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Stella Im Hultberg’s Otherworldly Ladies

Originally from South Korea, artist Stella Im Hultberg has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and California. After studying industrial design, she worked as a designer of toys, among other products, for several years. In 2005, Hultberg turned her attentions to painting and began practicing her craft more extensively. Since making this transition, her works in ink, oils, and watercolor have been shown at galleries throughout the country. Most recently, the artist contributed a piece to Copro Gallery‘s group show celebrating the 20th anniversary of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks.” You can catch the show in Santa Monica, CA now through May 12th.

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Wayne Martin Belger Builds Cameras From HIV Blood And Human Skulls

Time to once again danse macabre by way of self-taught artist Wayne Martin Belger. Belger uses unusual materials (human skulls, HIV-positive blood, bullet shells) to build functional cameras that lend their composition to the work itself.

Wayne Martin Belger is one of the rare two-part artists that create works relying on each other through the synonymity of  the repeated aesthetic.  That is to say, when you look at his cameras, sculptures that represent something painfully graphic and simultaneously beautiful,   you relate to the photographs in a different way. I find it fascinating that his installations show the cameras first, then you see the completed ancient photograph — it was made with this thing?

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Caleb Charland Lights Up Your Life

I can’t get enough of Caleb Charland‘s photography.  He uses any source of light including but not limited to fire, flashlights, and even the glow from point and shoot camera displays and the result is just beautiful.

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One Of A Kind Guerilla Street Furniture

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Inventor and designer Oliver Show belives that there just isn’t enough public seating in Hamburg, Germany. So instead of complaining and whining about it he took it upon himself to come up with a simple solution to one of lifes most annoying problems. With the help of bright colored and inexpensive padded piping Mr.Show created playful seating all around the city using pre-existing structures as support. The result is a fun and playful take on one of a kind urban furniture that makes us think “why didn’t I come up with that.” (via)

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Best of 2011: Richard Mosse’s Infrared Photographs

Richard  Mosse’s mind blowing infrared photographs are  a psychedelic ride through Eastern Congo.

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Real Life Crime Events Constructed Out of Tape

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  Brad Kuhl and Monique Leyton tape art

Artist duo Brad Kuhl and Monique Leyton create large tapestries illustrated with various colors of acrylic, bookbinding, and packing tape. The subjects of their tape art is real life crime stories and offer social commentary based on themes of attraction and repulsion, fame and infamy, crime, morality and entertainment, and safety and danger. In “Elite Deviance,” specific references include the scandals of Enron, Martha Stewart, Jack Abramoff, and Bernie Madoff. In “Blunt Object,” Kuhl and Leyton depict news crime scenes in which the use of a blunt object was instrumental in a murder. By using this tape as a medium, the duo brighten up scenes of crime, illuminating darker aspects of our culture’s psyche. “We liked how the tape associated with police tape and ideas blossomed from there of what to make,” Leyton said. Originally from the States, they are currently living in Beijing where the city’s rapid evolution inspires their work. Most recently, they have started to work with new material, something that’s still adhesive, but not tape. “Elite Deviance” could be the last project they complete using this particular medium. (via juxtapoz)

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Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi

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Madrid based illustrator, Jose Manuel Hortelano-Pi, creates these wonderfully detailed pen and watercolor works. I for one especially enjoy his black and white drawings (like the above.)

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Felisa Funes

Felisa Funes blurs the lines between sculpture, painting, and collage in her works. Each piece looks like the love child of Wangechi Mutu sculptures and  early Julian Schnabel paintings.

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