Archives for category: Art

Peter Root is a, huh, potato artist. Supposedly, he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey for three weeks to carve 176 pounds of spuds into this Islamic cityscape–complete with homes, skyscrapers and mosques. Root’s toolkit consisted of a kitchen knife and a bicyle repair kit.


Is it coincidence a potato is a type of root? Another world mystery.

Artist Sebastian Kruger likes to paint portraits of grumpy movie stars glaring. Not the most creative subject matter–maybe his next series can be constipated movie stars.

George Clooney

Keith Richards

Clint Eastwood

Sean Connery

Tom Waits

Johnny Rotten

Harrison Ford

Noel Gallagher

William Burroughs

Al Pacino

Brad Pitt

Stanislav Aristov, a Russian born photographer, was playing with a box of matches.

He says “It was while I was watching the match that I began to think of how it represents life…there is the burnt part representing the past, the smoke of memories and the untouched part of the match the future…the fire is life.”

It remains unclear whether he ever got the candle lit, but he did invent a clever art form: Burned matchstick art.

While the matches are burning, Aristov bends them into mini sculptures. Then he uses a macro lens and studio flash to capture the flame and smoke. He completes his images with a little Photoshopping…and Voila, a new and intriguing art form.

Good show Stanley, way to get your fire bug on. We are so impressed, we will withhold the tired burned match jokes posted on other blogs.

Thomas Barbey practices the rare art of photo manipulation WITHOUT PHOTOSHOP? How is this even possible? Here are the steps to his lost art. 

1. Visualizes concept

2. Takes pictures. His weapons of choice is Mamiya RB 67 and Canon AE-1s

3. Processes and selects negatives

4. Chooses appropriate printing procedure such as combination printing; sandwiching negatives together; thereby printing them simultaneously; pre-planned double exposure in the camera; the re-photographing of collaged photographs; and/or a combination of the above. 

5. Retouches the collages and re-photographs with a special contraption to hold the camera in place. 

6. I then make a master negative to make a limited edition of prints.