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Marlene Hartmann Rasmussen’s Familiar-Yet-Strange Ceramics Explore The Darkness Of The Forest

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Artist Marlene Hartmann Rasmussen’s series Nightfall explores what’s beyond the land that we know – in this case, the forest. Through intricately detailed ceramic sculptures, she creates pieces that are familiar-yet-strange. Acorns double as eggs in a bird’s nest that are tended to by butterflies. Large worms curl up in the same way that you’d see a cat, while others drift over heart-shaped pieces of wood. These beautiful oddities examine the forest as a metaphor for dark, unknown parts of our identities. Rasmussen explains:

The forest as a place of enchantment is a recurring theme in European literature and myth, and can be traced back to primitive mans awe and fear of nature which gave rise to ancient cults and pagan rituals.

The forest is a metaphor for the hidden realms of the unconscious mind, a social construction that simultaneously embraces the sinister darkness in which the savage and beastly thrive on the other hand the supernatural, romantic and nostalgic world of the fairy tale.

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Rachel Hecker’s Hand-painted Ephemera

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Based in the history of Pop Art, but with intentions wholly different, Rachel Hecker’s paintings and sculptures are blown up representations of those everyday items we think of (if we think of them at all) as disposable.  Handwritten lists, post-it notes, calendar scribbles, fortune cookie papers, receipts and pricing stickers are just a few of the items Hecker transforms into acrylic on canvas paintings.

Far more personal than the subject matter of the Pop artists, Hecker carefully recreates by hand each piece of ephemera.  Of these works she says:

“They contain vestiges of our intentions and our deeds, and are inadvertent diaries and forensic evidence of how we exist in the world.  These scraps of paper detritus anticipate or record a range of experience from the mundane to the exalted, from dull repetition to fancy, and from stasis to expectancy.”

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Morgan Blair’s Psychedelic Brick Paintings

We have featured Brooklyn based Morgan Blair in the past (here). She continues to produce vibrant acrylic and spray paint works with a newfound focus on cultural symbols and iconography. The pieces are meticulously taped and painted to create perfect structures that build and collapse into familiar symbolic imagery such as the American Flag and the Yin Yang. One work presents exaggerated Nations of the World flag designs compiled into one bright pastel colored tapestry. Timeless symbols are warped and rendered into psychedelic compositions that are for her a fixation “…on uniformity and precision as a way of zoning out into a neurotic sort of meditation.”  

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Michelle Knowles Turns The Mundane Into Magical

Photographs by Brisbane artist Michelle Knowles. She shows us the familiar next to the unusual in an attempt to transform the mundane into magical.

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Roxanne Jackson

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Roxanne Jackson creates some fantastically creepy ceramic work.

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Sarah Illenberger


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In my recent Arcimboldo post, one of our readers mentioned his work reminded him of Sarah Illenberger. Well, I checked out her portfolio and was pleasantly surprised by her silly, girly, playful constructions, designed & created primarily for magazine/book editorial! Including, but not limited to a candy-construction that looks like a monster face and cacti that ahem, look like……..cacti.

 

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Marilyn Minter Update

Marilyn Minter loves lips. Her recent photography shown here on B/D before, is of models eating and licking all kinds of things. This video, Green Pink Caviar, is an eight minute high definition video by her. She filmed the models licking candy and cake decoration, from under a panel of glass. Yum.

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Romain Laurent’s Absurd And Laugh-Out-Loud Animated Portraits Will Make Your Day

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If you are hating your Monday morning, do yourself and favor and looks through these gifs- they will make your day! Not only will they make you laugh, but you will also relate to them.  I’m sure you are slapping your face away on your way to work this morning. Wake up, sleepy !

These ironic, hilarious, and surreal animated portraits are part of commercial photographer Romain Laurent‘s photography challenge. Laurent’s desire to break the routine (of working on commercial photography) ended up on a quest to create silly-looking looped animated portrait each week since last September. He says the bizarre and often laugh-out-loud experiments are a low-pressure way to experiment and be creative without expectations.

“As far as the intention of the series, it’s a way for me to explore a hybrid medium, experiment and being spontaneous while still sticking to a short weekly deadline. There isn’t a common concept between each loop, I just ‘go with the flow’ and see what comes to my mind each week.”

You can keep up with Laurent’s weekly animated portraits on his Tumblr. (via Colossal)

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