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Rebecca Cairns Is Full Of Mystery

I am completely entranced by Rebecca Cairns‘ photographs. These poetic self portraits explore the mysterious places between dreams and reality.

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Visceral Sexually Charged Paintings From Brett Reichman

Brett Reichman has been pursuing an increasingly sexually charged direction with his painting. It’s clear that his subject matter is an important aspect of his work. But just as important is how visceral this stuff is. I get the feeling that Reichman’s skill with a brush allows him to communicate any message that pleases him, no matter what the content might be. This looks like one of those cases where you especially have to see a work in person to fully experience it. Brett Reichman is based in San Francisco.

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Katharine Morling’s Ceramic Sculptures Look Like 3D Line Drawings

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Katharine Morling is a ceramicist who sculpts everyday objects with a creative, cross-media twist: once the clay dries (a process which can take up to several months), she draws on the pieces using an underglaze pen, turning them into three-dimensional, life-sized “drawings.” Among her works are tape measures, sewing machines, and matchboxes — seemingly ordinary items that, when sketched upon, take on a cartoonish, character-filled, and somewhat surreal appearance. As Morling explains on her About page, narrative, intuition, and the embodiment of emotion are important facets to her creations:

“Each piece, on the surface, an inanimate object, has been given layers of emotion and embedded with stories, which are open for interpretation in the viewer’s mind. […] The life size pieces and the unexpectedness of the scale create a slightly surreal experience as you walk through this strange environment. I work very instinctively, one piece leads to the next, I try not to pin down what I am doing or even why. I have to trust and believe that I can communicate through this medium. My searching is never complete; each piece is a journey for answers that are only hinted at, with more questions.” (Source)

As Morling explains in an article written on her work for ELLE Decoration (December 2014, no. 268), her sculptures begin as character-developing, one-minute sketches. She then gives each one “short, Hitchcock-y titles” before working them into clay (Source). Fired without glaze, the works retain the perfect “rough” quality that adds to the illustrated aesthetic. In addition to practical items, Morling’s works also delve into the fantastical, such as sea turtles crawling out of a suitcase or boxes exploding with butterflies. Visit Morling’s website and Facebook page to view more of her work. (Via My Amp Goes to 11)

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…You Is Fine!

We all know that Valentines day is a scam created by greedy corporations looking for an excuse to make an extra buck. However I have to admit that this is one valentines day gift I wouldn’t mind getting behind. I introduce to you the Love Is Lame series of teddy bears by NYC based designer Chad Silver. What started as an art school project has turned into a full fledged company that helps you say those  five affectionate words to your loved one.

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Slava Fokk’s Surreal Art Deco Inspired Paintings

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Russian painter Slava Fokk creates surrealistic art with elegant lines and bold colors. Inspired by art deco, Fokk’s work inhabits a geometrical world filled with stunning detail. Fokk also draws inspiration from a range of sources, from the Netherlands in Jan Van Eyck to Germany in Otto Dix. According to his biography, he explores “allusions, paradoxical and phantasmagoric combinations” in his artwork, using Russian symbolism in some to evoke deeper meaning.

Much as his style is eclectic, Fokk himself has himself traveled internationally. He’s showcased his art in Arizona and California, though he has now returned to his native Russia. According to Tutt’Art, he says of his background: “I felt that the atmosphere where I was living was pressing on me. It seems to me that everyone at some point in time needs to leave…to live somewhere else, far away. As a native of Krasnodar, I knew that I would have to work to adapt to another city, another culture. I knew that it would be very useful.” (via I Need a Guide)

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Colorful 3D Printed Nail Art Is Turned Into Adorable Animations

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Nail artist Hatsuki Furutani has combined the love of designing incredible patterns for nails with her interest in cute narratives and scenarios. She has applied her active imagination in this new project to take her nail art designs next level. The Japanese manicurist has teamed up with a talented group of animators and software engineers to produce a few short animations telling beautiful little stories. After designing the nails on computers planning out exactly what parts of the nail would move, and in what way, the team processed the designs through a 3D printer. Over 500 nails were then printed out and applied to human hands. The fingernail creations were shot frame by frame and edited together.

Furutani likes to show the beauty and attraction in the things around us. She says there is mystery and charm in everything, in all

Living things, dead things, objects, phenomena, men’s mind, soul and imagination… Inorganic and organic matters, works of art… (Source)

Her animations see origami birds coming to life, colorful fish flapping around, wheels spinning, balls and blobs bouncing from nail to nail. Her video is full of life, joy and positivity. For more of her uplifting designs, be sure to check out her website, and maybe go and get a manicure afterwards – it will surely raise your spirit. (Via Design Boom)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: zombie kitten apocalypse

I’m more of a dog person but this video by Sarah Brown had me LOLing for a few minutes. Maybe I just enjoy watching animated cats getting eaten alive by zombie kittens. I know, I know I’m sick.

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Beautiful/Decay Presents…5 Reasons to Subscribe

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“Why should I subscribe to Beautiful/Decay,” one may find themselves wondering, “when I can pay over 33% more to purchase it on newsstands? And besides, running the risk of Beautiful/Decay selling out before I get a hold of my hand-numbered, limited edition copy is so exhilarating, it’s practically legalized gambling!”

In addition to the popularly publicized reasons of saving money and never missing a copy, Beautiful/Decay has actually closely guarded, for centuries now, a highly secret set of reasons to subscribe. Until today, that is. In collaboration with artist  C.W. Moss, Beautiful/Decay is proud to present a hand-painted watercolor series, illustrating 5 new reasons to subscribe.  Stay tuned every this week for 4 more great reasons to subscribe!

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