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Ruben Ireland

In his dream-like art and illustrations, London-based graphic artist and illustrator  Ruben Ireland mixes traditional techniques — ink and acrylic — with non-traditional techniques — dirty water, food and weathered paper — and modern techniques — Photoshop and a wacom tablet. Women are fused with natural elements and despite the soft textures appear stronger and more beautiful for it. 

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Mike Tyson On Graffiti

This is for all fans of graffiti who have always wondered what boxer Mike Tyson thought about writing your name all over city walls. Some of you will surely be amazed by Tyson’s eloquent musings on the subject matter…”I’m Surely was.”

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Artwork Of The Day: Aurélien Arbet & Jérémie Egry

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I’m loving this simple piece by collaborators Aurélien Arbet & Jérémie Egry. Make sure to check out their entire portfolio full of experimental projects and artist books.

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Sponsored Post: Johnnie Walker Blue Label Presents The Gentlemen’s Wager

How do you get what money can’t buy? The good folks at Johnny Walker Blue Label and Jude Law show us how. This epic tale starts deep at sea on an Italian boat built in 1928. Jude Law and Giancarlo Gianni are cruising through what seems to be a perfect paradise complete with tropical islands, lot of sun, and a cool breeze. As a man that has everything, Jude confesses that he must have the luxurious and rare boat. When Giancarlo alerts Jude that no amount of money can purchase the boat Jude comes up with a challenge. Since the boat is priceless and no amount of wealth can obtain it, he challenges Giancarlo to a gentlemen’s wager, a dance off of sorts set in a memorable restored nightclub complete with a live jazz band and backup singers. With a delicious Johnny Walker Blue Label Whisky in hand and a few taps of their feet, the two men battle it out on the dance floor as only two stylish gentlemen could. Watch the video until the end and see how this epic tale between two sea loving gentlemen ends.

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No wonder IKEA is loved by all

Forsman & Bodenfor‘s latest interactive multimedia site for IKEA (titled “Come Into The Closet“) is controlled by sound and music via mouse and keyboard. With 5 rooms to meddle with, feel free to tap the Spacebar, beatbox/belt out your own tune, or upload MP3s, and sit back as the characters on the screen move around to those sounds accordingly.

Side note: I read on IKEAFANS that the IKEA catalog is the 3rd most printed item in the world–right behind the Bible and Harry Potter. What?!

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Chris Buck Is On All Fours

Chris Buck’s All Fours series is a great example of how a simple idea can be loaded with content.

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San Pierre’s Intricate Threaded Designs Over Photographs Distort Reality

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UK-based artist San Pierre has a slightly unorthodox method when creating his work. Instead of displaying a simple image in a frame, he draws designs over top of the print with threads that are secured with nuts and bolts. These intricate, criss-crossing strings form delicate shapes that alter how the viewer interprets the image. Depending on the depth and color of the strings, the artwork might appear diffused or distorted with geometric fragments.

Pierre’s use of thread adds not only a physical layer onto his work, but a conceptual one as well. His piece titled Discontent No. 6 (top two images) features a dark figure who looks as though they’re trying to gingerly find their way. With the technicolor strings, however, it now reads as a barrier or a wall. Instead of freedom, this being is trapped. (Via My Amp Goes to 11)

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Candy Coated Crisis: Lisa Alonzo’s Confectionary Paintings

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Lisa Alonzo’s sugary technique obscures a dark symbolic core.  The images are beautiful and the technique is divine.  In fact, the technique is a refinement of one of the high points of Modern painting, Pointillism, and Alonzo adds another, almost hysterical layer to Seurat’s Le Grande Jatte, by combining the beauty of Pointillism’s ballet of color with the designer frosting florets of a confectioner.  According to the press release from Claire Oliver Gallery, that excess of beauty, when compared with the otherwise violent or mundane subjects, a hand grenade, a gun, a beer can, is a critique aimed at consumer desire. As a painter who has often struggled with acrylic painting, I was really impressed by the freshness of these paintings.  You can see Lisa Alonzo’s new work at Claire Oliver until April 26th.  Photos courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

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