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Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi

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Madrid based illustrator, Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi, creates these wonderfully detailed pen and watercolor works. I for one especially enjoy his black and white drawings (like the above.)

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Jake Fried’s Psychedelic “Moving Paintings”

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It’s problematic calling the work of Jake Fried either animation or painting – it is a bit more than both.  Fried uses exceptionally simple materials: White-Out, coffee, ink, gouche, and paper.  He creates and image, and adds countless layers.  The result is an evolving and unfolding psychedelic image.  Fried appropriately calls this type of experimental animation “moving paintings”. Using the image of a face as its foundation, Fried quickly elaborates on the painting barely allowing the viewer’s brain to keep pace.  You can see more of Fried’s work previously featured here.  [via]

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Douglas White Creates An Abstract Elephant Skin Tent, Giving A Second Life To Abandoned Bodies

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A tent made out of elephant skin as a large scale art installation. This does sounds like a shocking and provocative piece. Douglas White rips off our hearts and makes us angry before we even realize that he brilliantly fooled us. We are actually looking at an interpretation of what he encountered himself: an elephant’s deflated skin, draped and folded next to its bones like a collapsed tent. “Here was a body become landscape, a body both present and absent in which the distinction between the inner and outer had evaporated in the heat and decay. It was a body you could walk through…” said the artist. “Of all those objects that I ever encountered, this is the one I wanted most to possess…” Douglas White creates shapes, in between figuration and abstraction. Through his sculptures he is looking to get us sensitive on current problems like the environment, mass consumption and industrial products waste.

Ten years after his trip to East Africa and after numerous attempts in his London studio, the artist discovered a new way to work with clay. He conceived a thick and cracked texture close to a pachyderm’s skin. From there he developed a work of art around wood and clay. The result is bluffing: over 2500 lbs of wet clay suspended by a strange system of ropes, pulleys and wooden poles. By collecting thrown away or lost objects, Douglas White prefers to work with used materials to create spectacular and strange sculptures. Carbonized tires, containers, decomposed trees on a metal structure; through his art, Douglas White gives a second life to these abandoned materials.

If we makes analogies and dig into our primal instinct we can clearly see the reference to the structure of a circus big top. And if we dive even more deeper we can allow ourselves to link the song from Disney’s Dumbo soundtrack, “Song of the Roustabouts” to the name of the piece and we would be right to do so.

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Celestial Soul Portraits

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A little TGIF fun…Mr. Erial Ali is proud to offer the unique *magical* service of creating a Celestial Soul Portrait of YOU (and maybe also your family?). I’m curious who’d pay upwards of $250 for this. Is my soul even worth that much money?? Click more to see before and afters.

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Kirk Weddle’s Album Outtakes For Nirvana’s Nevermind Cover Shoot Show The Band On The Brink Of Worldwide Success

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Kirk Weddle known for his underwater photography is probably best known for his cover shot of Nirvana’s groundbreaking second LP Nevermind. Weddle’s cover shot of the naked baby swimming after a dollar bill is synonymous with an album that changed the face of music forever. Now over twenty years later out takes from the infamous shoot has surfaced and it’s interesting to hear the back story behind this one professional moment in the band’s early career and also see the trio captured on the brink of both superstardom and tragedy.
Perhaps the most prevalent thing apparent in these photos is the exhaustion and frustration of a touring band having to do the mandatory marketing tactics put forth by their record label to sell the next album. It’s unclear who decided that the best selling point for the album’s photos would be underwater shots but that was the call for the day and to see Kurt and the guys in these ridiculous shots is both endearing and bittersweet. 
According to Weddle the band even though exhausted from touring was good natured and didn’t pull any rock star moves. They look tired but in good spirits for most of the photos. Nevermind was released in September 1991 and would become one of the most successful alternative rock albums of all time. To date it has sold 30 million copies worldwide.  (via Juxtapoz)

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The Funeral Pictures Of Genevieve Blais Studies The Business Of Death

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The business of death is the subject of Genevieve Blais’ photo essay Funeral. In the series Blais looks at how consumerism dominates our lives even after life. Using a mechanical almost step by step process she captures the funerary procedure from start to finish through an itemized set of rules. In catalog fashion she shows what is needed to accomplish the final step of life; flowers, caskets, makeup, embalming machine, credit cards and waiting room. The photos themselves look dated, perhaps on purpose pointing to the fact there really hasn’t been much advancement in the business of death.
A picture of an embalming machine with the brand name Dodge makes you wonder if the popular car company was thinking proactively when designing their product which accounts for approximately 30,000 deaths per year. Turns out there’s no relation to the two and Dodge the funeral provider has been a family business since 1893. The website advertises their formaldehyde-free products and offers seminars and even a magazine for those interested in this type of work.
In her statement, Blais says when she first embarked on the project she didn’t know what to expect but as she went along she began taking a Marxist attitude towards the whole procedure. However, death is big business and those working in that industry make a comfortable living by a simple fact of nature that is both unavoidable and inevitable.

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We’re Moving So Watch Some Pellet Vids!

Hey everyone,
We just moved to our new amazing office and unfortunately our internet isn’t set up so excuse the lag in blog posts.We’ll try to post as much as we can during breaks from unpacking millions of boxes but in the meantime enjoy some fun animations by Pellet! We’ll be back up and posting in a day or two!

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Joseph DeLappe Proves Money Is Power By Imprinting Bills With Drones

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Specializing in digital media, artist and professor Joseph DeLappe boasts a diverse background. While his portfolio features seemingly traditional experience in painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, and curatorial work, it also presents more inventive undertakings, titled “interventions/actions.” Spanning social media experiments and fake newspaper articles, this distinctive body of work is entirely political, with the most recent project, In Drones We Trust, featuring paper money as its platform.

Described as a “crowd sourced, participatory rubber stamp currency intervention,”  In Drones We Trust calls for volunteers all across America to brand their bills with a tiny stamp depicting an MQ1 Predator Drone. DeLappe explains:

The idea came after closely examining U.S. currency – all but the $1 dollar bill feature a pastoral depiction of a notable government building or monument on the back of the bills, albeit with lonely, empty skies. It seems appropriate, considering our current use of drones in foreign skies, to symbolically bring them home to fly over our most notable patriotic structures.

Subtle enough to blend in with their printed surroundings but graphic enough to stand out, the colorful marks stamped on the notes succeed as both an aesthetic addition and as a political statement. By adorning paper currency with these controversial and heavily symbolic imprints, DeLappe is able to both stealthily spread his message and get his art into circulation—literally. (Via Vandalog)

To join the cause and put your money where your mouth is, get your own drone stamp here!

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