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A Sign Of The Times: Jakub Geltner’s Creepy Installations Made From Surveillance Equipment Are Always Watching You

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The installations, sculptures and street art, of Jakub Geltner is subtle, disconcerting, and very in-sync with the Zeitgeist and hot topic of the moment. The Prague-based artist installs groups, or rather – herds – of security cameras, satellite dishes, and surveillance equipment in different outdoor settings. Drawing attention to the presence of being watched and filmed in some way or another, the groups of equipment is very creepy.

Geltner places the gear in absurd places – screens are tilted to look directly at a brick wall, or to spy on a moss covered rock at the beach. Satellite dishes are clumped together on the side of a church – obviously not much use for anything and cleverly parodies the aesthetic of so many apartment blocks littered with the dishes in our modern day, technology-obsessed cities. The artist explains a bit more about his work:

My project is simply called “Nests” and mimics the random human activity in the urban landscape. I was inspired by the characteristics of several cities on my travels around the world where I often found different unplanned, almost organically placed, elements that interfere with the typical facades of the buildings in specific cities.

Through this project I wanted to point out the extent of these “infections” to show how disruptively absurd as well as interesting the urban space can become. I have been working on these nests since 2011, when I set up the first “Nest 01″ in the city center of Prague. I installed it directly on the waterfront of the Vltava river while I was still studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. (Source)

So maybe next time you are walking on the street around your city, remember to look up and check out just what, where and how many technological ‘infections’ there are around you…..they may just spread their disease to you…. (Via Bored Panda)

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Joe Diebes

Joe Diebes is one of those guys who is so smart you can feel the smartness coming off them in waves, like heat on blacktop. I don’t pretend to understand what he’s thinking, but like Potter Stewart explained hard core porno by saying “I know it when I see it,” it’s easy to see something intense happening in Diebes’ sound and video collage.  He created a recording of a musician, the cellist Rubin Kodheli, and then sort of collaged it back together using a mathematical algorithm.  One interesting conceptual aspect of this video, Scherzo, is that it never repeats.  And I don’t mean that it doesn’t repeat in this little one minute snippet, I mean that if you played it for one hundred years and sat there – it wouldn’t repeat the same sequence twice.  I told you, this guy’s smart.  You can see Scherzo at Paul Rodgers 9w gallery until December 2nd, and at the Liverpool Biennial until November 28th.

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Hinke Schreuders’s Embroidered Works Run The Gamut From Sinister To Playful

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Dutch artist Hinke Schreuders creates embroidered works that run the gamut from sinister to playful. Stitching directly on photographs and illustrations, Schreuders creates entirely new artworks by shifting the emphasis and adding pops of color or whole new objects and interactions. She transforms a dreary gray tree to a flowering one with little buds raining down like a curtain of beads. In other photographs, she applies her hand to texturing rivers with pale blue and adding spirals of threading forming fluffy white clouds.

In her previous work, Schreuders has said she wanted to “subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium,” and she certainly continues doing so in her new work. In one piece, a naked woman is posed confidently, outlined with thread and smoking a cigarette. In another, she lends her embroidery to a photo of a woman in a white dress, adding layers and depth and somehow making the subject less passive and more engaged with the world inside the photograph. (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)

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Francisco Miranda’s Intricate Art Nouveau Inspired Wood Collages

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Argentinean artist and designer Francisco Miranda creates work in a variety of media from digital animations to graphic design. However his geometric wood collages are what really catch our eye. Miranda creates multi-layered wall objects and spatial installations from elaborately cut wooden forms. Reflecting on the architecture of his native city Buenos Aires, he looks at how the old has evolved into the new. His work combines elements of art nouveau and art deco to create an intricately ornamental species of caryatids to shape a futuristic Argentinean metropolis. (via Ignant)

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STRANGE/LOVE

POVevolving Gallery

939 Chung King Road

Los Angeles, CA ~ 90012

Reception:February 12th, 2011, 7 to 11pm.
Closes: March 12th, 2011

Preview of the show after the jump.

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Silas Inoue

Gorgeous illustrious drawings and watercolors by Copenhagen based Silas Inoue.

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B/D’s Best of 2010- Shadow Art

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It is time to up your game, shadow puppeteers. This morning presents you with some shadow art that will challenge your routine. The main artists featured here are Kumi Yamashita plus the art team Tim Noble and Sue Webster (who are responsible for the above image). Even if you’re afraid of your own shadow, don’t miss out on the goodies after the jump.

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BCAST

 

BCAST 1: Brooklyn
Video and Animations by Adam Shecter

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