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Artist, photographer, and writer Rachel Wolfe is definitely multi-talented. (She’s also already authored a book, 90,000 Miles On I-90.) Her personal photos give us a glimpse into her life’s journeys and travels, which she eloquently narrates in her own voice. If you visit her site, you can also read some of her original poetry!

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Sponsored Post: Republic Wireless Gives You Filet Mignon At Bacon Prices

Everyone is on a smart phone these days and most of use are probably paying a small fortune. Republic Wireless proposes we stop paying “filet mignon prices” for bacon. Republic Wireless offers unlimited Data, talk and text for $19- that’s about a quarter of what we here at the B/D offices pay a month for our smart phones. Depending on who you’re with your “unlimited data” can mean your data gets slowed down at the end of the month when you’ve used too much, which can be really annoying. Republic Wireless offers a straightforward solution to your cell phone needs- no contracts, no overages, no hidden agendas.

Republic Wireless pioneered a thing called Hybrid Calling technology. That means your phone works on both Wi-Fi networks AND cell—so it’s double the coverage of other networks.

But that’s not the only advantage. Calls, texts, and data over Wi-Fi cost very little. They have kicked off their service with the Motorola DEFY XT that works with their Wi-Fi Hybrid calling technology, so iPhone users will have to wait to save bundles of money. But we’re really excited to see Republic Wireless offer an alternative in the smart phone world that’s actually affordable for everyone!

 

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Zimoun’s New Sound Art Installation In An Abandoned Chemical Tank

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Zimoun : 329 prepared dc-motors, cotton balls, toluene tank, 2013 from STUDIO ZIMOUN on Vimeo.

 

Sound artist Zimoun creates simple but arresting sound art installations.  His stark installations use common objects to noise atmospheres.  Zimoun often uses small DC motors with small cotton ball mallets in his work.  His newest piece using the motors may be his largest yet.  Utilizing over 300 motors, Zimoun neatly installed his piece inside an abandoned chemical tank.  The drone of the cotton balls and the echo within the tank produces a hypnotic hum.  Check out the video of Zimoun’s installation in action after the jump. [via]

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Jeremy Kohm

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Photographer Jeremy Kohm has travelled & lived around the globe, honing his skills. He began his career as a surf photographer in Japan. Now based in Toronto, Jeremy works primarily as an editorial photographer and as an affiliate photographer for Fever Films. His images are clean, straight-forward and refreshingly minimalistic.

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Big Day For Small Press wrap up!

I tried to post this a bit sooner but traveling kept me from fulfilling my blogging duties. Better late than never!

 

A Day For Small Press was a big success with hundreds of designers, artists, and USC college students coming out to support the various indie publishers. 

 

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William Rugen’s Abstracted Birds-Eye-View Photographs Are The Same, Yet Different

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One of the advantages to the window seat of an airplane is the view below. Flying 35,000 feet above the sky, you see a miniaturized landscape that’s a combination of mixtures of shapes and textures. It’s devoid of the finer details and has the appearance of an abstract painting. Photographer William Rugen captures these type of fractured scenes in his series of images titled Here > There. The monochromatic photographs show roads, fields, and cities in an up-close way that they don’t immediately appear as what they actually are.

We’ve recently seen the dystopian, dizzying effect that aerial photographs have on highways. Rugen’s photographs are disorienting at times, but there is a semblance of structure in the haphazard-looking scenes. Lines of the road fracture and corral the different (yet similar) shapes of the ground and break them up like a cubist painting. They reveal a patchwork of stories, development, and planning, which is inevitably the same wherever you travel, no matter what the physical differences might be.

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Matt Barton

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Artist Matt Barton graduated from Carnegie Mellon in 2006, spending his time there setting up mechanized taxidermy animals in strange and colorful situations. In “Time-O-Rama: Electric Infinity with Real Plastic,” made in 2006, there were 20 of those said motorized animals, two video projections, 5 sound cd’s, flowers blooming, leaves falling and changing colors, lightning and thunder, wine was dispensed from a nozzle sticking out of the deer’s ribs…and a partridge on a pear tree. That last one I added myself. Matt has also collaborated with Extreme Animals, hyper bitmosh-rock-band of artist Jacob Ciocci (Paper Rad).

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Japanese Designer Fangophilia Molds Silver Into Edgy, Armor-Like Accessories

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Japanese designer Fangophilia (Taro Hanabusa) creates edgy silver accessories made from molds of isolated body parts: teeth, ears, cheeks, kneecaps, fingers, and more. Some of his more frequent designs consist of custom-fit fangs and claw-like finger extensions, but his oeuvre also consists of gauntlets and face-plates redolent of medieval armor. Trained in dentistry and fascinated by body modifications, Hanabusa became curious about what would happen if dental molds were used to alter the appearance of the body, and in June 2012 he started his own brand, Fangophilia.

Each silver accessory is molded to an individual’s form. While ears and knees might generally look similar, all have their own anatomical deviations, making Hanabusa’s creations as unique as the bodies they adorn. In a fascinating interview with Tokyo Fashion, Hanabusa discusses the effect of working so closely with his clients and their unique bodies, saying it makes him feel “connected with [his] customers,” more so “than those who only sell their items only through shops.” In this way, he is very much like a tattoo artist or a piercer, consulting his clients directly in the achievement of their desired look.

The aesthetic impact of Fangophilia’s work is dark and powerful. It’s alternative fashion with a vampiric edge. And even though Hanabusa is no longer a dentist, there is something intriguingly “clinical” or “surgical” about his designs: sharp metal is placed in intimate proximity with the skin, creating an effect that wavers between cold sterility and the shining beauty of silver. Furthermore, as the name “Fangophilia” suggests, there is an element of fetish in his work; by accessorizing (or armoring) a specific detail on the body, you bring attention and erotic curiosity to it. Plates of metal on the cheeks, for example, accentuate the sensual curve of a jawline. This allure is not to be taken lightly, however, for like suits of armor, Hanabusa’s designs exude both beauty and tremendous strength.

Fangophilia was in Los Angeles last November, so follow his Facebook page to keep up with his latest work and see where he tours next. His website can be found here. Tokyo Fashion’s article is another great resource, and it provides an exclusive, behind-the-scenes video showing Hanabusa’s shoot for his first lookbook, the photos from which are displayed on this page. (Via Tokyo Fashion)

Credits: Photographer: KIRA. Models: Hirari Ikeda, Hidemi Tsukata, Sioux, Shunsuke Okabe, Machiko.

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