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Michelle Jane Lee: A Labor of Love

I feel like most people dream of falling in love one day, but what if that day turns into a year – and then another?  What if the act of falling in love becomes an all-consuming force that necessitates the creation of your own color-coded language?  What if your name is Michelle Jane Lee, and this series of ‘what ifs’ has actually been your life for the last three years?   The end result of that experience might resemble a thirty-foot love letter and a mountain of other drawings representing your unmentionable thoughts and desires for a woman that would ultimately come to reject you.  A hard pill to swallow for most, but Lee seems undeterred in her pursuit of the unattainable.  After all, true obsession is captivating – for both artist and audience in this case.  Her work is incredibly personal, absolutely honest, and exceptionally beautiful.  If you are in or around Los Angeles on April 7th – I recommend that you attend the opening reception of her most recent solo exhibition at Gallery 3209.

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3D Printers Are Creating Physical Memories For The Visually Impaired

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The Singapore based 3D printing company Pirate3D are making something very special happen. Using the fairly new technology of 3D printing, they are producing real objects based off photographs and drawings for the visually impaired. The campaign follows 5 different participants and their reactions to ‘touching their memories’. In the video produced by Lowe and Partners Agency LOLA in Madrid, we learn more about the memories each person sees in their minds.

There is Gabor – a director of photography who, despite losing his eyesight 12 years ago, still regularly shoots films. Now, after shooting a film in Bolivia, he is able to touch a reproduction of a scene he remembers so vividly. He runs over every detail from the frame – where the table was sitting, what the woman looked like on the chair. You can see how perfectly his memory and the miniature match up with one another. There is also Mario – a blind musician who lost his eyesight because of glaucoma. His memory that is printed for him is the cover design of his album a friend designed. This is the first time he can see how others see him.

Fred Bosch from the project says about the powerful effect of the experiment:

There were very long silences while we saw emotions wash over their faces as if they were being transported in time, but Daniela was perhaps who stands out the most. She chose a memory that not only brought her back to her childhood and the ski holiday she spent with her family, but also reminded her of intimate details that she had forgotten, like the wool cap she was wearing at the time and the crunch of the snow beneath her boots. (Source)

Their reactions make it obvious the potential of using technology to benefit our everyday life. And just like Braille, 3D printing is once again changing how we share and absorb information. (Via Designboom)

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Super Meta-Meta Representations

RobbieAugmainRobbie Augspurger liked his 2 page spread in B/D Book 3 so much, he made this super meta-meta representation of a photo of a photo of a photo of a….wait. Anyway, here is an image of his contribution resting on an amazing Ionic-period Roman column/plinth held by the same people, in the same outfits… in the photo! My future self seriously just went back in time on the most excellent adventure and bogus journey all at once. More images of Book 3 and his spread floating in timeless cosmos and dusty gradient-ridden liminal spaces below.

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Oil Paintings That Confront Playful Vapidness In The Wake Of Communism

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Teodora Axente is associated with the Cluj School, a group of Romanian artists making work after the 1989 Revolution, which ended Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime.

There is a dark sense of carousing in her work which examines the question of boredom in a secular world. Left to his or her own devices, Axente’s adult figures conjure up spirits or flights of whimsy in seemingly childlike ways, often seeking solace in shiny and tactile objects such as tinfoil, plastic wrap, or furs. However, translated to a non-secular world, each stroke Axente makes seem satirical or political, consciously examining religion or capitalism.

According to the artist, this dichotomy is the exact intention: “One of my concepts is to transform a real fact into a game . . . It is all about play from my perspective, the playfulness is more than a world of novelty in which everything happens and is reconstituted because of the freedom to act, to think.”

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B/D Apparel Spring/Summer 2009 Lookbook

Beautiful/Decay recently created a lookbook for our Spring/Summer 09 seasons. The concept behind the shoot juxtaposes evocative objects & optical affects with our apparel, to complement the shirts in abstract ways. Still life images of disco balls, prismatic rings, shag carpets and balloons contrast the light, color and texture of the shirt graphics. See our apparel line come to life in new and unexpected ways! Photography by Luke Stettner.

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StreetArt Hand Installations Rob, Burglarize, And Beg On The Streets Of Spain

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The Street Hands project is the brainchild of Spanish artists Octavi SerraMateu TargaDaniel Llugany and Pau Garcia who created the site specific installations as commentary on Spain’s political and economic climate. The plaster cast hands are placed throughout the city reminding passerby’s that uncertainty, danger and turmoil could be right around the corner unless they do something about it. The result is a poetic and poignant reminder of life’s daily challenges and that our future sometimes is best dealt by our own hands.

Watch a short video about the project as well as the artists in action after the jump. (via)

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Jean Pichot

Jean Pichot went to the beach with Ana on their bicycles. Jean wanted us to come with, but we forgot to RSVP – so he captured the whole thing for us. Let’s go ahead and join them.

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Studio Makgill

Gillet Square Posters

UK’s StudioMakgill creates big, bright presence in packages of all shapes and sizes.

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