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Kevin Cooley

Make sure to catch Kevin Cooley’s gorgeous show at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles  up until February 11th of next month. Titled Take Refuge,  the exhibition features large scale photographs and videos evoking human struggles in the harsh and unforgiving, yet sublime, natural world. This body of work was created in disparate locations including the Arctic territory of Spitsbergen and the American West as well in more ordinary places such as New York City and Los Angeles. Referencing the Romantic movement in art and literature, the work attests to both the fear and longing nature inspires.

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Marie Blanchard

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French artist Marie Blanchard draws nice illustrations with what appear to be markers (I can’t tell as the site is in French). I like how minimal they are; she really explores just how little can be in an illustration and still have it be a legitimate piece. She also runs a book imprint called Shining Books, which recently published her latest book, entitled Echoes.

 

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David Szauder’s Finds Parallels Between Computer Glitches And Failed Human Memories

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David Szauder, a German digital artist, takes interest in the glitch phenomenon. Failed Memory, the name of the compilation of images, showcases photographs that are purposely altered. Precisely, the photograph’s flow is interrupted by the sudden ambiguity of lines and distortions occurring in certain parts of the subject’s body.

His ‘glitch’ technique literally translates to the themes he is working with here: memory and the possible failure to reconstruct them. Much like the files on our computer’s memory, human recollection of events might get distorted throughout time.

“Our brains store away images to retrieve them later, like files stored away on a hard drive. But when we go back and try to re-access those memories, we may find them to be corrupted in some way.”

His work is more than just visual; Szauder provides text to go along with the images. On his Behance profile, the artist expresses that the images recollect failed memories related to family moments. (via IGNANT)

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Video Watch: Bye Bye Birdie Remix

21 year old French video editor Romain Loiseau recently set out to create a music video using a short extract of the movie Bye Bye Birdie which was recently seen in a Mad Men episode. The rules of the project were simple.

1.Do not take other sound than this are in the extract.
2. Do not use other software (like MAO software : Ableton live, logic…)
3. Do not use effect except the pticher  and the slow motion effect (in
order to harmonize )

The final product is a mesmerizing 3:35 minute music video created on Final Cut Pro 7 and made entirely out of a few seconds of footage and without any of the usual editing tricks you are so used to seeing.  Watch the full video after the jump.

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Christopher Locke’s Heartless Machines

Christopher Locke‘s sculptures combine meticulous craftsmanship and a nerdy sense of humor. My favorites are his spiders made from scissors confiscated by airport security.

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Stefan Siverud Paints Snail Shells With Fun, Custom Designs So You Won’t Step On Them

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Stefan Siverud is a Swedish hobbyist who has been giving snails fun custom shell designs. Humorously titled Snailpimp, his project includes shell upgrades depicting everything from rainbows, to spikes, to popular logos; snails resembling sharks, Pac-Man, volcanoes, and McDonald’s advertisements populate his endearing and slimy collection. Since 2010, Siverud has been uploading photos of his beautified, living creations onto his blog, providing amusing backstories with each one. Some of his works even derive from social and political matters: the pirate snail, for example, is a marker for the Piratpartiet (Pirate Party of Sweden). This snail was painted the day after the party won a seat in the EU parliament.

The made-over snails in the photographs seem unperturbed, moving along in their indifferent way and attending to their usual business in the garden. However, some people may suggest that the colorful new hardware could endanger the snails; for example, it might make it difficult for them to maneuver if the shell has been physically modified (such as the one with the lighthouse fused to it), or it could mean they become more visible to predators. Siverud, however, has his best intentions for his mollusk companions. He uses non-toxic paints that will not harm the snails’ sensitive and porous bodies. In addition, the bright colors may also prevent people from stepping on them. In this way, Siverud’s project is one aimed at appreciating the lives and uniqueness of our tiny invertebrate friends.

What do you think of Siverud’s snails? Comment below, and be sure to check out more photographs of the Snailpimp project after the jump. (Via My Modern Met)

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Gregory Jacobsen’s Awesome Paintings of Disembowled Figures and Rotting Organic Material

 

Gruesome take on portraiture and the still life from Chicago-based artist Gregory Jacobsen.

I paint figures, focusing on the little bits that obsess me…a little flab hanging over a waistband, ill-fitting shoes, underbites and exciting flags held in dainty orifices. Over the years this work has developed into piles…meat, junk and fruit constructed into heroic yet pathetic towers spattered with gloppy sauce. The work is absurd, grotesque and a bit brutal but I try to bring the viewer in with lush and glowing surfaces. Essentially the work is about human failure and weakness groomed and developed to be an asset.

Jacobsen is currently showing a large number of new paintings at Zg Gallery in Chicago. Definitely worth a look if you’re out that way. Click through to see more. So good.

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! Let’s all take a few minutes to celebrate the funniest holiday of the year. Hope your day is filled with lots of ghouls, goblins, ghosts, spooky monsters and maybe some David Letterman??? More crazy pumpkin carving pictures after the jump!

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