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John Kissick’s Visual Explosions

John Kissick’s paintings are a colorful explosion of abstract patterns, forms, thick paint, and gooey textures. Kind of like a  Piñata filled with paint.

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Tierney Gearon’s Layered Fantasy-Inducing Photography

 

Take a gander at these layered, fantasy-inducing pictures from model-turned-photographer Tierney Gearon. Gearon has received a lot of attention in a short period of time for her multi-exposures that often feature members of her family. Some of these have a flawless capability for transportation, taking you to rural locales and private backyards that you feel like you’ve seen before. Maybe in a dream. Family, nature, adventure, love; a lifetime captured in one image. More after the jump.

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Photographs Of Istanbul Protests Unlike Those In Any Newspaper

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During the summer of this year a small group of people struggled to preserve a public park.  Quickly the scope widened, crowds grew, and the underlying anger became about something much larger than a park.  The demonstrations were considered to be widely peaceful.  At times, however, emotions and force erupted with violence.  Photographer Barbaros Kayan was on the ground to capture the unfolding protests.  There is a subtle difference about his series Occupy Taksim that distinguishes it from much of photojournalism covering the events, a certain frank grittiness.  Its almost clear from the images, the photographer is familiar with the city, intimate with the battleground.

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Luke Butler’s Enterprise

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Luke Butler is a recent graduate from with an MFA from San Francisco’s CCA. For Luke Butler the greatest form of strength is openness. For his model of vulnerability, Luke Butler looks to a most stout and reliable figure. He didn’t have to make one up- if you have watched enough TV, you know this to be true. Doesn’t totally make sense? That’s ok. Check out Whitehot Magazine for a more in depth article about a visit to Luke’s studio.

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Salavat Fidai Fashions Minuscule Pop Culture Sculptures Out Of The Tips Of Pencils

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Russian artist Salavat Fidai creates miniscule sculptures with a ubiquitous yet unusual material – graphite pencils. Their tips are fashioned into figures of pop culture like Yoda, Bart Simpson, Batman, and many more. The amount of detail that Fidai achieves is impressive considering the scale of these figures. Eyes, feathers, and the draping in Yoda’s robe is all expressed through angular carving. Considering how dark the graphite is and all of the characters’ tiny features, Fidai might’ve used a softer lead for his work. A pencil in the “B” would probably be easier to cut and form.

It’s possible to buy one of Fidai’s creations. He has them for sale in his Etsy shop. In addition to these unconventional sculptures, the artist also sells paintings on pumpkin seeds. (Via Demilked)

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halsey hathaway

Elegant geometric abstractions with layers of veiled colors and color shifting borders by New York painter Halsey hathaway.

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Massive Marionettes in Germany celebrate 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall

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Earlier last week, 1.5 million people filled the streets of Berlin, Germany to watch a several-day performance by France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company titled “The Berlin Reunion”. Part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Reunion show featured two massive marionettes, the Big Giant, a deep-sea diver, and his niece, the Little Giantess. The storyline of the performance has the two separated by a wall, thrown up by “land and sea monsters”. The Big Giant has just returned from a long and difficult – but successful – expedition to destroy the wall, and now the two are walking the streets of Berlin, seeking each other after many years apart. Go take a look at the pictures on boston.com in all their large-sized glory. There were so many amazing ones I didn’t know which ones to post!

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Louise Despont’s Drawings as Abstract Meditations

Louise Despont explores drawing as abstract meditations, balancing and integrating symbols and forms to link her art to the inscription of narratives and to mystical or literary concerns. Employing and recasting a vocabulary of elements and constructions found within a set of architectural stencils and compasses, the artist renders her drawings on the pages of antique ledger books.

Despont has borrowed the geometries of Indian labyrinths, gardens, architecture, vessels and ancient Buddhist and Jain caves to offer balanced forms – particularly masculine and feminine principles—that engage past and present as indicators and provocations. While leaning towards strong poetic and lyrical translations, these drawings unlock a spatial perceptual field to reveal the formal qualities of surface, texture, scale and form.

While reinvesting introspection and the metaphysical into tropes of abstraction, Despont’s drawings are notable for their levels of sincerity, intricacy and refinement. Even in her larger works, the artist evokes an intimate experience with fine lines and subtle hatch marks revealing themselves only when viewed up close. The resulting works, charged with alternative legacies of cultural and personal, confront the binaries of abstraction and figuration through their encoded compositions.

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