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AARON SHUNGA

SF-based Aaron Shunga sums up his funky comics with this very long sentence, “TAKING STRICT DIRECTION FROM NO-WAVE PUNK, DAVID LYNCHSUEHIRO MARUO, DAN CLOWESEC COMICS, KATSUHIRO OTOMO, THE SUPPLANTED IMPULSES FOUND IN THE FLAVORLESS PULP OF AMERICANA, POST-WAR JAPAN, AND THE ART OF PSYCHEDELIC SHOCK SCHIZOPHRENIA, HIS AMBTIONS CARVE AWAY NEW BOUNDARIES IN POP-NIHILISM.Couldn’t put it any better myself. Really loving the kid’s book layout vibe, too. Ingest.

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Wonderfully Weird Digitally Manipulated Photographs

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The images of Andrea Delo Toro Sicsik seem to relish their weirdness.  Her work is a series of photographs that don’t hide that they’ve been digitally manipulated.  Rather they revel in their clearly altered states like a digital hallucination.  Faces both playful and sinister materialize behind a pastel fog.  The photographs are arranged much like traditional portraits.  Indeed, there is nearly a religious atmosphere in each image’s composition.

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Daniel Jensen

DanielJensen8There’s something so simple, playful and childlike in Daniel Jensen’s work. I really like the above bust- I don’t know if it’s because the material calls to mind….well, poop frosted with Betty Crocker icing that makes me equally delighted and repulsed to eat it for some reason. It’s like a weird mini-wheat come to sad life.

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Michael Anderson’s Equal Opportunity Destroyer

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Michael Anderson has been busy, since the studio visit Beautiful/Decay did with him in August he’s prepared two major solo shows.  Anderson makes large-scale collages from street posters, sometimes measuring 12 feet across.  Anderson’s newest show promises to a be visually mesmerizing cultural stew of optimistic, reverse advertising, aka subvertising.  I talked with him about “She’s Okay,” the above collage, and he compared the golden lattice structure to the complexity of the girl’s thoughts and experiences.  The exhibition, Equal Opportunity Destroyer, is opening April 8th in Copenhagen Denmark at Gallery Poulsen.

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Kristen Schiele’s Layered Paintings and Shadow Boxes

Artist Kristen Schiele produces vibrant paintings and shadow boxes.  Schiele richly layers her work both in her medium – paint, thread, collage – and in narrative.  Her work merges indistinct structures and landscapes with rays and patterns of color as well as collaged human figures.  Each piece seems at once to be about stories and tell one of its own.  Speaking about the sources for her layers of images she says:

“I do keep a sketchbook. I also have a library of images printed out, some scanned in from libraries. They are from years of collecting. I get ideas and start folders of images for different paintings. I narrow the folders down into a show.” [via]

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Caleb Weintraub

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Caleb Weintraub recently had a show open at Peter Miller Gallery. The show is filled with hyper-colored paintings of kids in war uniforms riding boars, eating gators, and holding longest beard contests. Interesting to say the least! Make sure to see the show before it comes down on October 17th.

Also one of these paintings in the show will also be featured in  B/D Book 2 so if you’re a fan of Caleb’s work make sure to Subscribe!

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Florentijn Hofman’s Iconic Massive Sculptures

Internationally renowned artist Florentijn Hofman does not settle for less. His sculptures are large, very large, and are bound to make an impression. Take Rubber Duck (2007) for example: a gigantic 26-metre-high yellow rubber duck. It is an inflatable, based on the standard model that children from all four corners of the world are familiar with. The impressive rubber duck travels the world and pops up in many different cities: from Auckland and São Paulo to Osaka. A very positive artistic statement that immediately connects people to their childhood. Hofman’s sculptures often originate from everyday objects. A straightforward paper boat, a pictogram of an industrial zone or mass-produced little toy figures can all serve as sources. They are all ready-mades, selected by Hofman for the beauty of their forms. Subsequently he crafts these into clear and iconic images; cartoonish blow-ups of reality that alienate and unsettle through their sheer size and use of materials. Nevertheless they are immediately identifiable and have an instant appeal. (via faith is torment)

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FUCO UEDA

I’m absolutely loving these sleepy narrative illustrations by Japanese artists Fuco Ueda. It’s as if each painting was painted with the tears of fairies from a far away distant land where animals and cute teenagers lived as equals.

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