Aug 18

Remakes of Famous Paintings

 We all probably know these beloved Western art masterpieces, but not like this! Here are a few great examples of famous paintings that have been reproduced creatively by a few very creative art lovers with photo cameras.


“The Girl With The Pearl Earring” by Johannes Vermeer

Image credits: unknown It all began when partnered with Adobe to create the Remake project, which invited students across the U.K. to recreate classical paintings with photography. According to the competition’s requirements, none of the images could be Photoshopped – “all the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward.”   8-12.2

“Self Portrait 1889″ by Vincent van Gogh

Image credits: Tadao Cern | facebook Not all of the images are from and Adobe’s competition – a few have been floating around online from other sources. However, they all follow the same rules – re-create classic art without using digital effects. The coolest thing is that they feature various levels of interpretation – some people went for picture-perfect representations, while others opted to focus more on the general themes that the original artwork represents, or to present the same idea or scene in a modern light.   .   8-123

“American Gothic” by Grant Wood

Image credits: Jesse John Hunniford     Source:             Logo

Aug 09

Paper Cuts of Extraordinary Complexity

Eric Standley, a Virginia-based artist who works with laser-cut paper, creates amazing and awe-inspiring layered paper cuts of extraordinary complexity that successfully marry Gothic and Islamic architectural elements in tiny cathedral-like spaces.

8-11 “The reverence for these structures seems to have to do with the infinite,” explains the artist. “It’s trying to project something that’s not even human.” While his work does indeed seem to inspire the same sort of reverence that a massive cathedral or complex mandala might, the origin of his stunning artwork doesn’t seem quite as glorious. The artist says that he decided to explore this technique when he had accidentally discovered a pattern in some cereal boxes he had been working with. If you find yourself in Arizona, consider swinging by the Mesa Art Center, where his work will be on display as part of the Fold, Paper, Scissors exhibition until August 10th.


Paper Cuts of Extraordinary Complexity 


Aug 08


What is RAW?




RAW:natural born artists is an independent arts organization, for artists, by artists. We’re an international community made up of creative individuals across the globe.

Their mission is to provide independent artists within the first 10 years of their career with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity.

They welcome all genres of art including independent film, fashion, music, visual art, performing art, hairstylists, makeup artists, photographers and more. They encourage the creative success of the many visionaries and storytellers of our generation.



RAW Directors hand-pick and spotlight local artistic talent in film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. With artists from all genres in each showcase, RAW events come together to form an amazing one-night circus of creativity. These showcases occur once a month in each city location. The RAW season runs from February-October and comes to an extravagant end with their indie arts awards show RAWards in Hollywood (Read more on RAWards).

What can you expect when attending a RAW Showcase? You’ll experience an independent film (usually a short, webisode or music video), a fashion show from an up-and-coming local designer, a musical performance, an art gallery featuring several independent visual artists and photographers, and performance art (comedy/dance/fire dancers, you name it…). You’ll get a little taste of everything. Combine all this creativity with drinks, fun, and good company! To partake in the experience, RSVP and purchase a ticket to the Phoenix Raw event!



Jul 29

Garry Winogrand

 Garry Winogrand Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The first retrospective in twenty-five years of work by Garry Winogrand (1928–1984)—the renowned photographer of New York City and of American life from the 1950s through the early 1980s—this exhibition brings together more than 175 of the artist’s most iconic images, a trove of unseen prints, and even Winogrand’s famed series of photos made at the Metropolitan Museum in 1969 when the Museum celebrated its centennial. It offers a rigorous overview of Winogrand’s complete working life and reveals for the first time the full sweep of his career.


Born in the Bronx, Winogrand did much of his best-known work in Manhattan during the 1960s, and in both the content of his photographs and his artistic style he became one of the principal voices of that eruptive decade. Known primarily as a street photographer, Winogrand, who is often associated with famed contemporaries Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander, photographed with dazzling energy and incessant appetite, exposing some twenty thousand rolls of film in his short lifetime. He photographed business moguls, everyday women on the street, famous actors and athletes, hippies, politicians, soldiers, animals in zoos, rodeos, car culture, airports, and antiwar demonstrators and the construction workers who beat them bloody in view of the unmoved police. Daily life in postwar America—rich with new possibility and yet equally anxious, threatening to spin out of control—seemed to unfold for him in a continuous stream. While Winogrand is widely considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, his overall body of work and influence on the field remain incompletely explored. He was enormously prolific but largely postponed the editing and printing of his work. The act of taking pictures was far more fulfilling to Winogrand than making prints or editing for books and exhibitions; he often allowed others to perform these tasks for him. Dying suddenly at the age of 56, he left behind proof sheets from his earlier years that he had marked but never printed, as well as approximately 6,600 rolls of film (some 250,000 images) that he had never seen, more than one-third of which he had never developed at all; these rolls of film were developed after his death.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Exhibition Tour—Garry Winogrand

Saturday, August 16, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Free with Museum admission


Exhibition Tour—Garry Winogrand

Friday, September 5, 10:30–11:30 a.m.

Free with Museum admission



Jul 27

A Blur of Feathers Right Before Your Eyes

Hummingbirds are notorious for flapping their wings so incredibly fast that they create an audible hum and appear as a blur of feathers right before your eyes.




To inspect the beauty of such a tiny creature is near impossible when the birds are zipping quickly through the air. However, during a trip to Costa Rica, Scotland-based photographer Chris Morgan  demonstrated an incredible passion for documenting the unique birds through his lens   .





With a lot of patience, Morgan photographed the dazzling details of many hummingbirds from quite close up. His images feature the amazingly sharp details of eyes, beaks, and layers of bright, iridescent feathers, and viewers can actually stare directly into the large, shiny black eye of a single bird.





