Do you suffer from “bare wall syndrome”? Well if the two coats of white paint are the extent of your art collection, or if you simply need an upgrade but don’t want to commit to a single piece of art, then you should check out Artsicle. This New York-based startup rents original works of art from up-and-coming artists for $50 a month.

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I always get a rush out of finding new artists (new to me, I mean). The most recent artist I’ve been introduced to, not literally of course, is the UK-based painter George Morton-Clark. I was instantly captivated by his dark, painterly pieces that sometimes evoke the styles of Willem de Kooning and Francis Bacon. Check out George’s portfolio to see more of his intriguing work.

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Maybe I’m a nerd, but I love a good infographic. But one type of data visualization that I really like is infographic sculpture. Mike Knuepfel used 3D rapid prototyping to create this neat data sculpture mapping the frequency of each letter in the alphabet onto a key on the keyboard. Check out Mike’s blog post about his sculpture to learn more.

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(Via Inspire Me Now)

I’m often amazed by people that make art from cut paper, but I was absolutely blown away by the work of Kris Trappeniers. His papercut portraits, which are based on the loose, gestural drawings that he does, are simply stunning. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page.

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Bronia Sawyer’s whimsical sculptures made out of the pages of books, many of which have colored accents painted on their edges, are really incredible. Book art seems to be pretty popular these days but Sawyer’s sculptures are definitely a cut above the rest. Check out more of her work on her website or her Flickr photostream.

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This incredible portrait by Frederick McSwain is made entirely out of standard, six-sided dice…13,138 dice to be exact. McSwain made it to honor his friend and fellow artist Tobias Wong (the subject of the portrait), who died at the age of 13,138 days (35 years-old).

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During a trip to a dollar store, Minneapolis-based artist Doug Pedersen decided to try creating a work of art strictly using items purchased from the discount store. After scouring through the array of non-name brand products and paying $5 or $10 (a princely sum by dollar store standards), he made this series of sculptures using plastic toy animals and melted crayons. Incidentally, Doug told me that the low quality crayons that the store sold didn’t melt as easily as traditional Crayola crayons. Apparently certain colors were prone to catching on fire, but don’t worry…no artists or animals were harmed in the making of this project. Visit Doug Pedersen’s website or his Flickr page to see more of his work.

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It’s not too often that I get to use the word “trippy” but I think I can safely say that’s what Scott Blake’s endless Photoshop window looks like.

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(Via Flickr)