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The Shrunken Cities of Ben Thomas’ Photography

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These are not photos of miniatures or models.  Rather these are images from photographer Ben ThomasCityshrinker series and are actual cities around the world.  Thomas uses what is called a ’tilt-shift technique’.  Among other things, the technique basically corrects the distortion caused by perspective.  This correction often has the appearance of miniaturizing the camera’s subject.  Thomas’ images present the world as if it were a toy.  Some of the world’s largest cities seem to shrink into playful places.  The images turn a lighthearted eye onto some of our favorite places. [via]

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Michael Grab Balances Rocks In Impossible Ways

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Michael Grab creates his own version of land art by balancing rocks in seemingly impossible ways.  Using a learned technique involving patience and a sense of balance Grab finds the process therapeutic and meditative.  Grab refers to the work as “gravity glue” and says of the work, “Through witnessing what this art has done for me personally over years of practice, my vision grows more and more to encourage others to seek their own “still-point” or inner silence…This art allows one to freely be themselves, manifesting their own particular vibration into a 3D world.”

Grab believes that stone balancing teaches the practitioner lessons through silence.  Using language that describes the benefits of self-realization through meditation Grab discusses stone balancing as a spiritual experience.  He describes how the fundamental element in balancing is finding a kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on.  Explaining how each rock requires examination to discover the point of balance, Grab says that the biggest challenge is overcoming doubt.  Both honoring nature and the importance of time spent by himself Grab believes that the ephemeral nature of the balance encourages contemplations of non-attachment, beauty and even death.

Grab is available for workshops and live performances.  Check his website for any upcoming exhibitions so that you can see his process live.

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Baptiste Debombourg Creates A Celestial Installation Made Out Of A Thousand Chairs

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A thousand chairs creating chaos in the middle of a plaza. Baptiste Debombourg is the messenger from the skies. With his installation ‘Stellar’ he transports us above and beyond infinity. A snapshot of a movement, dancing chairs all linked in the air to connect with the public once landed on the ground, is the artist’s vision for this temporary installation.

It took Baptiste Debombourg 1200 chairs, 300 meters of steel tubes and 11 months to set up the installation in the middle of plaza du Bouffay in Nantes, France. Chairs are an important part of the six coffee shops symmetrically facing the plaza, they are the symbol of conviviality. Imitating that concept, he created the installation, structured yet taking us elsewhere, a relaxing place. From each coffeeshops, the sculpture can be perceived from a different angle; creating a different point of view.

Baptiste Debombourg was inspired by the French artist Robert Delaunay’s installation exhibited in 1937 (see the black and white photo far below). The shape’s roundness and exhilarating feeling is reproduced, except the artist chooses to incorporate ordinary materials: chairs that come in six different colors. His purpose is to nourish the eyes, to get a reaction and to defy specific contexts. In many of his installations he is not afraid to deconstruct and recompose, preferring being close to reality and see his work alive.

Baptiste Debombourg’s ‘Stellar’ installation can be viewed at the plaza du Bouffay in Nantes, France until August 2015.

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Rinus Van de Velde

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Rinus Van de Velde’s virtuoso charcoal drawings are eye-catching, to say the least.  I hate to use a sports metaphor, but this is the charcoal equivalent of “nothing but net.”  Van de Velde is a finalist for the Sovereign European Art Prize, and has a show opening in Nuremburg at the Instituts Für Moderne Kunst on June 19th.  All images are courtesy of Galerie Zink.

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Curtis “Talwst” Santiago’s Swagged Out Bossons Head Wall Masks

 

Curtis Santiago (Talwst) has created a series of wall-mounted relief masks out of altered Bossons heads. He has conspicuously attached shutter shades, Ray Bans, and gold fronts to the familiar, idiosyncratic mass-produced sculptures.  A modern take on 15th century Italian Death Masks, the works are Santiago’s farewell to certain aspects of “Swag Rap Culture” and other possibly misguided, recent advents of Popular Culture. Industrialization and watered down culture with Renaissance undertones? Pretty interesting. Talwst will be exhibiting his Swagged Out Bossons Heads at Fuse Gallery in NYC from August 15th through September 12th.

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Sarah McNeil Is Cute N’ Cuddly

Some artists just have a way with drawing. Each line is exquisitely placed on the paper with the most delicate ease as if it had always been there. Sarah McNeil’s drawings do just that. Her marks are so refined and gentle that they can even make a skull with a mustache and a cat tumbler look cute.

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Today is the absolute last day to subscribe and reserve your copy of Beautiful/Decay Book: 6. Book: 5 sold out in only a week and we’re already 80% sold out so if you want to avoid searching on Ebay to complete your B/D library subscribe today. Not only will you be  reserving your copy but you’ll save yourself a bunch of cash.What’s there not to like about that? All Subscriptions will be shipping out Monday morning!

 

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