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Moving Children’s Sketch Book

The animation on this video by Angus and Julia stone is cute–it reminds me of a handmade children’s sketch book. The visual imagery is replete with teddy bears, tear drops and elves.

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Brendan Monroe

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Painter, sculpture, and all around amazing artist Brendan Monroe recently moved his operation from the bay area all the way to Stockholm, but he’s still making paintings that will stop you dead in your tracks. Blobs, trash, organic structures, and cosmic explosions are just a few of the subjects you will encounter in his hauntingly beautiful work. Monroe has been one of my favorites for a long long time, and not just because we share the name.

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Edward Kinsella Soothing Figures

There is something peaceful and almost soothing about the charming characters in  Edward Kinsella’s illustrations.

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The Otherworldly and Complex Paintings of Mario Martinez

Mario Martinez painting6Mario Martinez painting1Mario Martinez painting3The visions of Mario Martinez (also aptly known as MARS-1) seem to either be extraterrestrial or drug induced.  His large scale paintings hold to very realistic perspective.   However, there the realism breaks down.  Geometric shapes, organic like growths, and strange lighting effects intertwine to form one complex mass on his canvas.  Martinez’ work seems to depict something between living and synthetic, not quite landscapes or creatures.  Check out his website to seem some similarly styled sculptural work.

 

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Marcel van Eeden

-1 I am really enjoying Marcel van Eeden’s work.  I am particularly amused by his A Cutlet Vauderville Show in which he depicts two pieces of meat performing song.  Marcel van Eeden was born in 1956 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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The Video on a Man Calling Himself Bin Laden Staying in Japan

First saw this video with a couple other shorts at the Redcat in Los Angeles in an event dedicated to new Japanese video art (though the title escapes me). I thought all his work would be similar but it was kind of shocking to see that the rest of them were really different… 

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Virginia Mori’s Dark, Surreal Illustrations Of Headless Women

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Italian illustrator Virginia Mori uses black ballpoint pen and pencil on paper to create strange, lady-centric compositions. The minimal drawings feature long-haired women in surreal situations. Heads are often seen severed or parts of the body are fused with furniture. Although they are weird, Mori’s work isn’t gruesome. Even when a umbrella handle is coming out of a character’s mouth, there’s no blood or guts. It’s simply a surreal scene.

Mori separates mind from body, in both literal and figurative ways. Heads are rolling, they exist on different levels, and are obstructed by hair. It represents the idea that we can “disconnect” our mental from our physical self, and that this separation can feel like two entities. But in Mori’s illustrations, what causes it? Mystics? Physical ailments? Lessons not learned? The sparse compositions allow for multiple interpretations.

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Levalet’s Wheat Paste Street Art Interacting with the City

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Street artist Levalet more than only uses the public space as a canvas.  The artist’s wheat paste images interacts with the city itself.  His life size subjects lean, sit, and lie down on the surfaces they are pasted on.  He even incorporates everyday objects such as books and umbrellas to further bring his work to life.  You can find his work on walls, on the street and in galleries, scattered throughout Paris, France.  [via]

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