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Jason Mena

JasonMena-Billboards1Jason Mena lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and uses cameras, scanners, airplanes, and whatever he can get his hands on to examine his surroundings.  His work explores city life, traffic, politics, and relationships in creative and funny ways.  Check out more of his work at his site and hit the jump for more work including his great “Meaningless Work” where he records himself moving around furniture aimlessly.

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Internet Cat Craze Inspires Handmade Embroidered Dress Shirts

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Internet Cat embroidery

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Hiroko Kubota is a prolific embroiderer whose latest project of embroidering cats onto dress shirts has caused the cat-loving internet community to swoon. Kubota stitches cats who peek over and through shirt pockets and openings, giving plain dress shirts an adorable and unique accent. Her project began when her son – a cat-lover and collector of internet cat images – requested that she embroider some cats from his collection onto some shirts she made for him. After posting her work on the internet, her project quickly became popular and of high demand. Kubota then decided to put some of her shirts up for sell on Etsy, but her handiwork could not keep up with the demand – even at a hefty price tag of $250-300 apiece. Kubota also embroiders other figures, such as fish, Pokemon characters, dogs, and flowers onto a variety of objects. You can check out more images of her work on Flickr. (via colossal)

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Pantone Color Chip Rainbow

pantone rainbowNo this image was not computer generated. The rainbow was manually made with 5,000 Pantone color chips glued onto wood boards. The project focused on promoting Pantone color guide books to art college students and faculty, and to convince them that Pantone has the most color selection for their printing guidance. To grab their attention, they re-created a rainbow (8 meter in length and height of 4.5 meters) consisting of Pantone color chips in the middle of college’s park. Pretty rad.

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Eric Nehr’s Egon Schiele-Inspired Fashion Shoot

Here are a few images from a 2009 fashion shoot by Eric Nehr modeled directly after the works of Egon Schiele. For some reason, these snaps expose Schiele’s notorious vanity even further. But of course no one does self portraits like he did, with his writhing, angular paintings full of turn-of-the-century angst. A nice tribute. (via)

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Wet Paint Grant Recipient: Derek Albeck

Derek Albeck has a magical way of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Using only pencils, a bit of paint, and masterfully honed traditional portrait techniques, Albeck creates pieces that are anything but traditional.

Frequently working from snapshots taken in his daily life, Albeck amplifies the expressions and motions of his subjects, revealing the completely comfortable, unguarded, and usually hilariously unflattering parts of ourselves that manifest most intensely in candid photos taken seconds too soon, or when chemically compromised. In fact, much of Albeck’s work is characterized by a sort of “magic brownie effect,” turning mundane, common symbols, people, and objects into mesmerizing sources of irresistible humor. His eye for details — like the logo on a beer can, the crinkle of a flag, or the cover of a book by Aleister Crowley – capture escapist fantasies, moments of carefree bliss and rebellion that appear at once precious but fleeting, intensely personal but universally familiar. In Albeck’s world, a pile of dirty laundry becomes an eerily expressive smiley face, a cheeky rainbow forms the frown of an aptly titled “Sad Murderer,” and a skull with hypnotic eyes, comprised of the floating heads of the happiest, goofiest people you’ve ever seen, leaves you giggling in a trance-like state for hours. This happiness proves contagious as you find yourself smiling back at the bearded, flannel-clad man collapsed in a joyful stupor beneath a rainbow in a drawing called “Have a Great Day Forever.” And with an attitude that makes us want to do just that, Albeck’s work provides a fresh viewpoint with which to view, and laugh at, everyday life.

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Good Morning Monday

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Is it me or is this gif by Mark Portillo a perfect way to start the week?

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Celebrity Draft

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Mark Stockton’s commentary on celebrity culture.

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CLICK TO COLLECT- AFFORDABLE ARTIST ORIGINALS PRESENTS: Allison Sommers


Allison Sommers, Memento Vivere, 2010
3.5″ x 8.5″, Gouache on illustration board $250

Wrapping up our first month of offerings for our Click To Collect initiative we proudly present the work of illustrator Allison SommersClick To Collect is Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. Allison Sommers‘  surreal paintings and drawings transport us to another world full of strange creatures and mythical happenings. For the first time ever we are offering Allison’s original paintings for sale as part of our Click To Collect initiative to bring original works of art to the masses at affordable prices. View all five of Allison’s original available works and learn more about her art after the jump!

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