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Top 20 A’ Design Award Winners

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Artificial Topography by Ryumei Fujiki and Yukiko Sato

Artificial Topography by Ryumei Fujiki and Yukiko Sato

Double Cross Game Packaging by Mr. Pip

Double Cross Game Packaging by Mr. Pip

The Hex Kite by Wind Architecture Studio

The Hex Kite by Wind Architecture Studio

Heaven is a Place on Earth Swarovski Veil by reginadahmeningenhoven

Heaven is a Place on Earth Swarovski Veil by reginadahmeningenhoven

With a highly respected and influential panel of judges and an award that offers international audiences and recognition, the A’ Design Award & Competition is one of the world’s leading annual juried competitions for design. While design-lovers would be interested in perusing past years’ winners, artists and designers should know: the application period is now open.

The sought after “A’ Design Prize” entails an extensive winners kit including a certificate, a trophy, inclusion in a hardcover yearbook publication and much more, culminating in invitations to an exclusive gala-night in Italy. Winners also receive vital tools for international promotion and marketing such as project translation into more than 20 languages, media appearances through the press partners of A’ Design Award & Competition as well as press release preparation and distribution.

Each year, submissions are judged and winners are ultimately selected by a panel of leading designers, academics, entrepreneurs and prominent members of the press. This diverse group of panelists are selected from a variety of fields for their recognition and, more importantly, their experience and technical knowledge. To ensure fair evaluation, the basis for any proper design competition, the panelists abide by a conflict of interest policy and a jury agreement and judge the submissions anonymously using a rigorous methodology.

Does your work fit in with past winners and panelists’ favorite projects? I may not be a panelist (or even describe myself as “esteemed”), but enjoyed picking 20 winners from past years that especially caught my eye. When the results from this year’s competition are made public, we’ll feature a selection of our favorites once again. Enjoy the collection and best wishes!

The call to entries is now open. Find out more information and register here.

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New work by Jan Kalwejt!

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Jan Kalwejt, who contributed the amazing “Lung Music” shirt for Beautiful/Decay Apparel has a bunch of new works up on his site. Check ’em out!

 

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Preview: Eric Yahnker Solo Show at The Hole

 

Eric Yahnker‘s first NYC solo show, Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf, is being held at The Hole, the two-year-old Bowery space that picked up some of the pieces left when Jeffrey Deitch changed coasts. The show, which opens tomorrow night, is looking like quite the banger. Some HUGE (10 ft.) drawings will be on display in addition to sculptural and installation works. See more from Virgin Birth ‘N’ Turf after the jump, and if you’re looking to get even more hyped on the Los Angeles artist, watch our video interview with him from last year.

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Josh Evans

Josh Evans, Lotus Face

Josh Evans, Lotus Face

Josh Evans is a Los Angeles based illustrator who works his pieces from varied sources of inspiration; a music icon, the meaning behind a word, an historical yet obscure event. I admire Josh’s illustrative methods which change from one work to another… he seems to choose a medium best fit for the story of his subject. Don’t miss Josh’s recently published zine titled Rankle Jones, and the curious history of how this publication came to pass.

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Valerie Anne Molnar

You don’t often associate knitting and wall murals together but Valerie Anne Molnar combines them into bold installations full of color and texture.

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Startling X-Ray Portraits Of Couples Will Haunt Your Dreams

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The student artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi of Musashino Art University in Japan recently unveiled a series of portraits of X-Ray and CT images of embracing couples. One might expect images devoid of flesh, readable facial expressions, and color to read as clinical and sterile, but the photographs are strikingly human: “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits reveal a pulse that isn’t normally seen,” the artists explain.

Indeed, the images do convey ambiguous and subtle degrees of intimacy rarely seen photographically. The two individuals, positioned side by side, become hard to differentiate; the transparencies and densities of muscles and bones causes the two figures to fuse, touch, and pull apart in unexpected and haunting ways. While their bodies are flattened in space, forced to overlap, the bones themselves become separated by dark spaces, complicating the idea of what it means to be truly intimate.

The series also succeeds in conveying something more paradoxically permanent about intimate love. As mechanical process of photography and X-raying is offset by the delicacies of fingertips and craniums, the fragility and mortality of the human body is revealed. Yet the portraits, because they are X-rays and not typical fine art images, carry a forensic quality. Intentionally or not, they use a visual language normally associated with medicine and anthropology, and they are therefore poignantly removed from the confines of time and space, grounded only in relation to one another. Like two human artifacts, they invite viewers to dissect and analyze their bond. The couples appear as if held under a magnifying glass or fixed in stone, intwined in a decisive moment forever. Take a look. (via BUST, Spoon & Tomago, Daily Mail, and Bestposts)

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Valerie Hegarty And Three Other Artists Who Have Mastered The Art Of Illusion

Valerie Hegarty

Valerie Hegarty

Fanette Guilloud

Fanette Guilloud

Kyung Woo Han

Kyung Woo Han

Thomas Quinn

Thomas Quinn

Valerie Hegarty’s Alternative Histories was installed at the Brooklyn Museum in one of their Period Rooms.  Hegarty’s site-specific installations toy with a viewer’s perception—they create the illusion that the process of destruction or decay has been accelerated and what we see are the remains of the real artwork.

Thomas Quinn is a Chicago designer who experiments with something called “anamorphic typography.”  When viewed from a certain angle the text looks just right, but when one moves around the text morphs and warps.

Fanette Guiloud is also interested in anamorphic projection and used the method to create a series of photos titled Géométrie de l’impossible (Impossible Geometry).  Only 22-years old, the illusion is impressively successful.  Influenced by artists such as Felice Varini, Guilloud is certainly an artist to keep our eye on.

Creating installations that defy logic and inspire wonder South Korean artist Kyung Woo Han says of the work, “All the facts are relevant. People see what they want to see. One fact can be interpreted in several ways depend on our perceptions. In the opposite, two different facts can be looked the same. My work deals with perception and illusions. Everything we see or what we know is not absolute. I suggest various ways to perceive things with slightly different perspectives.

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Johannes VanDerBeek’s Hippie Ghosts and Tin Can Waterfalls

Johannes VanDerBeek doesn’t depend on high production or heavy handed techniques to create his work. Instead he creates playful sculptures with simple materials like aluminum mesh, tin cans, and some well placed tie dye wizardry. The above piece entitled Hippie Ghost has to be one of the best sculptures i’ve seen all year.

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Jeffrey Stockbridge Photographs Philadelphia’s Urban Decay

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Urban Decay Photography

Urban Decay

During the 19th century, Kensington Avenue in North Philadelphia was a symbol of abundance and prosperity. It once was nationally recognized as one of the leaders in the textile industry. Today, Kensington Avenue is abundant in prostitution, drug lords, drug addicts, and poverty.

Photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge, intrigued by Kensington’s history and current situation, creates Kensington Blues, a collection of photographs that capture the essence of the infamous North Philly Avenue and its urban decay by focusing on its daily activity, its inhabitants, and its cluttered,dirty landscapes in decay.

Stockbridge deliberately chooses to work with a large format (mostly used in early photography), not only for its obvious perks in quality, but also, it seems, to juxtapose the histories of two very different times in Kensington Avenue. With a 4×5 camera, Stockbridge slows down the current hectic and toxic flow in Kensington in hopes of shining a light onto his subject’s day-to-day struggles and their surroundings- making us, the viewers, reconsider our quick judgments about them and what they do on a daily basis.

The photographer records new found observations though images, audio recordings and journal entries. (Via Ignant)

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