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Maarten Alexander vs Rul3rs

Maarten Alexander &  Rul3rs have come together to create a series of  arresting images combining Maarten’s clean photographic sensibilites and Rul3rs’ coded mathematical and religious symbols.

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Scanwiches

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Scanwiches is a project started by Jon Chonko, a New York based designer. The quality of the images of these sandwiches is really incredible, and always leaves me hungry. This project at first glance seems so simplistic and childish, but it really brings up quite an important concept: sometimes the everyday item that we take for granted can be very beautiful and artistic.

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Certain Death: Ben Aqua

Inspired by American pro wrestling promotional videos from the late 1980s and early 1990s, Ben Aqua developed his own series of wrestling personas, each delivering messages of extreme hate, violence, and hyper masculinity.

 

This video addresses a view of pro wrestling as a fascinating calamity of simulated ultra-violence, consumer culture, and homoeroticism.

 

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Sam Green Fills In The Void

Sam Green’s portfolio of drawings are full of fluid movement, interesting perspectives, and realistic rendering mixed with just the right amount of abstraction. He’s worked for a wide variety of clients creating images for everything from brochures to animations for a giant Zeotrope

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Michelle Fleck’s Pointed, Minimalistic Paintings of Man’s Effect on the Environment

San Francisco-based artist Michelle Fleck creates slightly minimalistic acrylic paintings that deal with the “relationship between man and the landscape”. In the paintings, decaying natural environments are sullied by the trappings of construction work and neglect. What’s great about these, in addition to Fleck’s nice illustrative sense of texture, is the artist’s intelligent handling of her subject matter. It’s so common, whenever drawing on environmental themes, to be heavy-handed. To sort of say, “I’m talking about the environment now, and it’s very important so look at what I’m doing.” Instead of taking that route, Fleck just paints what she sees (of course taking care to include pointed compositions and visual appeal). Some situations don’t need extensive commentary, just a skilled storyteller to show you just enough of what you need to know.

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Jason Mena

JasonMena-Billboards1Jason Mena lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and uses cameras, scanners, airplanes, and whatever he can get his hands on to examine his surroundings.  His work explores city life, traffic, politics, and relationships in creative and funny ways.  Check out more of his work at his site and hit the jump for more work including his great “Meaningless Work” where he records himself moving around furniture aimlessly.

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Technology…

Did you just awake from a twenty year coma? Then youre probably wondering where you can pick up a current issue of .info, a magazine dedicated to Mac computers way back when they were called “Amigas. Sorry dude. The nerds are dead, we killed all of them. But hey, cheer up! You can still see some knee slappin’ episodes of .info magazines Bryce: one of the  first comic strips created digitally. 

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Crude The Real Price of Oil

If you don’t want to shout “FUCK CHEVRON & TEXACO” at the end of watching Crude I’ll give you a dollar. I’m disgusted by yet another example of greedy corporate companies taking advantage of the innocent and the poor. Okay I’m done venting. Here is what Crude is about.

Three years in the making, this cinéma-vérité feature from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother’s Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial environmental lawsuits on the planet. The inside story of the infamous “Amazon Chernobyl” case, Crude is a real-life high stakes legal drama, set against a backdrop of the environmental movement, global politics, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, the media, multinational corporate power, and rapidly-disappearing indigenous cultures. Presenting a complex situation from multiple viewpoints, the film subverts the conventions of advocacy filmmaking, exploring a complicated situation from all angles while bringing an important story of environmental peril and human suffering into focus.

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