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Mind-Blowing Surrealist Sand Sculptures By Carl Jara

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The incredible sand sculptures of Carl Jara more closely resemble ancient carved marble or surrealist daydreams than they do ordinary sand castles. His giant creations can reach an astounding height of fifteen feet, delightfully dwarfing beach goers and casting shadows across the sand. Jara has won several local, national, and international competitions with his powerful work.

Jara’s sculptural content seems to take a cue from his medium; each piece is devastatingly impermanent, fragile and vulnerable in the face of waves and rain. The carefully-constructed form of the sculptures express a similar evanescent quality, appearing as if they might vanish at any moment. The human body is split in two, and the flesh magically loses its materiality, intermingling with draped fabric. Here, bisecting the nude form is as simple unzipping a zipper that lines the torso; in this surreal realm, it appears as though we may shed our physical, mortal bodies like clothing.

And yet, somehow these images suggest a spiritual permanence of the creative self. Though the human figure is shown as transient, and although the artwork will surely vanish with the tides, Jara’s body of work hints at an invisible and unknown infinity. A man opens himself, revealing countless tiny selves arranged like Russian dolls. A piece titled Infinity presents a man, a philosopher maybe, holding unending manifestations of his own thought within a large, curved palm. Like grains of sand, we humans will one day be washed away, but in some surreal universe, our identities will be repeated, remembered time and again. (via Colossal)

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Théo Gènnitsakis

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Commercial illustrator Théo Gènnitsakis was born in Greece, and is now Creative Director of design agency LA SUNRISE in Paris whose modus operandi is “Audacity is the safest path” (check out their blog, it’s kinda funny). Well, it’s definitely safe to assume we know what Théo enjoys! And…safe to say that I feel a bit violated looking at these, haha.

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Jonathan Josefsson’s Abstract Rugs

Swedish artist Jonathan Josefsson is producing a series of rugs that act as abstract sculptural works. By creating pieces within the confines of a familiar house object Josefsson is helping to reinvigorate the ancient craft of rug making. The rugs are displayed on the wall in an exhibition setting as art objects. The fluid forms are reminiscent of cells found in biology. (via)

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Teresa Lim Documents Her Travels With Embroidery

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A young designer named Teresa Lim uses a centuries old tradition to remember her trips to exotic places. Instead of a shutter and lens she threads needle and yarn to embroider her memories. The idea first evolved when she wanted more than just a photograph or postcard as a memento. She used her training and expertise as a textile designer/illustrator and concocted the embroidery idea. The labor involved in the project satisfied Lim’s taste and was a positive way to imprint these unique places into her memory.

The work itself is not much larger than a photograph and round in shape. On her website (teeteeheehee) she shows a picture of the finished piece against the actual subject matter. Most are uncannily accurate and quite beautiful. She chooses an array of colorful, natural destinations to sew which work well with the bold, vibrant yarns. Some of the places she’s embroidered have been Vietnam, Berlin, Prague and Tokyo. She has also done other projects in embroidery which depict girl power topics and are less traditional in the sense of technique.
Embroidery has been in existence since the early 3rd century B.C. Since that time it has changed very little. There are a few different types of stitches and that’s it.
It differs from needlepoint which uses a stiff open weave canvas opposed to embroidery’s soft cloth which requires a loop to create a border. (via boredpanda)

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Rachel Niffenegger

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The faces that Rachel Niffenegger paints are seductive.  A couple of her inspirations are “an obsession for gross out humor and imaginings of fantastical death scenes.”  Her combination of a beautiful palette with zombiesque ghost portraiture works.  You could hang one of these over your couch, and when your family visits – they might not even notice you had a screaming skull from hell suspended in the air over them.

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CLICK TO COLLECT- AFFORDABLE ARTIST ORIGINALS PRESENTS: Emilio Santoyo

Spirit, 2012
6 x 8 inches, Gouache on paper $225

Ladies Ride, 2012
6 x 8 inches, Gouache on paper $200

Welcome to this weeks offering of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. This week we bring you California native Emilio Santoyo whose boldly colored gouache paintings on paper take you on a neon fantasy through the galaxy that lives within the artist mind. Strap on a helmet, jump on your moped, and ride off into the work of our good pal Emilio and add a bit of color to your drab walls. Read more about the work, see the entire list of available works, and find out more about Click To Collect after the jump!

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Philadelphia Dream Pop Duo Lockets And Their Debut Album Camera Shy

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I happen to come across Philadelphia duo Lockets while searching for records online at Rough Trade. I always laugh when I discover American bands on British sites, but that’s exactly what happened the other day. All I had to read from Rough Trade’s description was, “stunning dream pop which aches with bittersweetness”, and I was instantly hooked. Lockets are vocalist Dani Mari and multi-instrumentalist Todd Mendelsohn and yes, comparisons to Cocteau Twins and Beach House are inevitable, but I still can’t stop listening. You can listen to and download their album Camera Shy on their website and pre-order the very limited vinyl (only 500 made) that comes out in the US on Dec. 4, 2012 on Beautiful Strange.

If you happen to be in or around the Philadelphia area, tickets are still available via Ticketfly for their show on Dec. 6, 2012 at the Barbary opening up for St. Lucia who I recently caught this past summer at the Echo in Los Angeles and loved! Check out the their latest video for Winter Light and pre-order their debut record here.

 

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Torkil Gudnason’s Electric Floral Still Lives

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Danish photographer Torkil Gudnason lives in New York City where he is mostly known for his work in fashion photography. As a side project, Gudnason creates botanical still lives using soft, ethereal lighting for his series “Electric Blossom” and “Hothouse Color.” Gudnason constructs his shots so that brightly colored backgrounds accent the flowers’ rich spectrum of color and texture. Gudnason compares the emergence of springtime to an explosion, noticing the energy that bursts forth during the change of seasons. He says, “I’ll glance out the window of my studio, and see a flower blooming in a most surprising place. Such a contrast—like magic. I think about how the flower got there and how it survives, how strong flowers are.”

The bright colors and contrasts in Gudnason’s botanical photography nearly render the images unnatural, as if they have been digitally manipulated. This illusion of artificiality enhances the beauty of the photography by asking the viewer to consider the boundaries of the natural and man-made, and the role of the photographer in creating alternate perceptions of reality. (via cross connect and plant propaganda)

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