Godzilla Hotel

Posted in destinations, japan, monsters with tags , , on March 4, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

My dear friend Lindsay linked me to a post about the forthcoming opening of a Godzila themed hotel in Japan.
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The 30-story hotel sits atop the Shinjuku’s Toho Cinema, and there is an “observation deck” if you want to get up close and personal with Godzilla.

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The larger than life Kaiju looms over the building and is visible from the rooms!
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The hotel contains a few Godzilla View Rooms, which have windows that looks out directly at the giant head. Would you like Godzilla to watch you sleep?
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Source
Official Website

Italia Ruotolo

Posted in art with tags on March 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Beautifully Bizarre recently published a lengthy interview with Italia Ruotolo.

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From the artist bio:
Italia Ruotolo is born in Naples, Italy. After Classic Literature studies she graduated at the Fine Arts Academy of Naples. For many years she worked as goldsmith and jewel designer. Ruotolo’s work is a broad range of pop art and art nouveau.

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In her work, there isn’t much distinction between high and low cultural level, because she’s aware that the contemporary man lives in a myriad of sensorial stimulation and is himself the product of continuing interlocution between the real and the mere appearance or mere fiction.

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We find echoes of these contradictions in her work in constant search of a balance between past and future, good and evil,darkness and light.

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Italia Ruotolo

Omar Rayyan

Posted in art, monsters, sea with tags , , on March 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

This adorable little girl, embracing her monster (with a matching flower on its horn!) was the first piece from Omar Rayyan I laid eyes on a long time ago.

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I was re-drawn into his work by this cephalopod inspired masterpiece:
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He seamlessly integrates old world painting style with fantastically quirky imaginary beasts.
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Now THIS is how to travel!
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Tickle, tickle, fuzzy Mer-monster!
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Nightmare in Wonderland

Posted in art, exhibits with tags , on March 2, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Let’s just take a moment to absorb the greatness of the title alone: Nightmare in Wonderland. This project is a an artistic tribute to Tim Burton that takes place in four outstanding group art shows.

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Part 0 is available for online viewing (currently showing at Rotofugi).

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The series is curated by Ixie Darkonn (assisted by my amazing Art Twin, Jo David, of MIROIR Magazine).

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I’m incredibly impressed by the first show. They’ve already managed to gather a highly commendable roster of Pop Surrealism’s greatest artists. Never have greyscale paintings looked so alive!
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I can’t take my eyes off these paintings and will be eagerly keeping up with the next installments.
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Follow the project HERE!

Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

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When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

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In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

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I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

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What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
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She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

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Davide De Agostini

Posted in art, macabre with tags , on February 27, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

A while back, I went right-click crazy and saved a giant folder of
images by Davide De Agostini. His work can be unsettling to look at in some cases, but is nonetheless utterly compelling.

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I poured through these beautiful, macabre images and admired his ability to fuse warm aesthetics with chilling, haunted faces and bones.

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I’m reminded of Stephen Gammell pieces, brought to life with color.
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Oh Lordy, I’ve been here…
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Light Figurine

Posted in craft, sculpture with tags , on February 25, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Light Figurine caught my eye with stunning phoenix sculptures. The blue phoenix appears floating in flight.

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How gorgeous are these grand fire birds?
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But if you want something completely different…how about a snake in a purple hat?
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Or a snake in a straw hat? Until now, I’d never given much thought to the potential existence of chapeau shops for snakes. But the natural world is full of surprises, isn’t it?
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This one is simply called CAT SCIENTIST.
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