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Massive Inflatable Jungle Gym Will Make You Want To Be A Kid Again

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Croatian-Austrian design studio Numen/For Use has built a large string supported jungle gym that is described as a “prototype of a self supporting inhabitable social sculpture.” Known for their large-scale tape and netting installations, “String Prototype” represents the studio’s first “large geometric inflatable object” installation. Thin ropes are tied on opposite sides of the form’s volume, keeping them parallel. When the object is inflated, the ropes are pulled and tightened into a structure that can support multiple human bodies. “Bodies entrapped in 3D grid, flying in unnatural positions throughout superficial white space, resemble Dadaist collages. Impossibility of perception of scale and direction results in simultaneous feeling of immenseness and absence of space.” (via my modern met)

The project is currently installed in the Viennese countryside, where it is still in development.

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Jackie K. Seo’s Hyper Realism

Jackie K. Seo’s hyper realistic figurative sculptures are painstakingly created to depict every hair, skin blemish, and spot on the figures bodies. Jackie says about her work, ” In each of my pieces I like to show a moment where we feel the need to repair something in our lives and how we deal with it. I think the style of hyper-realism is a good way of showing the minute subtleties of the challenges of life, in a sculptural form.

I can show things like the wetness of tears in the eyes, the flushing of skin or the story that the fine lines and wrinkles of the face tell. The biggest challenge is balancing the overall feel of the piece without getting lost in the details.”

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NAM

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Nam is a Japanese graphic art collective established by Takayuki Nakazawa (Graphic Designer) and Hiroshi Manaka (Photographer). This is their special project for Digital Temple magazine.

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Jim Lambie Interview

As a musician myself I am always fascinated by the intersection between visual art and music. Jim Lambie is a musician who played in the Glasgow band Teenage Fanclub, and was also shortlisted for the Turner prize. His colorful installations often reappropriate pop cultural items in fresh ways. In this video he discusses his installation “Zobop,” which used vinyl tape on the floorspace of the Tate, to reveal the idiosyncrasies in the architecture in a dazzling floor display. Check out the Bay City Rollers album in his studio!

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Abstract “Paintings” Created By Computer Algorithms

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Perhaps in the strictest sense, these abstract pieces by artist Siebren Versteeg aren’t paintings (or maybe in any sense they are not really paintings).  However, they do say quite a bit about painting and creativity.  Versteeg created code that utilizes a complex set of algorithms to create these pieces.  The work is then often printed on to paper or canvas.  Versteeg observes patterns, tendencies, styles in abstract expressionist painting and uses these as the basis for the code that create these “paintings”.  His programmed algorithms work with variable qualities such as viscosity, color, drips, and so on.  The program then “decides” how to use and combine these variable in several layers to create a complete composition.  In a way, the art is in the code Versteeg creates – the paintings merely a visual manifestation of that code.

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Morgan Blair’s Psychedelic Brick Paintings

We have featured Brooklyn based Morgan Blair in the past (here). She continues to produce vibrant acrylic and spray paint works with a newfound focus on cultural symbols and iconography. The pieces are meticulously taped and painted to create perfect structures that build and collapse into familiar symbolic imagery such as the American Flag and the Yin Yang. One work presents exaggerated Nations of the World flag designs compiled into one bright pastel colored tapestry. Timeless symbols are warped and rendered into psychedelic compositions that are for her a fixation “…on uniformity and precision as a way of zoning out into a neurotic sort of meditation.”  

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Thom Kerr

Thom KerrThom Kerr is best known as a fashion photographer, but his work is creatively well mixed. After studying Fine Arts with a Film Degree in Brisbane, Australia, Thom initially began as a writer and director. His diverse background is unique, yet is style is similar to that of Baz Luhrmann. Check out more of his amazing Sci-Fi series after the jump.

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Adam Friedman’s Space,Time and Other Mysterious Aggregations

We have featured the work of Portland based Adam Friedman on the blog (here) in the past. He has just opened a new solo exhibition at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco entitled Space and Time, and Other Mysterious Aggregations that is on view through March 2nd. From the press release Friedman explains, “In my work, rules of perspective, distance, and light are bent.  Space can become a solid object and places are folded on top of one another.  Millions of years are compacted into a single instant and rocks become fluid.  I strive to present a moment that defies human intervention in the landscape, and pays homage to the potential in the inexplicable.”

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