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Awesome Video Of The Day: ZYKLUS I

Amazing stop motion of nature (with a lil help from some animators) at work. This must be what the cycle of life looks like. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Toy Art: Artists Incorporate The Objects Of Our Youth

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Hans Hemmert

Yoram Wolberger toy art

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Urs Fischer

Urs Fischer

I have to confess I am easily drawn to works of art that resemble or depict toys and other childhood objects.  At face value these works are easy, as all of us have some form of relationship or pre-existing association with the referenced nostalgic icons.  In other words, the works naturally engage us and draw us in.  However, these works, specifically those featured here, use the familiar imagery to interject layers of conceptual content, moving far beyond catchy into heavier implications, through expert usage of scale, quantity and context.

Context is key in these pieces.  Maurizio Cattelan is a conceptual master of context, as demonstrated in his piece Daddy Daddy, which features a large drowned figure of Pinocchio floating face down in a pool inside the Guggenheim.  The result is ironic, tragic and flawless.    As well, the practice of significantly altering scale such as Jeff Koons‘ balloon animal sculptures, Urs Fischer‘s Untitled (Lamp/Bear) and Yoram Wolberger‘s life-size sculptures of toy and trophy figurines, allows the objects to become monolithic, dwarf us and alter our sense of reality.

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Virtual Transgender Suit

Marc Owens designed the Avatar Machine, a system which replicates the aesthetics and visuals of third person gaming, allowing the user to view themselves as a virtual character in real space via a head mounted interface. 

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Nicholas Hance McElroy

Nicholas Hance McElroy

Nicholas Hance McElroy takes photographs, but photographs unlike any I could ever take. A) Because I’ll probably never go to such dramatic landscapes as these, and B) They’re so beautiful and hazy… as if part of a far-off dream.

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Wallpaper Company Feathr Breaks The Mold And Collaborates With Artists To Create Bold Designs

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Now you can decorate your home/office/studio with wallpaper that strays from the norm. A company called Feathr has started collaborating with artists to make statement with bold wallpaper design that will inspire your daily routine. Definitely staying within the parameters of textile design the company now represents a large group who think outside the box. Some of the collaborators include Peter Judson who takes art deco in his brightly colored patterns to arrive at a striking motif and Russell Marshall who pulls directly from Warhol and uses a gun and the check bought with it for pop effect. Using both abstract and figurative patterns the placement and use of color pushes these new designs just a tad off the grid thus allowing for more free-flowing ideas. By joining up with different artists the company allows for more conversations to occur between design and fine art which references Andy Warhol’s pop and consumer ideal. This middle ground allows more people to see the work of these artists and also show how their ideas can be used in a more commercial sense.

The papers are all reasonably priced and can be bought on the Feathr website. They are currently becoming a cool commodity in the design field. (via designmilk)

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Stephen Floyd

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Stephen Floyd has some really fun and simple illustrations. He was born in Galveston, Texas in 1978, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. “The ideas for his drawings originate from a wide variety of sources: conversations, bad jokes, politics – anything that is a part of daily life… It is left for the viewer to decide whether the ideas come from a world of benevolence or a world of malice. Depicting stereotypes, humor and sex, everything he creates is understood differently based on the observer’s perspective. The play between the words and the images can be disarming, offensive or charming, depending on their pairings.”

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Studio Visit: Brendan Cass

brendan cass top imageWhen first seeing Brendan Cass’s paintings, you’ll know you are looking at the work of someone who is very free.  Color swoops across huge surfaces, tenuously resolving itself into luminous landscapes.  When I dropped by his studio he was freshly back from a trip to Spain.  Brendan was laughing in this pic because Bebe, his cat, kept running in front of the camera.

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Sound Of Decay: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Ponponpon

 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is a model, blogger, and apparently a musician from Tokyo Japan. I have no idea what she’s singing but I’m praying to the Hello Kitty gods that the lyrics are as completely crazy and bizarre as this video is.Each frame of the video is full of candy coated everything, flying slices of toast, giant tongues, and all sorts of other things that are just to weird to explain. Watch the full video in all it’s Harajuku, kawaii, and decora madness after the jump.

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