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Frank Photos Of Ku Klux Klan Members And Their Everyday Life

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Klansman during a unity gathering on his property in Virginia.

Carl, an Imperial Wizard of a southern-based Ku Klux Klan realm,

Photojournalist Anthony Karen has a specific and refined talent.  Karen’s website mentions that “his passion for photography began in Haiti, where he documented the various Vodou rituals and pilgrimages throughout the country.”  Even with this first series Karen displayed a knack for capturing groups of people, specifically those marginalized from larger society.  For his latest book White Power, Karen was granted rare access to photograph Ku Klux Klan groups freely.  Rather than portray familiar dramatic images of hate, many of the photographs depict mundane daily life, yet are somehow all the more unsettling.  Indeed, much of the series’ disconcerting undertones certainly springs from Karen’s ability to capture people with a certain candidness rare in front of a camera lens. [via]

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“Landmines” That Scatter Flower Seeds

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Plantmines @ Kleurenblind Festival Utrecht 2012 from FRONT404 on Vimeo.

Dutch artists Thomas voor ‘t Hekke and Bas van Oerle make up the duo known as Front 404.  While their work varies in medium it is consistent in being humorously subversive.  For example, their project Plantmines is a sort of landmine that is constructive rather than destructive.  Unaware passersby step on and discharge the plant mine sending colored powder and confetti into the air.  More importantly, though, the confetti contains flower seeds that are intended to eventually grow at the site of the “blast”.  The duo says of the project:

“You’ve stepped on a Plantmine, and the explosion of flower confetti serves as an instant party to celebrate that you live in a country where you don’t have to worry about stepping on a real landmine. The flower confetti contains flower seeds, to create a permanent happy and colourful spot in the place of the plantmine explosion.”

Check out the video to see a Plantmine or two blow up.

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Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

I am really enjoying Cuban artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada’s work.  Each surface he creates a painting on is at least 150 years old!

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Pae White’s Typographic Yarn Installations Inspired By Insomnia

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Los Angeles-based artist Pae White merges art, design, craft and architecture through site specific installations and individual works which defy our expectations of a variety of techniques and media. For her South London Gallery exhibition she creates a mesmerising installation in which vast quantities of coloured yarn span and criss-cross the room to create supergraphics spelling out words that can only be deciphered by navigating the space. Inspired by a period of insomnia and consequent reflection on the transience of our existence, the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience. (via)

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Creative 3D Sculpted Alphabet Made From Food, Body Parts And Other Everyday Objects

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German design studio FOREAL has created an impeccable set of 3D alphabet renderings for their personal project “Sculpted Alphabet”. Playful series features the whole English alphabet made from various everyday objects, food products and even body parts. The whole set of 26 letters was created by two designers, Benjamin Simon and Dirk Schuster.

“New tools, new playgrounds. One single rule: Choose a letter and sculpt it! Maxon gave us it’s new sculpting tools with the last releases of Cinema 4D. Our goal was to create the whole alphabet and achieve some completely new ways how type can be built and seen. A playful execution of that self-initiated project helped us to gain some significant experience in cgi sculpting techniques while having a lot of fun. We hope you enjoy these as we did.”

The project by FOREAL is a candid illustration of how three-dimensional CGI (computer-generated imagery) has moved forward and continues to grow in capabilities. The artistic 3D alphabet was designed using one of the agency’s illustration tools, Maxon Cinema 4D. According to the producers, it is one of the greatest tools for recreating even the slightest details, such as hair or fur.

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Roger Weiss’ Photographs Distort The Objectification Of Women

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Roger Weiss is a Swiss-born photographer educated at the Accademia di Brera, in Milan. His fashion and fine art photography displays an obsession with the human form. Weiss teases sensuality and subversive themes from his subjects, flaunting them in evocative ways to touch on issues of the objectification of women.

Human Dilations is a study in the feminine form and foray into the subject of beauty and it’s stereotypes. A woman is often boiled down info a series of visual queues that objectify and define her. This project studies whether each form—in it’s distortion and elation—is a physical whole, or simply an object.

“Human Dilatations does not fear the marks of frailness of the body and its imperfections,” said Weiss. “But rather, encourages the female image to appear as a whole: a shape by itself, in a game of distortions that allows one to differently relate to the image, entirely detached from the stereotypical and hypocritical notion of beauty.” (via savage)

View other series by Roger Weiss here.

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John Mooney

Good luck finding this guy on the web. Heres a hint: he’s NOT John Mooney the blues guitarist. Aren’t these oil paintings great though? His shows covered Scotland, Helsinki, London and Poland, Contemporary Art Society, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Arts Council and Dundee Art Gallery.

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