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Minimalist Prints Of State Insignia – Strange And Otherwise

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Perhaps you may be familiar with your state motto or state bird.  However, what about your state amphibian or state grain?  America’s fifty states have many official state insignia, some more obscure than others.  Artist and designer Julian Montague highlights many of these for all of the states in the union in his new series State of America.  While some state insignia may be predictable – Idaho’s official state food is the potato – others are bit stranger such as Georgia’s official state fossil: shark teeth.

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Jeff Bark

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Jeff Bark’s prismatic gems are dark, enigmatic, sticky sweet photographs of ethereal beauty.

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Ian Pfaff


Ian Pfaff’s demo reel is a classic. In my mind, the guy nailed it. While partying really, really, hard while on spring break, Ian multitasks by writing, editing, directing, animating, building props, and making music. All around killer.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Leon Golub

Leon Golub is hands down one of the most important political artists from the last century. His brutally painted unstretched canvases bring to light the horrors of war, greed, and torture. Watch this short documentary about Leon that gives insight into the artists process, his studio practice, and hear him discuss his controversial subject matter. Full video after the jump.

P.S. If you’re a fan of Leon’s work make sure to buy Beautiful/Decay Issue:I featuring an exclusive article by Golubs close friend and fellow political art hero Robbie Conal.

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Surreal Paintings Created With Liquid Resin

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Jessica Dunegan’s surreal paintings and portraits are beautifully complex both in content and technique.  Using a mixture of epoxy resin, acrylic paint, and archival prints, Dunegan creates organic work with physical depth. After squeezing paint into a layer of liquid resin and creating opaque, delineating strands of paint, she repeats this process many times. Much of her paintings mediate between a sense of tense turmoil or unrest and peaceful tranquility. There is something both romantic and disorienting about her subjects and composition, and her formal process speaks eloquently to this particular aesthetic.

“My subjects are more than superficial objects. They may look realistic from afar, but upon further inspection, they are comprised of suspended, chaotic lines. I want to capture each animated form in time and celebrate its imperfections.” (via)

Dunegan currently lives in Boston. You can watch a video of her process here.

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Holy Smokes Sophie Kern!

Loving these simple yet effective pattern and typogrpahic drawings by British artist Sophie Kern.

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Bernardi Roig’s Sculptures Walk Towards The Light

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We are comparable to moths. This is what I think Bernardi Roig is doing with his mixed media pieces: allowing us to see our own attractions to the glowing lights brought forth with the Information Age. From computers to iPhones to tablets– our desire is instinctual or . . . mindlessly animalistic. I’m thinking here also about near death experiences: going towards the light. Remember that iconic scene from Poltergeist? Carol Ann. This too. It’s not about where our bodies gravitate or evolve, but how we speak to the light and what we leave behind as we travel towards it.

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Alex Gross

"VIDEOTAPE", mixed media oil on panel, 24" x 24", 2008.

Alex Gross is an alumni student and faculty member from, The Art Center college of design in Pasadena, CA. In his piece “VIDEOTAPE”, he creates a surreal world, inhabited by  Gene Simmons, Medusa, and Rainbows. ” The Art of Alex Gross” was published by Chronicle Books, in 2007. The Hardcover book features all of Alex’s gallery work and has over 90 full color plates. 

 

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