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Thorsten Schmidtkord’s Upside Down Head

Ever wonder what your face would look like if your head was upside down? If so just check out these bizarre photos from Thorsten Schmidtkord.

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Klaas Van Der Linden Painting Update

We first featured Klaas Van der Linden’s dark and mysterious paintings last year. I’m happy to say that Klaas is back with a new batch of work that raises the bar with intricate detail, epic narratives, and beautiful brush work. Just check out the patterning and eyeballs on the image above… Amazing!

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Nona Faustine’s Powerful Nude Photographs Expose NYC Locations Connected To The Slave Trade

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Nona Faustine’s powerful imagery looks back to a time of slavery that exposes locations around NYC where humans were once bought and sold in the slave trade.  Entitled “White Shoes”, Faustine photographed herself completely nude except for a pair of white shoes in areas where much of this illicit activity took place. On Manhattan island, this includes a busy street on Wall Street and the steps of City Hall. In the photographs, Faustine stood atop a box on the Financial Street, as if she were back in a slave market and then walked up the steps of City Hall built over an African burial ground. Her visuals speak volumes to the viewer as we can only envision someone like her in that detestable situation.
Some of the more powerful shots of “White Shoes” find the artist passed out in the water near rocks on a beach and atop three gravestones in Brooklyn. Her courage to use herself rather than a model is exemplary in that it shows her genuine interest in having a direct connection with the narrative. Along with the photographs, she uses quotes which mimic passages from the Declaration of Independence and other human rights documents. Slave trading was legal in New York for almost 200 years. It began in 1626 with the Dutch West India Company and ended in 1827 with the help of slave advocacy group the New York Manumission Society.
Nona Faustine is a 2013 MFA graduate of Bard college. Her work delves into gender politics, folklore and how the past affects the present and future. (via blackgirllonghair)

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Adam Vaudin Eats Nachos

Adam Vaudin makes art about everything that people should make art about like pizza, nachos, aliens, and pentagrams.

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Feng Zhengquan Paints A Contemporary Spin On Chinese Landscapes

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Feng Zhengquan, born in 1976, lives and works in China. His oil paintings place contemporary candy-like imagery of lipsticks, cosmetics, fruit, foliage, and creatures: all reminiscent of contemporary Asian pop culture, into old world spatial compositions– think Dong Yuan, to examine the abstraction of contemporary spaces or environments. How much of our own landscape history is virtual and how much is physical? The blurring of both is what draws us to these pieces regardless of nationality.

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Alex Hohlov

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Philadelphia-based designer Alex Hohlov, aka Veone, does some nice procedurally generated abstract pieces when he’s not doing commercial work. The illustrations convey a strong sense of motion…it reminds me of what flying through hyperspace might look like.

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Oat Montien’s Mystical Illustrations

 

Central Saint Martins MA grad Oat Montien does some really nice illustration work that’s filled with fantasy. He often features young, isolated male figures in his work positioned in and amongst quietly rendered, slightly dark alternate worlds. Also, his stuff is stylistically on point. I particularly like the trees in the work pictured above. Montien, who’s worked with Universal Music among other clients, probably arrived at his mystically-oriented approach naturally. He grew up in a “superstitious family” and is the great grandson of a “heroic shaman”. More images of Oat Montien’s work, including a few from his MA project, Journey of a Mystic Lost, after the jump.

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Andy Smith

British illustrator Andy Smith’s bold posters and illustration employ a variety of printing services and techniques to create electric colored work full of quirky character and playful typography.

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