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All you cool cats out there who have already snagged an iPad take note: PADFACE wants you to put it to use!! That’s right, this little gem lets you to harness the power of all your electronic goodies and use them in a harmonious melange to create a truly memorable portrait. It is super easy to do and completely open to the masses… even yours truly ended up getting in on the action. (You do, however, need to have an iPad, but I’m sure you already figured that out.) What are you waiting for, go check it out!!!

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Dennis McNett

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Is that an amazing relief print I spy? I do believe it is!! Dennis McNett puts his impressive carving ability to work, making striking woodblock prints that tend to include mythical animal imagery. McNett, who teaches printmaking at the Pratt Institute in New York, has also designed killer graphics for Vans, Anti-Hero skateboards, Volcom and Adidas, so you could say that he’s got the serious skills to pay the bills.

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Cris Bruch at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

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Cris Bruch’s work might be found on a more tasteful version of planet Pandora. His shapes have this mysterious, organic quality that I imagine existing on an alien planet populated by giant blue people who are really into saving the environment and stuff. His exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Gather and Wait, from July 1st – August 28th explores the artist’s creative process through a series of drawings, photographs of works in progress, and completed sculptures.

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Carlos de los Rios

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Carlos de los Rios, a Columbian artist represented by Stephanie Bender Gallery in Munich, produces an amazing variety of pieces by working in series, this one titled 32 Memoiren. The media and subject matter may alter, but de los Rios’ work maintains a fragmented attachment to the figure, like a futuristic Rorschach Test in need of translation–I see a bird.

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Vellas & Laga

Vellas & Laga are a dangerous duo of animation and art direction that make motion work for many clients. There work is has a friendly appeal, with crisp, clean, and colorful details abounding. They seem to have a flair for understanding what works commercially for a client, while applying their own sensitivities to make it pop.

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Lara Schnitger at Modern Art

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Lara Schnitger’s show, Damned Woman, at Modern Art in London (July 9th to August 7th) seems to hail from another time has it explores the idea of women from every angle. Schnitger uses methods and media associated with the domestic realm–textiles and stitching–to further explore the female role.

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Power of Selection Part 2

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I apologize for shameful self-promotion, but I really couldn’t help myself. Here are some shots from The Power of Selection Part 2, ┬áthe second installment in my 3 part conquest to bring work to Chicago that otherwise doesn’t get shown here. Check it out!

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Phyllis Galembo

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From Carnival in Haiti to West African Masquerade, Phyllis Galembo has seen it all. Humanity has always had such a fascination with dressing up–with becoming someone else for even a short period of time–that these costumes and the rituals associated with them play an important role in these societies’ cultural textures. Galembo photographs these moments in which people become magical, steeped in the symbolism of their dress. So, what does it say about us if our definition of costume is a sexed up, polyester sailer/nurse/bunny?

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