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The Haunting Stippled Portraits of Marcus Cain

The portraits of Marcus Cain fall somewhere between abstract and figurative.  His faces appear to be in the process of solidifying, perhaps alluding to the identity they express.

Cain says, “I am currently interested in a particulate view of the human condition, acts of transformation, and shifting identities….My hope is to capture the figure in a transformative, in-between state.”

Cain also uses processes that allude to past styles such as pointillism and abstract expressionism.  His nearly eerie portraits often dominated by prominent staring eyes, however, are reminiscent of pulp depictions of phantoms and apparitions.

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Vaughn Fender’s Animated Type

Designer, illustrator, and printmaker Vaughn Fender is a big thinker when it comes to typeography. His type is big, bold, and full of character!

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AKA.CORLEONE

beat_800 Pedro Campiche  (AKA.CORLEONE) is a graphic designer and illustrator from Portugal. His work includes illustration and type play. He is also the founder of OK! Collective, a platform for creative and artistic projects. At just 24 years of age, it’s definately impressive. Stop by his page and give him some positive feedback because his work is awesome.

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Does Judith Geichman Make Paintings or sculpture?

 

It’s hard to categorize the work of Judith Geichman. Are we looking at thick paintings or sculptures that are in a dialogue with the history of painting? I’m not sure which side I’d pick and frankly I don’t think it matters much. I’m more interested in how Judith has managed to bring a sense of comedy and humor to a body of work that could be read as minimal. There’s not much minimalism out there that makes me chuckle but these goopy and drippy works manage to do the trick.

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Matt Espantman

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Matt Espantman creates some fun brightly colored works and some silly videos. I like the faceless astronaut, above.

 

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Brian Finke Documents U.S. Marshals In Action

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U.S. Marshals is American photographer Brian Finke’s fourth and most recent series. The artist documents the everyday activities of the law enforcement officers. The photos are particularly relevant in light of police violence in the U.S. The most recent case is in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teenager was shot by a police officer, the issue of race, of course, being a huge factor. The photographs provide a privileged glimpse of the conduct of these federal officers, something that should certainly be available for examination.

U.S. marshals function at a federal jurisdiction, transporting prisoners, judges, prosecutors, witnesses, and arresting “the country’s most dangerous fugitives”. According to Finke’s website, they have been involved in “missions ranging from tracking down train robbers in the Wild West, to protecting African American school children segregating the south in the Civil Rights Era, from enforcing all U.S. laws in Antartica, to seizing and auctioning off fraudster Bernie Madoff’s property.” A diverse resume to be sure.

The photographs are not surprising in what they portray – men and women in uniform and bulletproof gear – but there are moments of intrigue. I’m definitely interested to know what the story is behind the pink cuffs when all of the other gear in the photographs is so much more severe. I’m also curious to know what’s going on with the shirtless and shoeless man in nothing but a bathing suit being escorted away by a marshal.

Finke is releasing a book of his U.S. Marshal series November 20th and will coincide with a solo exhibition at ClampArt.

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Brazilian Design Team Bicicleta Sem Freio Thrill Us With Color

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The Brazilian duo Bicicleta Sem Freio (‘Bicycles without brakes”) have broken away from murals and are now concentrating on some fine art work. Its two current members Douglas de Castro and Renato Perreira first met while attending art school in Goias, Brazil and started collaborating on large scale outdoor and concert poster projects. This led to a series of street art and other prominent commissions all over the world. They recently had their first gallery exhibit in London at “Just Kids” art space. This allowed visitors to see the work on a smaller scale in a white box environment.

The duo create imagery that combines rock and roll with sexy women and animal hybrids. Their bright colors depict figures drawn in similar likeness to action style figures which reference Wonder Woman and Flash Gordon. Most of the pictures take on a fantastical sensibility where shape and color are used to dramatic effect. The two illustrators aren’t afraid to combine loud off key hues to create a funkiness which strikes you with energy and power. Normally when street art is brought down to a smaller scale it loses some of its grandeur but that doesn’t seem to be the case with Bicicleta Sem Freio. Instead the smaller scale work is even more detailed and at times even borders on abstraction.
Some of their significant campaigns have been for The Life Is Beautiful Festival, Coachella, Nike, SubPop and Absolut. (via booooooom)

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Lukasz Wierzbowski’s Playful Interactions

Lukasz Wierzbowski is a freelance photographer from Wroclaw, Poland. His photographs exude youthful energy and a sense of humor. With a keen eye for composition and a love for nature his work often features a figure playfully interacting with an environment. The result is a body of work that serves as pictorial allegories involving our relationship with the world around us.

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