Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Chris Maynard


more art of Chris Maynard

feather dioramas by chris maynard
feather dioramas by chris maynard

'crow feather' by chris maynard

american artist chris maynard gives homage to nature through the plumage of birds with his 'featherfolio' work. by applying various techniques
spanning the disciplines of art, design and craft maynard carefully sculpts mini dioramas of the the flighted creatures - using feathers as his canvas.
maynard uses small eye surgery scissors, forceps, scalpels, and magnifiers to arrange the cutouts of feathers that have been used with
permission from private aviaries and zoos.

maynard says of his work:

'feathers are structural wonders, serving many functions. they also suggest important universal themes. feathers are my medium. 
they are an ultimate achievement of nature and a pinnacle of wonder. after feathers perform their functions on birds, they are molted yearly but
keep their beauty and complexity. I want to show feathers in a different light, off the bird.  I enjoy highlighting aspects of a feather's form, pattern or color. 
if I am successful, I hope to convey some intimate sense of the bird that grew the feathers... feathers are one of life's perfect wonders; 
with this in mind, the three dimensional forms, colors, and shapes are preserved as they were on the birds they came from.'

'pigeon feather'

'peacock feather'

peacock feather detail

'crow feather'

crow feather detail

'pigeon and parakeet feather'

'bittern feather'

bittern feather detail

'turkey feather'

designboom has received this project from our 'DIY submissions'  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.
see more project submissions from our readers here.

Monday, 28 October 2013

better out than in

better out than in

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Today’s piece was going to be an op-ed column in the New York Times.
But they declined to publish what I supplied. Which was this...
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Alternative New York bumper slogan
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Source: carnagenyc
Tonight through Sunday, dusk until midnight.
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Waiting in vain at the door of the club
For those of you wanting to know if this was a permission piece, it wasn't.
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No turn unstoned. A 1/36 scale replica of the great Sphinx of Giza made from smashed cinderblocks.You're advised not to drink the replica Arab spring water.
For web day wide
Are you the sort of person who enjoys going to art galleries but wished they had more gravel in them? Then this temporary exhibition space is for you. Housing just two paintings but also featuring a bench, some carpet and complimentary refreshments. Opens today through Sunday 11am til midnight.
People ask why I want to have an exhibition in the streets, but have you been to an art gallery recently? They're full.
Contrary to reports on fox news this space was kindly donated for free by the owner.
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I don't read what i believe in the papers
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A fibreglass replica of Ronald McDonald having his shoes shined by a real live boy. The sculpture will visit the sidewalk outside a different McDonalds every lunchtime for the next week. Today: South Bronx.
Queens high private
Some people criticize me for using sources that are a bit low brow (this quote is from 'Gladiator') but you know what? "I'm just going to use that hostility to make me stronger, not weaker" as Kelly Rowland said on the X Factor.
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Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases.
For $60 each.
Please note: This was a one off. The stall will not be there again today.
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Concrete confessional
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Source: Walkingandtyping
The Sirens of the Lambs. A slaughterhouse delivery truck touring the meatpacking district and then citywide for the next two weeks.
*Please note: If you're the person who stuck a tracking device on the garden truck you're now following a car service in Queens.
Source: Jackie Hadel
A New York delivery truck converted into a mobile garden (includes rainbow, waterfall and butterflies).
The truck will visit a different location every evening from dusk. Tonight - East Village
Random graffiti given a Broadway makeover (an ongoing series).
All I ever wanted was a shoulder to crayon.

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