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Jay Quercia Is a Design Swiss Army Knife

Jay Quercia is like a design Swiss Army knife that’s ready for any situation whether it’s bold illustrations, website design, dynamic motion pieces or typographic installations.

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Zoe Keller’s Charming And Elaborate Illustrations Of Flora And Fauna

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Portland, Oregon based artist Zoe Keller creates intricate and whimsical nature themed illustrations and designs. After her graduation from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Keller found herself spending time in rural areas such as the rocky cost of Maine, on a blueberry farm in Michigan, and the quiet town of Hudson, New York. Inspired by her experience and her surroundings, Keller’s work aims to explore the “intersection of art making, activism and the natural sciences.” Using graphite renderings that are sometimes enhanced with digital coloration, Keller’s drawings are flawless and comprehensive. Each work, exploring a stylized still life or, in some cases, a more narrative focused composition, acts as a tiny shrine to nature. Many of her drawings depict endangered species, allowing her art to serve as a form of education, awareness, and perhaps memorial. For example, her piece Life Cycle portrays the various phases within the life of a Black Racer Snake, an endangered species native to Maine. Another piece, Endangered Turtles, is a charming composition of North American endangered turtles stacked by size. Her drawings have a lithographic feel, allowing them to act as a part of the classical tradition of drawing as documentation. Her images clearly pay homage to the vintage botanical drawings once used before the days of photography. Painstakingly detailed, yet simultaneously fun and carefree, her images have an almost fairytale quality. Keller’s work is undoubtedly endearing and her craftsmanship undeniably elaborate. 

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Steve Rosenfield Asks Subjects To Write Their Biggest Fears On Their Bodies

I am not my gender

I am not my gender

I am not my country

I am not my country

I am not my body image

I am not my body image

I am not my MS

I am not my MS

Photographer Steve Rosenfield’s “What I Be Project” is, as he says, “a social experiment turned into, what is now, a global movement about honesty and empowerment. In today’s society, we are often told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these ‘standards,’ we are often judged, ridiculed, bullied and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart and empower those who feel they suffer for something they may see as a flaw.”

The project asks participants to write their biggest fear or insecurity somewhere on their body, and then allow Rosenfield to photograph the writing as part of a portrait.  Often the subjects write an accompanying statement to the portrait, discussing how the fear has affected their life.  The courage required to be a part of the project is meant to be cathartic.  Including everyone from high school students to better-known individuals, such as Michael Franti, Kathryn Budig, Paula Van Oppen and Trevor Hall, the project is all about how we define ourselves based on the perception of others’ opinions.  Drawing attention to notions such as reputation, stereotype, self-identification and insecurity, Rosenfield’s work is encouraging.  It helps a viewer consider what the world might be like without the labels we assign and assumptions we make about ourselves, and people we don’t even know.  Learn more about it here.  (via theguardian)

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Next Day Flyers Presents: Rey Misterio


I’m absolutely loving the work Buenos Aires based  illustrator and character designer Rey Misterio. His Imaginary Japanese Ad characters are some of my favorite in his portfolio. See the entire series and more after the jump!

 

Article presented by the sticker printing company, Next Day Flyers.

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Magalie Guerin

Canada to New York to Chicago, Magalie Guerin is an excellent young painter/photographer fresh out of SAIC. She’s currently investigating shape and color relations via painting with quite lovely results, and I’m genuinely looking forward to seeing where her work goes next. Magalie has recently shown works with The Suburban, Poor Farm Experiment, Julius Ceasar, and Autumn Space. More jams after the jump!

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Western-Tinged Shoegaze From Brooklyn Duo Widowspeak

Widowspeak’s Molly Hamilton performing at the Echo in Los Angeles, April 2, 2013. Photo by Diane Lee

Brooklyn based duo Widowspeak released their sophomore record, “Almanac” this past January on Captured Tracks and they just played an incredible headlining set at the Echo in Los Angeles last week. The new record sounds amazing live, with the bewitching voice of Molly Hamilton and the flowing guitar riffs of Robert Earl Thomas it’s easy to see why. If you’re like me and have a soft spot for bands like Mazzy Star, then definitely seek them out.

Playing songs from Almanac as well as their self-titled debut, the band was in great spirits throughout their entire set even playing the perfect cover of Chris Isaak‘s, “Wicked Game” during their encore.

The band is in the midst of a US tour and will be stopping in at the Mohawk in Austin on April 8th, as well as Schubas in Chicago on April 13th before heading back to Brooklyn to play a show at the Knitting Factory on April 19th. You can also check them out in late April and all of May when they head out on a UK/European tour. Check out their video for ‘Locusts’ and do your best to grab a ticket to one of their many upcoming shows.

 

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A Day In Decay: Merry Christmas <3 Beautiful/Decay

Time to rock out in classic holiday style.

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Marcie Oakes’ Soft Explosions

Marcie Oakes is a young painter dwelling in the suburbs of Chicago. Her voluptuous, deeply layered abstractions often reference landscape but can often turn into something un-namable. These explosive images are penned using a wide variety of applications and painting techniques that build a surface that can only be truly appreciated in person. Jump.

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