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B/D Best of 2010 – iri5

3863413680_f0412955b4 iri5, or Erika Iris Simmons, is an atlanta based artist who uses cassette and video tapes to create amazing pieces of art.

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Anne Lemanski’s Socially Conscious Sculpture of Animals

 

Anne Lemanski‘s sculptures of various animals done in unique textile surrounding a copper armature are rich in symbolism. An eagle is composed of stitched-together dollar bill designs, while a pigeon is put together with pieces of a service worker’s uniform. A water bird is made of slick, oily latex. The sculptures are great, and the social, political, and environmental commentary are a bonus. Lemanski’s work, which “highlight[s] our admiration for animals as symbols, and our exploitation of them to suit our needs…” touches on a nice dichotomous conflict that adds some strong intellectual power to each piece. Coyotes, snakes, primates, and more after the jump. (via)

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Alejandra Quesada

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I’m really enjoying the dreamy, Trapper-Keeper sketchbook-esque fanciful designs by Mexico City-based designer Alejandra Quesada. Loving the layered wide lapels above, they look like construction paper cut-outs held together by glue sticks and secrets!

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Hanna Von Goeler

The economy is down the pipes. Experts say its only going to get worse. But seriously, isn’t it innovative art like this we need to get this country out of this fiscal toilet? During the height of the great depression money was so valueless in Europe that people were burning it to keep warm: uncreative! 

Hanna Von Goelers work incorporates paint, collage, and money to explain cash as a cultural artifact vs. cash as a mass produced item.

A sandwich chewed in the shape of a gun; genius!

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Paul Brainard’s Healthy Libido

Paul Brainard’s got a healthy libido, there’s no doubting that.   He mixes it up with junk food, memento mori, geometric abstraction and political anger to create work that seduces and repels.  Dredging into the murky area of what the French psychologist Jacques Lacan called “desire;” defined as: what you want after you’ve got everything you need.  Cue the Rolling Stones, I can’t get no (guitar riff) satisfaction.  Brainard is bad mofo with a pencil, after the jump there’s some tasty drawings.  You can see Paul’s work in SF at Guerrero Gallery, and in NYC at Allegra LaViola for the upcoming group show Pornucopia, which is running from Feb 4th to March 11th.

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Sponsored Post: LG’s UltraWide Monitors Team Up With Extreme Sports Video Sensation

The good folks at LG are introducing the UltraWide 21:9 monitors to the creative world in a  unique way. Instead of a boring ad campaign they’ve decided to team up with YouTube sensation and master extreme sports video impresario Devin Graham A.K.A devinsupertramp. With 3/4 of a billion views and 4 million subscribers Devin has a loyal fan base that expects only the absolute best in video production and design so teaming up with LG was a natural fit. The UltraWide 21:9 monitor allows Devin to film and edit footage in glorious “Cinematic” aspect ratio making each of his videos feel like a real movie for the big screen.  Find out more about this unique cinematic collaboration here and get more information about the new LG UltraWide 21:9 monitors here.

 

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Casey Ruble is in the details

 

Casey Ruble‘s cut-out paper collages are “more or less” true, according to the artist. Inspired by Truman Capote‘s “nonfiction novel” genre, Ruble bases her work on real imagery: photographs, books, magazines. She selectively omits, adds, and mixes facts and fiction, constructing scenes best read by their details.

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Dave Kinsey At Joshua Liner Gallery

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Long time B/D pal Dave Kinsey (We featured Dave in our 1st full color issue) is having his first solo show in over two years at Joshua Liner Gallery next Thursday. Dave’s a great guy and a fantastic painter so go and support him for his big debut.

Joshua Liner Gallery
September 9th-October 9th
Opening: September 9th 6-9pm
548 West 28th Street 3rd Floor
NY, NY 10001

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