Friday, September 4, 2015

Woman with a Book

Woman with a Book by Pablo Picasso is a portrait of his mistress, Marie-Therèse Walter. Dave Ware made this LEGO version.


Thursday, September 3, 2015

Guernica

On April 26, 1937, the German air force carried out a bomb raid on the civilian population of the village of Basque town of Guernica at the behest of the nationalist government of Spain. In response to this Pablo Picasso painted his anti-war painting Guernica, which has become a symbol of the horrors of war around the world and especially of civilian casualties. The original painting, which is over three meters tall and 7 meters wide, can be seen in the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain. However, you can see a LEGO rendition by Veronica Watson at the Legoland Discovery Center at the Ridge Hill megamall in Westchester, New York. In describing her LEGO work, she said:
“I was familiar with ‘Guernica’ before recreating it in Lego,” Watson tells Hyperallergic. “It is probably my favorite of Picasso’s Cubist works. This style used to represent the chaotic subject matter of the Spanish Civil War makes it an incredibly powerful piece in 1937 and in 2014. The most difficult aspect of making the Lego version was deciding how much detail to include. There is a lot going on in the painting. Rather than explicitly recreating every detail, I worked at suggesting the right forms so that the painting would be instantly recognizable.”




Saturday, August 29, 2015

Never has so much

Alex Eylar built a Banksy quote that echoes a famous line by Churchill. The full Banksy quote is: "The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little."
I prefer the shadows, but he also has the direct photo.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Pulp Fiction Bananas

Pulp Fiction Bananas by Banksy appeared on a wall in London in 2007, but was removed because it was "too violent".

Nick Sweetman

Jeff Friesen



Thursday, August 27, 2015

Girl with a Red Balloon

Several months ago I wrote about LEGO creations based on Flower Thrower by street artist Banksy. Another popular work by Banksy is Girl with a Balloon that first appeared in 2002 in the South Bank neighborhood of London. Here are a number of LEGO renditions of this work, or that reference this work:

Jeff Friesen

Team Boob (or maybe they were taking pictures of anonymous street art

Nick Sweetman

Ben Waters

Xanderburgess

Silvia


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Barcode

Kosmas Santosa built Barcode in protest of his nation of Indonesia's rank as the the top nation in the world in deforestation.


Sunday, August 16, 2015

More Bob Ross

The other day I noted a LEGO Bob Ross. He seems to be a very popular artist to turn into a fig (probably because of the afro hairpiece). Here are some variations by Rob Bender, Moritz, Mike M, Constant Concepts, Richard Pennock, Klyph R'ha Ben Sun, Infectious Zombie, Deb Moran, AFOL Man, and Joseph Meluso.








Friday, August 14, 2015

Concrete Games

Sharon Pazner is an Israeli artist from Tel Aviv. Check out her Flickr stream to see lots of pieces using interesting materials like concrete and cut paper. Here are some works from her Concrete Games exhibition earlier this year.




(Okay, that last one had no LEGO, but it was probably my favorite.)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Card Players

I've previously noted a LEGO rendition of one of Paul Cézanne's five paintings of Les Joueurs de Cartes (The Card Players). Here's another by Letranger Absurde.



Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bob Ross

I'm sure a lot of people dismiss Bob Ross (here as a LEGO fig by TheMooseFigs), but his PBS show The Joy of Painting introduced people across the country to, well, the joy of painting from 1983 to 1994. He had a lightning-fast style of putting paint on the canvas and it amazingly always came out as some sort of landscape. His most famous catchphrase is "happy little trees". He came across as a really nice guy, and I always thought he would be wonderful to spend time with. He died of complications from lymphona in 1995, but you can still watch old episodes of the show on the official YouTube channel