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Jeremy Willis

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Jeremy Willis had me over to his Brooklyn studio and we hung out and talked about his paintings.  Willis describes the paintings anthropomorphically – as wanting to be doing something human, like giving birth, hugging you or selling you illicit substances.  The majority of the paintings are big and surround you with saturated colors and chaotic space.  They do feel like they have an overwhelming emotional content, and the paintings reflect the messy nature of life.  Look for more from Jeremy soon.

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Tsherin Sherpa’s Contemporary Twist On Tibetan Thangka Paintings

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Tsherin Sherpa, born in Kathmandu Nepal, originally trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter with his father Master Urgen Dorje. From the age of twelve, he underwent six years of intensive training before travelling to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science. Since then he has returned to thangka painting but has added a contemporary twist to the traditional paintings leaving behind the traditional confines of the age old practice. His work now mixes the techniques and imagery of thangka with contemporary subject matter.

When asked about breaking from tradition Sherpa states:

“Sometimes if one gets too obsessed with the rules, there’s a danger of getting entangled in that very obsession.  We then become more concerned about not breaking the rule. Because of that, from the traditional art’s point of view, the contemporary work with Buddhist imagery may even get categorized as sacriligious. I am working with some of the images that are viewed as the ultimate portrayal of certain deity. And to manipulate it, is obviously taboo.

However, if we scratch the layer a little deeper, and analyze these Buddhist images, one will find that they are a means to develop a practitioner’s (Buddhist) goal towards enlightenment, which means that the images are not the ultimate goal but rather a vehicle. A representation of a Buddha in 2- or 3-dimensional form is not the actual Buddha. It is a mere representation. And to fall into the trap of perceiving them to be the ultimate, is actually getting oneself entangled with the rules.”

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Michiel Van Der Born

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Okay typography lovers, we got a juicy steak for you all in this post.  Michiel Van Der Born has gone from A-Z in acrylic.  When I stumbled upon this series, I found it refreshing to see this playful take on the good old alphabet.  Bon Appetite.

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Lola

lola imagineerWhatever Lola wants, Lola gets.  You know that anyone who goes by one name is cool as cool can be.  So that’s why you should definitely go see Lola’s second solo exhibition, “Ipsum Factum”, at Corey Helford gallery.  The opening is on Saturday March 27th, 8-10 pm.  But if you absolutely cannot make it out for the reception, the work will be up until April 14th.  After the jump, you can get one more sneak peek of Lola’s new work before the show.

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Katsuyo Aoki’s Porcelain skulls

The amount of ornate detail in Japanese sculptor Katsuyo Aoki’s exquisite porcelain skulls will make your jaws drop and your eyes pop out!

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Censorship In Uzbekistan

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If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation.  Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan.  In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence.  Umida still plans to appeal the conviction.  What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion.  You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump.  Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious?  Have you ever experienced censorship?  Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.

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Jill Greenberg

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You may recognize photographer Jill Greenberg‘s series of upset (understatement for some…) children. If you haven’t seen her work before, you may notice the off-putting style through her contradicting use of detail microscopically real vs. the sense of waxy – plastic feel. This is because Jill Greenberg is that same photographer behind the advertisements of the TV show Dexter. Check out her Fine Art photography, the ideas that inspire her, and the solution she comes to for translating the concepts are a real treat.

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Caleb Charland’s Bacteria Growth

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Beautiful photographs by Caleb Charland documenting the growth bacteria on film.

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