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Jonathan Allen

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Tommy Angel is Jonathan Allen’s bible-thumping alter ego, whose cheezy 70′s kitsch performances blend “miracles” culled from Christendom, Joke-shop magic and art’s own hall of mirrors alike. Drawing parallels between faith and illusion, conceit and deception, religion and slight of hand, Allen raises complex issues surrounding the nature of spectacle and its myriad applications across history.

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Maya Hayuk

HANDS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, 84 x 60", acrylic on canvas. This painting was made in collaboration with Iman's aura, who's image was projected by video artists, Coodie & Chike.
New York artist Maya Hayuk has an awesome sense of humor and color. Her piece (above) “HANDS ACROSS THE UNIVERSE” was “made in collaboration with Iman’s aura.” Awesome!

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Mark Portillo


Mark Portillo does gif portraits of his friends and celebrities (ie Obama with a rainbow gradient going across his face). He says he placed every pixel one by one and to please make his carpal tunnel worth it by clicking on the full images when you go to his website. I really like this guy doing speedy pushups. I can only do like, 10.

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High Tech Work Out

Equinox iPhone app
The iPhone has made everyone’s life more convenient than ever. Whether you’re hungry, want to see a movie or you’re wondering what other films Spike Jones has directed, it’s all a click away.

Equinox is right there with you. Their new iPhone app goes beyond finding a class and the nearest location; it also helps Equinox members set and track fitness goals, offers playlists to fit their moods, lets members book a bike and even creates a personalized calendar of all workouts, favorite classes and instructors.

Equinox has a team of designers dedicated to developing a richer experience for their members, both in-house, online and on your phone with continually updated technology.

Any gym that is this committed to making it easier for you to work out is worth checking out. Equinox has teamed with Beautiful/Decay to offer our readers a 3-day trial pass to experience the Equinox near you.

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Aya Uekawa

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Aya Uekawa fuses the high realism of Dutch & Flemish Renaissance paintings with portraits of young women, often in states of dreamy transformation, straddling reality and fantasy.

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Christian Weihrauch

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Grown up crayon drawings- need I say more? Christian Weihrauch manages to transform those old Crayolas (and sometimes colored pencils) into beautiful drawings!

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Neil Preston

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Nice selection of illustrations on Neil Preston’s portfolio site. I especially like the Shakespeare cover series (pictured above)
 

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Trash awareness project in Japan

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Does making trash bags cuter motivate litter-bugs to responsibly chuck their burger wrappers and soda cans into the patiently waiting heads of bags donning the faces of cute little rabbits and Sesame’s Oscar the Grouch? Japanese designers at MAQ Studio have started a whole “movement” around “playing with trash” in order to address and bring attention to the waste problem and how it effects the environment. To really reduce waste though, wouldn’t it have been better to just use recyclable materials to substitute for the dilemma of accumulating all these bags and not being able to do anything with them? I dunno…what do you guys think? Could this be more effective in Japan than it would be here? This sort of reminds me of those Novelty Bras I had posted about before…

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