditional lines between living, work, and leisure.

Bertjan Pot and Marcel Wander’s pendant fixture hangs above a Bassam Fellows sofa in the lounge. Photography by Eric Laignel.

 

Most of the 17,800-square-foot workplace operates on the show-don’t-tell principle, borrowing odd angles for phone rooms, embedding device chargers in terrazzo counters, and combining textures and finishes befitting a luxury hotel.

The company’s name appears hardly anywhere. The primary branding element is down a hallway leading to a conference area. On one side, a wall of glazing admits daylight and views of the Potomac River.

The storytelling wall’s fins are aluminum. Photography by Eric Laignel.

 

The eye is drawn, however, to the interior wall, where a series of 6-inch-wide, floor-to-ceiling aluminum fins—each imprinted with a slice of a photomural of the Wharf, rendered in bokeh effect—forms a lenticular installation: Approached from the right, the abstract image appears to be a daytime scene; from the left, it’s evening. Between the fins, a millwork display presents a photo series telling the company’s story through iconic projects from New Jersey to California.

Reception’s desk is backed by a lacquered logo wall, both custom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

“The images are held in place magnetically and can be switched out to reflect specific services,” Wilson says. Those include development, leasing, and management for 330 assets in 24 states and a $6.2 billion investment portfolio. Which means, Wilson says, that the most important design consideration was to create a space “that still looks good with boxes of pizza everywhere.”

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Images of signature Madison Marquette projects are displayed between the fins. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Jeremy Pyles globe pendants illuminate the lounge’s custom terrazzo-topped island. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Claudia and Harry Washington lounge chairs stand near the communal walnut table in the café. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Ash-veneered storage and a custom quartz desktop define a collaborative work space. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Shared areas are separated from workstations and offices by a partition. Photography by Eric Laignel.
Millwork in the same veneer pairs with ceramic tile in a restroom. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Sources: From Top: Geiger: Chairs (Lounge). HBF Textiles: Chair Fabric. Vitra: Side Tables. Flos: Floor Lamp. Arzu Studio Hope: Rug. Moooi: Pendant Fixture. GSky: Plant Wall. Davis: Coffee Table (Lounge), Sofa (Café). Niche: Globe Pendant Fixtures (Lounge, Café). Herman Miller: Sofa, Barstools (Lounge), Dining Chairs (Café), Work-Stations, Task Chair, Stools (Office Area). Luum: Wall Covering (Reception, Office Area). 3M: Dichroic Film (Reception). Heath Ceramics: Backsplash (Lounge). Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies: Island Solid-Surfacing. Kohler Co.: Sink, Sink Fittings. Restoration Hardware: Communal Table (Café). Bernhardt: Lounge Chairs, Wood Side Table. Maharam: Chair Fabric, Rug. Blu Dot: Coffee Table. Spinneybeck: Sofa Upholstery. Arktura: Ceiling Baffles. Formica: Custom Millwork (Office Area, Restroom). Transwall: Storefront System (Office Area). USG: Acoustical Ceiling Tile. McGrory Glass: Partition Markerboard. Clarus: Markerboard (Offices). Design Within Reach: Bench (Restroom). Electric Mirror: Mirror. Toto: Sink Fittings. Mockett: Cabinetry Hardware. American Standard: Toilet. Kohler Co.: Towel Bars. Crossville: Floor Tile. Architectural Ceramics: Wall Tile. Carnegie Fabrics: Wall Covering. Throughout: Focal Point: Recessed Fixtures. reSAWN Timber Co.: Wood Flooring. Shaw Contract Group: Carpet. Architectural Veneers International: Custom Veneer. DuPont: Solid-Surfacing. Benjamin Moore & Co.: Paint. Patricia Kazinski: Lighting Consultant. GHT Limited Consulting Engineers: MEP. Columbia Woodworking: Woodwork. James G. Davis Construction Corporation: General Contractor.

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The Art of Storytelling | Finding Inspiration for a New Painting

The art of storytelling is just that, an art. Art can express so much. It can capture a moment in time, a feeling or a memory. It can express a desire for a different world. Art can also just be pure fun and play!

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