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EC Salazar

Beautfiully hatched drawings by Vancouver based illustrator EC Salazar.

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A Day In Decay: Adventures In Puerto Aventuras

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Everyone needs a break from the hectic workloads and congested traffic that comes with living in LA. So we decided to get some R&R time and head down to Puerto Aventuras.  Any plane trip for me and my fellow dark complexioned friends involves a long line of song and dance with the airport security. As I scanned my passport I was treated with this friendly yet vague note. After 15 minutes of waiting around a mysterious lady came by and asked a few questions. I gave her my best wink and smile and she decided that I wasn’t a terrorist threat and let me go.

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Jesse Greenberg’s Urethane Plastic Sculptures

Jesse Greenberg lives and works in New York City. He utilizes a wide variety of materials to create foreboding structures that reference the natural world as well as the artificial. The majority of his work is made from plastic and displayed so that viewers may touch what they see as the tactility of the work adds to the experience. Greenberg takes a cheap mass produced material that many take for granted and morphs it into deteriorated monuments that comment on consumption and decay.

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Grafuck Book Launch

Grafuck book launch and artist exhibit this Saturday at Gallery Nucleus.

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Michael L. Abramson’s Unseen Photographs Of Chicago Nightlife In The 1970’s

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The posthumous exhibition of Michael L. Abramson’s work, titled, “Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night,” features previously unseen photographs from night clubs in Chicago in the 1970’s. The grainy black and white shots highlight a side of Chicago that had been previously undocumented. The exhibition is co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Columbia College Chicago Library.

Abramson, who died three years ago, shot on a Leica and spent a lot of time shooting in Chicago’s South Side, where he compiled work for his book “Light: On The South Side,” of which this work is a continuation of. Often compared to Brassai, who photographed the Parisian nightlife scene, Abramson showed a new side of Chicago. Abramson has work in the permanent collections of many institutions, such as the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Photography.

This show will be up through December 19th at the Columbia College Chicago Library.

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Vik Muniz’ Huge Scrap Metal Animals

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Brazilian artist Vik Muniz created these images of animals using scrap metal.  You can get idea of the huge scale of Muniz’ work by looking at the first image – notice the pile of car doors on the left.  Much of Muniz’ art is an accumulation of what many would consider garbage to create fine art.  He creates huge ‘collages’ from these objects, photographs them, and returns them to their smaller scale.  You may recognize Muniz and his work from the acclaimed documentary Wasteland in which his process was detailed. [via]

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Storm Tharp’s Fluid figure paintings.

Portland, Oregon based artist Storm Tharp’s fluid figurative paintings mix ornate patterning with a delicate “happy accidents” style of brush work that make his striking figures seem to be in motion yet completely still. This playfulness of medium creates an unsettling state in the work making each piece psychological portraits of figures who could be real or completely out of the artists imagination.

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Bringing Street Art To The Navajo Nation: The Painted Desert Project

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The Painted Desert Project amazingly unique project bringing street art to the Navajo Nation and Native American culture to street artists.  Impossibly interesting artist and doctor, Chip Thomas lives in the Four Corners area and organized the project.  Thomas invites various street artist to the area in order to create original art reflecting different aspects of Navajo culture.  However, Thomas requests the artists research Navajo culture, interact with the community, and even attend sweats with tribal elders prior to conceiving and creating their work.  In this way, the street art illustrates each artists personal interaction with the culture.

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