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The Human Body Chopped Up Into Blocks

Fabien Nissels photography

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Swiss photographer Fabien Nissels’ “Block” series is a playful body of work (pun intended) that takes the human figure and chops it up into multiple views. The playful photos were achieved by photographing a friends body parts in four views. Each limb was individually photographed and then affixed to a polystyrene block creating a blocky 3D view of the subject. From there it was out into the world to bring the blocks to life and achieve the wonderfully bizarre series of images (no photoshop was used) you have before you. (via)

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Samantha Bittman

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Samantha Bittman makes good-looking opstractions.  They are painted on handwoven textiles, which adds a nice ripply surface to go with the hand painted lines.  If you focus and un-focus your eyes they get even better.

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Funk Rumble Block Party–TOMORROW

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Join Beautiful/Decay as we celebrate the 1st Annual Funk Rumble Block Party in LA’s own historic Chinatown. Get ready for THE block party of the summer!

Flock Shop & Spectrumega Media Present…
The Funk Rumble Block Party
Saturday, July 11th, 2009
12 pm – 10 pm
$5 before 4 pm, $8 after
Kids under 10 years old in free
All ages, fenced event
947 N. Broadway, LA 90012
Street & Lot parking available

More details after the jump!

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Cezar Berger AKA Berje

Cezar Berger  AKA Berje is a brazilian illustrator who has a soft side for the dark side. His stippled drawings of demon skulls, goat men, and goblins borrow from traditional tattoo flash but take a left turn towards epic black metal graphics.

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FYF Fest Marked Its 10th Year With My Bloody Valentine And Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Solange performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Solange showing her dance skills at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Beach House’s Victoria Legrand soothing the crowd at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Glasser performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile performing at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Kurt Vile had some great songs and some serious hair at FYF Fest, 2013. Photo by Barry Belkin

Music fans of all ages gathered this past weekend at the Los Angeles State Historic Park to take part in the now ten year old FYF FestMy Bloody Valentine and Yeah Yeah Yeahs were the headliners on each night at the main “Carrie” stage, yes the stages were named after the “Sex and the City” characters.

The first day had me arriving late (oops) to catch the last half of Toro y Moi‘s highly danceable set. Devendra Banhart kept it positive and mellow performing to a an adoring audience while Deerhunter‘s Bradford Cox kept it weird as usual performing in a dress and wig. TV On The Radio rolled through the hits and had me screaming along to, “Staring at the Sun“. When Yeah Yeah Yeahs took the stage to end the first day, you knew right away why they were headlining. Karen O is hands down one of the most enigmatic singers performing today and with Nick Zinner’s burning guitar work, they had the crowd going insane when they played songs like, “Maps” and “Heads Will Roll“.

The second day had me dancing like crazy to Australia’s Flume who I featured here earlier this year. Fingers crossed he eventually tours with some of the amazing singers featured on his debut LP. With great songs and some seriously long hair, Kurt Vile & The Violators  played a nice early evening set as did Glasser who I had to cut short to catch Yo La Tango.  Beach House‘s Victoria Legrand mesmerized the huge crowd with her incredible voice, definitely one of the more beautiful sets of the day.

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Allen Hampton’s Blood Drawings

Artist Allen Hampton‘s drawings are foreboding as they are.  The medium for this series, though, makes them especially grim: blood on paper.  Obscure texts, doilies, birds (both flying and dead) fill each sinister landscape of the Blood Drawings series.  The blood at once references itself as splatters in its liquid form and a versatile ink staining each yellowed page.  Hampton also turns his attention to the portrait, ironically drawing the human body with the fluid that animates it on the page and biologically.

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Jerome Prieur

Picture 2Jerome Prieur injects his work with medieval madness.  The style reminds me of illuminated maunscripts fused with detailed medical illustrations.  Jerome has a few new pieces in a group show at Cella Gallery in North Hollywood.  The opening is on March 27th.

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Alexia Mosby Maps Out The Thoughts Of An Anxious Mind In Masking Tape

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In the site-specific installation Anxiety Map, designer Alexia Mosby documents an overactive mind’s anxious thoughts. It’s a personal map, and one that boldly displays the many things that run through your head as you’re leaving your home. Over the course of two flights of stairs, you’re doubting that the stove was turned off or the door was locked. After making your way to the bottom of the steps, you come to the conclusion that you have to go back and check.

Anxiety Map uses stairs, walls, and even railings to transmit her text in black masking tape. At certain angles letters look distorted, and it’s only when you approach them from very specific ways that they appear correct. Otherwise, they are stretched, shortened, and sometimes incomprehensible – not dissimilar to the thoughts in our head.

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