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Design Watch: Fixed Design

Fixed Design hails from San Francisco and we first saw them at this year’s Dwell on Design event. Their products are pretty stunning, our personal favorite was this turntable and record collection friendly shelf called the Extended Play.

It’s an acrylic stone shelf nestled at an angle inside a walnut shell, the unit has casters making it super easy to move from room to room. They are even stackable! Thumbs way up!

 

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Ryan Peltier

Ryan Peltier’s mix of delicately shakey line work and elongated figures are inspired by American and European folk art.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Head Bobbin’ Kitty

I’m into any video where there is a cute kitty bobbing it’s head to a beat while going through a supersonic time warp courtesy of Slugabed. Check out the full music video for their video Quantam Leap release after the jump.

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Steve Kim

 

Am I crazy or are  Steve Kim’s ghostly figurative paintings look like a mix between Egon Schiele, and Richard Diebenkorn’s  paintings?

 

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Tyler Orehek’s Collaborates With His Five Year Old Son To Create Vintage Photographs

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Tyler Orehek’s photographic interest lies in vintage-style photography, which he creates with his young son, also Tyler, as the subject of his portraits. Each scene is meticulously planned as Orehek selects the environment and props beside which he casts his son. It’s really enjoyable to see his son inhabit each character, and he does it well. Tyler looks like a shrunken man from the 1900s on, as a bookie, a boxer, a police officer, and more. It’s obvious that Orehek has done his research.

Orehek speaks about his love of vintage photography, and his reasoning for his approach in his artist statement:

My intent was not and is not to replicate existing vintage photographs but to capture the mood, feel and the visceral emotion of that period. Having a child in lieu of an adult in my work allows the viewer to focus on the “essence” of those past environments and professions with greater clarity through juxtaposition.

He’s right on that by including Tyler instead of a full-grown man, the scene seems fresher. The images are drenched in nostalgia, but they seem living because of the naïve air of his son, who is really making the part his own, while trying to emulate the moods his father strives for.

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Nathan Vincent’s Six Foot Crocheted Doily Warns ‘Be Good For Goodness Sake’

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Santa is not the only one you telling you to be good for goodness sakes. In today’s word, that is, in today’s virtual, and real life panopticon, you have no other choice but to be good for the sake or yourself, your life, your job, etc. Your success as a human being depends on your good (or bad?) pubic, and well documented, behavior. Everyone is watching, everyone is judging.

“Be Good for Goodness Sake”,a three-person show featuring works by Nathan Vincent, Iviva Olenick, and Kathy Halper at the Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York, explores ideas of surveillance and public performance in the age of the virtual panopticon (intagram, facebook, etc).

Taking its name from Vincent’s large-scale work installed in the gallery,  “Be Good for Goodness Sake” pushes audiences to question their stance on surveillance and privacy in the age of social media.

Nathan Vincent’s six-foot crocheted doily acts as Big Brother and it invites the spectators to to sit on a bench flanked by security cameras, while Kathy Halper and Iviva Olenick create embroideries that question the psychosocial impacts of intimate over-sharing via social media. Inspired by her own Facebook feed, Olenick uses embroidery and watercolor to render her own “selfies” and portraits of others. Halper’s work similarly questions the disappearing space between public and private online through embroidered drawings of found images from teens’ Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The exhibition, “Be Good for Goodness Sake” will be on view at the Muriel Guepin Gallery in New York until January 19th, 2014.

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Caio Fernandes

Caio Fernandes mainly paints portraits of faces that hold an incredible amount of intensity behind them. Intensity that could be interpreted as pain, doubt, or realization. Though the intensity we feel from Caio’s paintings compel us with curiosities as to what it all implies, Caio firmly states that the paintings stand for themselves.

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Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch

megarealm56 Not only does he have the COOLEST name ever, but illustrator extraordinaire Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch also happens to be one of my favorite artists.  I am so inspired by his work and so excited to be blogging about him.  Check out his work after the jump!

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