“The hummingbirds were so tempting to photograph to the point of madness!” said Morgan. “It took a while to be able to get any shots of one. In the space of an hour I took nearly a thousand shots. A good proportion were excellent out of focus pictures of bushes with no birds to be seen! But I really felt my abilities improved over the hour. Nothing like a bit of practice.”   Logo




Source: My Modern Met

Jul 22

Abigail Lynch at Capture12

August showcases a solo show by Abigail Lynch


I have edited these photographs in such a way to create relationships between the singular images. The visual language I interpret daily informs me of particular issues: The humanized desert landscape that surrounds me, gender constructs that infiltrate my existence through economic commodities, and societal iconography, both borrowed and created, worshipped and purchased. It all finally calls back to the photographic medium itself, for the most urgent issue is at last, a desperate, burning desire to deeply understand photography. Hollis Frampton (or as Bill Jenkins lovingly refers to him, Uncle Hollis) articulates in his essay Incisions in History/ Segments of Eternity:

“We do not define our art, but rather it some how defines us, as hexagonal labyrinths of wax both circumscribe and detail the honeybee”

Thus, this sequence of photographs conveys the visual language of photography, explaining my thoughts without words, which are at last gratuitous.

Artist bio:
Born in 1991, Abigail Lynch relocated from Virginia to the suburban desert of Phoenix, Arizona before reaching the age of one. In high school she thrived in studies focusing on the arts leading her to pursue a Fine Art Degree in Photography at Arizona State University. Abigail’s work, ranging from hanging images to collections in books has been shown at several galleries around the metropolitan Phoenix area including Drive-Thru Gallery, First Studio, Northlight Gallery and Palabra. Her most recent work is featured among six photographers in Art Problems premiere publication 20,000 Hours. Abigail graduated magna cum laude in May of 2014 as a Bachelor of Fine Art. She is interested in self-published zines with a wide array of artistic content. She has been an active member of the Tempe art community hosting and participating in the Annual Tempe Zine Convention, which is in its fourth year.

Jul 18

Third Friday – Featuring Capture 12


“Third Friday is what First Friday was 10 years ago.”

– Anonymous



While similar in programming, the Third “cousin” of First Friday takes a different approach to the arts experience – and Vive le différence!

Many arts destinations and businesses are open on this night, but the visiting crowds are decidedly more arts focused.


So come and enjoy the spirit and culture of Greater Downtown Phoenix and Third Friday as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors.

Tour more than 70 art galleries, venues, and related spaces.


Roosevelt Row staple gallery Eye Lounge turns 15 this year.The collective art space, which can house three art exhibitions at a time, welcomed photographer,

educator, and ASU alum Stephen Gittins’ business, Capture 12, to the western bay of its building last month. Capture 12 is an arts education venue with a focus on

photography skills. Make sure you stop by for a visit!



Get from place-to-place on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route.




Jul 18

Talented Artist Tricks Your Brain.

With Paint And Perspective, This Talented Artist Can Completely Trick Your Brain.

It’s difficult to define what “art” is. It comes in many forms and can be interpreted in countless ways. However, no matter who you are and how you would specifically describe art, you will agree that Alexa Meade is a talented artist. The different works she creates are beautiful and absolutely unique.

Not only that, but just with some simple tricks, Alexa is able to convince your brain that it’s seeing something that it really isn’t. In each of these photos, you may think you’re seeing a beautifully painted, surreal portrait…Alexa_Meade

But what you’re actually seeing are live models, painted to appear as a 2-dimensional surrealistic portrait.

Alexa Meade has had exhibits at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany. Her art has been in exhibitions also featuring the work of Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, and Banksy. Her work has received critical acclaim from CNN, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR, and The Guardian.

Images of her art are being used to illustrate forthcoming manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Her work is being written into art history textbooks around the world. She has given lectures at the California Institute of the Arts, UC-Berkeley, National Geographic London, WIRED, and the TED Global Conference. Her TED talk “Your Body is my Canvas,” has been viewed nearly 2 million times.

Mercedes-Benz, Denim & Supply Ralph Lauren, and MINI Cooper have commissioned Alexa to create art installations around the world. Her portrait subjects include such individuals of note as triple-Grammy Award winner Gotye.

Jay-Z’s Life & Times made a video about Alexa’s creative process that also captured a sneak peek at one of her side projects: transforming her Los Angeles home into a Funhouse. Other side projects include turning her garage into a camera obscura theater, designing tessellating shape tiles, and making a puzzle for the blind.

For more on this artist click here.

capture12-Photographic Education

Jul 08

Perfectly Balanced Stones Suspended in Mid-Air

For many years, Australian-based artist Ken Unsworth has made viewers hold their breath with his timeless work entitled Suspended Stone Circle II.   7-9


The installation was first completed in 1974 and produced again in 1988, and is awe-inspiring in both its fragility and volume. Unsworth used 103 river stones each weighing about 33 pounds and bound them together by three sets of wires that were tied to rings and secured to the ceiling. They form a suspended disc, with each element resting perfectly in its place. The sculptor hung the stones so that their center of gravity falls on the central axis of the disc, and each stone is equal distance from one another. As they remain in midair, their cone-shaped stabilizing wires mimic a force field, and it’s almost as if they are held up by this energy. Unsworth’s installation is peaceful, balanced, and even a little nerve wracking – at any moment, the work could theoretically come tumbling down. Unsworth first gained popularity as a sculptor in the 1970’s when he combined performance art with minimalist forms. In addition to stones, the artist has created other monumental works, including a piece titled Rapture, where a grand piano is formed into a large set of stairs.


Source:     My Modern Met




Jul 04

Happy Fourth of July from Capture 12


Capture 12 wishes you a safe and festive 4th of July Holiday!

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