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Ikenaga Yasunari Paints Tranquil, Dream-Like Portraits Of Women Using The Traditional Japanese Style Of Nihonga

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Ikenaga Yasunari paints tranquil portraits of women immersed in elegant floral patterns. His work is a curious blend of traditional Japanese-style paintings (nihonga) and modern imagery. Whereas nihonga manifests itself in Yasunari’s bold, monochromatic contrasts and the absence of outlines in the patterns, the subjects are all donned in modern clothing, and their hair and makeup also convey a distinctly contemporary style. Yasunari’s chosen materials are based in tradition, involving a combination of sumi-ink (soot ink) and mineral pigments painted on linen cloth. In exploring modern subjects using traditional techniques, he reinvests an older cultural, artistic practice with an ongoing significance.

The beauty of Yasunari’s work arrives in the interplay between complexity and serenity; much like Gustav Klimt’s decorative paintings wherein patterns coalesce around a highlighted female figure, Yasunari’s works strike a balance between the undulating, seamless background and the subject embraced in its flow. The gentle sepia tones likewise enhance the paintings’ quiet, almost autumnal, atmosphere. Blending gentle imagery with harmonious compositions, Yasunari’s works are meditative portraits embodying youth, reverie, and dreams.

Visit Yasunari’s website to view more of his works. (Via Juxtapoz)

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James Joyce


Digital Sculptures

James Joyce is a London based artist and designer. His work is a mixture of simple typography, bold colorful colors, and crisp geometry. Joyce designs are very bold and eye-catching. I enjoy the simplicity of it but, like the “Chemical World” poster, it has a not so simple message.

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An Interactive Building That Changes Colors Depending On Your Perspective And Time Of Day


Founder of Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio Urbana, Rob Ley has yet made another venture into the world of interactive architectural installations. This time large-scale. His project “May-September” features a field of 7,000 angled multi-color metal panels constructed onto the facade of Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis.

According to Ley, the project began when he started wondering about the typical notion of the parking structure. Often these huge concrete constructions are unappreciated and ignored by public. Ley posed himself a challenge to turn it into a dynamic system that would interact with the viewers as they pass it by.

Together with Indianapolis Fabrications, they’ve built a huge angular aluminum and stainless steel installation (12,500 square feet) that also features an east/west color strategy (yellow and blue). The visual experience of changing colors and patterns depends on observers’ perspective and speed when they move across the hospital grounds or drive along the street. The piece also interacts with nature as every sun beam or cloud can shape the hues and saturation of colors.

As in nature, the volume and shade offered by the piece shies away from harsh, geometric patterning – instead tending towards a gentle, dappled variability in form <…> [parts of installation] work together as brush strokes to create a dynamic façade <…>.

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Michael Velliquette’s Cut Color Explosion

I’ve been eyeballing Michael Velliquette’s ultra-detailed cut paper reliefs for a while now and they continually get better and better with every year. Having started with surreal landscapes and figurative narratives his new works pictured here have morphed into self contained, ornamental abstractions that look more like rainbow bright totem poles or stretched out musical instruments that have  just been painted by a psychedelic poster  factory.

Catch these and other works by Michael in NYC from April 2nd-May 8th at DCKT Gallery.

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Preview: Desi Santiago at envoy enterprises NYC


Desi Santiago recently opened a solo show at envoy enterprises’ 87 Rivington St. NYC. The show includes sculpture, installation, and video works in “an enigmatic environment fluctuating between the realms of seduction and mourning”. Robotic skulls with chattering dentures,  glowing pentagrams, and masks cast from the artist’s face are a few of the things you will find in the space’s first floor and basement. This looks really good and should not be missed. Click past the jump to see more of what you can expect from the show, which is entitled This Pop is Perfection.

All images courtesy of the artist and envoy enterprises, New York.

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Ofer Wolberger’s Life With Maggie Travel Diary

New York City based Ofer Wolberger’s ongoing series Life With Maggie resembles a photographic travel diary that follows a mysterious girl simply known as Maggie as she travels across the land and documents her journey through the bizarre, the historic, and the sometimes mundane.

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Transmormon – The Story Of A Transgender Mormon Woman

The short film “Transmormon” is the story of Eri Hayward. Born into a Mormon family and assigned male at birth, Eri struggled with her gender identity as early as five years old.

“When I was explained to myself that I was a boy, it was because God had made me that way, which didn’t make a really great relationship, as a five year old, between me and God.”

In many ways, this is what “Transmormon” is really about. Eri and her family describe her struggles growing up in a religious community in Utah where her search for identity included a time believing she was a gay man, and her pain and despair led her to try to cut off her own penis. Her family’s love eventually led to their acceptance of her as female and they supported her trip to Thailand for a sex-change operation. But though her family embraces her as a woman, her religion does not.

According to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Handbook, as a transgender person, Eri cannot get married in the temple or raise children in the faith. Because Eri sought to align her birth-assigned sex and her internal sense of gender identity, she has been marginalized. And yet, her belief in God, so problematic when she was five, has been strengthened even as her religious community has closed to her. This hasn’t caused her to become bitter, though, although she is wistful.

“It’s hurtful to someone who wants to have a relationship with someone but also have a relationship with God and the Church. But, my personal opinion is while it might be nice of them to approach things in a way that is a little more kind, it is their church. You can go find another one. … I looked at my life and I looked at the things that were important to me and I found a way to have family in my life and have a lot of the cultural aspects of my LDS upbringing and still find a way to be happy.” (Source)

“Transmormon” takes a sincere look at gender and belief, God and acceptance, family and faith.

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Photographer Hal’s Shrink Wrapped portraits

Loving these bizarre and grotesque photographs of shrink wrapped couples by Japanese artist Photographer Hal. They are beautiful, macabre,  and frightening all at once.

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