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MDCCLXIV

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Did any B/D readers have a bad day today? Look at the above image. Stare at it for a minute. I defy you to not become happy. You can thank a French designer by the name of MDCCLXIV, who has a ton of really cool pixel art (a lot of which are GIFs) up on his flickr page. Be sure to check out his groundbreaking Microsoft Excel art, most of which I wasn’t able to post here.

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Night Vision

katharina schumacher | leipzig, germany

chris koperski | san francisco, usa

Night Vision is an outdoor photography projection show with works by 50+ artists including friends Bree Apperley & David Horvitz. The show opens at dusk in Friday July 10, 2009, Strathcona Park, Vancouver Canada. Go check it out if you’re in that area! I even Google mapped it for you!

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Paul Octavious

Chicago’s Paul Octavious creates imaginative and whimsical scenes from household objects and everyday life.  His work is full of clever ideas that always make me smile.  Make sure to check out his gravity-defying “The Book Collection” where he plays a literary Jenga to spell out words and numbers.

See more of Paul’s work at his website and below the jump.  Then see how many books you can stack up.

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Christine Morla

Christine Morla, Mixed Media

Inspired by her Filipino American and family background, Christine Morla‘s “sculpture-paintings” are crafted in such a meticuluos yet delicate manner, that is hard not to notice the layers and layers of paper woven flowers that are made up of Filipino snacks packaging that she uses as inspiration for the color palette in the pieces. The craft of weaving was passed down by her own father and using these many cultural references from her own family and culture, she crafts these representations of both abstract and digital environments highlighted in vibrant patchworks of colors.

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Christina Tivemark

Christina Tivemark

Christina Tivemark is a multi-media artist, and her body of work represents this clearly. Looking through her website you can see a great variety of mediums used. She is very direct about the materials she chooses and hold interest in constructions, perspectives and space. The above image is of an installation entitled “Childhood Games II”. The white picket fence is symbolic of privacy, childhood and growth. Tivemark says that this piece explores ” the boundaries and protection domestically and within society”. I think that this piece is a beautiful examination of security.

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Vilaz

Elegant typography and bold color can be found in the portfolio of design and illustration duo Vilaz.

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Lauren Treece’s Dream

Lauren Treece’s polaroids remind me of a foggy dream I once had about a beautiful girl who lived in a magical secret world that can only be visited when your eyes are closed.

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Interview: Reed Barrow

Reed Barrow fixes his extraordinary mind’s eye simultaneously on the vast and infinite possibility of the cosmos, and the potential for the extraordinary within the ordinary materials of the mundane word. In this simultaneous macrocosmic/microcosmic perspective, Barrow creates works that change earthly goods into symbols loaded with magic, humor and poetic reflections on the nature of the human experience. His work shifts ordinary perception to create works that are, like the universe, simultaneously collapsing and expanding with infinite twinkling stars and thoughts.

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