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Paul Wackers

I’m really digging the often surreal, always vibrantly colorful and playfully geometric paintings of Paul Wackers.

From his artist’s statement: “My work is first a response to the world and then a reaction to what it has to offer. Images surround me as abstract concepts, presented by the curious interaction of forms, feelings, and situations. They offer a glimpse into the way the world is constantly being reloaded with opportunities and options for reinterpretations and impressions. It might start with a beam of light passing through a window in the afternoon and that within that beam there is the potential of a full spectrum to appear. In my paintings I try to create the feeling of getting lost in the thoughts that are easily ignored or put aside.”

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Martine Johanna’s Fairytale Muses

Martine Johanna is a Dutch artist with a beautiful portfolio of illustration work. While being heavily influenced by Art Nouveau, Johanna’s work is decidedly modern, juxtaposing organic, undulating waves of hair with geometric shapes, and delicately wrought shading with surprising peeks of color. Her drawings often depict seductive modern muses in fantastical worlds, proving that fairytales aren’t just for children anymore. 

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OutRun: The Driving Game You Can Drive

Garnet Hertz, a research scientist at UCI, recently developed “OutRun,” a driving game that you can actually drive. The project’s physical form is a mashup between an arcade game from the 80s (OutRun) and a modern day golf cart complete with some sweet rims (check those things out!). Using computer vision, the graphics of the game are able to update in real time to correspond to the road ahead… making it possible to drive in a mixed reality! I don’t know about you, but I wish driving on the 10/110 interchange here in Los Angeles was this fun… Learn more about it works, and see it in action after the jump!

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Thom Lambert

Lot’s of fun illustrstion, prints, and good ol’ fashioned graphic design by London based creative Thom Lambert!

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Olivier De Sagazan’s Dark World

Olivier De Sagazan’s brutal paintings, sculptures, and performances are somewhere between early Nine Inch Nails videos and the nightmares that Tim Burton has after watching his own movies.

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Barry X Ball’s Marble Portraits

Portraits carved in marble have been around for hundreds of years but somehow Barry X. Ball has managed to bring a new twist to this ancient material with some minor tweaks like using the veins and swirls in the marble to his advantage. A great selection of Ball’s exquisite sculptures in a massive variety of stone after the jump.

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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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Anders Oinonen’s Facial Geometry

Anders Oinonen, of Ontario, Canada, just opened “People people”, a solo show at Cooper Cole in Toronto. For a while now, Oinonen has been pushing the features of the face to new bounds in his paintings. The artist has removed familiar eyes, noses, and mouths from their intended plane, and  inserted them along the lines of an Expressionist landscape.  Such a presentation of the face -associated with communication of our inner life more than any other part of the body- in tumultuous states of despair and incredulity as stimulating blocks of color masterfully applied to canvas arranges a statement which is hard to miss and extensive in depth.

You can also read a copy of Beautiful/Decay Issue: Z to read an in-depth interview with Anders.

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