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Santtu Mustonen

Santtu Mustonen

 

Coming to us from Finland, Santtu Mustonen brings together illustration and animation in a wonderfully bizarre manner. We at B/D are totally digging his “slightly moving illustrations”!

 

P.S. The second animation after the jump isn’t working properly (it had to be resized), so be sure to check out his website!

 

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MATHIEU LACA’s 1000 Stories

Mathieu Laca’s paintings are literally loaded with hundreds of narratives and story lines. If you’re a fan of Todd Schorr or Robert Williams you will surely need to follow Mathieu’s epic story lines.

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Amazingly Realistic Black And White Paintings That Will Make You Do A Double Take

It may take a few glances to realize the work of Juan Carlos Manjarrez are paintings and not photographs.  Manjarrez captures an amazing amount of detail and realism in his work.  His black and white palette coupled with a photographic sensibility only add to his paintings’ hyper-realism.  Amazingly, Manjarrez is a self-taught painter – though he has attended graduate school, he majored in architecture.  Manjarrez has been exhibiting professionally for the past twenty years.

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Nancy Fouts’ Everyday Extraordinary

Nancy Fouts seeks out varied objects that she marries poetically, to transform each one into a surprise version of itself. Make sure to see Nancy’s upcoming show at Pertwee Anderson & Gold in New York City in August.

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Brian Finke Documents U.S. Marshals In Action

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U.S. Marshals is American photographer Brian Finke’s fourth and most recent series. The artist documents the everyday activities of the law enforcement officers. The photos are particularly relevant in light of police violence in the U.S. The most recent case is in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, the issue of race, of course, being a huge factor. The photographs provide a privileged glimpse of the conduct of these federal officers, something that should certainly be available for examination.

U.S. marshals function at a federal jurisdiction, transporting prisoners, judges, prosecutors, witnesses, and arresting “the country’s most dangerous fugitives”. According to Finke’s website, they have been involved in “missions ranging from tracking down train robbers in the Wild West, to protecting African American school children segregating the south in the Civil Rights Era, from enforcing all U.S. laws in Antartica, to seizing and auctioning off fraudster Bernie Madoff’s property.” A diverse resume to be sure.

The photographs are not surprising in what they portray – men and women in uniform and bulletproof gear – but there are moments of intrigue. I’m definitely interested to know what the story is behind the pink cuffs when all of the other gear in the photographs is so much more severe. I’m also curious to know what’s going on with the shirtless and shoeless man in nothing but a bathing suit being escorted away by a marshal.

Finke is releasing a book of his U.S. Marshal series November 20th and will coincide with a solo exhibition at ClampArt.

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Shelley Reed’s Black And White History

I adore Shelley Reed‘s paintings. I love that she paints them in black and white, which remind me of the reproductions in old art history books.

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Joseph Marconi’s Digital Magic

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Photos and digital magic by photographer, designer, filmmaker Joseph Marconi.

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The Veils’ Finn Andrews Exorcises His Demons On Stage

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Hiding behind his trademark long brimmed hat, Finn Andrews’ pain is evident. Pouring sweat and singing his songs about love and loss, The Veils‘ tortured singer had a very excited and attentive crowd at their recent show at West Hollywood’s Troubadour. I’ve always had a soft spot for the band ever since I heard their debut, “The Runaway Found” back in 2004. With their recently released album, “Time Stays, We Go” the band continues to mature making this another must have gem by the London-based band.

The band played songs off of their new record including my personal favorite, “Birds”, “this is a song about birds, suspicious birds” Finn stated before playing the song. They also played fan favorites like, “Sit Down by the Fire”, “Lavinia” which Finn played solo, “Advice for Young Mothers to Be” and ending with a raucous version of, “Jesus for the Jugular” which had Finn throwing his guitar down at the end of the song.

The Veils recently recorded a session, Live from Abbey Road which you can view above and are set to perform next month on September 7th at the, Into the Great Wide Open Festival in Norway and in Denmark in October.

 

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