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ENRIQUE MARTĺNEZ CELAYA opens at Simon Lee Gallery

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London’s Simon Lee Gallery presents a new exhibition by ENRIQUE MARTĺNEZ CELAYA titled The Open. The show runs through April 1st – May 12th, 2010, opening March 31st 2010 6-8pm.

Simon Lee
12 Berkeley Street
London W1J BDT
T +44 (0) 20 7491 0100

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Takayuki Hori X-Rays Origami Animals To Highlight Pollution In Japan

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Origami is both impressive in its folded construction as well as its ability to signify the need for change by urging us to look beyond the paper forms. Animals are no doubt the most popular subject, and Japanese artist Takayuki Hori has a twist on the conventional foldings. He crafts these animals to appear as victims of Japan’s urban pollution, and the pieces expose the sad truths of what happens to these creatures. Hori showcases garbage in their insides using X-ray-like detail. If you look closely, you can see tiny bottles and other trash within the stomachs and ribcages.

These works appear in Hori’s exhibition Oritsunagumono (which means “things folded and connected”) which critiques the polluted coastal waterways and the effects they have on its inhabitants. Images are printed onto translucent sheets of paper and later folded into their origami shapes. The result are a ghostly tribute and haunting reminder of our impact on the environment. (Via Fast Co. Design)

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James Turrell

Bridget's Bardo (Ganzfeld Piece)

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James Turrell is one of the most important artists in the world dealing in light and space. Born in Los Angeles in 1943, Turrell studied mathematics, psychology and sensory synesthesia as well as art at university. He flies around the desert in little planes and has devoted the best part his working life to turning a volcano into a piece of land art. “The spaces you encounter during flight can be amazing: meeting the dawn or watching the Aurora Borealis,” he says and describes an experience of taking off once at dawn and seeing the sunlight trapped between ground fog below and cloud cover above. These words paint a perfect portrait of his work.

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Charles Martin

5twins Charles Martin is an artist working out of NYC/SF. His paintings and drawings are simply beautiful. The shapes he uses add new dimensions to works that would otherwise seem flat. His drawings resemble the figures, shapes and doodles an artist stuck in math class would create. Check out his work on his website. There is definitely something for everyone.

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Brian Vu’s ‘No Bad Days’ series

 

Brian Vu’s latest collage series, No Bad Days, cleverly juxtaposes religious iconography with skyscapes to shield the identity of its subjects. Stunning!

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Caroline Attan’s Paper-Collaged Poetry

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The work of artist Caroline Attan examines how objects form a part of our memory and personal history and identity. By combining hand-written text with delicately folded, colored paper installations, Attan plays with separate ideas of poetry, text and form, each “that function as loaded repositories of the past.”

Installed with text written directly onto the wall and the origami-like paper notes arranged in circular patterns, the results are visually reminiscent of mandalas (which represent wholeness, inter-connectivity and an organized cosmic diagram) or the sacred geometry found in Islamic art, Attan illustrates poetic language, and at the same time, brings attention back to the beauty of the words.

Says the artist, “Tantalizing snatches of memories and desire revolve endlessly over collaged backgrounds, encouraging the viewer along multiple strands of thought. The technique allows for ingenuity and flexibility. Some compositions disrupt or loudly announce their text or subtexts, while others absorb them into a calm coherent whole.” (via myampgoesto11)

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B/D Book 1 – Sneak Peak (THE PROOF IS IN!)

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The proof of the upcoming Book 1: Supernaturalism just came in the mail today! Though, mind you, it is but a mere semblance of its grand future manifestation(!) What you see before you is B/D, sort of at the hominid stage of evolution- breaking off from the flat computer screen and beginning to use tools to make small fires around the office. Wah wah. But while this little puppy is made of taped together color print outs (don’t mind my editorial post-it notes, either) and is without Kyle Thomas’ hand-drawn cover, it is to scale of what the future B/D self will look like.  Please note, if you will, the beautiful triumverate-ly mystical gatefold of all seeing eyes, the lack of advertising, the pages and pages of glossy art coverage….(more pictures after the jump.)

For those of you not hip to what us cool kids do in the “mag biz,” young padawan, we use this proof to double check the layout, page composition, coloring, etc in three-dimensional form before approving it. At any rate, hope you enjoy the peep show. Get excited for Book 1! What do you guys think?

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Seth Casteel’s Underwater Dog Photography

Everyone loves photos of cute dogs but what about gorgeously lit underwater photos of dogs of all breeds, size, and color nosediving into water chasing after their favorite toy? If you’re like me you are tearing out your eyeballs with joy over these ultra cute and masterfully photographed photos by Seth Casteel. More puppy pool time goodness after the jump!

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