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Photos of Hyperrealistic Dolls And Their Mothers Blur The Lines Between Real And Unreal

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Four years ago, photographer Jamie Diamond bought a hyperrealistic doll known as a Reborn baby off eBay, and this purchase lead her to a project spanning nearly two years. Called Mother Love, the series blurs the lines between real and unreal, living and the inanimate.

To make this project possible, Diamond collaborated with an outsider art community called the Reborners. They’re a group of self-taught female artists who hand-make, collect, and interact with these dolls. They hold them, dress them, wash their hair, and take them for walks in the park. “After spending a year investigating and recording their practice,” Diamond writes in an artist statement, “I chose to become a Reborner to gain a better understanding of the community.” Diamond continues:

In Nine Months of Reborning, I reborned dolls and constructed a working nursery in my studio and on eBay, called the Bitten Apple Nursery. Before putting the dolls up for adoption on eBay, I photograph each one using a large format camera, the image becomes the remnant of this exchange.

Creating the dolls was a laborious process. Some required up to 80 individual layers of painting, veining, blushing mottling, and toning, cured with heat. Strands were individually attached to the scalp. The dolls were weighted properly so that they feel like a real baby when held in someone’s arms.

The Amy Project  followed this construction.  “I invited celebrated Artists from the community to individually interpret and idealize the same doll,” Diamond writes. “I then photograph each doll mimicking vernacular school portraits. Each of the dolls are unique to their maker’s hand, but share an uncanny similarity through their common origin.

Diamond no longer calls herself a Reborner, and plans to sell the remaining dolls on eBay (although she might keep one for herself).

Working with the Reborn community has allowed me to explore the grey area between reality and artifice where relationships are constructed with inanimate objects, between human and doll, artist and artwork, uncanny and real. I have been engaged with this community now for four years and while working and learning from these women, I’ve become fascinated by the fiction and performance at the core of their practice and the art making that supports their fantasy. (Via Hyperallergic)

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Made With Color Presents: Tik Ka Shares His Inner World By Painting Angelic, Heaven Sent Children

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Artists from all over the world choose Made With Color to Create beautiful portfolio websites that set them apart from the pack. With clean layouts, easy to use interface, and drag and drop functions you can build a professional website in minutes. This week, we are pleased to present the embryonic world of  Made With Color user Tik Ka.

It’s a fantasy dreamland we’re entering. Tik Ka is a Chinese artist whose emotions translate in a multitude of soft, joyful colors. He depicts characters which could be aimed to entertain kids. The eyes and expression of his subjects speak a language of empathy, sincerity and gentleness. And even we, as adults, are touched but the vast generosity Tik Ka is offering us.

The work of Tik Ka is also known as “So Ha” Art. A combination of traditional Chinese culture and lovable babies and kids. The artist has incorporated Chinese characteristics with Western elements and Japanese superflat technique. He has created a style of his own, a signature easily recognizable. His most recent work has led him to represent purity and innocence with just a hint of a smile on the children’s faces. They appear angelic and heaven sent.

Before the life journey begins, we have all waited on a platform, gasping for the first breath, opening our eyes and catching a glimpse of the whole new world.  The platform is a place of purity, where only the heartbeat of the mother and the murmur of the outside world can be heard.”

Children’s faces, babies still connected to their mother by an umbilical cord. Tik Ka’s depictions dives our souls into an inviting, delightful and poetic aura.

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Mysteries Of The World

 

It’s midnight, I can’t sleep, and the  moon seems to be wiggling and moving in space. Hope it doesn’t fall down from the sky.

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I Believe In Unicorns

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C.W. Moss, the Unicorn behind such B/D blog posts as “5 Reasons to Subscribe” and “Godspeed, Unicorn Riding Fei,”  will be in a group show opening tomorrow, June 11 at WWA Gallery.Curated by Industrial Squid, “I Believe in Unicorns” assembles a group of optimistic talents who fearlessly employ rainbows, joy, candy-colors, and yes, even the shining beacons of hope and goodness that are unicorns. I’m sick of self-deprecating hipster irony, bring on the celebration! Word on the street is that Unicorn may be paying a visit and you might even be able to take photos with him. (You can also be his friend on facebook.) Flyer after the jump!

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Kate Tucker’s Colorblock Paintings

Artist Kate Tucker’s work has amazing colorblock layering in her pattern pieces, as well as her more representational works. She has intricate drawings and bold paintings that together are seriously impressive. Her series “Counterfeit Sanctity’ has tons of versions of the same drawing in different color, pattern, and media that are mesmerizing when seen together.

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The Falling Garden

 

Gerda Steiner & Jorg Lenzlinger’s falling garden installation at the 5oth Venice Biennial in 2003 took a normal garden and exploded it into millions of floating pieces of debris.Installed in the Church of San Stae on the grand Canal, visitors were invited to lie on a circular bed under the doge’s tomb and stare up into the garden in the sky.

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Giuseppe Licari’s Public Art Installations

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No matter the type of installation Guiseppe Licari creates, he seeks to encourage direct public engagement in one way or another. For some of his work, he brings natural elements into the gallery space, while other work takes the form of public art. Obviously, most of Licari’s installations should be experienced firsthand, like his ongoing community dinner project Spaghetti Forever, an interactive swing-set Serial Swing, a mobile Illegal Busstopor his education horticulture workshop, Hortus Publicus. Licari’s work is concerned with creating spaces of engagement that reference nature and the built environment. He lives and works in Rotterdam.

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Will Adler

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Photographer Will Adler‘s charm lies in his easy, laid back shooting style. Not all of his photos are entirely in focus; some are over exposed, others under exposed, but  these imperfections relate his stories all the better. Adler also takes advantage of Santa Barbara, where he lives, by documenting surfers, the coastline, and hilly landscapes.

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