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Jota Castro

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Jota Castro is an artist concerned with security. His pieces show you everything and forget to beg for forgiveness. They seem to like people, but hate owners. The work offers no chance for remorse, but that is the best thing about them.

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Alexis Semtner

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Alexis Semtner’s abstract paintings utilize optical illusion to distort the viewers spatial awareness. According to Semtner, her use of visual falsity is used to denote perception and draw attention to how ubiquitous the notion of hallucination is in the human mind. I like the comforting and almost calming colors juxtaposed to the disconcerting Escher-esque environments, I think that the combination works well to create a world of constantly changing perceptions.

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Alina Kominsky Crumb’s Underground Family

Yesterday I posted the work of Sophie Crumb and I know we’ve posted R. Crumb‘s work at some point or another so it only makes sense to keep things in the family and post Sophie’s mother, Alina Kominsky Crumb‘s work as well. The three of them put together make a trifecta of underground comics and illustrative genius.

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Awesome Video Of The Day:From Top To Bottom To Top

 

It’s Monday and I’m ready for another tense week of work in B/D land. To start your week off right I present a fun stop motion movie about the story of the change of your place in the social hierarchy. Tobia Wildi & Sidney Widmer not only starred in this but also wrote and directed it. Impressive.

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The Pop-Surrealist Paintings Of Bill Dambrova Anatomically Explore The Mind And Body

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Brushing the edges of Pop-Surrealism, Bill Dambrova’s expressive paintings explode with color and anatomical imagery. His work is hard to ignore, as his cartoon-like style hits you in the face with exaggerated facial and bodily features. Each piece is like a louder, more graphic and fun illustration from a medical or anatomical textbook. His technique is both abstract and representational, as he paints unnaturally colored organs and molecules moving through his compositions. Pulling inspiration from physical healing and spiritual growth, Dambrova’s work explores the stories and memories held in each of our biology, exposing humankind internally. The artist’s work uncovers not only human anatomy, but the insides of animals as well, unifying our biology. Each painting beautifully shows us the commonality in the biology in living things, while still exploring the unknown. This Phoenician artist investigates themes in science, animism, and archetypes in his work.

Although Dambrova’s work holds traditional imagery, such as animals and a human heart, they are shown in a different light. In his work, bodies are split open, organs function outside the body, and rays of organic light flow through each being. Each composition Dambrova constructs is as intricate as the human anatomy itself, with each color and shape intertwined with the next. The very talented artist is one of the recipients of the Contemporary Forum award given to emerging artists in Arizona. His work can be seen on view now through May 31st at the Phoenix Art Museum.

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Evan Meister

Evan Meister‘s drawings have a certain Old New York feel to them- a dark past (or future) referenced through shrewd hieroglyphs. I always find myself trying to read his work like a comic strip in an unknown language- where the punchline is Evan’s perfect balance of technical skill and engaging originality.

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Kimberly Clark’s Severed Head

Artist collective Kimberly Clark present the hedonistic but also deeply disturbing image of an exaggerated nightlife, on the borderline of excess. Scenes from parties, static images or movements in suspension and representations of blissfulness, provocation, glamour, desolation, boredom, stimulation, the concentrated remains of a nightlong euphoria jumbled together with cosmetics (empty Marlboro packets, bottles and cans of beer, lipstick, etc), compose a kind of group portrait (or self-portrait?) with explicit signs of psychological fluctuation. At the centre is always the female figure, trendy attractive, narcissistic and, at the same time, a live-size simulacrum, juxtaposing stereotypes of the female identity with shocking views of the night and mounds of consumer rubbish.-Thanos Stathopoulos

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Antisant’s Vomiting Pattern!

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Australian born, Tokyo based  illustrator Antisant has a nice collection of drawings on his sites of people vomiting various patterns,worms, and other gross yet beautifully patterned stuff. If pattern vomit isn’t enough  to get you over to his site there’s also some cool typographic treatments for the design nerds and customized kicks for the sneaker heads.

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