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Alex. S. Maclean’s Aerial Photographs Of American Leisure Spots

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Boston based pilot and photographer Alex S. MacLean captures aerial images of playgrounds, parks, and other American leisure spots. The simple shots expose an interesting variety of colorful compositions that gather an almost abstract and often painterly representation of modern urban planning. His compositions are often unintentionally metaphorical and insightful, as their lively presence unofficially represent the types of things that these landscapes stand for: beautiful, fun, and often pleasurable places to be in and to look at.

“It really is about combining art and information. Some of it is sort of subliminal – you can’t quite put your finger on it but it sort of draws you in and engages you.”

(via FastCo Design and It’s Nice That)

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Crystal Castles Emo Goth techno Vampires

This video by Crystal Castles for their Baptism release is low budget as hell but gets the point across. Pull out your Halloween vampire teeth, start crying, put on some spandex, and jump around til you’re dizzy. Once you’re done take a deep breath and repeat!

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New Mankind Mag

Erin of Design for Mankind has just released a new version of her hand-crafted online magazine, filled to the brim with creative inspiration and beyond. In particular I loved the interview with fellow LA based brand Poketo! Fun spreads, and fun sentiments stamped with Erin’s unique design and creative sensibility throughout. The nice thing is that its digital, so if you find an artist or musician that peaks your interest, click on their name and voila! You are at their site. There’s even a video letter from the editor! Visit her site to pick up a copy.

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Bernhard Martin

Bernhard Martin’s very German ghostly expressionist/darkly humorous paintings.

 

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The Many Male Profiles of Stef Cook

America artist, Stef Cook has produced a series of wonderful watercolor portraits of men. The subjects are painted in their everyday clothes in profile. Take a look and study those jawlines!

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The Flowing, Often Colorful Compositions of Matthias Duwel

 

Matthias Duwel’s abundantly colorful paintings and black and white drawings operate in dynamic transition between clutter and streamlined clarity. Düwel’s work centers on the idea of flux, excess and superabundance. At first glance, the environmental issues addressed in his pieces deflect recognition, due to the skillful use of unique color spaces-from chromatic grays to highly saturated pinks, greens, blues and violets.

The worlds Düwel constructs are reminiscent of amusement parks, camouflaging so to speak the seriousness of the subject-matter. His chaotically vivid, whirlwind compositions spin out of control, however upon closer inspection, little areas of respite, little Edens appear: a snow globe, an Airstream trailer, a suburban enclave.
These idealized enclaves produce the realization that only deep inside ourselves, within the confines of our own inner sanctum, can we find the stability that we as humans inherently seek…our personal Eden.

Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles opens a solo exhibition of Duwel’s work entitled Eden on August 4th.

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A Warped House from Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil

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This installation of Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil is as much about the structure as the empty space within it.  The installation’s title Le Cercle Fermé, or the Closed Circle, offers a clue.  Like a closed circle Feipel and Bechameil offer a finite space that in some ways look familiar, much like a home.  However, the artists playfully alter the structure and its furnishings to throw viewers off balance.  The warped rooms make visitors acutely aware of the space and how they interact with it.  In a way this calls to mind more benign spaces like bedrooms or kitchens, and encourages us to consider how such familiar spaces influence daily life. [via]

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