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Elemental and Royal/T are hosting a benefit art auction for Build Change, a non-profit organization that helps build earthquake resistant homes. The night will feature 92 artists and over 100 works of art, as well as live music and free food. For more info on the show and the artists involved, please visit www.aftershockla.com. See some of my favorite images by artists in the show after the jump.

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Nicholas Max Scarpinato

Nicholas Max Scarpinato is only 17 years old. Yup, this young photographer is still in high school. The work isn’t fully matured but just think back to what you were up to when you were a teenager and you’ll realize why Nicholas is someone worth keeping an eye on.

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Jillian Ross

Jillian Ross, mixed media

Jillian Ross is a student at Ontario College of Art in Toronto majoring in drawing and painting. Her work is a mixture of digital media illustration, photo manipulation and a combination of mixed media elements in drawing and painting. I would also like to point out the artist’s fascination with wolves and mountains, as they become the main subjects throughout her work.

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Maya Hayuk

HANDS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, 84 x 60", acrylic on canvas. This painting was made in collaboration with Iman's aura, who's image was projected by video artists, Coodie & Chike.
New York artist Maya Hayuk has an awesome sense of humor and color. Her piece (above) “HANDS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” was “made in collaboration with Iman’s aura.” Awesome!

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Sydney-based, 21-Year-Old Producer/Beat Maker, Flume

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Already a huge presence in Australia, Flume has been gaining a lot more attention in the US, especially with the recent release of his self-titled debut on Mom + Pop Music. I was lucky enough to catch his recent sold out performance at the Echoplex in Los Angeles.

Truth be told, I don’t go to a lot of EDM shows, but after hearing his album I was hoping to see some of the guest vocalists that are heavily featured on his debut. WIth the likes of George Maple, Chet Faker, Moon Holiday, and Jezzabell Doran all appearing on his record, it would have been extra special to see some of them perform live. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, BUT I did manage to dance my ass off with a crazy sold out crowd to his ear-shattering beats.

Songs like “Insane” featuring the before mentioned Moon Holiday had the crowd singing along and jumping wildly to every beat. He’s currently in the midst of a US tour with shows coming up at Portland’s Mississippi Studios on March 31st and a sold out show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on April 2nd among others. In May he’ll be back in Australia for his first headlining tour titled, The Infinity Prism Tour with Chet Faker supporting. Check out the video for Left Alone and definitely try to catch him live before he heads back down under.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Sasquatch 2011

A fun animated video created by World Famous to promote the Sasquatch Music Festival Line-Up. Full video after the jump.

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Leslie Ann O’Dells’ Hauntingly Surreal Portraits Flourish With Beauty And Death

Psyche

Psyche

Novocaine

Novocaine

Widow

Widow

Hope

Hope

Leslie Ann O’Dell is a self-taught photo-illustration artist from Denver who creates hauntingly surreal portraits of women. Recurring throughout her works are washed-out figures overgrown with flowers and foliage; patterns sprout and undulate in the place of eyes, and everywhere you look subtle details unravel through hair and across skin. Charged with an arcane darkness, O’Dell’s works summon the chilling, seductive beauty of vampires and forest spirits. With nature, the psyche, and the subconscious as some of the central themes, the portraits shift gracefully between reality and dreams.

O’Dell’s subjects are specters of both beauty and death: flowers bleed and adorn the women’s heads like funeral offerings, bodily contours putrefy into weeds, and sightless eyes gaze into an unseen abyss. In a figurative representation of death-becoming-life (and vice-versa), a bird stretches its wings inside an opened chest cavity (see “Hope”). Some of the images confront us with a more somber beauty — observe the ethereal and aloof figures in “Contemporary Monster” and “Sleepwalk.” Vacillating between delicacy and intense emotion, O’Dell’s works seduce and seize the imagination.

Visit O’Dell’s website, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr to view more of her work. (Via Juxtapoz)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Darren’s Great Big Camera

This short documentary follows Darren Samuelson as he ventures out to San Francisco’s Lands End to try his giant homemade camera.The camera took over 7 months to build, shoots 14×36-inch x-ray negatives, and stretches out to 6 feet in length! Watch the full documentary after the jump!

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