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Jesse Balmer

Jesse was born in San Juan Capistrano, California in 1987. He has been drawing since before he can remember, which was really only the-blink-of-an-eye ago on the geologic time scale. He now resides in San Francisco, California. I love the colors and the fluidity of line work in his drawings- he did what I always wanted to do with those Gelly Roll pens… but could not.

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PEDRO REYES Floating Self Contained Capula Pods

Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ works in a variety of media from scale models of hypothetical museums to performances involving a clinic that provides unexpected therapies. However out of all of his projects the one series that stands out is the Capula sculptures. Made out of steel and woven nylon, these incredible structures are part furniture, part clubhouse, and all awesome. The Capula provides an alternative to the conventional room. A selection of the Capula manifesto reads: “If a room has rigid walls the Capula shall be elastic, if the room is grounded, the Capula shall hover, If a room needs furniture the Capula will turn itself into furniture…etc.” (via)

More Capula pods after the jump!

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Chuck Close And 10 Other Amazing Photorealist Painters

Chuck Close, self-portrait, 1968

Chuck Close, self-portrait, 1968

Bryan Drury, oil on wood

Bryan Drury, oil on wood

Jason de Graaf

Jason de Graaf

Photorealism, also known as Super-Realism, New Realism, Sharp Focus Realism or Hyper-Realism, involves artists employing photographs to create their paintings.  The style evolved out of Pop art as a sort of resistance to Abstract Expression and Minimalism in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  Photorealist artists create works that are hyper illusionistic; compelling viewers to wonder and marvel at the work’s resemblance to reality. Employing a variety of techniques artists seek to generate paintings with a high level of representational verisimilitude.  Photo realists use the camera or photographs to gather information.  They may also rely on a mechanical device to transfer the image to the canvas, such as a projector, though the artist still requires a high level of skill to complete the work.  Usually employing multiple photographs, artists involved with the style are interested in technical or pictorial challenges that might include unique surfaces or textures.

Pioneers of the movement include painters such as Richard Estes, Robert Bechtle and Tom Blackwell.  One of the best-known photorealist painters, Chuck Close, works using a gridded photograph.  A  spinal artery collapse in 1988 left Close severely paralyzed.  After the injury Close continued to paint, creating large portraits in low-resolution grid squares created by an assistant.  From afar, these squares appear as a unified image, but in pixelated form.

Today there are a myriad of artists practicing photorealism including Jason de Graaf, Alison Van Pelt, Paul Cadden, David Kassan, Gregory Thielker, Diego Fazio, Bryan Drury and Ben Weiner .  With the advancement of technology, contemporary photo realist artists are able to achieve paintings that exceed the capabilities of photography—capturing details the lens may not, or achieving an extraordinary level of precision.  Often these photo realists are referred to as hyperrealists as the images resemble one, or an amalgamation of, high-resolution photographs.  Inspiring and impressive, photo realists’ works tease the imagination and challenge perception.

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Sarah Burwash’s Modern Mythology

 

Sarah Burwash‘s watercolors weave elements of the past and the present. Her compositions read like narratives, merging elements of community, tradition, and gender into modern mythologies. 

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Book 1 Release Party & Signing July 25!

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Join us in celebration of the highly anticipated release for Book 1: Supernaturalism, Saturday July 25th, 2009 at Gallery Nucleus. Don’t miss artist Kyle Thomas, who will be signing and taking requests for custom, one of a kind covers for each attendee. Works by Kyle as well as featured artists Ben Tegel, David Jien and Seth Curcio will also be on display until August 3rd. Artists from the book as well as the entire Beautiful/Decay team will also be in attendance.This is a rare opportunity to get a hold of a completely customized, original copy of the limited edition Book 1! Details after the jump.

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Julien Simshäuser

Julien Simshäuser

 

Horray for student work! Julien Simshäuser, “Born 24.12.1988 in Pertuis, France” and studying at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, likes to draw. And then stamp on top of it. And make awesome infographical (not a word, but it is now) booklets, as well as exciting new album covers. Won’t you take a look?

 

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Cute Or Creepy: Jason Freeny Exposes the Organs And Bones Of Our Favorite Childhood Toys

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Artist Jason Freeny scoops out the insides of our favorite toys and characters, and sculpts their inner organs and skeletons. Having a sculpture professor as a father, the artist was exposed to the medium at a young age. Freeny was originally trained as an industrial designer, until he began creating this series of adorable abominations five years ago. He begins with the toy itself, and then takes it apart to study its structure and fill it with its skeleton. Freeny began using polymer clay to create the insides of each toy. Now, they are sculpted from epoxy and carved with a variety of miniature tools like pumpkin carving tools and those used in dentistry.

Freeny has taken lovable toys and turned them into something somewhat dark, but also a bit educational in a way. The anatomical accuracy in his sculptures is impressive, as each creature or character most likely will have its own unique anatomy. Freeny gives an example of this by explaining that Mario has a skull more like a child than of a grown man. The detail in each character’s body is so intricate, that it makes its anatomy incredibly believable. Interestingly enough, the artist does not just dissect popular toys like Lego’s and My Little Pony, but strange oddballs as well. A couple of his dolls with their inner organs exposed look somewhat demented; like they could star in the next Child’s Play. Whether you find Freeny’s work fun or creepy, the time and technique involved in his process speaks volumes to his brilliant skills in sculpture. (via The Creators Project)

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Vincent Brady’s Stunning Time-Lapse Video Of Fireflies In Motion

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In order to shoot this incredible time-lapse video of fireflies, photographer Vincent Brady used every photography trick he could think of – image stacking, 360 star trail panoramas, and macro shooting. He even learned how to operate a pontoon boat so he could frame his shots just right. The idea for the project began while Brady was celebrating his mother’s birthday in Lake of the Ozarks in April 2012. He noticed there was an unusually high number of fireflies due to an irregularly warm spring. By the summer of 2013, Brady had dug deeper into the project, and captured the images that comprise this awe-inspiring video.

You can visit his site to find out more information about each setting and time-lapse series included in the video, as well as learning of Brady’s affinity for the flickering creatures: “If your significant other ever says, ‘Honey, we need to spray the yard, we have a firefly problem.’ Break up, divorce, and get a restraining order right away! Fireflies just bless you with their presence, light up, make love, and call it a life.” (via colossal)

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