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Jakob Johnsen’s Dark Printed Matter

As glossy, digital, full color perfection becomes the norm on brochures and other printed matter, the photocopier has become more of an artistic medium than a simple reproduction system. Jakob Johnsen’s collages and image manipulations are sublimely composed and pull on dark, thought-provoking subject matter.

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Nicolas Kubail’s Carrying The Design Torch

I can’t tell you how many times I run across designers who have only a few pieces in their portfolio and don’t have a proper portfolio. If you’re 25 or older and don’t have your act together check out the portfolio of 17 year old designer Nicola Kubail. This young portland based designer is keeping it professional with a cohesive body of work and a clean portfolio site. Keep it going Nicolas!

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Anya Janssen’s Hyper Portraits

Ana Janssen’s erie hyperrealistic paintings remind me of the calm before a storm. In most of the work young teenagers sit still and stare at the viewer with an intense gaze while various animals sit on their shoulders, lay in their lap, or attempt to take a bite out of the figures hand.

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Laura Crosta’s Thought Balloons

Laura Crosta has a plethora of work in her portfolio but her balloon series is one of my favorites. Also make sure to check out the “I Date A Hooker”  series which documents Jeff Fischer’s dating highlights with hookers.

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DreamCall Nightmare – A Midwinter Surreal Fantasy

A message from The Savants Collective: There are images found in the human unconscious that mean similar things to all of us. By understanding these images, it is possible to analyze our dreams and to learn from them. Our life experiences influence our interpretation of these images and as a result each person’s dream is unique to them and can only be truly understood by them.

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Sasha Blosyak’s Bizarro World

Russian illustrator Sasha Blosyak‘s wacky illustrations are full of funky patterns, bizarro characters, and surreal happenings.

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Peter Zander

New York based lifestyle photographer Peter Zander takes intimate and emotional photographs. We’re especially enjoying his Senior series.

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Battle of the Brush in Bryant Park

Bryant Park, located about a block East of Times Square in Manhattan, has been home to a several fun contemporary/public art projects recently.  Right now, they’re hosting the “Battle of the Brush.”  Which happens to include alumni of the Beautiful/Decay Studio Visits: Alison Blickle and Tom Sanford.   It’s based around the idea of a civil war reenactment, except instead of the North and South, it’s between abstraction and figuration.  Bryant Park was a campground for soldiers during the Civil War, so that’s where the whole Civil War thing comes in.  Personally, I just like the paintings…  It’s coming down this Wednesday, Feb 2nd, so get over there asap.   The show was curated by Corporate Art Solutions.

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