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The Glass Eye Maker

the glass eye maker

I love documentaries about things that I didn’t know I wanted to know about like the short mini documentary above. This is a short documentary about the very last glass eye maker in Berlin. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Judith Braun

Judith Braun

New York based Judith Braun’s ongoing series, “Symmetrical Procedures” is an ongoing series of drawings constrained by four rules: Abstraction, Bilateral Symmetry, Square Format, and Graphite. This first image looks like a generative Processing application- but actually “Fingerings” are done with fingers dipped in charcoal, sometimes using both hands simultaneously to the extent of arms’ reach and developing a vocabulary of mark making with these simple means.

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KERSTIN ZU PAN Rainbow Colored Hair Ghost Figures

For as long as she can remember, Kerstin Zu Pan has been drawing and painting. when she began her studies of the arts, she gravitated to photography as her medium of choice – and with it, refined her unique visual style while combining the languages of various media. using her imagination like a brush, kerstin’s lens takes the familiar and rearranges it, catching beauty by surprise when it plays around in rare, unobserved moments.

The Berlin-based photographer has worked her craft in unusual circumstances, blurring the boundaries between fashion photography and high art.  The powder white skinned and rainbow colored hair figures in Zu Pan’s Supervision series (featured here) is one of our favorite bodies of work by the talented photographer.

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Orlando Estrada

Orlando Estrada’s photographs explore how contemporary objects and images can form a personal mythology and iconography.

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Katie Scott’s Science Inspired Drawings

Katie Scott is an illustrator and printmaker from England. Her works are equal parts 19th century science illustration and tarot card mysticism. Once you look at them long enough, all plants, and living organisms in general, start looking like inspired sculptures. Check out everything on her website, then go to the park and look at the plants!

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Food Art, Part 2

Fulvio Bonavia, "Untitled", A Matter of Taste, 2008

Fulvio Bonavia, "Untitled", A Matter of Taste, 2008

As I mentioned last week, I thought it’d be interesting to round up a collection of artists who make art out of the surprising medium of food. Read on to find out today’s round up!

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Cut Paper Art- Unbelievably Detailed Collage Paintings By Brian Adam Douglas

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Artist Brian Adam Douglas makes use of a unique process.  Before exhibiting at galleries, Douglas began his practice on the streets of Brooklyn under the name ELBOW-TOE.  His distinctive style was easily spotted as he used wood cuts, charcoal, collages, and stencils throughout New York City.  Douglas has since further developed his process, style, and subject matter.  He has retained his painterly style that could be found in his street art and  paintings.  However, Douglas now applies this to a special kind of cut paper art or collage work.  In fact, he prefers to call it “paper painting”.  Douglas paints individual parts of paper precise colors and carefully cuts them.  All of these small pieces are then often adhered to a wood panel to create one painting-like composition.  While he has often focused on individual people, Douglas has now ‘zoomed out’ in a sense.  His work now often encompasses entire landscapes or scenes.  These scenes frequently touch on natural disaster and specifically the way people cope with them.  The statement of his current exhibit at Andrew Edlin Gallery further describes this style:

“Virtually all of the works in Douglas’ new series deal with the rebuilding of life and purpose in the wake of catastrophic deconstruction brought on by natural disasters and climate change(including overt references to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy). They are not merely about the breaking down of things but about an innate capacity to cope with disaster and the rehabilitation of purpose. Spending up to half a year on a single piece, Douglas’ laborious process demands a pictorial integrity where nothing is wasted and everything serves his intensity of purpose. Forgoing the relative ease and fluidity of the brush stroke, the artist methodically builds his compositions through shards of color incised from sheets of paper he has painted, forging a novel way to combine painting and collage into a singular hybrid.”

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Best of 2011: LORI NIX’S SMALL SCALE WORLDS OF DECAY

These may look like photographs of abandoned buildings but in fact they are photographs of meticulously made dioramas by Lori Nix. Each image is painstakingly created by hand, taking into consideration scale and lighting over the course of seven months. The result is an apocalyptic vision of the world where everything has fallen apart, decayed, and is slowly returning back to nature.

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