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James Joyce

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London-based designer and illustrator James Joyce (yes, apparently that is his real name) does some wonderfully playful work that harkens back to an older era of design, before we had computers, when every designer was also an illustrator…it reminds me of Saul Bass, Milton Glaser, Paul Rand, etc. It still, however, feels very contemporary.

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Aron Wiesenfeld’s Emotional Paintings of Young Women

 

 Aron Wiesenfeld’s moody paintings of young women in desolate, unfortunate circumstances are close to being beyond reproach. The figures in these works -usually young and female- are characterized by a certain hardiness. Despite their thin frames, there seemingly isn’t any malevolent force (weather, isolation, disaster, etc.) in the world that can bring them down. Where others might place less significant elements in a corner to fill a canvas, each of Wiesenfeld’s brushstrokes seem to have a purpose. Each mark on canvas contributes to a stronger emotional impression overall. And that’s really what makes these so great. Sure they’re gorgeously rendered, but these paintings’ potential for emotional impact is their greatest strength.

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Livia Marin Ceramics Melt Away Into Beautiful Puddles

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Artist Livia Marin’s Nomad Patterns is a series of classical ceramics depicted in a most unconventional manner. Her representation of the destruction of ceramics is fascinating in the sense that she has chosen to use melted ceramics rather than breaking, chipping, or shattering them in the way they are known to do. In this sense, she has brought a sort of silent, unconventional destruction to the ceramics in her series.

The fascinating aspect of her work lies in the way the ceramics are being destroyed. She merges the ideas of “care and ruin” by making it difficult to distinguish whether the ceramics are being destroyed or put back together.The fluidity of the melted ceramics and the way that the patterns are maintained add a touch of surrealism to the series. The physically impossible nature of her project as well as the aesthetic aspects of her work make for an original merging of physics and art.

In this sense, her work reaches beyond its artistic capacities and underlines the artistic aspects of physics as well as the merging of science and art. Marin’s work merging of the notions of restoration and destruction also provides a reflection on these two notions, which are, in her work two sides of the same coin.

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Update-Thom Puckey

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2009 "A.V. WITH KNIFE AND RPG-7"


Sculptor, Thom Puckey has been in the game for some time now. His beautiful marble sculptures are breathtaking and his style is that of the iconic saying “sex, drugs, and classical greek sculptures?” YEAH. Pretty fun stuff.

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Daniel Almeroth

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Through his series, “The Birth of Feminism,” Daniel Almeroth shows the symbolic events that occurred before and after this political movement. In each piece he is trying to portray the way women were controlled by men through many different aspects of society and the path women of this time took to gain equality among men.  I really enjoy his use of colors for this subject matter. The color palette is unexpected and I feel he could have taken a much different approach to such a serious political movement in our history, but I love the path he chose to take for this series.

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Chris McVeigh’s Customized Retro Technology LEGO Kits

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Canadian photographer and general polymath Chris McVeigh has found fame as an in-demand commercial illustrator and designer, but his recent forays into LEGO toy designs have been bringing him even more attention recently. Taking inspiration from outdated and outmoded technologies, McVeigh’s recent collection creates sets from existing LEGO parts – and offers them as kits for sale or open-source plans for those who wish to build their own.

Not only does McVeigh create toy replicas of tube-televisions, early computers and gaming systems, but he also creates miniature “sets” – realistic era backdrops – complete with shag carpet, wood-paneling, and tacky wallpaper, just so his creations fit in. (via colossal)

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Susy Oliveira’s Photograph Sculptures

Susy Oliveira blurs the line between photography and sculpture using photographs as the physical material to create her sculptures. The result is a geometric 3D image that is crystalized in time and space.

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Ben Aqua’s Color Zombies

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Ben Aqua has a deep fascination with color, costume, and uneasy subject matter. Thumbs up!

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