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Repository: Brian O’Reilly via Jon-Kyle


 

Why is it that with the ease of publishing available today people so often choose to re-post content as opposed to create it?  Jon-Kyle asks. We don’t take offense, as we make plenty art…. we just like giving unknown artists a little bit of light… anyway, Jon-Kyle has responded by creating a Repository, in curating culture. The above video, created by a computer that manipulates raster videos, is scary and amazing. Invented in the the 1970’s, the machine is refered to as a Rutt/Etra Scan Processor. We’re not sure you can find it on Ebay… but if anyone see’s one, nothing’s wrong with an early Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa present!

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Mankind Mag

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The lovely and talented Erin from Design For Mankind has done it again with a brand new Mankind mag- the “Pretty Issue,” an interesting thematic idea for a zine! I love that the model on the cover also has super short, androgynous pixie cut- not your typical depiction of “pretty” and yet she is gorgeous! More of our favorite spreads below- go HERE to download the latest issue!

 

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Jon Boam’s Muted Sci-Fi Illustration

 

Jon Boam is an illustrator living and working in the UK. He works in a nice, muted palette which he applies in flat vectors to sci-fi line work. I especially like how repetitious some of his stuff is. It looks like he doesn’t easily become bored with drawing one robot after another. And I’m definitely not bored either. The comics influence in Boam’s work is fairly evident, but not heavy handed, which is always nice to see. Now you know what your work would look like if you never stopped doodling in your 3rd grade Arithmetic notes. 

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Size Does Matter

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How’s this for a big surprise… Shaquille O’Neal has curated an exhibition at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York that opens this weekend and runs through May 27th. Fittingly titled Size Does Matter, the show explores different ways that scale affects perception, which shouldn’t be much of a shocker because the big fella checks in at 7’1″ and over 320 pounds! Some of the artists he picked for the exhibition include: Chuck Close, Tim Hawkinson, Ron Mueck, Andreas Gursky, Evan Penny, Richard Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Cindy Sherman… Shaq might have got a few pointers along the way, but those are some heavy hitters, and the complete list is pretty dang impressive. There’s even a comprehensive catalogue with an essay by bestselling author and big fraud James Frey – hey nobody said there wasn’t an element of promotion going on. Here’s an interesting little interview from New York Magazine. Love this Q & A –
Do you ever get time to visit museums?
I used to go a lot with my kids. Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane. And that’s where I would look at them. One time, I was at a museum and tried touching a Picasso. You break it, you buy it, they said. I was told it would cost $2 million.

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Giant cake attacks Tokyo

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Artist Kozoo (featured in our newest B/D Issue!) worked on this giant cake as a member of small creative unit GwaGwa. The towering confectionary and large eating utensil was stationed in a mix-use complex in Roppongi, Tokyo and truly expressed the creative goals of GwaGwa to express the magic of childhood fantasies and everyday curiosities. Highly preferred over Godzilla.

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The September Issue

I just got back from watching The September Issue and could not wait to blog about it. This documentary revolves around Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine. Anna is the undisputed queen of fashion having everyone from Oscar De La Renta to Karl Lagerfeld listen to her every word. She has an affinity for wearing unbearable amounts of fur (think Cruella De Vil) and giving everyone the “ice woman” look of death. While the documentary was intended to focus on Anna, the real star of the doc is Vogue creative director Grace Coddington. Grace’s amazing direction in photoshoots and dry sense of humor hijack the documentary and make Anna a mear side note. I highly recommend this documentary to anyone interested in publications, the fashion, or the creative world at large.  I left the theater feeling inspired to create, create, create!

Read the full movie synopsis after the jump

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Nelson Garrido

Nelson Garrido

 

Right off the bat, Venezuelan Nelson Garrido states the following: “To know limits is to begin to know that one does not have limits.” His work, brash and unapologetic, throws together Catholicism and American consumer culture, yielding incredibly fascinating results. Actually, to call his photographs “fascinating” would be an understatement. We’ll go with “riotous” after seeing Jesus depicted with three jumbo penises!

 

And for those with a strong stomach, check out one of his blog posts entitled “La Gruta de la Virgen.” You have been warned! This project in particular goes along with his passion for showcasing concepts deemed unacceptable by society.

 

 

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Rinus Van de Velde

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Rinus Van de Velde’s virtuoso charcoal drawings are eye-catching, to say the least.  I hate to use a sports metaphor, but this is the charcoal equivalent of “nothing but net.”  Van de Velde is a finalist for the Sovereign European Art Prize, and has a show opening in Nuremburg at the Instituts Für Moderne Kunst on June 19th.  All images are courtesy of Galerie Zink.

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