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David Maisel’s Mines

David Maisel’s aerial photographs of open mines questions  how human activity transforms land through industrial effort. Although beautifully photographed these images are reminders of how we destroy and pollute our planet for money and power.

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Wiley- Numbers In Action

A simple yet fun video by Wiley that makes you want to make money and exercise at the same time!

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Incredible Chewing Gum Sculptures By Maurizio Savini

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The first question Maurizio Savini is asked about his work is one he hates to hear: does he chew every piece of gum he uses to make his sculptures? He admits this question is very annoying, but if everybody is still genuinely interested, then no – no he doesn’t chew the gum. Instead he has two full time assistants unwrapping each stick of gum and melting the pink sticky stuff into layers of usable material. Savini begins his lengthy process by layering the sheets of gum around plaster molds which give his sculptures stability and shape.

Working with the gum for over a decade, he has created some amazing pieces. One sculpture  – ‘La Lupa‘ (the figure who nursed the founders of Savini’s birthplace of Rome back to health) is made from 14 kg of chewing gum. He has animals bearing different flags, business men clutching pillows, chandeliers and women’s shoes among many other things. His work is usually loaded with some sort of socially and/or politically focused message.

He says chewing gum has a unique cultural context. It is connected to art history, industry and world history, and is a loaded symbol for Savini. He says after being introduced to Europe when WW2 was ending, the material became a symbol (along with Coca Cola and nylon stockings) of a new era.

When Savini began making his chewing gum sculptures, he has the misfortune of several pieces disintegrating. He now combines the gum with formaldehyde and anti-biotics to preserve it, so the high sugar content doesn’t destroy the pieces. You can see some of his new pieces at the upcoming Art-Southampton, July 9-13, 2015, or find out more about how he makes his creations in the video above.

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Andrey Flakonkishochki’s Psychedelic Illustrations

Bizarre and psychedelic illustrations by talented Russian artist Andrey Flakonkishochki.
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Kristin Farr’s Vibed Out App Connects You With Her Creative Universe

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Eminent scholar, artist, and human being Kristin Farr recently gave the world an awesome gift in the release of her new app, #FarrOut. Neon rainbow laser beams from another dimension are what Kristin’s artwork is all about, and now you can mess around with her magical paintings for free! Add them to your photos or create brand new compositions using funny animals, rainbow diamonds, and super magical energy! #FarrOut is guaranteed to make you happy and bring you good luck. As the summer really hits its stride, we can now take part in a process heretofore only available to the artist herself. Definitely a good omen for the season.

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Patrick Kyle’s Amazing Cut Paper Sculptures

Kyle Bean uses everyday materials such as colored paper and newspapers to create mind blowing sculptures. From police shields to cityscapes, no project is too big for Kyle’s paper wizardry!

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Laurie Lipton Draws Epic and Meticulous Fantastical Dystopian Worlds

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Los Angeles based artist Laurie Lipton draws fantastical worlds built of dystopian technology and waste. Her recent work, which she refers to as Techno Rococo, explores “society’s relationship to technology and how it’s uniting us while simultaneously disconnecting everyone from each other.” Her epic, painstakingly detailed drawings are giant, allowing the viewer to fully enter them — Lipton’s work is not just a vision, its an experience. Lipton explains her unique style; “it was all abstract and conceptual art when I attended university. My teachers told me that figurative art went ‘out’ in the Middle Ages and that I should express myself using form and shapes, but plashes on canvas and rocks on the floor bored me. I knew what I wanted: I wanted to create something no one has ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back on my brain.” Originally inspired by the Flemish School of painting, Lipton developed her drawing style based on traditional egg tempera techniques of creating depth through a meticulous process of cross hatching. Using only charcoal and pencil on paper, her black and white work, despite its futuristic content, aims to hint at a sense of classicism. She states, “I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling, Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of accent photographs and told TV shows…it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.” (via Hi Fructose)

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Seong Tae Jin’s Hand Carved Paintings

At first glance the work of Koreon artist Seong Tae Jin may look like you average painting but as you get closer to these hyper-colored scenes you realize that the surface of each piece is meticulously carved out of a single piece of wood revealing secret texts, patterns, and marks. The result is a cartoon filled world where strange figures carry out strange behaviors on a bed of never-ending scratches, cuts, and scrapes.

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