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I had this exact conversation with Mom and Dad the other night over a bottle or four of wine. The alcohol may have played a major role in our enthusiasm, but it got pretty heated when Dad kept insisting capitalism “just works”. What I’m saying is, if you’re not up to the Michael Moore version, this is a much more aesthetically pleasing and humorous explanation of what’s wrong with the world today, courtesy of the MUSCLEBEAVER design team. And it will cost you less than four minutes of your lunch break!

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Awkward Family Pet Photos

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Something about the above photo deeply scares me. What is going on in this neo-geo triangulation of little white fluffy dogs and khaki Dockers? If the four cardinal points of the earth come together, in the form of directional poodles, will a Great Spirit arise from this cosmic canine square? Is it too early in the morning to consider these poodles to be tiny mythological shamans?

Anyway, the site Awkward Family Pet Photos shares a delightfully awkward bounty of photographic gems. Many raise such philosophical questions about the nature of the universe as aforementioned, and others include pet-human dopplegangers, subtle strangling, lasers and nudity. As anyone knows, along with my friend Sandra, I am one of the biggest CDLz (Crazy Dog Ladiez) that ever walked the earth. But these people may have taken the cake. Ziggy, be glad your mom is at least not this crazy.

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Bram Vanhaeren

oBright colors, playful compositions, clever type and some mad drawing skills are what makes Belgium digital artist & illustrator Bram Vanhaeren’s work so inviting. Bram has an impressive list of publications under his belt and he is also the mastermind behind Wallpaper.org; a forum for bringing artists together through the format of desktop wallpaper… give it a look!

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Nick Minton

Picture 1Texas based photographer Nick Minton has been working on a personal project over the past few years titled Days With Rose. The series documents his great grandmother’s journey, at age 90, as she moves from her lifelong home & a life of independence to an assisted living community.

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Tom Hovey

learnt spanish today UK based designer & illustrator Tom Hovey infuses his work with a lively quality and a sense of humor. Tom works freelance and his artwork has been featured in a variety of magazines and exhibitions – to name just a few of his drawing outlets. Tom keeps his work fresh through his daily sketchbook blog, which I highly recommend checking out – it may just put a smile on your face, like it did on mine!

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Alex Fischer

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Toronto-based creator Alex Fischer seems to prefer images laden with layers. Each image screams with a smashing of cultures and a tearing of borders. Fischer questions ownership in a similar manner to Richard Prince. Each image shows patience with a strident attention to detail, as each pressing of images goes further and further into a world all its own.

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Alexander Alekseenko

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I feel like I’m breaking the rules looking at Ukrainian photographer Alexander Alekseenko’s work in the office. Between the girl-on-girl action and the shirtless marauding men, I can’t help but blush. Alekseenko told Mint Magazine “I love spontaneous shots, stories and mostly all of my works are pretty much spontaneous.” Wait, if this is the kind of stuff that just happens in the Ukraine, I think we’ve found the next spring break hotspot.  And it looks a whole lot classier than Cabo.

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David Hornung

To S.P The woodlands, backyards and mountain fields David Hornung paints can feel like elegies for lost friends.  Conversely, much of the work is contagiously, imaginatively playful.  These paintings can be read in contradictory ways; simultaneously flat and deep, both graphic and luminous.  Hornung does this purposefully, because “picture making can be as paradoxical as life itself.”  The invented settings evoke “memory, the flow of time, and, for lack of a better phrase, the sheer enigma of existence.”  The light breaking on the horizon in “To S.P.” (above) is both beautiful and heartrendingly sad.  What does it say about us when a sunset begs to be personified?  You can see David’s work at Flowers Gallery in Chelsea from June 30 to July 31.

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