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Ben Vickers

Weird digital sculptures (?) and installation scenarios by Ben Vickers. His work is all a big inside joke, and while I don’t get it, I think that not getting it is actually getting it? Regardless, I am chuckling along mirthfully.

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B/D Best of 2010 – Emma Hack

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Painter and sculptor Emma Hack‘s collection, “Wallpaper,” is a series of meticulously painted models made to blend in with the designs behind them – true wallflowers! Hack must have been incredibly patient when working on canvases that move and breathe; her work is so precise, if you blur your vision, the models effortlessly become part of the wallpaper.

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Ewa Juszkiewicz Paints Surreal Portraits Of Mollusk-Headed Women

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The women in Ewa Juszkiewicz‘s portraits have experienced a decapitation of an unusual sort: their heads replaced by a series of inanimate object from plants to mollusks.

“In my paintings I take critical view on the way women have been pictured in history of painting and other visual media up to today,” Juszkiewicz explains in her artist’s statement. “I work mostly in the field of portrait, which I intend to approach from a different angle that avoids focusing on the appearance.”

Her paintings, which are based on real historical portraits, seem to draw on some sort of surreal symbolism, perhaps meaningful partly because of their inscrutability. “I am interested in how the replacement of the face by different forms changes the perception of the human figure,” Juszkiewicz says.

In pursuit of that, she erases the identities of the women she portrays, completing their objectification literally. Her subjects are robbed of any sort of expression, instead gazing out at the viewer with an impassive beetle’s head or a shroud of cloth. (via Artnau)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: A is for Analog

Maybe it’s just because my name starts with the letter A and I love hand made things but this quick lil video by Daniele Manoli cracked me up.

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Painterly Abstract…Tattoos?

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Amanda Wachob swathes tattoo ink permanently into flesh in such a soft, ethereal manner it calls to mind not rose & star flash art off the wall, but more the way an Impressionist might dabble watercolors across paper en plein air.

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Jennie C. Jones

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Artist Jennie C. Jones practices a great deal of control & constraint in her work currently exhibited under the contrasting title Electric. Through abstraction and minimalism, Jones presents  a multi-media, multi-layered installation series that is specifically tailored to the space in which its exhibited. Her show opened on July 8th at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York and runs until August 13; if you can’t get there in person, I’d suggest you delve into the complete press release to get a thorough idea of what her show is all about- well worth it!

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Observing A Creative Culture

DeChazier Stokes-Johnson has relaunched The Marma Spot, a collection of interviews done with a wide range of known and unknown creatives from around the world. From design here Stefan Sagmeister to  Run Athletics sneaker designer Rashid Young. Some good reading for those trying to find creative inspiration.

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Zhe Chen Documents Her Own Self-Harm

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Zhe Chen‘s confessional photographic series “The Bearable” has spanned a few years (2007 – 2010) and is a deeply personal journey of her own experiences with self harm. Her frank photos are very confrontational as she forces us to examine our own comfortability with such a terse subject. The close ups of bruised and battered skin, weeping nipples, bloodied and soiled sheets are not easily digestible images. In fact they are so hard to ignore, and are so powerful, that they immediately break down the taboos of any open discussion surrounding this subject. She says this about her work:

‘I hope my photographs inquire upon society’s prejudice and preconception towards this community, and not become illustrations or pictorial evidence for the topic at hand: every subject is an individual, not just ‘one of them’ – his or her life cannot be predicted or dictated by any constructed social code or notion. Depression plants the seed of introspection. I hope a first glance of my work conveys the idea of secrecy and sentiments, under which lies information awaiting exposure and recognition: like an index page pointing towards all the unanswered questions.’ (Source)

The L.A. based, Chinese artist teamed “The Bearable” series of her own self-mutilation with another, titled “The Bees“. Approaching the same subject from a different angle, she features a marginalized group of people in China who are so downtrodden and alienated that they feel the need to express their emotional oppression outwardly on their own bodies. Understanding the need for self-harm is such a complex story that most people tiptoe around, Chen wants to put it directly in front of us and see how we react.(Via Feature Shoot)

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