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Andreas Kocks

Andreas Kocks’ work might look like boiling tar splattered on gallery walls but it is in fact meticulously cut paper covered with layers of graphite.

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Jose Lerma

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Jose Lerma is a  New York based painter and professor. Drop out of law school and paint! Delightfully humongous. Just in case you may not have seen the almighty Book 2. More after the jump….

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Beached Whale Is Actually A Hyper-realistic Installation

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It would probably be prudent to begin by letting you know this whale is not real.  Rather, the whale is a highly-detailed site-specific installation and the “scientists are actors organized and created by a Belgian collective known as Captain Boomer.  The installation was on the banks of the river Thames and in conjunction with Greenwich + Docklands International Festival – an outdoor festival.  The installation (which pops up on various river banks throughout Europe) stir up and disrupt entire communities just as real beached whales do.  The collective sets out to educate communities on whale the beaching of whales and the larger issues tying humans to nature.  Regarding viewers’ unique reaction to their installation, Captain Boomer describes:

“During our beachings, we see an intensive interaction among the crowd. People address each other, speculate and wonder. They offer help and ask for information. The different layers of perception create funny games. Some audience members know it is a work of art but feed the illusion to other people.”

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Shop: Restocked B/D Shirts!

Back by popular demand we have restocked some of your favorite T-Shirts. Meltdown, Beautiful Tears, Another World, and Time Warp are all back in the shop with limited quantities – at 55% off the regular T-Shirt price! Get on that sale now while it’s still around!

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Jason Maloney

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Jason Maloney’s work is clever and oh so true. His paintings and drawings obviously stem from events in his past, but when transformed into these amazing pieces everyone can relate to them. Maloney is known as a “Pop Surrealist” who received formal training in painting and drawing at Cal State Fullerton.  His work can easily be identified by his consistent use of cut outs, wide range of bright colors, and attention to detail.  Skateboard graphics from the 1980’s, horror films, and heavy metal music inspired Maloney throughout his life and is probably the reason why he has recently been doing graphic work for clothing and skateboard products. I find a lot of his paintings and drawings very personally inspiring. I can’t help but look at all the details in each piece and all I want to do after looking at his work is CREATE.

 

Jason Maloney has also painted some public murals and currently draws and paints in Newport Beach, CA.

 

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Philippe Constantinesco

Lovely pencil illustrations and sketches by Philippe Constantinesco.

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Graham Little

Graham Little’s delicately rendered color pencil drawings bring together a mix of the baroque, surrealism, and high fashion.

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B/D Best of 2010 – Guitardom Superhero Ben Simon

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If you thought the key-tar or Steve Vai’s triple- neck guitar was cool, try the outlandish custom musical creations of Ben Simon. They kind of look like the instruments muppets would fraggle-rock out on. The above piece also kind of looks like what San Rio’s Twin stars would shred on a cloud to. It even has a speaker built in with a sound circuit that makes a thunderclap sound! Talk about harnessing the power of Zeus! Hmm….what would your guitar look like? Mine might have to be a rhinestone studded silver leather lightening bolt that plays Queen’s “We Will Rock You” every time I do a powerslide! What’s yours…?

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