Sculptures by Francesco Albano

Francesco Albano was born in Oppido Mamertina, Italy on November 19, 1976.  He lives and works in Istanbul and graduated from the sculpture department of Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara in 2000. In 2005 he won the National Prize of Arts-MIUR for sculpture. In 2008 he had his first solo exhibition “Everyday Bestiary” curated by Flavio Arensi and Stefano Castelli at the Castle of San Giorgio di Legnano(MI). Dovevaccadere-SALe (space art legnano). The same year, Turkish director Cansin Sağesen made a short movie inspired by his works. In September 2009, he had his second solo exhibition “Five Easy Pieces” at Ex- Marmi Gallery in Pietrasanta. In June 2011 he had two sculptures in in the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice Biennale at the Arsenale in the exhibition”Lo Stato dell’ Arte”. In December 2011 his sculptures series P.I.E.T.A.S. were exhibited at the gallery Studio 9 in Istanbul.


Today the Department of Miniature Marvels is marveling at the exquisitely detailed creations of Japanese miniature artist Tomo Tanaka. Since 2002 he’s been creating 1/12 scale miniature versions of all sorts of food and household items. Tanaka creates all of his miniature by hand, from scratch, primarily using clay and epoxy. He posts and publishes photos of his creations under the name Nunu’s House.

Despite their tiny size, everything that Tanaka creates looks so lifelike that you often can’t tell they’re miniature if he doesn’t include another object or his own fingers or hands in the photos for scale.

To check out more of his awesomely tiny creations visit Nunu’s House on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

[via Spoon & Tamago]


Installations made using thousands of dollars in discarded lottery tickets by Ghost of a Dream 

Under the artists’ name Ghost of a Dream, Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom started a collaborative project in New York, where the two artists live. After artist’s residencies in Basel and Berlin, Galerie Paris Beijing is pleased to welcome them for the first time to Beijing and present site-specific installations in a solo show entitledPrice of Happiness.

Based on collages and large scale objects, their strongly visual works revolve around promises of wealth offered by the lottery. Lottery tickets are pasted everywhere inGhost of a Dream’s work. These scratched tickets carry real dreams that mostly disappear just as quickly as they come. Although they are just discarded bits of paper, they represent fantasies of opulence, which vanish and reappear with each new lottery ticket.

In Price of Happiness, these dreams come alive through artistic compositions of objects, mirrors, photographs and slogans. In a country which is fascinated by the Western way of life and at a time where universal dreams are associated with consumption frenzy, these artists show us faded dreams and the process which is inherent in this fast easy money game: the hope of winning followed by the frustration of losing. In the end, these escapist moments make us lose much more than we win, as they create a bright future that will never exist.

Both born in the USA, Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom met while attending graduate school at Rhode Island School of Design, where Adam graduated in painting and Lauren in sculpture. They founded the artistic duo Ghost of a Dream in 2007 and a year later made their first piece in the Easy Money series, The Dream Car. Their work has been exhibited in New York, Rhode Island, Miami, Berlin, London and Basel and also has been featured in The Guardian (London), The Independent (London), Time Out (New York), and the World of Interiors among other publications. In November 2009, they received the first annual Young Masters Art Prize in London.’

press release courtesy of Galerie Paris-Beijing


Limestone reliefs of panthers and sculptures of seated females wearing poloi, possibly forming the lintel of Building (‘Temple’) A at Prinias. Near Eastern and Egyptian stylistic influences can be discerned in the work. Archaic period, 7th c. BCE.

The foundation of the Greek trading colony of Naukratis in Egypt before 630 BCE brought the Greeks into direct contact with the monumental stone architecture of the Egyptians. Not long after that, construction began in Greece of the first stone buildings since the fall of the Mycenaean kingdoms. At Prinias on Crete, for example, the Greeks built a stone temple, called Temple A, around 625 BCE to honor an unknown deity. 

Temple A at Prinias is the earliest known example of a Greek temple with sculptured decoration. Above the doorway was a huge limestone lintel with a relief rieze of Orientalizing panthers with frontal heads -the same motif as that on the contemporary Corinthian black-figure amphora, underscoring the stylistic unity of Greek art at this time. 

-Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective, Volume I, page 91.

Photos courtesy & taken by Dan Diffendale.


By Aganetha Dyck, in a most unusual collaboration, this artist begins the process with broken and damaged figurines which strategically have wax or honey placed on them to attract the bees when placed in a hive. It then becomes the bees job to repair the figurines by building their meticulous honeycomb over the contours and indents.