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Ben Pobjoy’s Cosplay Convention


Ben Pobjoy’s Conventional Kids series  is a collection of photographs that were taken of young cosplayers in 2011 at Montreal’s Otakuthon anime convention. The photos document cosplayers, their elaborate costumes, their social interactions and, above all else, their use of constructed identity to facilitate the self-exploration that is necessary to forge one’s own personal identity during adolescence.

While the birth of Japanese animation dates back to the beginning of the 20th century, the characteristic anime style that has since become ubiquitous was first developed by Osamu Tezuka in the 1960s. Now considered the ‘Godfather of Anime’, Tezuka’s early works gained increasing popularity in 1970s Japan and inspired three Meiji University students to organize Comiket in 1975; Tokyo’s first anime convention. Thanks to adaptations of both anime films and television series for overseas markets in the 1980s, the popularity of both anime and its fan-driven conventions soon spread internationally.

 

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JOSE LUIS CARRANZA

I can’t find much info on the work of Peruvian painter Jose Luis Carranza but I sure do love these fluid and juicy bugged eyed paintings.

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Kurt Lam

Hong Kong based  Kurt Lam’s site says that he is a fashion illustrator but his portfolio is full of illustrations that reference art nouveau, art deco, japanese scroll painting, and various modes of abstraction that defy traditional fashion illustration tropes and push the boundaries of the genre.

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josef Bolf

Dark visions and childhood memories from Czech painter Josef Bolf.

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Ice Cube Celebrates Charles and Ray Eames

To celebrate the city-wide  museum show Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945 – 1980, iconic west coast rapper Ice Cube takes a few moments to celebrate the life and work of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames. Touring the home of Charles and Ray Eames, known as Case Study No. 8, Ice Cube explains how hip-hop mirrors the couple’s beautifully designed home as both make use of prefabricated pieces that fit together to form a whole. Who said rappers can’t like high end design? Watch the full video after the jump!

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BENOIT PAILLÉ

Benoit Paillé has been attending Rainbow Family Gatherings for seven years, allowing him incredible access to communities that traditionally do not permit photography. Paillé’s extensive chronicles span continents and offer a softly lit view of gatherings in Canada, Spain and Mexico. Each photo captures relaxed — and quite beautiful — subjects in a world we wouldn’t ordinarily see.

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MICHAEL VAN DEN BESSELAAR

Michael Van Den Besselaar’s hyper realistic paintings pack a powerful punch, combining retro imagery, nostalgia, pop culture and politics.

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John Isaacs’ The Closest I ever Came To you

John Isaacs on his new show at Aeroplastics Contemporary in Belgium. The Show is up until January 12th, 2012.

“While producing these new works I was trying to bring together many of the themes, materials, and issues which have been running through my work for the last years. Primarily the works ‘en masse’ deal with our place as individuals within society, with the sometimes disempowering aspect of our contemporary overload, and the romantic fading memory of a simplified world view in which one’s sense of place was denoted by boundaries of personal vision and physicality, a memory which is now transformed into an endless web of connections and information, most of which, though highly omnipresent and totally accessible, leaves us as spectators rather than participators in what we are able to know.

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