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Photography By Hanna Putz

Hanna Putz is an artist out of Vienna who contorts and un-poses her models to make striking photographs of equally striking people. Her camera seems to mummify the models, and in their lifelessness they are incredibly compelling. ( via )

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David Mach And Four Other Artists Who Cleverly Create Creatures

David Mach

David Mach

Marta Klonowska

Marta Klonowska

Kristi Malakoff

Kristi Malakoff

Diem Chau

Diem Chau

Irving Harper

Irving Harper

Because it’s still the beginning of the week, and because who doesn’t love animals, here are five artists who cleverly create creatures as part of their work.

David Mach uses everyday items to create large-scale sculptures and installations.  His cheetah and tiger, for instance, are created solely out of coat hangers.  Laying hundreds of them together Mach created two rather ferocious creatures.

Polish artist Marta Klonowska assembles carefully broken shards of colored glass to create translucent animals of life-like proportion and size.  Influenced by the animals seen in baroque and romantic paintings, Klonowska sought to re-make an old idea in a new way.

Kristi Malakoff is a Canadian artist interested in using animals in her art because of “swarm theory,” or “swarm intelligence,” which suggests that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  In other words, the theory posits that the limits of the individual are overcome by collective intelligence.  This installation consists of 6000 color copies of butterflies on transparency material.

An unconventional use of the medium, Seattle artist Diem Chau works with graphite pencil leads to create intricate and delicate sculptures of animals.  Using a rather common medium to create an uncommon result, Chau’s work touches on the value of storytelling and myth and their ability to connect us to one another.

Industrial designer Irving Harper creates beautiful paper sculptures.  Humble materials for such intricate results, Harper is interested in using brilliant design and craftsmanship to integrate the natural world.

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Jessicka Addams’s Disturbing Paintings Capture Lost Innocence

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The indie-feminist rock-artist Jessicka Addams marries the gothic with the whimsical, creating heartbreaking portraits of innocence lost. In her wonderfully sweet yet disturbing paintings and sculptures, the artist builds a candy-coated dreamscape ripe with sexuality, drug use, and metamorphosis. Her pale, virginal subjects look much like babydolls possessed, embodiments of mythical female mischief and corruption. These works, in some ways, serve as testaments to the pains and labors of the biblical Eve, the mythological Medusa.

Addams’s work is elegantly imbued with an uncomfortable anxiety that arises from the tension between icons of innocence and the suggestion of impurity. Rabbits, used in early Christian art, symbolize the coming of spring, the resurrection, and the rebirth of innocence. Here, this iconographical connotation is poignantly subverted; alongside images of bleeding nostrils, suggestive of cocaine use, these white rabbits could easily find themselves in the drug-induced Alice in Wonderland of Jefferson Airplane. Addams’s rabbits cry bloody pink tears and sprout sea witch limbs.

The cat, an animal both adorable and foreboding, also figures prominently in Addams’s pieces, often in the form of hybrid human or ghost. Addams’s aesthetic is distinctly modern, characterized by thick, dripping brushstrokes and somewhat taboo subject matter. Like those of the modernist trailblazer Goya, her cats seem to represent sin as it creeps in upon the untainted child; a burlap sack, with embroidered feline ears, envelops the face of a pale babe, who weeps as if mourning a lost childhood.

Addams’s exquisite works are charming and unsettling in equal measure, inspiring pity and empathy for our own former innocence. Here, human beings—especially women— are neither madonnas nor whores; instead, the human soul is a complexly woven tapestry, colored with surprising and miraculous shades of gray. Addams’s work is currently on view at The Cotton Candy Machine. (via BUST)

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Craig Nunn

craig nunn

Craig Nunn is a London based photographer and one third of pop group Internet Forever.

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Malin Gabriella Nordin’s Slight Structures

Malin Gabriella Nordin lives and works in Bergen, Norway. She creates subtle compositions in multiple media with a focus on modest shapes. Natural and manmade textures are sourced and assembled to compose elegant collages. These collages then inform her sculptures that are as meek as they are monumental. 

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OutRun: The Driving Game You Can Drive

Garnet Hertz, a research scientist at UCI, recently developed “OutRun,” a driving game that you can actually drive. The project’s physical form is a mashup between an arcade game from the 80s (OutRun) and a modern day golf cart complete with some sweet rims (check those things out!). Using computer vision, the graphics of the game are able to update in real time to correspond to the road ahead… making it possible to drive in a mixed reality! I don’t know about you, but I wish driving on the 10/110 interchange here in Los Angeles was this fun… Learn more about it works, and see it in action after the jump!

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Inside David Kinsey’s Studio and New Exhibit At Joshua Liner Gallery

Artist David Kinsey‘s upcoming solo exhibit, Everything at Once, opens at the Joshua Liner Gallery December 13, 2012.  Kinsey’s newest work reflects the intense nature of the show’s title.  Severe angles and color hint at a depiction of mounting chaos.  Several pieces, seem to be filled with a violent struggle for survival, domination, even attention.  These mixed media pieces document a world spinning out of control and a the desperate scramble to document it.  On this, Kinsey relates:

“Collectively, the developed world is swimming in modern media; we’re learning to navigate this landscape every day while becoming unwittingly addicted, for better or worse. And that’s simultaneously exhilarating and a little scary. Throw in climate change and you’ve got a scenario worthy of our attention.”

Dave Kinsey was the subject of the first interview in Beautiful/Decay’s now sold-out first issue.  Everything at Once will be on exhibit at Manhattan’s Joshua Liner Gallery December 13th through January 12th 

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