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Amy Mahnick Recycled

Amy Mahnick takes garbage, things like empty plastic containers and packing tape, and makes paintings.  The paintings are very realistic, which isn’t something that I normally get excited about, but this case is special, because the realistic technique serves the purpose of making us say “Hey, that garbage is beautiful.”   It makes us think about living better.  Maybe our stuff could be put to good use, maybe we could be more graceful, maybe our garbage could serve a higher purpose like Amy’s.

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7 Days To Submit Art To Future Perfect!

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The future is unwritten but it is in your hands! You now have only 7 days to submit your artwork for our next book. Visit the Future Perfect website for all submission guidelines and make sure to submit all your work by March 29th!

Time is running out so join us in creating a future perfect!

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Diane Victor’s Smoke Drawings

Amazingly detailed smoke drawings by Diane Victor.

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B/D Best of 2010 – Kirk Demarais

kirk demarais the shiningKirk Demarais has a series of family portraits that are charmingly creepy.  But these are not portraits of your next door neighbors.  He focuses on fictional families who starred in your favorite films. Kirk covers them all, from National Lampoon’s Vacation to There Will Be Blood.

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Michał Mozolewski’s Haunting Portraits of Paint-Veiled Subjects

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Combining photography and painting, Polish-based artist Michał Mozolewski creates intriguing portraits of mysterious-looking subjects. Pictures of pictures of people are scanned into the computer and later remixed and using a variety of methods. They are set against dark backgrounds and the black and white base images have gestural strokes painted over top of them. The hues of white, cyan, and red don’t evenly cover the photographs and Mozolewski uses varying pressure that adds a sculptural element to the work by emphasizing certain features of the face or body.

The effect that the artist’s technique has on the mood of the work is dramatic. Diffused and distorted photographs combined with Mozolewski’s erratic marks make for a haunting and grotesque portraits that are dreamlike at the same time. There’s a lot left to the imagination with these works, and they communicate sadness but at the same time are provocative and overall very visceral.

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Trashed Bag = New Bag Contest Winners!

Okay, ladies. You can stop sending us pictures of your bags now. The Trashed Bag = New Bag contest has closed and we officially have a winner! Thanks to all who entered, and sorry to those who didn’t win. We feel bad for you and your gross bags. There was, however, one bag that was the most pathetic, disgusting excuse for a bag ever…

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…and that bag belongs to Tammy. Tammy wins a new bag courtesy of Moop. Good job, Tammy. Now throw that filthy thing away. Runners up after the jump.

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Peat Duggins

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Watercolor, gouache and ink paintings by once Austin, TX now Cambridge, MA artist Peat Duggins.  The detail images are telling of a cartoon-apocalypse and I have to say I’m not a morbid or pessimistic person, however I enjoy dooms-day movies and I’m growing fond on such themes in artwork where humans are gone and nature takes over.  This is different though, it’s sweet.

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A Trip To Wanderland

What do birds hallucinate about when they go on a drug berry induced psychological trip? I don’t know if any of this would be accurate, but I hope to rainbow laser toting, owl-man monster-bird it is. A gorgeous music video of Hermanos Inglesos’s “Wanderland,” designed by Kristof Luyckx and Michèle Vanparys.

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