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Ryan McGinley’s Cave Dwellers

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Ryan McGinley recently completed an entire new suite of photographs entitled “Moonmilk” exploring nude figures set within kaleidoscopic, quasi-mystical caves and rock permutations. At its core there is something wondrous and fantastical about these dramatic, cinematic style faux/real fo’ real(?) backdrops. Disneyland-esque even, equal parts Space Mountain/Matterhorn/Thundermountain….(Does anyone remember the one ride that had some kind of stalagtite-ridden ice cave with multi-colored changing pools that everyone threw pennies in?) With the figures inserted often in semi-Yogic poses, an air of impermeable esoteric rites combined with Sci-fi futurism collapse….on a strange planet in a distant retro-future, a new race of innocent cave-dwelling Adams and Eves is born? Hmm….They’re really all so flawlessly, amazingly beautiful that I had to post about 10 of them below, but you should definitely check out the entire series on his site.

If you happen to be in London, the works will be on view at Alison Jacques Gallery through October 8th.

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anatol knotek’s Makes Art Out Of Words

Austrian artist Anatlo Knotek is a self described visual poet who creates all his art with the help of the English alphabet. Knotek takes ordinary words and phrases and creates new visual puns and deconstructions. As words fall apart, come together, and reshuffle we see new meanings, poignant ideas, and revealed secret messages. (via)

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The Crumpled Paintings Of Stefania Fersini Studies Fashion’s Distorted View Of Beauty

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Pages from high fashion magazines are brought back to life as forgotten pieces of crumpled paper in Stefania Fersini’s realistic oil paintings. By distorting the original image, Fersini makes statement about the fleeting nature of style and beauty. Her message strongly suggests the idea of what’s in today, will be passe tomorrow and metaphorically studies the excessive nature of youth and beauty in the fashion industry. On the flip side she spends hours duplicating an image that has already appeared in a mainstream magazine. The same is true of the visual itself which is the result of many different people.  It examines the time and energy spent to create something of aesthetic value in our society.
Her skill as a painter is readily apparent. The distorted view she brings to light is due to that ability and in the process brings other nuances out that might not be visible in the original photograph. By using a crumpled paper technique we are able to decide if the image itself would be as attractive if a few lines showed. As with most painters that decision is left up to the viewer to decide.
Fersini says she paints from magazine images because she likes using the ready made as a mirror. She is based in Torino, Italy and is part of an artist collective called Nucleo in that region.

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Best of 2011: GREG BOGIN’S EMPTY PAINTINGS

It’s really hard to pull off a painting with a white center but somehow Greg Bogin has done it. With a minimal amount of paint and some carefully shaped canvases greg manages to create beautiful work that packs a powerful punch. It also doesn’t hurt that he jam packs his work with one of my favorite things in life…gradients!

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The many ways you can groom a poodle

Not exactly art…persay in the strictest sense, I guess that’s why I filed it under New Media for lack of a better category. For example, take Sandy Paws Grooming Shop, a service “for those who are overly concerned about the dogs emotions. Cindy [the poodle] loves the attention. She will prance around and expects your attention. This is a Creative Grooming Contest and Cindy will look like this for only a few hours. After the contest Cindy will be shaved.” Some of these are kind of scary actually, like Cindy in a chicken costume (…?) looks like she formed a tumor then ran into a wall with her head…

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Chromeo’s Hot Mess

Must be nice to be in Chromeo. You get to dress up in cop uniforms, hang out with sexy ladies in saunas, watch them do synchronized swimming, and dance around in skimpy outfits. Some life!

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Famed Director Stanley Kubrick’s Phenomenal Early Photography Portfolio

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Like many directors, Stanley Kubrick (known for such iconic films as The Shining, Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Full Metal Jacket) began his love of film for the medium’s capacity to immediately capture scenes developing around him. The award-winning director’s photographs show early promise, mastering stylistic elements such as composition, lighting, balance and subject, which might not be surprising. However, the young Kubrick’s subject matter, mostly street-scenes with everyday New York and Greenwich Village people, life and struggles, might surprise some coming from the famed science fiction director. The photos, which have a nostalgic tone not necessarily associated with the forward-thinking director, certainly bring a romantic mood to the seemingly simpler time.

Many of these photos were taken during the 1940’s, while Kubrick was employed as a photographer for Look Magazine (a gig he landed while still a student at City College New York). It was while working for Look that Kubrick began associating with the film programs at the Museum of Modern Art, a connection which eventually launched Kubrick into a career in his life-long interest of film. (via everyday-i-show)

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Haunting Photographs Of Abandoned Toy Factories

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Abandoned Toy Factory

Isla de las Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls

Photographs of abandoned toy factories are haunting. Taken by various photographers around the world, we see what’s happened after production has stopped and employees stop showing up to work. Some places are left in mid-production, while others have been ransacked by graffiti. In other places, they were defeated by nature.

Illustrating a range of factory conditions, the most unnerving photos are ones that depict these places as ghost towns. They feature cracked doll heads, broken doll arms, and soiled teddy bears. There is an air of mystery about them, and beg the question of, “what happened?” Why did they suddenly pick and leave?

What makes these photographs unnerving is the juxtaposition of toys and abandonment. We think of things like dolls and bears as being innocent. They signify childhood, a time in our lives that shouldn’t be so dark. Instead, we see toys having to face harsh realities of time, wind, snow, and more. Nothing depicts this better than the Isla de las Munecas, or the Island of the Dolls (above). While actually a floating garden, this space of land is occupied by several hundred dolls that have severed heads, limbless bodies and with empty eye-sockets. It was originally conceived as a memorial for a girl that was drowned in a canal, but has since fallen in disrepair. (Via io9)

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