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Best Of 2011: Miru Kim’s Naked Cities

I’m loving this series of photographs by Miru Kim wandering various cities naked. I especially like the photos after the jump where she’s in various train tunnels and abandoned buildings. Talk about Beautiful Decay!

 

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I love these hilarious and grotesque drawings by David White.

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Ione Rucquoi’s Lost Innocence & Sexual Awakening

Ione Rucquoi’s visceral portraits capture a world of lost innocence and sexual awakening, exploring the disowned, unconscious aspects of the self and highlighting the primal instincts of the human character and the beast within. Rucquoi’s affinity with Jung’s psychological concept of ‘The Shadow’ allows her to move effortlessly among the symbolic and darker characteristics of the psyche. Driven by the motivation to make emotion visible through the physical, she explores fundamental elements of human existence and experience: birth,death, loss and change, and brings the hidden and taboo to the forefront.

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This Is What Happens When You Pour Molten Aluminum Into Anthills

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What happens when molten aluminium is poured into an anthill, allowed to dry, then excavated and cleaned off? Anthill Art – an anonymous American artist – creates intricate metallic sculptures by doing just that. These forms reveal the depth and styles of various ant species’ hills, mainly from the beds of pesky fire ants. The complex and beautiful systems of these ant beds are revealed through this process, but has created a bit of controversy. People concerned with this method of sculpture work have commented on Anthill Art’s Facebook page, where the artist has responded generally to these concerns.

“I regret every day calling it anthillart. To be honest it was a short memorable name and I went with it. I’m not really a fan of art and would never refer to myself as an artist, I guess I considered the ants to be the artists (and architects). If someone created these themselves and called it art I would call it modern art crap. That the ants created it makes me love it.

I first started doing this just out of pure interest (always having been interested in biology and science). A few of my teacher friends took them to school and camp, the kids loved it and it really seemed to get them interested in science. So, I decided to start the site and try to sell a few.

The fire ant colonies are not abandoned. The justification being that there are so many of them and I need to kill them anyway, with kids and pets around. Plus they’re an invasive species in this area and wreak havoc. Some states have eradication programs. The other ants (usually carpenter ants), I try to find abandoned nests but it doesn’t always work out. Either way, I do it sparingly and the property is still over run with them.”

Anthill Art has even documented a survey of land to justify the eradication of the fire ants. You can watch a video of Anthill Art’s process here. (via my modern met)

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julien berthier’s Conceptual Artist Pranks

French artist Julien Berthier brings a pranksters twist to conceptual art with tongue and cheek alterations, manipulations, and juxtapositions. A great example of his comic wit is  A Lost (pictured above) featuring a ripped piece of a billboard with  “A Lost” written across it. Next to the torn billboard fragment Berthier hangs a photo of the billboard that originally read “Making Thievery A Lost Art”. Other favorite projects include a large fully functional boat that appears to be capsized, skull topiary, and a fabricated chair based on the artists left handed drawing of a chair (Berthier is right handed.

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Gallery Wall Ruptures To Reveal Glowing Insides

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Thierry Dreyfus doesn’t hang his art on the gallery wall, but instead splits it.  His Rupture installations use the white box gallery space as a starting point.  The pristine walls seem to have cracked and slightly seperate as if it were a tectonic fault line.  Inside is the craggy masses of wall bathed by a warm golden glow or a cold silver light.  The fissure encourages the imagination to speculate on what lies beyond the walls.  It is interesting to notice how the color of the light colors the imagination in connection with the ruptures.  While the golden crack nearly conveys a fairy-tale like curiosity, the silver rupture has a menacing sort of undertone.

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Erin Fostel

Erin Fostel’s large charcoal narratives.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Movie Noise

Ever wonder why all the sound in movies sounds so crisp and clear? It’s because this guy spends months recording them one sound at a time.

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