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Tom Eckert’s Visually Deceptive Wooden Sculptures

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These amazing sculptures are unbelievably crafted entirely out of wood, then painted. Tom Eckert uses traditional processes to create these works, mostly out of basswood, linden, and limewood, then applies waterborne lacquer using paint brushes and spray guns. Concealment and mystery form a large part of his work, indicated by his portrayal of shrouded items. Eckert: “Since childhood, I have been curious about and amused by mistaken impressions of reality presented as part of my visual experiences.  One of my earliest recollections, on a car trip, was my perception of the wet, slick highway ahead that turned out to be an illusion, a mirage.  The revelation that I was fooled, visually and intellectually tricked, stuck with me.  This visual deception is now the basis for my creative direction.”

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Cesar Del Valle’s Drawings Interact with the world

Cesar Del Valle’s drawings are not just exquisitely rendered but also interact with the very surface they are drawn upon. Rather than simply drawing the objects and places that the figures interact with Cesar creates unique situations where a figure might be holding up a crumpling part of the paper, jumping over an actual hole in the paper, or walking a tightrope that is constructed out of a pencil stuck through the paper. By creating these interactions Cesar not only wows the viewer with his ability to think outside the box begs the question did the drawing or the paper come first? More of Cesar’s interactions with the surface after the jump. (via illusion)

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Amy Stein’s Photographs: Halloween On the Street and Animals in the Woods

 

These photographs are taken from two series by NYC  photographer Amy Stein: “Domesticated”, and “Halloween in Harlem”. The photos were put together a while ago now, but I’ve always loved them. And, as Ms. Stein seems to be dealing with an issue involving use of her work without permission and $40,000, I figured she deserved some love.

“Domesticated” depicts real stories ivolving animals and humans culled from local news stories. Stein used often used taxidermied animals in her perfectly positioned shots, which include bobcats confused by newfound construction and curious bears checking out backyard pools.

“Halloween in Harlem” is pretty straightforward: Stein’s eye set to run freely capturing the spirit of the holiday and creepy children in masks on the street.

Check out images from both series below.

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Rescued Lab Rodents Take Part In An Enchanting “Alice in Wonderland” Photoshoot

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Italian charity La Collina dei Conigli ONLUS rescues rabbits, mice, rats, and guinea pigs from labs or mistreatment. The now-adoptable pets were the recent subjects of a photo series by Rachele Totaro that’s inspired by Lewis Carroll’s famous novel Alice in Wonderland. Volunteer Attilia Conti had the idea, and it commemorates the first 10 years of the charity’s operation. So, why Alice in Wonderland? Because the book and organization both started with a white rabbit.

The fantastical photographs feature the animals holding objects, poking out of a teapot, and of course, gazing into the looking glass. “Mice were the most cooperative models, while guinea pigs were the laziest (they stayed still only with food present),” Totaro writes. “Rats were the most attractive, and rabbits… were the most disapproving.” You can see that with some of the critters, there was no coercing them into any sort of cutesy pose.

The charity’s rescue center is located in Monza, near Milan, and many of the animals are still looking for new homes. If you’re local to the city, you can adopt one. (Via Bored Panda)

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Deitch Home Beautified/Vandalized

I got an anonymous email late last night with the above image. It said “This weekend I found myself at a party at Jeffrey Deitch‘s new home in the hills of Los Angeles. I’m hardly a street artist but I thought it might be nice to add some value to the interior of his “movie star house.”

Who knows if this is actually Jeffrey Deitch‘s house (looks like the bathroom) but I thought it was interesting that he’s getting so much backlash. Who can confirm that this is real?

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The Haunting Paintings of Maja Ruznic

Artist Maja Ruznic paints what she remembers.  Ruznic acts in a literal way on the idea that remembering is a creative process.  Painting from experience and filling in the unknown, her paintings feel like their plucked directly from the middle of a narrative.  Speaking of the way past experience plays into her creative process Ruznic says:

“Sometimes I am drawn to someone’s hands, to one’s rhythm of speech, to one’s constant checking of their cell phone.  This interest usually serves as an incentive to begin a painting.”

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Carmen Burguess

Picture 3 Carmen Burguess is an artist born in Bueno Aires, now living in Berlin. Her work is grotesque… in a way that seems to make you want to see more. Her Seventeen Magazine modified covers are creepy meets couture.

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7 Days To Submit Art To Future Perfect!

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The future is unwritten but it is in your hands! You now have only 7 days to submit your artwork for our next book. Visit the Future Perfect website for all submission guidelines and make sure to submit all your work by March 29th!

Time is running out so join us in creating a future perfect!

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