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Sufi Influenced Cosmic Collages Explore Existence And Identity

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The art of Ala Ebtekar is as simple as it is effective.  Ebtekar was born in the United States and raised in California but retained a strong connection to the land of his heritage, Iran.  You can nearly see in Ebtekar’s work a gazing at home from far away, a sort of portal.  Ebtekar is definitely referencing the cosmic with this work.  He says of the Sufi influence behind his work, “Sufis believe that existence is of two natures – both earthly and divine – and it’s that transition between these two states that’s represented by an arch. The arch could be in architecture, but it could also be a beloved’s eyebrow, and how that’s an entrance to that other space.”  Ebtekar also subtly uses Western imagery in addressing this “other space” – you’ll notice some of these pieces printed on the back of science fiction movie posters.

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Michelle Blade’s 366 Days of the Apocalypse Exhibition

San Francisco based artist Michelle Blade has just opened her exhibition entitled Making Light Of It: 366 Days of The Apocalypse at The Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, New Mexico. The work in the show was created by producing one painting every day of the year 2012, all with the theme of the end of the world rumors involving the Mayan calendar. The show is on view through February 17th. All of the paintings in the series can be seen on Michelle’s Tumblr. From the press release: “As a daily meditation on her relationship with painting and with the apocalyptic Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012, Blade’s work investigates themes of ritual and prophecy. Blade’s solo exhibition Making Light of It features the debut of all 366 apocalypse paintings, alongside new sculptural works, as a triumphant New Year proclamation.”

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Smart Billboards That Lend A Hand And Interact With Passerby’s

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Rarely does advertising serve up such a smart, practical use of media like the new IBM campaign (designed by Ogilvy France). The intriguing billboards incorporate flat design in a 3-Dimensional capacity, building benches, awnings and helpful ramps to make the urban landscape a little bit “smarter.” By rethinking this simple medium, their message links the tech giant with innovation, intelligence and ingenuity in the physical world—a major feat of creative strategy. [via]

Watch a video of the billboards in action after the jump.

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Video Watch: Kevin Margo’s SciFi Short Film “Grounded”

In honor of Felix Baumgartner’s recent space jump, we present you with Kevin Margo’s Grounded. After falling from a presumed spaceship crash, we experience the adjustments of an astronaut’s consciousness on his new planet. The artist explains:

“One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.”

The production quality is top notch, especially for a short film– visual effects, costumes, soundscape; the lighting alone is worth eight minutes of your time. Check it out after the jump!

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Trenton Doyle Hancock – …And Then It All Came Back To Me

The work of Trenton Doyle Hancock is the focus of …And Then It All Came Back To Me, a new solo exhibit currently at the James Cohan Gallery through December 22.  The Texas-based artist is well known for his exceptionally intricate work and the epic narrative that flows through it.  Hancock seamlessly ties together classical, religious, and pop-culture references and styles into emotionally engaging artwork.  His new series veers from his narrative to a more autobiographical theme and his role as an artist.

Trenton Doyle Hancock was also a featured artist in Beautiful/Decay Issue: V.  Be sure to check it out if you’d like for more of Hancock and his work.

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Petrina Hicks

Petrina Hicks’ latest series Beautiful Creatures appeals to our senses. Immediately alluring the large-scale, hyper-real photographs, are all rendered so clearly and with such control that they are reminiscent of advertisements, promoting a slick new television series perhaps, or teen clothing range.

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Amy Feldman’s Mostly Black And White Abstractions

Sometimes simplicity is key such as in the paired down color schemes and minimal compositions of Amy Feldman’s paintings. Through subtle color shifts and iconic geometric imagery Feldman gets us  to look a little bit closer at all the variations in the color black and the beautiful imperfections of the human hand.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Mass

Jordi Pages morphing, slipping, and sliding video called Mass is the perfect way to slip right in to Tuesday!

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