Art Crush: Bruno Walpoth’s Wooden Bodies (NSFW)

At first glance these figures appear to be images of models adorned in taupe-colored body paint, placed in simple poses in an abandoned building. Upon closer study, we begin to realize that these photographs are actually photos of the astounding work of Italian artist Bruno Walpoth; nude bodies carefully carved out of wood with such mastery that we can’t help but do a double take.

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The artist blends realism and sculpting in an unprecedented way, bringing to life a medium as meager as a piece of wood. With amazingly precise detail, perfectly capturing well-defined muscle form and facial expressions, the works of this inane genius have left us wondering: how the hell did he do that?!

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A Midweek Meditation On Zadie Smith’s Literary Brilliance, Michelle Obama’s Grace and Common’s Never-ending Creativity

This week, I’m leaning into love. Love for literature and one of its most brilliant minds. Love for our First Lady who feels like family instead of political royalty. Love for Common, a man whose trademark creative impulse shines on an unofficial remix of “Cranes in the Sky.”

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