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Jamie Salmon’s hyper realistic sculpture capture every wrinkle, vein, and hair with uncanny realism and attention to detail.

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Brooklyn’s Buke & Gase Release Dizzying Video for their Catchy Single, Hiccup

New York’s Buke & Gase recently released their second LP, General Dome on Brassland to great reviews. Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez have once again succeeded in creating a unique sound based on their homemade instruments as well as Dyer’s amazing voice.

“Buke = (pronounced “Byook”) a self-modified six-string former baritone ukulele.”

“Gase = (pronounced “Gace”) a guitar-bass hybrid of Aron Sanchez’s own creation.”

They’re currently finishing up their North American tour with a stop tonight at the Echo in Los Angeles and also a show at the Casbah in San Diego tomorrow, February 20th before heading to Australia and Europe. Check out their new video for their very catchy single, Hiccup and grab a ticket to one of their last shows of the tour.

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Melissa Cooke’s Hyperrealistic Graphite Renderings Mimic Double Exposure Photographs

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Super talented Melissa Cooke draws so realistically that you would think her renderings are photographs. Instead of using pencil lines to outline her subjects and draft her compositions, she achieves incredible depth by dusting layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush. Flirting between different mediums (photography, drawing and painting), she is an expert of achieving highly detailed, strongly contrasting, striking images.

For her series The Between Spaces, she blends two different angles together in one drawing, achieving an impressive effect of superimposed snapshots. Thanks to her unique graphite technique, her highlights seem to glow and radiate off the page. Hair turns from being a series of fine white lines dusted over a darker layer to being a delicate web of strands. Eyes have detailed reflections; the skin Cooke draws have pores; the faces have a complex structure of wrinkles and lines. Cooke says of her series:

The drawings ride the line between what is physical and emotional, inner and outer, real and fantasy. Elements that are innately indescribable.  There is a richness in those spaces that I can explore visually. (Source)

Moving on from portraiture, Cooke has also tried her hand at still lifes – objects that she finds in her daily life. Inspired by an abandoned wig she found in the dandelions, she started her series of objects.

These still lives evoke the figure while hinting at a larger narrative. There is both an attraction and repulsion to these discarded objects, like evidence left at a crime scene. That tension is something that has always inspired me, and will continue to propel me forward with the new body of work. (Source)

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Chocolate Santa Butt Plug- Thanks Paul McCarthy

650_1229725708Hilarious and ingenius Christmas sleaze, mess and raunch to counteract the bloated saccharine tin carols and pop-punk remixes of all those festive songs you hate. “Stick that chocolate Santa up your butt!” proclaims PauL McCarthy, and ya can’t help but love him for it.

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Shimmery “Living Kinetic Sculptures” from Robin Protz

Connecticut based artist Robin Protz creates “Living Kinetic Sculptures”. Her works seem to brightly light up each space in which she installs them. Take “Nelligan the Dragon” (above) for example. “Dragon”, made of 40,000 suspended buttons, dominates its environment.

“…my art has evolved into a virtual space eater. Spaces scream at me wanting life.”

“…Creatures and forms emerge and we leave adulthood as we are reminded of the playfulness, surprise and sometimes overwhelming awe and delight we experienced as children.”  (via)

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Hypnotic Time-Lapse Videos Of Cacti In Bloom

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Like many people, Greg Krehel loves cacti and succulents. But, living in Jacksonville, FL was not conducive to keeping these plants happy and healthy. The desert-loving flora would drown in the sogginess of Jacksonville. That was until he randomly selected a cactus from a local garden store. Instead of dying, it thrived, and produced beautiful, large blooms in a mixture of colors. It turns out that  Krehel selected a echinopsis, which is a genus of cactus from South America that loves humidity. And, better yet, there were hundreds of other varieties out there. Krehel photographs them with an iPhone 5 or a Cannon 6d camera and post them to his Instagram, under the username @echinopsisfreak.

Once his first cactus thrived, Krehel bought more. Many more..“My single echinopsis acquired by accident was soon joined by 5… 25… 50… and now I’m at 100 other echinopsis species and hybrids, ” he told the Instagram blog.

Krehel is passionate about imaging the echinopsis, which blooms in a day and peak for only an hour or two. “Their brief existence pushes you to photograph the heck out of them,” he says. This led him to using time-lapse photography to capture their beauty in short, mesmerizing videos. The echinopsis’ gently-opening blooms are easy to watch in hypnotic fashion. You’ll probably find yourself click the “play” button over and over again.

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A Lifesize Dollhouse Built And Burned By Heather Benning

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Heather Benning refurbished an abandoned farmhouse built in the 60s and turned it into a life-sized Dollhouse in the style of the era. Her project began in 2005, as she remade the house to be used, re-shingling the roof with recycled shingles, restoring and furnishing the house, and stood open to the public until 2013. She removed the north side of the building, and replaced it with plexi-glass, to look like an authentic children’s toy. When the building was no longer structurally sound, Benning – who has already planned for such an event – burned it down. The resulting images of the 8 year long project are lovely, although I’m sure seeing the thing in life would be much more exciting!

Benning grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. It has profoundly influenced her practice. Rather than installing in urban centers, as is the general practice of sculpture and installation artists – because, you know, there are more people to see your work – she installs in rural settings similar to where she grew up.

Benning speaks about her relationship to farmhouses:

I grew up on a farm in Saskatchewan. I was affected by my surroundings; when I was young, my parents would give me disused farm buildings for “play-houses.”

There was also an abandoned farmyard/house about a mile through the field on some land my father worked. In the summer months and on weekends, I would spend days exploring this yard and house, imagining what it was prior—who the people were, make up stories why they left. My sister and I would play “pioneer” based on the tales our grandmothers told us.

(Article and quote via Canadian Art)

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The Wonderful WTF World of Anthea Hamilton

London-based artist Anthea Hamilton‘s installations are wild, kinetic mix of acid tripping and high school yearbook scrapbooking. Oh, and cassette tape mixing– the awesome ones from Junior year with “Summer Jamz” scribbled in Sharpie marker. Her installations, crafted of cardboard cutouts, screen prints, hanging costumes, wacky props, and chroma key paint, are tongue-in-cheek fun that pulsates with an early 80s disco energy and, however outrageous, is far from flippant: Hamilton’s absurdity is pointed. (Her leg chair, for example, features flexed legs of perspex… and a crotch made out of a rice cake.)

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