Liu Fei

Liu Fei
Chinese artist Liu Fei and I share the same name (my name would be Liu Fei too if it was written last name first) but we obviously are not the same person…it’s sort of like how I have 3 other Fei Liu’s as friends on Facebook who are all dudes.

Liu Fei paints bald young women that comment on the interplay of conformity and self-expression. Their means of dress and lack of hair are very much in line with one another, yet their rebellious gestures and exaggerated facial expressions speak of a desire to turn convention on its head. Red smiling mouths jump out from an otherwise black-and-white monochrome palette, thus seeming to ridicule the country’s traditional female virtues like purity, delicacy and grace.

The Arms Project

The Arms ProjectThe Arms Project

The Arms Project is the undertaking of Lisa Manfre (Flickr user frootloops). Not much information is known about her except from the Flickr testimonials she has received: she loves cereal of all sorts and is “probably the most harmonious and nice person on flickr.” That’s saying alot! The pictures sure are sweet though (in multiple senses of the word).

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Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini

Chilean designer and illustrator Alvaro Arteaga Sabaini has a wide scope of work in genres from band illustrations to product marketing. I love the one above titled “Ziggy Stardog”! We have a Ziggy Stardog too in the office too, but he doesn’t look like that one.

Miranda July celebrates the movie extra

Miranda JulyMiranda July
Miranda July, author, director, actress, photographer, master of capturing pre and post pubescent awkwardness, and as a character who has risen to status somewhat similar to that of a cult icon…has done it again. Our friend Graham at Future Shipwreck has written a nicer summary of her project than I could ever…so here it is! “In the language of cinema, extras are designed to be forgotten. Miranda July’s recent series of photos (a collaboration with Roe Ethridge), in which she unthinkably excavates background players from historically popular films and poses herself in homage to these bygone human props, is a declaration of war on the finality of culture. She dares to reverse the mandate of natural selection.” I wonder though, how she chose the particular films and extras that she did. Were they just arbitrarily picked? Or did she think aesthetically about which movies and which scenes from those movies that the most interesting looking extras?

Aaron K

"Renegade Rhombus"

"Renegade Rhombus"

Aaron K is a comic book artist/musician/taxi driver living in San Francisco who keeps shunga alive. I’ve been longtime LiveJournal buds with him but never really got to see his work fully. Last week though, I received a zine he’d sent (preview of a 60 page book he hopes to complete in the future) and it’s awesome! With the way he writes and weaves the awkwardness of the scenarios in each story into the page and ink, you allllmost don’t get the catch line until you’ve already turned the page and then turn back to make sure it was there. After the jump are some pages from various zines as well as from “I Forgot What I Wanted.”

Zeesy Powers’ superb sense of humor

Canadian artist Zeesy Powers makes work that I could most accurately describe as performative inter(net)-personal that’s sort of like a fortune teller at a school carnival except without the scam. She Will Tell You Exactly What I Think Of You For $5 is exactly what the title says, for The Zeesy Powers Grant, she gave $1000 to someone who actually deserved it, aaaaand she also became someone’s 3 Minute Girlfriend. Whoa.

Corey Thompson’s Arrows & Pointers

Corey Thompson
Arrows & Pointers is a vector pack full of arrows and things (download it here) that point made by designer and doodler Corey Thompson. Use ’em for whatever you want. Be dope, show Corey what you make! Check out some more of Arrows & Pointers as well as other cool stuff after the jump.

Erwin Wurm

"House Attack", 2006

"House Attack", 2006

Austrian sculptor Erwin Wurm has been developing an ongoing series of “One Minute Sculptures” since the late 1980′s in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday objects close at hand, prompting the viewer to question the very definition of sculpture. He seeks to use the “shortest path” in creating each piece — a clear and fast, sometimes humorous, form of expression. As the sculptures are fleeting and meant to be spontaneous and temporary, the images are only captured in photos or on film.