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Surreal Buddhist Bug Project Tries To Negotiate Between Buddhism And Islam

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Cambodian-based artist Anida Yoeu Ali conceptualized The Buddhist Bug Project, which sprouted from her fascination of other religions. She was raised in the Muslim faith but is drawn towards the Buddhist religion. Her project attempts to reconcile these two interests. Ali explains:

The Buddhist Bug Project seeks to map a new spiritual and social landscape through its surreal existence amongst ordinary people and everyday environments. The Buddhist Bug (BBug) is a fantastic saffron-colored creature that can span the length of a 30-metre bridge or coil into a small orange ball. Rooted in an autobiographical exploration of identity, the Bug comes from the artist’s own spiritual turmoil between Islam and Buddhism. Set amongst everyday people in ordinary moments, the Bug provokes obvious questions of belonging and displacement.

The Bug’s colorful exterior references robes worn by the Buddhist Monks, while the style of its head piece is modeled after the Islamic Hijab. The travelling project has made its way to Cambodia, where Ali and photographer Masahiro Sugano stage site-specific performances. We see the Bug wrapped around tables, in a boat, up a flight of stairs, and more. Its presence allows for others to interact with it and take part in the project, which is part of Ali’s intent. “…meters and meters of textile act as skin, as a way for the surface of my body to extend into public spaces, and as a metaphoric device for stories to spread across an expanse.” She says. “For me, performance and storytelling become ways of bridging the interior and exterior space of self as well as initiate critical dialogues between communities and institutions. (Via design boom and The Philanthropic Museum)

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Daniel Weiss

017_17 Daniel Weiss is a photographer from NYC practicing what he calls, “traditional street photography.” One of his bodies of work, entitled “New Yorkers,” depicts the everyday people he encounters throughout New York as the title suggests. His goal is to capture the traditional cast of characters of the big city. His other portfolio, titled “Street Scenes,” is more your basic street art. In each of his photos he aims for a timeless feel, only capturing scenes that do not give away the time period. He says that by not being able to tell if the photo was taken now or 50 years ago, “it allows you to focus more on certain, more interesting details that may be in the photograph.” He states, “Especially since I feel that most the city nowadays is in an aesthetic slump that it will never recover from.” Check out more of his work after the jump, or visit his site.

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Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder

I’m not sure if Major Lazer’s new video is pure genius, madness or a bit of both… i’m intrigued!

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Vinicius Costa’s Surreal Digital Worlds

Vinicius Costa creates glossy surreal worlds where anything is possible. In his densely rich and bizarre worlds plants take on human characteristics, pill bottles are turned into homes, and nature is replaced with richly frosted cupcakes and sweets. I’m not sure about you but I’d be first in line to live in Vinicius’ deliciously insane world.

 

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Todd Baxter’s Photographs Fool Us Into Thinking That They’re Paintings

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Believe it or not, these images by Todd Baxter are not paintings. They are photos, crafted with a painterly touch that clearly demonstrates the photographer’s influence of other fine art media such as painting, drawing, and sculpture. Baxter loads his compositions with exquisite details, and we see hand-made badges, fur scarves, and even exposed entrails that make up his series Owl Scouts. The surreal coloring and controlled lighting makes it easy to forget that what we’re looking at is a well-considered photograph.

Narrative images tell the story of young scouts that trek through the wilderness and encounter a series of adventures. Some are neat, like when they find an owl that’s been burrowed underground. Other times are more gruesome and include a near-drowning and cut, bloody hand.

The formal considerations of the photographs and their subject matter can’t help but make someone think of Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. Baxter’s work is more surreal and dark, however, where the woods is a character in the tale of these young scouts. (Via Optically Addicted)

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MINALE-MAEDA’s Inside Out Furniture And Lego Buffet

Minale-Maeda’s Inside Out Furniture series is designed specifically to be downloadable in order to reduce enviornmental issues related to transport, costs of stockkeeping, and explore collaborative design and distribution. The concept was to turn pieces inside out to make construction simple, while brackets and structural details become distinctive and attractive features. The connections are 3D printed to suit various sizes of wood, and the crafting is minimal requiring only cutting to length and drilling. Another interesting project by the collaborative duo is the Lego Buffet, a buffet table gorgeously made entirely out of you guessed it, Legos! See more images after the jump!

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Abbey Watkins Fashion Illustrations

Recent Manchester Metropolitan University  graduate Abbey Watkins mixes detailed pencil drawing with just a touch of digital coloring to create hip and sexy fashion illustrations with a surreal and occult twist. (via pulmoniare)

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Sharon Moody’s Photorealist Comic Book Paintings

Sharon Moody’s gorgeously painted trompe l’oeil paintings of comic books freeze the page turning excitement of comic books and build suspense for what super heroic feats will take place with the advancement of each page.

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