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B/D Best of 2010 – B/D Flickr Creative Pic Pool: Tom Hudson

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On the last day of 2009 we thought we’d pick yet another dedicated B/D Flickr Creative Pic Pool members work to post on the blog. This time we bring you Tom Hudson’s hyperspectrum colored collages displayed on his Flickr page full of tasty illustrations, collages, and other eye candy. Tom is 1/4 of a collective called the ‘Nous Vous’, who create everything from drawings to noise performances. That’s quite the spectrum if you ask me.

Remember to join the B/D Flickr Creative Pic Pool as we are always looking for new ways to promote our readers & members! Here’s to an awesome new year filled with tons of visual stimuli!

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Finding Neo: Justin Hager Makes Illustration Mashups For Pop Culture Fiends

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Justin Hager’s art is all about curation of pop culture references, and it’s really damn punny! He uses mostly celebrity, television, and film material: Kanye and Beavis and Butthead become Yeezus and Butthead. Hager does a great job with quick witt and wordplay while keeping the right balance of contemporary pop-culture icons, and some well deserved recalls from the past. He’s in league with producers like Girl Talk – who managed to mix Missy Elliott with the Ramones – except Hager trades in visual material, instead of mashing up pop songs. Each one of his pieces is entertaining, and it takes firm willpower not to go ‘share’ crazy on his tumblr. Curation is key now that we have access to everything at a finger-swipe. Think of Hager’s artwork as creative recycling: instead of making more to add to the seemingly limitless pile of cultural products, he instead picks some pre-existing ones and creates something new and fun with them. It’s easy to love because it allows us to be nostalgic while also getting something fresh out of the material.

There’s not much to say that the artwork doesn’t say for itself, so take a look after the jump.

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Shepard Fairey Plagiarist? You Be The Judge

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Shepard Fairey’s work goes beyond traditional methods of appropriation and referencing. Some of these are exact replicas of previous works, with just a subtle color change. It wouldn’t be an issue if this work only existed in the streets as a form of political guerilla art. However Shepard profits greatly through museum shows,a multi-million dollar apparel line, and inflated art sales as the result of this decade long art project. More and more this seems like a genius marketing plan aimed at angry teenagers rather than creating a body of original artwork that opens up a dialogue about politics. Read this in-depth article by Mark Vallens and decide for yourself.

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Origami Street Installation from Mademoiselle Maurice

Based in Paris, Mademoiselle Maurice creates colorful installations on the street by conglomerating a bunch of origami. A lot of “street artists” love to talk about how important the ephemeral nature of their work is. Well Mlle. Maurice’s delicate origami doesn’t look like it will last long in its original state. But somehow these works seem really natural in their setting, like a growth of delicate lichen on the shadowed side of a rock. It’s almost as if they appeared on their own. Be sure to check out her website for many more images and projects. (via)

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Studio Visit: Tom Sanford

Tom Sanford had me over to his spacious basement studio in Tribeca this past Saturday.  I became aware of Sanford’s work in 2008 when I saw his show “Mr. Hangover” at Leo Koenig, Inc.  Tom’s main project is capturing our rapid-fire digital culture in the slow language of painting.  If it’s in the news – it’s likely fodder for his paintings.  When we watch TV, a pop star’s recent public tantrum is covered with the same attention as the death count in a war zone.  Tom doesn’t try to adjust the playing field between pop culture and world events – he conflates them.  But when that happens in a painting the dissonance is in your face in a way that it isn’t on TV.  For instance, in a new large-scale painting, Bill Murray (as a red capped Steve Zissou from The Life Aquatic) is being held at gun point by pirates off the coast of Somalia.  It’s inexplicably poignant – maybe because I care about the character from a movie?  Sanford speaks eloquently about how painting is slow media, and how we’re all enmeshed in fast media – he has a sign up in his studio that sums it up as “The worse the better.”

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London-Based Electronic Musician/Producer, Jon Hopkins Returns with Immunity

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Photo by Steve Gullick

Jon Hopkins released his fourth full length solo album earlier this year, Immunity on Domino Records. “The first sound on Immunity is that of a key turning, unlocking the door into Jon Hopkins’ East London studio. It’s followed by the noise of the door slamming, then footsteps, and then finally the crisp, clipping rhythms and pulsating bass of ‘We Disappear’ emerge, signposting the most club-friendly music Hopkins’ has made to date.”

I was able to catch Jon open up for Purity Ring the other night at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood and while it took the crowd a few songs to warm up to him, by the end of his set everyone was dancing along to his hypnotic beats. Jon recently remixed Purity Ring’s “Amenamy” and Megan from Purity Ring added vocals to his track, “Breathe This Air”, it would have been a great opportunity for them to perform together on stage, but that never materialized. They did however give out a very limited 12″ vinyl that had both tracks on it if you were one of the first 150 in the door.

Jon will be performing this coming Saturday, August 31st at MOMA PS1’s Warm Up in New York and will also be appearing later that night at the Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn. He’ll then head back to Europe for a string of festival shows. Check out the beautiful new version of, “Breathe This Air”, featuring Megan of Purity Ring and be sure to catch him at one of his upcoming shows.

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Gianna Commito

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Gianna Commito makes paintings that feel almost sign-like – like a road sign warning you that the road has erupted and time is about to stop.  The watercolor and gouache, or w.color and casein paintings don’t let you through the rabbit’s hole too quickly, but when given consideration they transform into tumultuous, imploding space scapes with virtuoso shifts in direction and scale.  Using architectural source imagery allows the abstract paintings to have oddly real looking color and light shifts.  In an interview Gianna compared the space in her paintings to origami or the inside of a tent.  More paintings and a studio shot after the jump…

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Bars and Tones


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Kandinsky would have cried an abstract expressionist tear for this visual invocation of music.

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