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Robert Mapplethorpe – From The Formal To The Provocative

Ken Moody and Robert Sherrman, 1984

Ken Moody and Robert Sherrman, 1984

Calla Lily, 1984

Calla Lily, 1984

Raymond, 1985

Raymond, 1985

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was an American photographer known for his stylized black and white photographs.  Mapplethorpe’s body of work is varied, he captured subject matter ranging from fellow artists to nudes.  At times his works are simply beautiful, such as his photographs of lilies, and at others controversial, such as his homoerotic and S & M images, but always his work is provocative.  In his own words he was “looking for the unexpected…looking for things I’ve never seen before.”

Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in the suburbs of Queens.  Though he never graduated, he attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  In the late 1960s he met Patti Smith, who would become a life-long friend.  Together they moved into the Chelsea Hotel and made art.  Smith’s book, Just Kids, wonderfully documents their time together.

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David Mascha

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David Mascha, an artist based in Vienna, Austria, has been working with different design studios since 2005.  He has also done work for international clients, print magazines, fashion and design labels, and books.  David has also had work displayed in exhibitions in Asia and Europe.  I really like his diverse but defined style. Every piece he does is bold in its own way. 

 

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brian tolle’s Soft Houses

Brian Tolle’s soft silicone sculptures of mass produced houses are juxtaposed with a variety of found objects resulting in hilarious juxtapositions and unusually delightful pairings.

 

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Michael Alvarez

Another B/D friend Michael  Alvarez has also updated his painting portfolio. check out the the tats on the guys above… Amazing!

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Akira Beard’s Water Color Pop Icons

Akira Beard, a San Francisco based artist and teacher at the Academy of Art University, is well known for his engaging watercolor portraitures of pop culture icons. The messages that usually accompany these illustrations are often centered around the issues of cultural topics, such as, identity, society, and race.

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Carl Warner Recreates Landscapes With Food

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English photographer Carl Warner creates realistic landscapes that are made out of food. As an experienced landscape photographer, Warner puts his talents to work in order to reinvent the conventional type. The ‘Foodscapes’ are created in Carl’s London studio where he crafts out each and every little detail (all components completely made out of food) through intricate and laborious steps. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background. The food products used tend to wither quite quickly under the beaming lights, this might take each landscape even more time to get finished.

He first starts off with a set of drawings; he lines up the model-drawings that he would like to work with, and from those he picks the one that will be worked on.

Warner has a team of food stylists and other artists that help him with the process.

“ Although I’m very hands on with my work, I do use model makers and food stylists to help me create the sets. I tend to start with a drawing which I sketch out in order to get the composition worked out, this acts as a blue print for the team to work to.”

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Time-Lapse Video Captures Graffiti Artist Put Up Over Twenty Pieces

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Graffiti artist Sofles is the subject of a new video from Selina Miles titled Infinite.  The video captures Sofles as he gets to work.  Through time-lapse Sofles is captured wandering through a huge building, perhaps an old school or warehouse.  He puts up pieces, tags, murals – over twenty throughout the video.  Sofles’ impressive work ranges in size from quick tags to huge rolled murals and styles that are similarly varied.  Be sure to check out the video Infinity after the jump.    [via]

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Samuel T. Adams

Stacked, packed, and tacked collages by Samuel T. Adams.

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