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Beautiful Installations Created With Ornate Gowns

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The work of South African artist  Mary Sibande is complex much like the identities it addresses.  Sibande creates life size sculptures, primarily of black women.  The sculptures are arrayed in large ornate dresses which, rather than shed light on the subject’s identity, complicate it.  The dresses seem to be a perfect blend of Victorian upper class and a maid’s uniform.  Sibande’s grand installations efficiently comment on gender, class, colonialism, and beauty.  To further underscore these issues, Sibande arranged for huge photographic murals of the installations to be displayed throughout Johannesburg.

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Ethan Cook’s Dyed Canvas Paintings

Ethan Cook lives and works in New York. He utilizes dye and pigment to create large abstractions that are both earthly and galactic. The press release from a May 2012 exhibition at Ed. Varie in NY states that “Cook’s current body of work is a continuation of his interest in representing time and space through the exploration of traditional craft and process. Through an additive and reductive process of dyeing, bleaching, boiling, painting, folding and staining, the materials Cook employs become a part of the canvas’ weave. The canvases are worked, dried and reworked again and again to completion, resulting in an indexical manifestation of it’s own history.”

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Tania Shcheglova and Roman Noven’s Haunting Photography Out of Eastern Europe

 

Tania Scheglova and Roman Noven, based in the Ukraine, are frequent collaborators, especially in the realm of fashion photography. They also work together on more personal material as well, and often post the results to Synchrodogs, a website they share. Perhaps due to a lingering Cold War sensibility or some other intangible, Eastern Europe maintains a dark, unknown quality. Full of strong emotion and isolated coldness, the photographs created by these two perfectly illustrate such atmosphere, reminding us how easy it is to get lost sometimes.

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Scott Wade

Scott Wade

 

Scott Wade lives on a dirt road, full of limestone dust that loves to rest on the back window of any car that goes through it. Seizing the opportunity, Wade, instead of writing something like “Scott was here,” started his very own genre of art, “Dirty Car Art.” Yes, Wade “paints” with dirt.

 

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Niclas Boman

Whimsical illustrations by Niclas Broman.

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Pixels and Polaroids

Pixels and Polaroids is a series of images created by Jherin Miller that combines pseudo-Polaroid photography and retro 80s era video game graphics. The concept behind Pixels and Polaroids was to blend these two elements into one world where pixelated characters live through the eye of a Polaroid camera. Miller’s goal was to combine retro film photography and retro digital graphics into one interesting world, where you get to view this world and it’s inhabitants through these this hybrid of new and old. (via oriental)

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