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Dan Attoe

Accretion 39 (Dumb Babies)

Combine the variety of Hieronymus Bosch and the weirdness of David Lynch; add a pinch of skateboarding and two d-cups of death metal and you’ve got a good recipe for taking in Dan Attoe’s newest painting, “Accretion 40.”  Placing multiple small scenes over an end-of-days landscape, he touches on everything from a drawing monkey (self-portrait?), to strippers, Christmas, and going to Hell.  Dan put the finishing touches on this yesterday, and he’s about to move and have a kid, so this is going to be the last big painting for a little while.

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B/D Apparel Artist The Sicksystems’ New Work

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3D superhero The Sicksystems (also known as Moscow-based artist Aske) has just updated his portfolio with some awesome new work, both personal and commissioned. The Sicksystems is near and dear to our hearts, as he has designed multiple t-shirts for B/D Apparel, including Brick by Brick and Masters of Disaster. If you like what you see, check out his brand new works, and own a piece of the action with his (nearly sold-out) limited edition B/D Apparel designs!

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Jessica Labatte

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In all honesty, I’m usually very dismissive of photography. Alas! Young Chicagoan Jessica Labatte comes correct with some seriously amazing still life photographs! Lots and lots of images after the break, enjoy.

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Maxime Francout

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French designer and illustrator Maxime Francout’s quirky designs are super fun and are sure to brighten up your day! Much of the time, you can find Francout’s designs on T-shirts (he’s made some for Urban Outfitters), but he’s also designed art zines, loves to create hand drawn type, and he’s even made some wallpaper for Studio Nommo.

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Manfred Naescher

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Incredibly palpitating watercolors coming out of Berlin courtesy of Manfred Naescher. Aside from being loads of fun, watercolor remains one of my favorite mediums because of all the unexpected and recalcitrant twists and turns the pigments usually take. Manfred publishes Screenshots, which as he describes it is “an homage to and an exploration of film in the form of an ongoing series of picture fanzines; a bi-monthly printed publication of recontextualized, reconfigured cinematic imagery—as interpreted through serial drawings and paintings.” He also works as an art director, overseeing the creation of packaging, logos and website design for a growing list of clients. Burgeoning graphic designers take note, this is how it’s done!!

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Sage Vaughn

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Wildlife and Wildlives make up the world of artist Sage Vaughn. Swarming brightly colored butterflies along with strangely dressed kids makes for some interesting subject matter, and there is definitely a feeling of tension between the natural and unnatural elements in these paintings. Born in Jackson, Oregon and now working in Los Angeles, Sage also helped illustrate a killer music video for N.A.S.A. that you can see here.

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Charlyne Yi Performs at B/D’s “Art Works Every Time”

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Don’t miss Charlyne Yi’s performance with her band Flesh the Racist Crayon for “Art Works Every Time” tomorrow night! This Jane of all Trades is a comedienne/actress/producer/writer/painter extraordinaire whom you may remember from such box office hits as Knocked Up and Paper Heart. But even more importantly you’re seriously going to be kicking yourself with a snowshoe if you miss her FREE performance at “Art Works Every Time” and have to pay to see her at the UCB Theatre. Details after the cut.

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Sigmar Polke Dies at 69

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Polke, Hope Is: Wanting to Pull Clouds (1992)

German painter and photographer Sigmar Polke (1941 – 2010) died yesterday from complications of cancer, according to Gordon Veneklasen, the artist’s main American representative. Polke invigorated the world of pop art and beyond with his parodic examinations of consumerism and politics, especially those concerning post-war Germany. The artist resisted artistic conventions by expanding on ideas of “what art is” with his multi-faced, mixed media pieces.

“We cannot rely on it that good painting will be made one day. We have to take the matter in hand ourselves,” Polke once said. A bit of an understatement, but I’ll allow Polke’s “good painting” to speak for itself. Check out more of my favorites after the cut.

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