Arian Behzadi

Arian Behzadi BoyWednesday morning presents an anomaly… one who utilizes the left and right side of the brain: Biologist and Artist Arian Behzadi.  Currently a Biology student, Arian squeezes in design time in between classes.  You can see more after the jump, and on Arian’s Flickr photostream.

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Interview – Dave Muller

Photo Credit Ari Markopoulos

Photo Credit Ari Markopoulos

If you are lucky, once in a while you find an artist that helps you remember why you started getting into art in the first place. I first saw Dave Muller’s work in 2004 at his show ‘I Like Your Music’ at Blum & Poe, and at the time was just a fresh-faced college kid, only beginning to think about getting involved in the fine arts. I walked into this room full of his drawings of massive record sleeves – vibrant, colorful, and full of life – it was one of the first times that I remember feeling truly enthusiastic about art, not simply because I thought it looked cool, but because it seemed to speak to something about life that I was really excited about. It was a turning point for me in the way I interacted with art, and I’ve never thought about things the same way. For me, Dave Muller’s work is all about the good things that make life worth living – good music, good friends, a little messy, a lot of color, and a lot of fun. Dave has been one of my favorite artists since that fateful day, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to him about his work, his alternate life as a DJ, and his recent wall drawing at the new Cowboys Stadium.

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Blake E. Marquis

Blake E. Marquis

Lots of cool stuff coming from Blake E. Marquis, a do-anything artist making his way out in NYC. Especially awesome typography, along with killer logo and typeface treatments. Throw in some eye-popping patterns, a super-sick silkscreen, a t-shirt, some posters for good measure, and we’re only beginning to touch the tip of the iceberg – this guy does a little bit of everything, and does it all really well.

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Size Does Matter

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How’s this for a big surprise… Shaquille O’Neal has curated an exhibition at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York that opens this weekend and runs through May 27th. Fittingly titled Size Does Matter, the show explores different ways that scale affects perception, which shouldn’t be much of a shocker because the big fella checks in at 7’1″ and over 320 pounds! Some of the artists he picked for the exhibition include: Chuck Close, Tim Hawkinson, Ron Mueck, Andreas Gursky, Evan Penny, Richard Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Cindy Sherman… Shaq might have got a few pointers along the way, but those are some heavy hitters, and the complete list is pretty dang impressive. There’s even a comprehensive catalogue with an essay by bestselling author and big fraud James Frey – hey nobody said there wasn’t an element of promotion going on. Here’s an interesting little interview from New York Magazine. Love this Q & A –
Do you ever get time to visit museums?
I used to go a lot with my kids. Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane. And that’s where I would look at them. One time, I was at a museum and tried touching a Picasso. You break it, you buy it, they said. I was told it would cost $2 million.

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2-UP

2-UP is pleased to announce its inaugural edition, a collaborative poster created by artist Monika Zarzeczna and curator Nathan Lee. This is the first in a series of collaborative poster editions to be produced by 2-UP in the coming year. Please join us for a launch party on Saturday, February 20th from 5-7 PM at Printed Matter Inc., 195 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY.

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Richard Coleman

Richard Coleman

Wow wow wow, Richard Coleman’s work leans towards the magically mysterious, while exhibiting complex combinations of color and form. He’s part of an impressive list of artists included in the very first show at THIS Gallery which opened this weekend in Los Angeles, so if you are in town go check it out!

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Awesome Video of the Day: UAF Nanook Hockey

OK boys and girls, get ready because this next video you are about to watch will no doubt be the best two minutes of your day. Now you might be thinking, “Why on earth would I watch a video about a college hockey team from Alaska?” Well my friends, on any other day that would be sound reasoning, but I assure you that after you watch this your smile will stretch ear to ear. The brainchild of Mike Martinez and his friends over at HiFi3D, this clip gets me so pumped up every time!

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Censorship In Uzbekistan

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If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation.  Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan.  In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence.  Umida still plans to appeal the conviction.  What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion.  You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump.  Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious?  Have you ever experienced censorship?  Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.

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