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Misaki Kawai Is The Poster Child For Slacker Art

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With the innocent and untainted imagination of a child, Japanese artist Misaki Kawai thrills us with her collection of blockheaded animals and misshapen figures. Her own unique point of view is currently at critical mass and Kawai has turned into a kind of poster child for slacker art. Kawai first got her start selling zines, drawings and paintings on the streets of New York City and in true Basquiat fashion eventually caught the attention of a few local galleries. After exhibiting her colorful and engaging pictures she quickly gained mainstream recognition and began showing on the international art world circuit.
Kawai’s lastest project consists of a blow up doll pool toy made in collaboration with The Grey Area. The piece debuted at Art Basel Miami Beach this past winter where she also created a teepee installation at the Mondrian Hotel. Her oeuvre encompasses all media and as her celebrity grows we see her floating down a rockstar path which also includes diy merchandise. Some of the products for sale in Kawai’s tent include a series of pink fluffy art dogs in three sizes, pin and keychain. This is a faithful replicate of the arty doll she has exhibited on a massive scale all over the world at such diverse locations as the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas , Museum of Contemporary Art Japan, Watermill Center in upstate NY, Malmo Konsthalle in Sweden, and many more.

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Heeseop Yoon Debris Installations

Heeseop Yoon‘s large-scale installations explore storage and debris — items that occupy space in our lives. Yoon’s method varies between collage and pen, and plays on notions of memory and perception of clutter over time. The finished work doesn’t feel finished as it swells over the space it inhabits, sketched and redrawn, different from every angle and space. 

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Laurent Chehere’s Flying Houses In Paris Suburbs

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Even in his commercial work French photographer Laurent Chehere clearly has a creative and curious eye for his surroundings.  An avid traveler, Chehere enjoys exploring the cities he visits.  This becomes especially evident in his series Flying Houses.  The series contains a number of photographs of floating buildings.  The buildings seem otherwise ordinary, perhaps tethered by power lines, quietly floating in the sky.  Chehere achieved the effect by taking photographs of buildings throughout the suburbs of Paris and digitally manipulating them.  A gallery statement  (translated from French) from a recent solo exhibit explains Chehere’s inspiration for the series:

“The artist isolates buildings from their urban context and frees them from their stifling environment. Houses fly in the clouds, like kites. Inspired by a poetic vision of old Paris and the famous short film The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse, Laurent Chéhère walked the districts of Belleville and Ménilmontant gazing at their typical houses. The images of the artist seize an unexpected levitation: held to the ground by unseen hands, like so many balloons used by the boy, these old buildings floating in the sky, sliding on the surface, they reveal to us their hidden beauty. Some houses are adorned with drying laundry or flower pots, outweigh other brands and shops fleeing the flames of a fire … All seem to find a second life. Uprooted from their hometown, they go to new heights. It’s a true invitation to travel and metaphor for the transience of the world, Flying Houses Laurent Chéhère’s series plunges us into a dreamlike and changing world full of gaiety and humor.”

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Eternal Bliss: A Designer Created A Sex Toy Filled With The Ashes Of Deceased Lovers

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When someone loses a lifelong partner most people think of their loss in terms of daily companionship and financial security. Mourners rarely talk about another very important aspect; the loss of intimacy. A new product showcased at Milan Design Week by Dutch designer Mark Sturkenboom could change that and make the sexual transition a little bit easier for the open minded. 21 grams allows the partner of a deceased lover to use a sex toy filled with the decease’s ashes and symbolize the union that once was. It gives added meaning to keeping the fires burning and even though some may think strange is a unique and creative way to remember.

The device is made up of a memory box containing a hand-blown glass shaped dildo containing a small gold-plated urn which can hold up to 21 grams of a deceased partner’s ashes. The idea is to connect the living to the deceased again in a physical and intimate way. Accompanying the toy is a perfume diffuser, gold-plated key and iPod slot for music. The title comes from a study in 1901 by Duncan Macdougall who conducted an experiment on five dying patients seeking to prove that a soul existed and had ‘weight’. In the test patients were weighed before and right at the moment of death. When the final breath occurred all weighed 21 grams lighter thus proving Macdougall’s controversial theory.  (Via dezeen)

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Conor Harrington

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Fresh amalgamation of styles from UK artist Conor Harrington. A little bit of renaissance influence mixed up with some graff inspired strokes, all executed with a masters touch… what’s not to like? Find more of Conor’s work at Kinsey/Desforges in LA.

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Adam Ferriss

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Based in Maryland, Adam Ferriss works as both a photographer and web designer. I like to think his series, Illusion, is titled for the optical trickery that gives these images a real sense of depth. Like looking through a kaleidoscope, it seems each image contains it’s own infinite universe primed for exploration.

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Nicholas Lockyers’ Dark Collage Mutations

 

Nicholas Lockyers’ collage work distorts the human figure in response to out of balance priorities placed on the pursuit of external beauty. Death and Misfortune remain a constant throughout each piece, lending a certain gravity to the fairly familiar aesthetic of “collage culled from vintage illustration archives” which is kind of popular right now. Lockyers definitely has his own thing going on though. His particular selection of imagery is set at a pretty good pitch, and I dig the dark vibes. More snakes, skulls, and bats after the jump.

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