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Matt Martin

The UK’s Matt Martin is a film photographer working out of Brighton. His work gives us a refreshingly intimate look at adventure, a subject that’s typically trampled to death by passionless snapshots, Matt shows us how to do it right. He’s also an extra hardworking and motivated young man, heading up The Photocopy Club, a series of DIY photography exhibitions aimed to take photography off of the screen and back into the hands of the people using one of the most accessible mediums – the photocopy. The next show opens in London on Feb. 3rd.
Much of this series of photos was taken from Matt Martin’s new double-zine Goodnight Neverland / Thank God I’m Forgiven published by No Fun Press.

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Gabriel Pionkowski’s Deconstructed and Reconstructed Paintings

Though the work of Gabriel Pionkowski may be constructed like a sculpture, he is definitely a painter.  Pionkowski meticulously takes apart his canvases and painstakingly hand paints each individual thread.  Then, using a loom, he reweaves the thread into a canvas once again.  Painters have deconstructed and reconstructed the concepts of painting for ages.  Pionkowski, however does this in literal sense.  His process of destruction and recreation reveals the literal and theoretical structure behind art and painting.  The reconstructed pieces reveal the typically hidden supports of the canvas while creating a kind of absolute abstraction.

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Keegan Mchargue Interview

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Always jazzed to find exceptional young talent like Keegan Mchargue .  His color palettes, compositions, and ridiculously healthy body of work  are but few of the numerous positive qualities found in Keegan’s product. I was fortunate enough to have a series of exchanges with Mr. Mchargue and gain some further insight into his practice. Word

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Adorably Grotesque: The Inverted Stuffed Animals Of Kent Rogowski

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Kent Rogowski is a Brooklyn-based artist who alters consumer products as a means of exploring the emotional and cultural roles such objects play in our lives. We featured his Everything I Wish I Could Be project a couple years ago, wherein Rogowsky reconfigured self-help books in order to construct subjective narratives of experience and self-definition. The series featured here, titled Bears, takes an arguably darker — but no less profound — approach to our relationship with material objects. By inverting (formerly) adorable stuffed animals and re-stuffing them, Rogowsky has created a cast of strange, sad, and grotesque characters. The visibility of their internal structures has an undeniably disturbing effect; with their exposed seams, spilling stuffing, and lidless eyes, they look like the flayed and eviscerated versions of our childhood companions. As Sarah Verdone eloquently (and humorously) wrote for Paper Magazine: “If Hannibal Lecter, Martin Margiela and a blind speed freak had a three-way in a Build-A-Bear workshop, these creatures would be their mutant offspring” (Source).

But Rogowski’s project is not just about clashing the cute with the grotesque — which, in a way, alienates us from material objects typically associated with nostalgia and comfort. His mutilated creations, in their sordid states of innocent suffering, are portraits of the hardships we experience as we grow, struggle, and change. Despite their crippling disfigurement, the stuffed creations maintain an appearance of love and loyalty, steadfastly “holding it together,” waiting for you to return home while everything slowly unravels at the seams. In a fascinating statement about this project, Rogowski writes:

“They are at once hideous yet cuddly, […] while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.” (Source)

Check out Rogowski’s website for more examples of his insightful explorations of consumer products and the way they impact our internal lives. (Via Design Faves)

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ELIJAH FUNK


Hardcore punk is a codified style with a ritualistic devotion to convention in both its sound and imagery. However, a much-needed wave of art school interveners have recently begun to re-imagine the genre. Elijah Funk, current or former member of the bands Drug Money, Horrible Creeps, Le Vansona, and Shaver, creates artwork that expands and complicates the abusive iconography of hardcore, infusing it with irony, intelligence, and anxiety. Funk is currently a student at the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio, where his senior thesis show opens April 7th, 2012.

His recent zine Sometimes When I Am Feeling Sad – images of which are after the jump is now available for purchase.

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Jesse Fillingham’s Mythical And Astral Paintings

Jesse Fillingham lives and works in Pasadena, CA. His cosmic paintings are usually framed within a geometric void. Drippy figures hover in and out of dark realms and grids. From a recent press release his work is described as “…exploring themes of myth, introspection, creation, and wizardry. A series of drawings depicts an alternate creation myth composed of trees of strife, knowledge and life, as well as ephemeral libidinous spirits – robed men ponder and wander through graphic landscapes.”

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Celestial Soul Portraits

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A little TGIF fun…Mr. Erial Ali is proud to offer the unique *magical* service of creating a Celestial Soul Portrait of YOU (and maybe also your family?). I’m curious who’d pay upwards of $250 for this. Is my soul even worth that much money?? Click more to see before and afters.

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Simon Willems Crying Darth Vader

Simon Willems uses objects and characters from popular culture to create paintings with complex narratives.

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