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Hilarious Letterpress Notes

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These letterpress cards are the product of a collaboration between Sapling Press and the Dear Blank, Please Blank project.  Dear Blank, Please Blank is a site which asks visitors to write short “letters” written in a  dear…, please…, sincerely, … style.  The letters on site range from humorous to sarcastic to bitter.  Several of the succinct witty letters have been put to letterpress Sapling Press resembling notes typed on vintage typewriters.  Here is a selection of some of Sapling’s and DBPB’s hilarious offerings.

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Actop

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The people at Actop, a Barcelona based creative agency, have a new website and updated it with some new awesome projects. They collaborate with many artists and experiment on a wide range of media: print, animation, motion graphics, live visuals and new approaches to the moving image.

Their latest work is a two short piece to promote Nova, a creative event at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo. Here are some screencaps of the shorts but you can watch the full shorts here.

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Jyo John Mulloor Designed Customized Bike Helmets That Look Like Realistic Shaved Heads

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Looking for eye catching bike helmets might soon be a thing of the past if digital designer Jyo John Mulloor has anything to do with it. He has been experimenting with different ways to capture people’s attention on the roads, and has designed a set of four surreal looking helmets. While they are not yet available to purchase, or even more than digital prototypes, they are still an amusing idea, and a lighthearted approach to the serious issue of road safety.

One version comes complete with a man’s ears on the side, looking like a weird detachable scalp. Another has a pair of old-fashioned aviator goggles stretched over the top as if the wearer could pull them down while zooming down the road. The combination of the striking high resolution images with some serious head protection, Mulloor’s helmets are sure to be a crowd pleaser. And would no doubt make motorists more aware of the person inside of them. (Via Design Boom)

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Erina Matsui’s Squished Face

I’m loving the bizarre perspective, goofy humor, and squished faced portraits by Erina Matusi.

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Kelly Shimoda

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I guess you don’t want to talk to me anymore is the name of an ongoing project by photographer Kelly Shimoda. The project, published as a blog, consists of photographs of text messages captured on the phones they were received on. In these photos, we get a voyeuristic look into the lives of the sender and recipient, and are led to question the ramifications of this (fairly) new method of communication, in which the message is inevitably boiled down to its essence due to the 160 character length of an SMS. These photographs are a bit hard to read when shrunken down, so you can click them to view full size or check out the blog, linked at the beginning of this post.

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Ian Strange Crash Lands A Suburban Home In A Museum Courtyard

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Ian Strange’s site-specific artwork injects violent excitement into suburban areas, or drops the suburbs down smack in the middle of the city. With either strategy, his work comments on the drawl and deep isolation of the suburban life through paint and installation. In his most recent project, ‘Landed’ (made for the 2014 Biennial of Australian Art), Strange created a life size installation of approximately half a suburban home, painted entirely black, and made it to look as if it had either been dropped from the sky or was emerging from the ground in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s front courtyard. Details of gravel surrounding the home and a lit porch light add credibility to the realism of the scene.

In his ‘Suburban’ series, Strange uses severe colours like red and the same matte black as he later would for ‘Landed’ to demonstrate the oddity of suburban living, and the isolation he believes is quite present in such neighbourhoods. The dripping skull is jarring, as is the massive red X, but even just the large black circle has a haunting feeling. It is as if the house is there save the one gaping piece, and the viewer is left to wonder what unsettling things might inhabit it. (Via inthralld.)

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Pop Culture Installation Exhibit from Thank You Very Much! Artist Collective

Thank You Very Much, an artist collective out of Buenos Aires, looks like a really cool, ambitious group. Limiting access to different creative vehicles is never a good thing, and TYVM is definitely not trying to do so. Working with over 40 artists from around the world, they’ve got their hands in everything: production, exhibition, design/marketing, etc. Recently, co-director Luciano Podcaminsky staged in exhibition of five installation pieces at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in B.A. The show, which “mixes conceptual art with POP culture”, gives you a good idea of what the collective is interested in doing. Find more images and some words from Podcaminsky on the exhibit after the jump.

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Jacob Arden McClure

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Jacob Arden McClure is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and artist that works in a variety of mediums from paintings, sculptures, film, design and installation, which as he mentions, “showcase his unique and cohesive style with layered iconography and narrative storytelling.” The images shown here are from his latest film titled, “SCOUT”. Containing a mixture of confrontational scenes as depicted in the imagery, as well as dramatic and mysterious lighting and shots, I am very much looking forward to watching this film.

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