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50% Off Sale Extended!

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Due to popular demand we’ve decided to extend the 50% off sale for another week. You can still get lots of shirts, magazines, and accessories for half price. We’ll end the sale next week or once we run out of stock. Remember we’re clearing out all our old inventory so that we can move to our brand new online shop and website so the sooner we sell out of everything the faster the new site luanches!

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Bubi Canal’s Surrealistic Whimsy

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We have featured the work of Spanish artist Bubi Canal on the blog in the past (here). He currently lives and works in New York City and continues to produce larger than life photographs steeped in surrealistic whimsy. He has recently updated his website with new images, video, and plastic sculpture that exude childlike wonder. In his own words Canal aims to highlight “…wishes, dreams, magic and love” and we are excited to watch his imaginative world expand.

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Celebrity Fad Diets Recreated As Beautiful Still Lifes by Dan Bannino

Beyoncé Knowles - “Master cleanse diet,” lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, and laxative herbal tea

Beyoncé Knowles – “Master cleanse diet,” lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, salt, and laxative herbal tea

Bill Clinton - “Cabbage diet,” cabbage soup, mixed with other vegetables.

Bill Clinton – “Cabbage diet,” cabbage soup, mixed with other vegetables.

Luigi Cornaro - “Sober Life,” fifteenth-century Venetian nobleman, 400ml of solid food or eggs and 500ml wine.

Luigi Cornaro – “Sober Life,” fifteenth-century Venetian nobleman, 400ml of solid food or eggs and 500ml wine.

Lord Byron - “Romantic poet’s diet,” potatoes in vinegar and soda water.

Lord Byron – “Romantic poet’s diet,” potatoes in vinegar and soda water.

Whether you find it oddly comforting or just downright strange, fad diets have existed long before our time. Photographer Dan Bannino documents the temporary eating habits of celebrities as far back as Henry VIII and as recent as Beyonce. He goes beyond simple tablet settings, however, and crafts moody, rich-looking scenes that are luscious in their color and texture. Bannino describes the inspiration for his series entitled Still Diet, writing:

With this series my aim was to capture the beauty that lies in this terrible constriction of diets and deprivation, giving them the importance of an old master’s painting. I wanted to make them significant, like classic works of arts that are becoming more and more weighty as they grow older. My aim was to show how this weirdness hasn’t changed even since the 15th century. (Via Artnet)

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David Cristobal Replaces Skin With Wood In His Compelling Portraits

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David Cristobal creates portraits of people with skin like wood texture. The wood knots and grain form to the shapes of the different faces and create these kind of human tree spirits. I’m reminded of some kind of modern day lord of the rings tree incarnations. It’s impressive how well Cristobal can combine the texture of the wood and relates it to the shape of the face.

The portrait I’m most drawn to is where there is a large hole in the wood where the eyes would be. In the majority of the portraits, the face is left wholly intact and the wood is more of a veneer. In this portrait, it seems to engage more with the form of the face, and you imagine it more as a sculptural element. This happens again with the women who is missing almost the entire left half of her face, but it’s most successful with the eye-less man. Perhaps this is because eyes are the most revealing element of a face, and the gap reveals the inner depths of the head, whereas with the woman it seems more as if a piece of her face has simply been removed.

The woman with large dark eyes whose head ends like an open tree stump is also exceptionally compelling. Obviously because of her eyes, but I believe also because once again an essential element of a complete head, this time the hair, is gone. Excluding an entire element seems preferable to me than excluding an arbitrary portion of the face. The portraits are a lovely combination of nature and humanity, especially when Cristobal finds good balance between the two. (Via Scene 360)

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Jesse Balmer

Jesse was born in San Juan Capistrano, California in 1987. He has been drawing since before he can remember, which was really only the-blink-of-an-eye ago on the geologic time scale. He now resides in San Francisco, California. I love the colors and the fluidity of line work in his drawings- he did what I always wanted to do with those Gelly Roll pens… but could not.

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Paul Bourke’s Scavenged Google Earth Photos Celebrate the Similarities of Geographic Patterns

Paul Bourke is interested in discovering fractals- similar visual patterns that exist throughout the universe. To that end, he’s scoured Google Earth to bring you these amazing geographic patterns shot via telescope from above. The end result is this series of images that celebrates the planet and its natural form. Stringy river deltas, clumpy desertscapes- beautiful stuff. (via)

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Video Watch: Kevin Margo’s SciFi Short Film “Grounded”

In honor of Felix Baumgartner’s recent space jump, we present you with Kevin Margo’s Grounded. After falling from a presumed spaceship crash, we experience the adjustments of an astronaut’s consciousness on his new planet. The artist explains:

“One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.”

The production quality is top notch, especially for a short film– visual effects, costumes, soundscape; the lighting alone is worth eight minutes of your time. Check it out after the jump!

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Mathias Schmied’s Unique Art Made From Comic Books

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Born in Switzerland, Mathias Schmied manipulates comic books and magazine images to create wall installations, collages and drawings.  His works are pop images transformed.  Cut-out graffiti and superheroes take on all new representation and meaning through Schmied’s cautious hand and razor blade.  The easily recognizable content of Schmied’s found images becomes confused through his dissection.  Pages where all real content has been removed feel empty and even somewhat sad.  Depicting only what’s left behind from superhero stories feels like the newspaper without the news.  We can only begin to guess at what’s going on.

Other works, such as the “landscapes,” are combinations of explosive imagery.  A motif repeated becomes a humorous apocalypse of comic explosions.  And Schmied’s “movie soundtracks” depict the “pows” and “kabooms” seen in comics, jumping off the wall and moving into a viewer’s space.  Perhaps my favorite are Schmied’s Rorschach comics, which consist of a cut out the figure that Schmied situated in such as way so that he is mirroring his negative space.

Fun, but also thoughtful and engaging, Schmied’s work is both smart and nostalgic.

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