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Pavel Maria Smejkal’s Famous Photographs Devoid Of Main Subjects

Pavel Maria Smejkal lives and works in Slovakia. From 2009 to 2011 he created a series entitled Fatescapes in which the main subjects are removed from famous photographs and iconic images. What remains is the often eerie landscape in which the event unfolded. From Raising The Flag on Iwo Jima to Muhammad Ali vs. Sonny Liston, these strange images are inherently important and memorable even though the central focus has shifted. In his own words: “In Fatescapes, I remove (using a classic tool of digital work today Adobe Photoshop) the central motifs from historical documentary photographs and the main subject of these motifs, human bodies. I use images that have become our cultural heritage, constitute the memory of nations, serve as symbols or tools of propaganda, and exemplify a specific approach to photography as a document of the historical moment. I explore their purpose and function, and I ask about the future of this magic medium, and about human existence. Aware that their authenticity is not unquestionable, I return to these key images after they have been reinterpreted numerous times from various perspectives, and by manipulating their content I explore their purpose, function, and future.” (via)

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A Hacked Tape Gun That Allows You To Create 3D Drawings In Real Space

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A group of students from the Hasso-Plattner Institude in Germany have designed a mechanism called the Protopiper that allows you to make three dimensional sketches in space. Created from a modified tape gun, the Protopiper works by dispensing and rolling packing tape into strong, hollow tubes. Then, after the desired size has been formulated, the machine seals the tube and cuts it off while simultaneously creating a wing formation which allows each piece to be easily connected. Every tube can be programmed for a specific length and therefore can create models of specifically sized objects. The Protopiper allows you literally create and organize a room with furniture you haven’t bought yet, or brainstorm the layout design and attributes of an installation, or physically sketch the building blocks to the formation of a piece of a sculpture. Through a simplistic handling and inexpensive material, The Protopiper truly allows you to draw three dimensional throw away sketches. This little invention is great for anyone interested in design— it takes the process from being one of painstaking two dimensional drawings that are then to be projected into a physical space through imagination into one where the physical reality of a project can be played with and manipulated (it also just looks super fun). (Via Junkculture)

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Joachim Schmid’s Shredded Negatives

Joachim Schmid is a Berlin-based artist working with photography and public image sources. Schmid has found acclaim in his numerous series, spanning thirty years, but a personal favourite is Photogenic Drafts. The series consists of portraits made from donated shredded negatives, which question identity, gender and age with satirical wit.

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Tomorrow is Here, a solo exhibition by Suzannah Sinclair

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Samsøn is proud to present Suzannah Sinclair’s 2nd solo exhibition with the gallery: “Tomorrow is Here” from March 26 – May 1st, 2010: Artist’s Reception Friday, March 26 / 6-8pm

The new ocean paintings are 8 x 11 inches; the size of a page from these same vintage men’s magazines devoid of figures.

“They are sometimes from advertisements trying to convey a warm easy feeling that embody the beauty and stillness that I find in the women I paint. I like the pairing of ‘Sister What a Good Time’: landscape, that insane feeling of getting lost in the depths of someone’s eyes or the blue depth of the ocean.”

The works will be installed in an environment complete with lamps, rugs, Bertoia benches and pots/planters with plants setting a stage for comfort, suggestion & space-time. A mirror can be part of a scene without the figure through reflection.

“I like the word ‘quietude’. Just saying…”

Suzannah Sinclair was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1979 and currently resides in NY, NY
450 Harrison Ave. / 29 Thayer St. Boston, MA 02118
T 617.357.7177

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Anne Lemanski’s Socially Conscious Sculpture of Animals

 

Anne Lemanski‘s sculptures of various animals done in unique textile surrounding a copper armature are rich in symbolism. An eagle is composed of stitched-together dollar bill designs, while a pigeon is put together with pieces of a service worker’s uniform. A water bird is made of slick, oily latex. The sculptures are great, and the social, political, and environmental commentary are a bonus. Lemanski’s work, which “highlight[s] our admiration for animals as symbols, and our exploitation of them to suit our needs…” touches on a nice dichotomous conflict that adds some strong intellectual power to each piece. Coyotes, snakes, primates, and more after the jump. (via)

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Marie Koetje

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Portland, Oregan based Marie Koetje’s dark paintings are chaos interrupted. Her subject matter usually deals with natural/ man-made environments out of control. Incredibly noisy with vegetation, trash, and color that are all suddenly silenced by one striking color of fluorescent lighting, neon signs, etc.

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Alison Blickle

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New York artist Alison Blickle creates interests paintings in which female nudes (which I think are roughly self-portraits) are pictured in the majestic beauty of nature. While this might not sound all that revolutionary on its own, there is an interesting, almost cartoonish aesthetic in the paintings which creates a sort of off-putting sense of abstraction/simplification, as if this reality is very far from the artist’s life.

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Only a Few More Weeks to Enter & Win $1,000!

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Ahh….fame and fortune, who doesn’t need the extra wads of cash and bragging rights? Only a few more weeks to win both for Beautiful/Decay and Talenthouse’s – shirt competition! There have been some great entries so far- so keep ’em comin!

May I remind you that the winner receives a whopping $1000 cash prize and the fame of having their design featured & promoted on Talenthouse.com and printed on a T-shirt!

The design is completely open to your interpretation and can be as creative as possible, as long as it includes the Talenthouse logo in some way. You can create any style of graphic of your choosing—the logo can be either a small element within the overall design, or you can focus on the logo in a new creative way.

This is a chance to have your design be seen and worn around the world! More details after the jump!

DEADLINE (COMIN’ UP!): NOVEMBER 5, 2009

PRIZE: $1,000!

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