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Johan Björkegren

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The work of Johan Björkegren feels like a fairy tale, with twists and turns. It’s what I pictured when I was 5 and holding the covers hearing stories. It is decrepid and pronounced, and can, at times, feel like a house that won’t stop squeaking. It feels loved and nurtured, but it doesn’t believe in purity or the idea of white.

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Emily Nachison

Working from the philosophical theory that all things–living and inanimate hold life, and therefore are universally related, Emily Nachison constructs grand geologic environments from the man-made synthetics.

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Next Day Flyers Presents: Andrew Paul Kerr

Inspired by street art, DADA, and German expressionism, Andrew Paul Kerr‘s digital collages explore the juxtaposition of the tangible physical world with it’s struggles, death, beauty, and wonder with that of the spiritual and what happens when these two worlds collide.

 

This article is presented by the holiday sticker printing website, Next Day Flyers.

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Will Bryant

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Will Bryant is a designer who excels at following design trends. His use of triangles is both ironic and non-ironic. He also has an illustration style that is very reminiscent of a lot of other illustrators working today. Overall, Mr. Bryant is fantastic at creating work following the lead of a select few trendsetters.

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Pes

It is very bad that I am writing about PES today, going into his website, watching his very entertaining and creative videos.. while I am at work here at B/D. It is all very distracting. I love how he finds use for any random object into something recognizable – yet not immediately obvious. I would have never thought of clown cake decorations to stand in for explosions. I could watch these all day.

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The Many Personified Personas of Bradford Lynn

Bradford Lynn is an artist and illustrator fairly new to the Los Angeles art community.  He is a recent graduate of Art Center College of Design with a degree in illustration.  Bradford’s work really struck a cord with me when I first saw his website.  He has pretty apparent raw talent in not only his technical skills, but I really enjoy how he portrays people.  His portraits are highly rendered, and feel very fresh to me.  He illustrates youth, and positivity through airy and fantastical environments.  His online portfolio demonstrates that he can work super large, and isn’t afraid to be experiment.  You also can’t beat the hyper-realized portrait of Reggie Watts above.  Bradford is also involved in the newly founded Los Angeles based artist collective Space Camp.

View more of Bradford’s work after the jump. 

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Cloud Made of Thousands of Lightbulbs at Nuit Blanche Festival in Calgary

Cloud is an installation piece from Calgary artist/filmmaker Caitlind Brown. The piece, part of the Nuit Blanche festival, involves 5,000 light bulbs, most of which are burnt out, that form a large cloud. Participants in the festival were able to pull on metal strings -rain- in order to illuminate sections of the “cloud”, giving off the impression of lightning. Imagine an entire landscape composed of lightbulbs- lightbulb sun, lightbulb trees, lightbulb mountains, etc. Lots of possibilities…

Click past the jump to see more photos of the piece. (via)

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Pierre And Gilles’ Pop Icon Portraits Made With Sex And Glitter

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Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard – Pierre and Gilles – have made portraits of Madonna, Jean Paul Gaultier, Andy Warhol, and Iggy Pop, just to name a few. The portraits are sexually charged and totally fantastical. Their subjects are placed under water, surrounded by flowers, or in what looks like a McDonalds ball pen (a not so subtle reference, in the tradition of most of their portraiture). Their kitschy and outlandish aesthetic has had them attain international recognition; they’re included in collections like the MoMA’s and have had a major retrospective at the New Museum in 2000.

Not only do they work together professionally, they have also been together as a couple for the duration of their shared career. Pierre is the photographer, and Gilles does the painting afterward. According to a VMagazine interview, the entire process of one portrait takes them about three weeks:

“We do everything from creating the décor to taking the picture to constructing the frame. We are always inspired by the person’s personality.”

Although their sexual orientation is a large part of their public persona, they say they are cautious not to pigeonhole themselves into what they call the “gay ghetto” and for this reason take portraits of a variety of celebrities they admire, while maintaining their own distinct style.

Their aesthetic is whimsical and edgy. Certainly setting a man up fully nude peeing into a garden of flowers is not an image you will see every day. It’s provocative, but not aggressive, probably because of the teasing, over-the-top nature of the accompanying imagery. They find a way to playfully bring the mainstream out of its comfort zone so it seems like every day should be filled with sexy nuns riding bedazzled horses!

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