Benjamin Degen

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Expressive use of color, text, and perspective from NY artist Benjamin Degen. He also sports an extremely cool homepage on his website – simple but catchy and effective. Folksy yet refined, his work reminds me a little bit of Seurat. Find more at Guild & Greyshkul Gallery.

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Paper Chasin’

brian dettmer Oh, the journeys you can go in books!  Brian Dettmer shows no respect for Webster as he cuts this dictionary… into something far more awesome. But wait there’s more!  Someone better yell timber, because here’s a forest’s worth of paper art from many great artists.

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Kara Rane

Kara Rane
Here at B/D, we love it when you send us your work! Well this particular submission has the office divided – we can’t decide whether or not we love or hate these vibrant drawings from Kara Rane – I guess that’s what happens when your work is full of horses, little kids, sunsets, and sailboats. What do you think loyal B/D follower? Are you attracted to serene and harmonious imagery like this, or does cliched beauty disgust you…Give us your 2 cents!

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Mark Licari

Mark Licari
Betlejuice must be hiding inside LA based artist Mark Licari, becuase his work is creepy-cool with lots of charisma. I’m seriously digging his sculptural pieces, especially the medicine cabinet. Go see his show up through February 14th at the Montery Museum of Art, or check him out at Honor Fraser Gallery.

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Dana Schutz

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Colorfully playful yet dark and sometimes sinister, Dana Schutz’s paintings will make you laugh with joy and cringe in disgust all at once. I recently came across a very interesting article about a painting she did in 2005 entitled ‘The Autopsy of Michael Jackson’ – I know, I’m a few months late on this one, but it’s still worth a look.

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Rob Simons

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Grainy, dreamlike images from Rob Simons. In addition to being a photographer, he also had a collection of his stories, Things Kept Burning, published in September 2006. He also collaborated with German director Werner Herzog on the script for Rescue Dawn. He also used to be an English Professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. Basically, he’s pretty talented.

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Stephen Wiltshire

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Stephen Wiltshire is an artist who draws extremely lifelike, accurate and detailed cityscapes. If that wasn’t hard enough, he does it strictly by memory, sometimes after having only observed the cityscape very briefly. Last year he made an 18 foot long drawing of the entire New York skyline after he spent just 20 minutes in a helicopter overhead. He’s also made panoramas of Rome, Tokyo, Dubai, London, and a bunch of other major cities around the world. This guy’s work is extraordinary in every sense of the word – go to his site and read about his childhood, it’s a crazy/inspiring story!

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Jesse Hazelip

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Awesome show from California artist Jesse Hazelip, ‘Sentimental Journey’ at White Walls in SF. Keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the bay area because Hazelip’s work is up all over the streets, so it’s no surprise the show is chock full of large wheat-pastes and images on found materials. Much of the work comments on failures of our past seemingly ignored by the actions of the present, and attempts to open a dialogue about the repeating mistakes of American history. The show is up until January 30th, so go before it’s too late!

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