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What Do Curators Want?

A great series of podcasts by Side Street Projects with various Los Angeles based dealers and museum curators discussing what they look for in art. Some of my favorite interviews include Aimee Chang from the Hammer Museum, and Jeff Poe from Blum&Poe. It’s a great insiders look into not only the LA art scene but into the minds of some of the cities best curators.

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KAT MARKS – LEATHER ACCESSORIES FROM THE FUTURE/PAST

Glamorous and unique leather bibs and chest plates by fashion designer Kat Marks.  Layers of color, angles, and curves give these accessories an Art Deco slant – set in some sleek distant sexy future.   This series of photographs is called The Karass: For Anais (2011) by photographer Paul Hine.

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Kurt Lam

Hong Kong based  Kurt Lam’s site says that he is a fashion illustrator but his portfolio is full of illustrations that reference art nouveau, art deco, japanese scroll painting, and various modes of abstraction that defy traditional fashion illustration tropes and push the boundaries of the genre.

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You Won’t Believe What This Street Artist Did To Those Hilarious Realtor Bus Bench Ads We All Laugh At

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I have a deep respect for anyone who is willing to put their face on a bus stop bench knowing what people do to them. I thought it would be fun to do my own take on our local realtor advertisements.

We are all very familiar with the ridiculous realtor portraits on the bus benches, right? Well, freelance designer and creative director Phil Jones gives them an even more ridiculous spin.

As you can see on the images, Jones is eager to channel his inner realtor as he inserts himself into these local realtors’ advertisements. He goes deep into character by imitating the realtors’ poses, clothing choices, and even their hair and make-up! It is obvious that Jones wants to look as fake as possible; I think that this is part of the plan. There is no way that someone could pass by and not notice the wigs, the weird poses, and the overall awkwardness…or is there?

Although there isn’t much similarity between the mock and the real thing, it is still possible that many of the onlookers didn’t even notice the difference. Jones looks as ridiculous as the realtors do in the original, so it might of just passed as normal.

It all goes to make us question if these absurd ads make any impact at all. Do we expect these ads to always be this bizarre and comedic?

Now, I’m not even sure which one is funnier. (via)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Skull Crack

This is your brain on drugs + Electronic music. Music by Dibiase

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Michael Massaia’s Models of Planes at the Moment that Everything Goes Wrong

“Borrowed time is an exploration into the moment the point of no return has been reached and the subsequent freedom that follows. Using the visual of midflight plane failures was my attempt to show the moment that horror, relief, freedom, and graphic beauty all meet at once.”

“Because there are very few images/actual references of planes when they have these types of engine malfunctions mid-flight, I had to replicate/make as visual correct as possible what occurs when these types of catastrophic malfunctions occur.”

This series from Michael Massaia, entitled “Borrowed Time – Mid Flight Engine Failure”, is made without Photoshop or digital composites. The ones where the planes are actually flying upwards are particularly interesting, as if, though on fire, they have no intention of going down. See more after the jump.

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Lutz Bacher And The Celestial Handbook

Lutz Bacher‘s recent exhibition at San Francisco’s Ratio 3 included the series The Celestial Handbook: offset book pages taken from found copies of amateur astronomer Robert Burnham Jr.‘s 1966 handbook of the same title. Each page — there are 85 in the series — is individually framed, forever capturing timeless subjects in a dated format. What we see are images of things that surpass the power of imagery with captions that can’t help but fall short in describing things that surpass the power of language. (via)

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Neo Collage Mess Is Tired And True…

Printing spreads from the Hardland/Heartland book Us Doves, Earth Flag, and A— Road by Eric Timothy Carlson.


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