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PAA JOE’s Sculpted Coffins

Paa Joe’s sculpted coffins blur the line between art and craft. Each work is carefully constructed to reflect the ambition or the trade of the person for whom it was made. They are not dead things but are instead a manifestation of and indeed an affirmation of life. The works are wholly African and are a contemporary embodiment of traditional tribal burial rituals and art practice. They link back to pre-colonial West African sculpture but also recall the pomp and extravagance of ancient Egyptian royal tombs.

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Matthew Harlan

Gorgeous typography, beautiful color schemes, and hard edged geometric patterns can be found in the work of Matthew Harlan.

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Felisa Funes

Felisa Funes blurs the lines between sculpture, painting, and collage in her works. Each piece looks like the love child of Wangechi Mutu sculptures and  early Julian Schnabel paintings.

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Design Watch: Bernhard Burkard

Bernhard Bukard’s Curt Deck Chair is probably the coolest outdoor furniture we’ve seen in a while. On his site Bernard assures us that, “even though it looks dangerous it provides comfort seating and relaxing in every occasion. To achieve best stability, it needs to be leaned against walls or rails in a flat angle. The anti-slip coated stand provides safe grip on every surface.”

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DANIELE BUETTI’s The Great Cold Slipped Right Under My Nose

It’s surprising that I’m just discovering this epic 2004 installation by Daniele Buetti. Titled Le Grand Rhume (The Great Cold) this piece features a massive larger than life nose complete with skin blemishes,discoloration, and bad pores crashing through the roof of an old hut and dripping a gooey pile of stalagmites from the nostril. I’m not usually a fan of nasal drips but this just be one of my all time favorite sculptures! More shots of the install after the jump.

 

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Little People In A Big World

I usually wouldn’t describe street art as “sweet” but there is something delicate, nostalgic, and endearing about street artist Slinkachu’s “Little People” project. Started in 2006, Slinkachu paints miniature model train set characters, which he stages and sets in city streets. The works are documented via photographs but Slinkachu views them more as site specific installations. The scenes reflect the loneliness and melancholy that his cast of characters feel from living in the city, where these tiny people are lost and overwhelmed in a world not built for them.

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Jeff Davis’ Rituals

Jeff Davis’ drawings and sculptures of pastel colored, nude bearded men sacrificing humans to the geometric gods.

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Greg Hopkins Update

We posted Greg Hopkins work back in 2009 when he was painting heavily detailed floral patterned paintings. Recently I visited Greg’s site and was pleasantly surprised by the new exciting direction for his work. The flowers have been replaced by tightly painted geometric patterns weaving in, out, and into faux paint drips.

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