Mother Brain by Alex Noriega

Mother Brain by Alex Noriega

I’ve been captivated by the geology of the Colorado Plateau for years, but I’ve often found it difficult to fully represent just how crazy it really is. I hope this series of images helps convey my boundless interest in the subject.
And since I’ve been getting a lot of questions about it, yes – my first official processing video is still slated for release in December!

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Sake Bottle Pillow Makes Any Sleeping Person a Passed Out Drunkard

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If you’ve had too much to drink, go to sleep. That was the idea behind the concept for this ishobin sake bottle pillow modeled after the largest of sake bottles.

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Measuring in at 1.8 liters, the ishobin bottles are typically reserved for parties or celebratory gatherings. But with this fun pillow, anyone can be a passed out drunkard.

They’re available online for 2,700 yen at the Village Vanguard shop.

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The bottle even comes packaged like a typical ishobin sake bottle found in liquor stores. The label reads 泥酔, which means smashed (as in completely drunk).

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Minimal Wire Sculptures That Form 3-Dimensional Shapes by Mitsuru Koga

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We’re big fans of the minimalist sculptor Mitsuru Koga (previously), so when we heard he had a new show in Tokyo we couldn’t pass up the chance to check it out.

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Koga’s new exhibition “Graphic” represented a stark deviation from his previous work, which typically was inspired by forms of nature: leaves, stones and driftwood. His new body of work is a series of delicate wire sculptures placed inside a frame. The wires are fused together just right so that the lines take the form of three-dimensional shapes.

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Koga, of course, is the first to recognize his new slant. “Just like there are beautiful forms in nature, equally beautiful forms exist in forms that only humans can create,” says Koga. The series is an attempt to isolate some of forms in day-to-day life that have become so obvious to us that we no longer notice them. But by recreating them in minimal wire and capturing them inside a frame where we can look but not touch, Koga manages to reposition our sense of beauty.

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Also on display are a series of wood sculptures called atelier, in which Koga has carved paint brushes out of a single block of wood. He’s then applied coats of paint to the sculpture so that the brushes appear to have just been placed there, rather than having emerged from the block of wood.

“Graphic” is on display through November 26, 2016 at the gallery space “PLACE” (Gmap) in Shibuya.

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