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Collaborative artist group L017 uses waste materials and discarded objects to create their work. My favorite pieces are these record jesus works.

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Video Watch: Staying Relevant

Welcome to the third and last installment of Hennessy’s video featuring Elliott Wilson, the founder of Rap Radar and Editor-in-Chief of RESPECT.  Elliott sheds further light onto how he stays relevant in a world that favors youth and how he is hungrier than ever to achieve his next big goal. He also breaks down his process for writing his letter from the Editor for each issue of RESPECT. and explains the goal of his magazine— capturing the moment and documenting a time. When Wilson points his finger at an undeniable moment in the culture, hip-hop listens.  Want more? Go to www.neverstopneversettle.com to see the full episode now!

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Christopher Boffoli’s Giant Food World And Its Tiny Residents

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Photographer Christopher Boffoli continues his popular his Big Appetites series.  The series of photographs captures tiny people living in a giant culinary world.  These inhabitants explore, work, and even get into trouble with their huge food surroundings.  Despite its whimsical appearance, the series has a more serious grounding.  Big Appetites reflects America’s complex relationship with food.  The consumption of food – not only by eating it, but by reading and watching television about it – is ubiquitous, as if we lived in a giant world of food.

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Victor Rodriguez’s Dream-Like Realist Narrative Paintings

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Victor Rodriguez‘s acrylic paintings defy the simplistic categorization of the hyperrealistic or photorealistic. His work includes surrealistic, abstract, and cinematic elements, giving a fresh feel to the realist aesthetic. Portraiture is often his style, though he alternates between representations of still-life objects and human figures. Using realistic imagery within a dream-like context, Rodriguez’s work offers viewers a peek into a finely-detailed, deeply personal narrative.

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Matt Burden’s Brutal Graphics

Welcome to the world of brutal graphics care of UK based artist Matt Burden.

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Markus Åkesson’s Oil Paintings Quietly Meditate on Death

Moody, slightly surreal paintings from Swedish artist Markus Åkesson. Åkesson’s works touch on the quiet, interior relationship we have with death. But the artist doesn’t present death as the scary, violent experience that so many make it out to be, but as a peaceful, very natural phenomenon. And his use of animals and children works really nicely to heighten this impression. Åkesson is currently exhibiting work at the VIDA museum in Borgholm. (via)

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LA Based Lord Huron Releases Debut Album, Lonesome Dreams.

Los Angeles’ own Lord Huron released their debut album yesterday, Lonesome Dreams on IAMSOUND Records. The good people at NPR Music have the whole record streaming so you can listen before you buy it. I caught them this past August when they opened for CULTS at MOCA and loved the new songs. Check out their video for Time to Run and grab a ticket to one of their upcoming live performances, you won’t be disappointed.

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Stencil Of 9,000 Bodies On Normandy Beach Created To Mark International Peace Day

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The Fallen, an installation by two British artists [Jamie Warley and Andy Moss], entails striking silhouettes of fallen soldiers on Arromanches beach in Normandy. The project is a tribute to the civilians, German forces, and Allies who lost their lives during the Operation Neptune landing on June 6, 1944 on Normandy Beach.

The artists, together with a team of volunteers, traveled to the site in order to create the silhouettes, which were individually drawn into the sand with pre-prepared stencils.

After the completion of about 9,000 imprints, the shapes were then left to wash away by the beach waves; a poetic visual composition that reminds us that life is temporary.

“The idea is to create a visual representation of what is otherwise unimaginable, the thousands of human lives lost during the hours of the tide during the Second World War Normandy landings. People understand that so many lives were lost that day but it’s incredibly difficult to picture that number.”

Veterans and families, including some who have lost loved ones in recent conflicts were involved in the ‘Fallen’ project. (Via DailyMail Online)

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