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Brendan Flanagan

"On the Beach", 2009, acrylic on canvas, 108" × 72"
Brendan Flanagan‘s acrylic painting technique is as macabre as his subjects. His large scale paintings, depict Images of ambiguous characters, existing in a world that seems to be melting around them.

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Sponsored Post: LG Releases World’s First 34-inch UltraWide Monitor, Designers Rejoice!

TV monitors have been getting bigger and bigger every year but computer monitors haven’t been keeping up, staying at standard sizes and forcing creatives to place multiple screens side by side to get a wider monitor surface. Things are about to change with the introduction of the LG 34 inch Ultrawide QHD Monitor!

The LG Ultrawide Monitor gives you the freedom to see your work on one clean surface regardless of whether you’re working 2D or 3D.  When you’re working in Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign, monitor landscape size is directly linked to efficiency of your work. For those of you who had used two monitors in the past you’ve felt the pain of having to calibrate monitors for hours so that the colors matched from one screen to the next. Well with the Ultrawide you don’t have to lift a finger. LG’s own True Color Finder software and built-in scaler robustly sustains color consistency round clock, across all of your images.

This monitor is a game changer for anyone working within the creative world. Regardless of whether you’re designing the next issue of a magazine, editing music, or working on the next groundbreaking 3D animation the LG 34 inch Ultrawide QHD Monitor is the only choice for you!

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Mike Shankman

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Mike Shankman turns crumbling structures and abandoned buildings into arcane imaginary environments. In 2003, Mike also co-founded Million Fishes, a live/work arts organization in the Mission District of San Francisco. He also has an awesome last name. Find more at Shift Art Gallery.

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Fernando Rodriguez

Fernando Rodriguez You Hurt MeCan somebody say juicy?  Fernando Rodriguez has some sizzling designs.  Can you see the hidden message in the above image? I’ll give you 5 seconds. Give up? “You Hurt Me”… Oh, but it hurts so good.  I am loving this clean deliciousness coming out of Spain. 

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Celebrity Draft

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Mark Stockton’s commentary on celebrity culture.

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Kathryn Macnaughton’s Unicorn Sandwich

Canadian artist Kathryn Macnaughton creates beautiful illustrative designs using suggestive imagery and pornographic material.  I particularly love her “Filthy Rautten” series and her “Unicorn Sandwich.”

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Portraits Of Women As Everyday Objects Question Gender Roles

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The series Like Everyday of Iranian photographer Shadi Ghadirian is  powerful in its simplicity.  She created the images shortly after marrying her husband, and indeed the series explores her concerns associated with being a wife as well as gender roles.  In the series figures appear to be veiled in patterned cloth similar to the traditional Iranian Chador. The figure’s face, however, is obscured or replaced with a household item, often one associated with daily chores.  Ghadirian says of her subjects, “My series is exactly like a mirror of my life and other women like me — my sisters, my friends, the women who live in this country.”  Though the series specifically addresses Iranian women, the photographs capture more universal anxieties concerning gender roles – the anxiety that accompanies building an identity as a woman and a wife, navigating issues of power within a marriage.

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Cory Arcangel

I’m guessing that most readers of this blog are familiar with New York-based artist Cory Arcangel. He is, as far as I can tell, one of the more famous artists currently creating work in that bizarre intersection of technology, low-brow Internet culture, and art. And while I’m a fan of his work in general, I also realize his stuff can be rather hit or miss. So I was happy when I recently revisited his site and discovered his most recent work: Drei Klavierstücke op. 11, which I rather like. The piece is a recreation of Arnold Schoenberg’s composition of the same name, entirely constructed from amateur YouTube clips of cats playing piano.

On Arcangel’s page documenting the project, you can read more about his technical process (it involved audio analyzing software and custom perl scripts), as well as listen to a comparison of an original recording of the piece by Glenn Gould alongside Arcangel’s result. The second two parts of the video are after the jump.

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