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Small Victories opens in Hong Kong

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Small Victories, the latest project by Booooooom, opens Thursday May 20th at Hong Kong’s Above Second gallery. This collaborative experiment came together by requesting 4×6 photographic prints from numerous participants, and aims to be  “a photographic celebration of the quietly beautiful, unintentionally funny, people and things all around us. It is these little moments that make life worth living.” If you can’t make it to Hong Kong, Booooooom.com will be posting the submissions.

May 20th at Above Second gallery, 31 Eastern Street Hong Kong.

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Jnr Hacksaw, Filthy Lucker And Pedro Estrellas Create Inflatable Hugs For Everyone

Musii-Multisensory Interactive Inflatable

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Welcome to Musii, an island of emotion where you can play, feel and listen. Feel like you need a hug?  Musii will give you one!  This instrumental blow-up stands for Multi-Sensory Interactive Inflatable.  A device that lights up and provides a sense of comfort for anyone who interacts with it.  Large, soft nylon spires make up its body and extend upward. Pressing down on them creates a spectacle of feeling, brushing all emotion.

Beneath the milk white exterior is an audiovisual system equipped with LED sensors and vibrating speakers that radiate music from a selection of more then 50 sounds. Musii was specialized with the intentions of providing sensory therapy for children with special needs. The inflation and deflation of the spires creates a “humming bird” musical of sound accompanied by rays of changing color.  The adjustment of light, sound and volume can be accessed through a touchscreen remote.

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Min Kim @ ATM Gallery

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Korean-born Min Kim will be exhibiting new works at ATM gallery this month. Her sparkling, innocent collage and pen and ink images remind me of lost children’s book illustrations. If you are in New York, her opening is on November 12th, from 6-8pm.

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Erik Sommer’s Cement Paintings

These textural paintings by Erik Sommer are created using cement. Let’s hope he doesn’t have a twenty pound concrete business card too.

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Jeff Davis’ Rituals

Jeff Davis’ drawings and sculptures of pastel colored, nude bearded men sacrificing humans to the geometric gods.

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Kit King’s Hyperrealistic Paintings Will Swallow You Up In Their Transfixed Eyes

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Hyperrealist Kit King has created an extraordinary body of work filled with realistic rendering of intense portraiture. This Ontario based artist possesses an unbelievable skill in painting, which she used to create her larger than life images of emotionally charged faces. She does not merely recreate a person’s face in her paintings, but adds a focus on the moment behind the still image on what the person expresses. Many of her subjects look tormented, as their eyes appear weary, stunned, or bloodshot. The lighting King uses in her work adds a force of drama, drawing you into the transfixed gaze of the subject. She aims to spark your attention and capture a transient moment in time where one might feel the sting of these emotions.

The texture is as palpable as the complexity that is often found in the eyes of her subjects. We can almost feel the tangibly wet eyes in Kit King’s paintings as well as the smoothness of the skin. Even the make up in her paintings seem to be flaking right off the canvas. Her husband Oda King also being a talented artist, she often collaborates with him on several of her paintings. Kit King explains the intentions behind her concentrated skill and focus.

“Through a focus on hyperrealism, my paintings are reflections of the ephemeral visual relationships around us. Capturing fleeting moments that affect our emotional state from a singular glance, under the aegis of a heightened sense of reality.”

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Mr. W

Mr. W is my favorite commercial.  It is really quite clever.  I won’t spoil it for you so watch for yourself!

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Drew Beckmeyer

Drew Beckmeyer just updated his site with 99.9% new paintings. Well worth a look.

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