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Choi Xooang’s Exquisitely Nightmarish Human Sculptures

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Korean artist Choi Xooang creates sculptures that you’d see in your nightmares. The grotesque artworks are made out of resin and shocking in the brutal ways that they manipulate the human body. Severed limbs, skin corsets, and people-made backpacks are all featured in these pale, hyperreal mutant characters. Although they feature exquisite craftsmanship (the life-like details are stunning), it’s hard to get away from subject matter.

Galerie Albert Benamou – Véronique Maxé, who represent the artist, write about Choi’s work, stating the ideas behind his work:

His existentialist creatures, in the torments of their flesh and their contradictions, become our double dumb and clueless. The artist says that emotions are the only things given to a man or woman apart from their social status in the functioning of a capitalist society. Choi Xooang not only gives us his own feelings but attempts to retrieve a collective soul, a chart of all the sufferings and joys experienced by everyone.

We see these types of feelings represented; while there is pain, there is also sensuality between the characters, and even some eroticism shown throughout the strange hybrid people. With this, Choi communicates that pain and pleasure can walk a thin line. (Via Hi Fructose)

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Garrett Pruter

asylum3Garrett Pruter constructs architecutral wonders with collage and drawing techniques.  He combines graphite and acrylic on top of collage to create mini villages on the page.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there were mini civilizations occupying his turn-of-the-century cityscapes.  He is currently studying Illustration at Parsons School of Design.

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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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Sofia Leiby

 

Paintings, collages, and drawings that sway back and forth between the world of abstraction and representation by Sofia Leiby.

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Takahiro Kimura’s Imperfect But Beautiful Faces

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Japanese artist and illustrator Takahiro Kimura believes that true beauty lies within imperfection. Through his collage work, Kimura tries to expose the vulnerable yet beautiful nature of the human spirit by creating distorted human faces. To achieve a ‘distorted’ aesthetic, the artist cuts and rearranges different images, which he creates, to form one.

Though I am quite interested in various aspects and contradictions which people have inside, I attempt not to think about them in the stage of creation. I’d rather devote my attention to  line and exquisite balance of form, mass, composition and color so that[..] the said factors can stand out.

Although his work is lively, there is still a visible hint of darkness that creates an interesting  paradox- there is, in fact, a great amount of imperfection within the obvious beauty of these human faces.

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Daughters Of Devotion: The Art Of Dressing For The Occasion

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“Nighttwins” Laura and Kindra have been helping keep the New York nightlife scene alive for over seven years. Better known as Daughters of Devotion, this pair originally from Seattle, dress up, act out, perform, inspire and create installations. Combining their interests in romantic/fetish fashion and showroom/glam drag, these two extroverts quickly bonded over a mutual love of creating twin-themed costumes.

Setting out to be more than just colorful characters, Daughters of Devotion have created a brand and an unusual type of business for themselves. They have performed with Cher, been nominated for a Glammy, featured on the cover of Next magazine and have even lain on the beach in Hawaii with Carmen Electra. Proving to be much more than just part of the ‘club creature family’, DOFD have surpassed their own expectations of where their flamboyant passions would lead them.

“We draw inspiration from so many sources. Couture designers through the ages, vintage patterns, showgirl pageantry, Dolly Parton, John Willie, nightlife artists present and past, fetish, cartoons — you name it…. The looks we conceptualize, create and present to the world are living works of art to be admired for just a moment in time; especially because we rarely repeat looks. “

Loaded up with jewels, face paint plastered on, eyelashes applied, belts buckled tightly, and stockings hoicked up high, Daughters of Devotion are a celebration of the wonders that go on after dark. Equal parts entertainment, and artistic expression, these two women are their own subculture, their own art genre, and certainly are a sight for sore eyes.
(Via Huff Post)

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Ray Young Chu’s Cat Cereal

Ray Young Chu makes beautifully detailed paintings that don’t take themselves too seriously. Cute animals and laughter are always a good mix in my book.

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