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Caleb Charland’s Bacteria Growth

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Beautiful photographs by Caleb Charland documenting the growth bacteria on film.

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Photographer Swallows 35mm Film, Allows Digestive Fluids To Create Astounding Images

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In an unusual attempt to explore their own digestive tracts, student artists Luke Evans and Joshua Lake swallowed single frames of 35mm film, folding each piece in a brightly colored capsule that allowed for the acids and bodily fluids to process the film with minimal risk of colon damage. Once excreted, the negatives were recovered, cleaned, and studied in detail by an electron microscope; ultimately, they were printed into giant black and white works.

The project, titled “I turn myself inside out” is an almost uncomfortably intimate and human exploration of the photographic medium. Normally, images are produced and processed by machinery, light, and chemicals, but this provocative series substitutes the artists’ own bodies and their fluids for the impersonal metal gears and glass lens of a camera.

The images themselves are so strong because of their unexpected three-dimensionality; while most film photographs flatten space, condensing foregrounds and background to create a compelling work of art, Evans and Lake’s work does the opposite. Each frame looks like a scientific image taken from a microscope. The digestive process and the resultant breakdown of the film’s emulsion afford each image its dimensionality, transcending the medium’s traditional reliance on light and shadow to convey space.

The most miraculous aspect of the work lies perhaps in the tension that arises between the intimate and vulnerable bodily process and the somewhat impersonal aesthetic of the resultant images. Once printed, the images become abstract explorations of tone and space, their apparently inhuman, unemotional form subverted only by the knowledge of their painfully visceral creation. What do you think: gross or cool? (via Wired and Oddity Central)

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Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge is an artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts.  From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these various mediums. McFetridge’s work is all about inviting the viewer to participate. He gives the viewer an opportunity figure out his puzzle , a puzzle that has more than one answer. Often imitated, but never equalled, McFetridge has created a double helix of personal and commercial art projects, blending disciplines and purpose in almost every project he does. In the past ten years, McFetridge has created  a unique imagery through his work, which is detailed and abstract at the same time. Full of hats, animals, hands, heads, teeth.

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Judy Fox’s Tromp L’oeils

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Judy Fox creates these bizarre, and stunning life-like sculptures that re-create figures from ancient world mythology and historical depictions. Isolated from their typically mystical surroundings, they become somehow both more and less magical, if that is possible. What amazes me most about them is that Fox creates these entirely out of terra cotta(!)- sort of a fitting material, used to depict Osiris from Egypt, legions of warriors at Qin Shi Huang, Indian gods and goddesses- you get the idea. There is something universally biblical in their man-fashioned-from-clay likenesses…oh and then they are painted over in oils! Some process shots as well for the sculpture of a Satyr above below the jump- all kind of looking like relics from Indiana Jones.

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Anna Topuriya’s Etchings

Sometimes you don’t need to create  a lot of visual noise to make something great. Anna Topuriya‘s etchings and prints are a perfect example of how delicately drawn work can be effective.

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Collapsable Shelters Provide Protection From The Elements On The Go

CHAT TRAVIESO

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Brooklyn, NY based artist and architectural designer Chat Travieso creates playful and interactive urban interventions that encourage people to question their assumptions of the built environment. His work takes the form of design/build installations that promote resourceful and sustainable strategies with a stress on simplicity, reuse, and making-do tactics. This work acknowledges the social and physical context of a site and often considers the existing spaces and objects in our urban landscape as a resource to be appropriated and repurposed.

Our favorite works by him are the amusing collapsable shelters pictured here.

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Muppet Puppet Queen

I’m sorry to do this. But……puppets and Queen rule.

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