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Ben Wheele Finds Baroque Pathos in The Unusual

 

 Ben Wheele is an artist and animator based in London who makes a variety of videos, animations, and sculptures dealing with surreal images  and worlds that are extremely compelling but  hard to describe. When asked about his work Ben says “If I were to speculate…I’d say my work is probably an attempt to find ‘Baroque pathos’ in unusual netherworlds, where logic has somehow receded. What remains is often gooey and emotional.” Watch the above videos and tell us what you think his works about! (via vvork)

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Zach Lewis’ There Are No Sins Here

Zach Lewis lives and works in New York. He has just released his book There Are No Sins Here which is a 6″ x 9″ 110 page survey of work from 2010-2012. Lewis describes it briefly saying it is a “A narrative driven documentary photography book reflecting the sentiment of contemporary American life.” It serves as an honest portrait of a twenty-something taking in the city of NY during a time of political unrest. We see the push and pull of organized religion and ideologies of faith. Current events like the death of Osama bin Laden and Steve Jobs are presented as a reminder of the speed and influx of information in our current culture. Joy, paranoia, frustration, and hope are presented in equal measure. You can pick up a copy here

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Daniel Firman’s Empty Figures

Daniel Firman’s plaster sculptures of figures in various modes of suspension and abstraction remind me of a mix between Erwin Wurm’s early photos and Melanie Bonajo’s photographs which are featured in B/D Book:2.

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Francis Upritchard

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Yes, that really is a literally rainb0w-gradated longhair headband wearing naked dude making some kind of Buddhist meditational gang sign. Francis Upritchard wraps up all that is right and wrong of the neo-crystal optimism of the 60’s psychedelic counterculture and fuses it with her own blend of futurism.

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Ville Varumo

Ville VarumoFinland photographer, Ville Varumo, has some amazing photography that is dreamy and beautiful. His work is rather unique in the way that Varumo depicts things in isolation, and I love it… good work!

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Earthy Concept Item Engages All Five Senses

 

Central Saint Martins MA candidates Anita Silva and Leslie Borg designed an incredibly creative interactive product for Icelandair entitled “_scape”. Inspired by a rock found in Iceland, _scape is a layered “book” containing “sounds, visuals, textures, scents and tastes” which can serve as a reminder of Iceland itself, or just a general internal escape. Intended to evoke lava rock and ice (two strong elements of the Icelandic landscape), the object is earthy-looking, meant to strongly contrast with the sterile environment of an airplane cabin. I’m not sure a flight time long enough to allow me to grow bored of interacting with _scape exists. (via)

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Alejandro Diaz’s Juicy Paint

Nothing is more exciting than opening up your inbox and discovering a great new artist like Alejandro Diaz. His work is playful, layered, technically beautiful, and experimental. Looking forward to seeing what Alejandro produces next!

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Chris Kuzma’s Weird Weird World

I am really enjoying Canadian artist Chris Kuzma’s illustrations.   His work is peculiar, slightly off-putting and embodies bright colors and weirdness!

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