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Keith Allen Phillips Creates Subversive Images Of Nude Women Covered With Sweets

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Browsing through Keith Allen Phillips’ website, I found many sexy portraits of nude women, but with his series Messy, he takes his photography in a different direction. Phillips covers his models with a variety of foods from chocolate to Cheetos to sprinkles and icing sugar, and the results are pretty unexpected. Although some are still quite sexual, like when the model looks out at you from below a layer of creamy and chocolate while licking a finger, most don’t have that ‘food sex’ kind of vibe. By the time I reached the ones with a pink marshmallow mohawk, I realized I was barely processing the food as food, anymore.

Recently I wrote an article about Will Cotton, and Phillips feels like the anti-Cotton. Whereas Cotton’s world of food and women is soft, beautiful, and delectable, Messy has a harder edge, and one that I find more appealing. Once again, I’m drawn to the marshmallow mohawk woman, this time screaming out. She looks like a very intimidating alien. I find that although I have some difficulty with the idea of Phillips smearing food all over these women, the women rock it with a powerful presence, which is more than I can say of Cotton’s work. Each artist is experimenting with food, and beauty and sexuality in women. Phillips takes the viewer somewhere they didn’t expect to go. (Via Lost at E Minor)

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Debbie Tea

Debbie Tea_01 Indonesia based artist Debbie Tea was a multi-media student, but she now chooses to express herself primarily through her camera. Her photographs, many of which she presents in series, are observations of a peculiar sort. She pulls together that which tends to reamain separate, and displays her subjects by playing with their absence.

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Charlyne Yi Performs at B/D’s “Art Works Every Time”

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Don’t miss Charlyne Yi’s performance with her band Flesh the Racist Crayon for “Art Works Every Time” tomorrow night! This Jane of all Trades is a comedienne/actress/producer/writer/painter extraordinaire whom you may remember from such box office hits as Knocked Up and Paper Heart. But even more importantly you’re seriously going to be kicking yourself with a snowshoe if you miss her FREE performance at “Art Works Every Time” and have to pay to see her at the UCB Theatre. Details after the cut.

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Lucas Blalock’s Distortions

New York-based artist Lucas Blalock constructs images that are photographed in film and then uses digital overlapping and editing to distort. The work’s overlapping elements, merging and mutilation of pattern and playfulness of colour show Blalock’s clear experimentation with humour and absurdity. Check more out after the jump.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s Enormous Portraits That Can Be Seen From The Sky

It’s difficult to overstate how large Jorge Rodriguez-Gerda‘s portraits are.  While much of his work consists of enormous charcoal portraits inhabiting the sides of entire apartment buildings, Rodriguez-Gerada’s Terrestrial Series are best viewed through an airplane window.  The artist typically uses natural materials such as sand and dirt to draw out faces from the earth.  Speaking about the reasons for his portraits’ huge scale he says:

“I am critical of the marketing that has crept into so many facets of our lives. I decided to do work that would counter it by using the same codes used by advertisers such as scale, visibility and eye catching images. I wanted these new iconic images to be huge and placed in strategic places.”

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Kar­ley Feaver’s Stuffed Birds With Bizarre Haircuts

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New Zealand-based artist Kar­ley Feaver creates assemblages that involve a mix­ture of stuffed birds and various costume-like adornment ( human hair, gold plated metal, wood, and more). The artist claims that the animals she uses are ethically sourced and have died of natural causes.

Through her grotesque yet beautiful sculptures, the artist explores the idea of trans­for­ma­tion and adorn­ment, as her cur­rent inter­ests rest in nature’s abil­ity to sur­vive in dif­fer­ent forms by adapt­ing, adjust­ing, and mutat­ing into an increas­ingly man-made environment.

She intends to make these birds look other-worldly. Interestingly enough, she is successful at doing this by using materials that we are very familiar with (human hair, gold, and wood). She makes an interesting juxtaposition between the natural and the unnatural, the familiar and the unfamiliar- specifically to make a point about the unnatural efforts animals (in general) have to make in order to survive in a man-made environment.

Through the ages peo­ple have made beau­ti­ful things for them­selves and oth­ers by using mate­ri­als from their nearby envi­ron­ment. Birds are known to do the same, espe­cially when seek­ing to attract a mate. Feaver’s new works bring the image of beauty almost to the edge of absur­dity, their appear­ance is both bizarre and extra­or­di­nary, unlike any other crea­ture on earth.

(via Brown Paper Bag)

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Amy Stein’s Photographs: Halloween On the Street and Animals in the Woods

 

These photographs are taken from two series by NYC  photographer Amy Stein: “Domesticated”, and “Halloween in Harlem”. The photos were put together a while ago now, but I’ve always loved them. And, as Ms. Stein seems to be dealing with an issue involving use of her work without permission and $40,000, I figured she deserved some love.

“Domesticated” depicts real stories ivolving animals and humans culled from local news stories. Stein used often used taxidermied animals in her perfectly positioned shots, which include bobcats confused by newfound construction and curious bears checking out backyard pools.

“Halloween in Harlem” is pretty straightforward: Stein’s eye set to run freely capturing the spirit of the holiday and creepy children in masks on the street.

Check out images from both series below.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Syscape

In the future Eric Schockmel‘s syscapes video is what earth will look like. This video also reminds me of Chris Burden‘s Medusa’s Head.

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