The joy of the Internet is also its drawback: there is simply too much information, much of it excellent, for the mind to absorb. I hope that in making these suggestions for your web surfing I have singled out some of the best.

Eerie and ephemeral sculptures are being created by Yasuaki Onishi using hot glue and crystal. Called "Vertical Emptiness", the sculpture is made of long dripping strands of liquid hot glue drizzled into their final places, giving an impression of wavy shapes. Scroll down for some closer views of the strands, fascinating in their own right.

Michael Lukasiewicz paints and draws the female figure with intensity yet tenderness. His women are sensuous and erotic, at the same time that there is something painful or awry in their portraits. The results are disturbing and lovely at once. You can see more of his work at pictify. This is an artist to keep an eye on.

Just to bring a smile to your face, picture yourself sitting in or at one of these edible/inedible pieces of furniture. From oreos to cupcakes, they will brighten your day.

For a sense of deight from a different aesthetic, take a look at the Tate Modern exhibition of Paul Klee's works, called "Making Visible". Including paintings, drawings and watercolors drawn from collections all over the world, the show emphasizes Klee's pieces done while he was at the Bauhaus for a decade. Another site mentions Klee's reputation as a "solitary dreamer", and reminds us of his classic description of drawing as "taking a line for a walk".

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, is featuring pieces of gold from the Glassell collection of African, Indonesian, and Pre-Columbian Gold. Take the time to zoom in on some of the individual pieces here: there are some exquisite treats.

Take a look at this selection of works from Art Basel 2013. There is a wide variety of styles, mediums, and aesthetic viewpoints here, but among them some striking pieces.

Young British designer Maiko Takeda presents her startling headdresses as part of her graduation from the Royal College of Art. You might not ever wear these, but the creative spirit is fascinating.

The duo Lang-Baumann has been known for their embellishment of sometimes inaccessible public spaces, like the underside of bridges and rooftops. Now they present their most recent street painting, using geometrical patterns to enliven somewhat dull urban environments. They have already finished six such projects since 2003. This one is being installed in Rennes, France, the first time they have worked in that country.

Carpet drawings seem like an unlikely creative focus, but artist Jonathan Brechignac has the patience to make these one stroke at a time. The results are striking and unusual.

David Hockney, who claims both Yorkshire, England and Los Angeles as his homes, is featured in a new solo show at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The exhibit includes charcoal drawings as well as paintings. In this article from the Financial Times, Hockney talks about his life at age 76, the effects of his mild stroke,and the most recent rather somber pieces from the past year. Amidst the chaos of much contemporary art, Hockney's work always retains its accessibility and openness.

I have long admired the elegant tapestries of Olga de Amaral,since I first saw them at the Belles Artes Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Be sure to watch the slide show included here, although I must admit that the constant intrusion of advertisements is annoying. These images do not do justice to her exquisite works, but just imagine them in full size covering a wall: my favorite contained gold and lapis lazuli-colored threads.

Although I am not always a fan of the Walt Disney Company's efforts, you should be aware that they have invented a touchscreen that lets you feel shapes and textures. Invented by designers at the Disney Research center in Pittsburgh, the process sends small electronic pulses into your fingers, creating the sensation of raised surfaces even if the actual surface is flat. The experience is called touch interaction, and promises to be used, for example, in shopping so that the buyer can feel fabric.

"Hybrid Skins" is the provocative title of an exhibition in the Netherlands. The works, futuristic and sometimes creepy, combine ideas from nanotechnology, fashion, and cloning to create challenging works. They also raise questions, moral and ethical, about identity, ownership, and life itself. Additional material, including animated forms, can be seen at the Tetem website.

We seem to be engrossed in questions of human identity, shape and form these days. Another take on the subject is provided by Mu Boyan, whose sculptural forms enfold and overtake the space they occupy. Born in China in 1976, Boyan will occasionally add a realistic fixture, like a wedding ring, to raise further questions about scale.

Pablo Jurado Ruiz creates intricately detailed portraits using thousands of tiny dots. Born in Spain in 1973, Ruiz had lived in Alaska and the UK before returning to Madrid. His portraits are uncommonly expressive and beautifully rendered.

c.Corinne Whitaker 2013