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Canson Wet Paint Grant Recipient: Maya Hayuk

Ukrainian-American artist, Maya Hayuk, takes inspiration from an unlikely combination of places, everything from Ukranian Easter eggs and Mexican woven blankets to Mandalas and rorschach tests. Hayuk uses any and every material and subject matter to create whatever fantastic world of shapes and colors she can imagine, all supported with a deep-seated understanding of composition and form. Armed with genuine inspiration and disciplined skill, she is completely unafraid to make whatever excites her, whether that be giant psychedelic murals, Aztec-Disco designs for 10 inch ceramic plates, or custom designs for Sony laptops.

The most fascinating thing about Hayuk is not only her prolific body of work, but how seamlessly she transitions from one medium to the next. Her website features works using acrylic, ink, glitter, spray paint, watercolors, tape, ballpoint pens, and wheat paste on everything from gallery walls to wood panels to the side of a barn. While her work maintains a continuity of style, there is no mistaking how she repeatedly breaks out of her own box, and challenges not only the conventions of visual art, but her personal progression as well. In her works ranging from vibrant patterns to neon or wood-paneled copulations that could make the artists of the Kama Sutra blush, Hayuk confronts both the cerebral and corporal with genuine enthusiasm and an obsessive love for symmetry. In the wild compositions, there is an inherent freedom of expression that is both playful and considered. It’s as if Hayuk is actively exploring the universe through her work, and all we need to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.

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Documentary Watch: Airstream Living + Designing

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live and work out of a airstream then watch this great short documentary about landscape architect Andreas Stavropulos. Watch the full doc after the jump!

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Masha Rumyantseva

A nice selection of collages from russian illustrator Masha Rumyantseva that will simultaneously take you back in time and bring you to a new future.

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Alice Wellinger

Surreal narratives and a vintage aesthetic can be found in the work of Austrian illustrator Alice Wellinger.

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kelly Falzone Inouye’s Sitcom Watercolors

kelly Falzone Inouye’s Sitcom series are part of an ongoing series of watercolors depicting sitcom characters from the 1970s and 80s. They highlight the archetypal, quirky characters mythologized through syndication. The medium of watercolor is extremely nostalgic and sentimental. In using this medium in its loosest, most watery form to depict fictional characters, Kelly examines issues of portrayal vs. portraiture.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Wolfgang Tillmans

 

A fantastic short video for the British Art Show of world renowned photographer Wolfgang Tillmans discussing abstract photography and its relationship to the history of painting. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Jasper White’s Brothel Field Trip

Today is your lucky day if you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a brothel looks like. Photographer Jasper White takes us on an intimate tour of brothels where colored lights are king and mundane things like paper towels, bed sheets, and body lotions turn into charged objects that take your imagination down a dark and erie path.

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Paul Ripke’s Honey I Shrunk I The Adults

Paul Ripke’s eerie photographs of adult kids with baby adults will have you taking a double take and trying to figure out how these seamless and arresting images were created .

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