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Anya Janssen’s Hyper Portraits

Ana Janssen’s erie hyperrealistic paintings remind me of the calm before a storm. In most of the work young teenagers sit still and stare at the viewer with an intense gaze while various animals sit on their shoulders, lay in their lap, or attempt to take a bite out of the figures hand.

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Nan Na Hvass

Scandinavians are best at all things in my mind- but if I had to narrow it down to two genres, I’d have to pick design and music. Here is a wonderful example of the two realms combining: Nan Na Hvass’ lovely illustrations and animation for Efterklang’s single, Mirador. I love her candy palette.

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Amanda Boe’s Poetic Photos Of The In-Between

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Reveling in the small, quiet corners of everyday life, Bay Area photographer Amanda Boe explores themes of isolation, curiosity and mise-en-scene in her strange, stunning work. When looking through images from her series Here and There, it’s easy to let your mind wander into each frame, gently prompted to think about time, place, and what it feels like to be “passing through.” The crisp simplicity of her work is charged with her natural sensibilities as a curious, highly-engaged observer—collecting visual treats as she moves through the world. Boe investigates the places in-between the larger moments of life, and reports back with work that is meditative, personal and poetic.

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Ben Venom

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Ben Venom aspires to become the “visual commentator” of the culture found in Southern United States. Having grown up in the South, Ben finds himself immensely inspired by not only the culture, but the politics, history, and identity of his roots.

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Sam Burford’s Sculptures Made From Star Wars and Blade Runner Time-Lapse Photographs

Sam Burford lives and works in London. Inspired by such films as Star Wars and Blade Runner he creates photographic work in multiple media that encapsulate entire films within them. Take for example his sculpture made out of jesmonite that consists of a time-lapse photograph of Star Wars IV transformed into a surface relief. The film is condensed into an abstract pattern and presented as a three dimensional sculpture. In another piece a time-lapse photographic detail from Blade Runner is highlighted on hand printed film and allowed to curl for a dimensional effect. With his work he serves to reveal the optical patterns inherent in the moving image that can be captured with modern technology.

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OakOak Playing With the City

According to his website, the street artist OakOak “is a French artist who likes to play with urban elements”.  Using simple means and materials, OakOak undermines his neighborhood with playful results.  He uses a minimal amount of actual original artwork, instead re-purposing signs, facades, cement blocks, chipping paint, and more.  OakOak transforms a neighborhood’s imperfections into its own adornments.  He says of his interventions:

“The less I intervene on the wall or the road, the better, especially if I can totally change the sense of the urban environment” [via]

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Lets Go To Spain!

This video just sorted out where I would spend my next vacation. Watch it and then join me in the private B/D jumbo jet  as we head off to Spain, where the Goths, the Romans, and the Moorish left their mark. Where Don Quijote fought against the windmills. And where El Greco, Diego de Velazquez and Francisco de Goya all once lived. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Amy Honchell’s Cartographic Cloth Installs

Chicago-based SAIC faculty and grad, Amy Honchell works with textiles to craft whirling installations of otherworldly landscapes. Honchell bends cloth, which protects us and keeps us warm, through a warped process that challenges the medium’s association with benevolence. Hochell’s mountainous compositions remove  memories of blanket-swathed crib slumber, and stitch the trappings of journey and struggle in their place.

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