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Daniel Johansson is Venom Palatte

Daniel Johansson is a freelancing graphic artist that goes by moniker, Venom Palatte. We discovered this gem in our Beautiful/Decay flickr pool. His bright colors and sometimes humorous ‘vector-collages’ really stood out. We like you Daniel Johansson!

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Zakaria Ramhani’s paintings feature Islamic calligraphy to question Islamic piety

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Moroccan painter Zakaria Ramhani creates large-scale portraits using Arabic calligraphy as a medium to convey form. Ramhani uses the beautiful painterly forms of Islamic calligraphy to depict and further expound and question political issues, Muslim identity, Islamic piety, text and image in the Muslim culture, amongst other things. Through his technique, the artist defies and contradicts the religious taboo on figuration, which is, to say the least, a very scandalous thing to do. These works are part of a collection called May Allah Forgive you, a name derived from childhood memories of his father, a landscape painter, trying to avoid working on commissioned portraits of the human figure for religious reasons. His father would explain to Zakaria that ‘only god will forgive’ him for the sins he  committed whilst painting the commissioned portraits.

Ramhani’s earlier work, precisely a piece called You Were my Only Love (2012), incited much controversy, as the work questioned religious tradition and the prevalent coercion at hand during the last couple of years in Egypt and the Middle East. The piece was banned from last year’s Art Dubai.

Zakaria’s first U.S. exhibition opened November 6th, at the Julie Meneret Contemporary Art (JMCA), a new gallery on the Lower East Side in NYC.

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Documentary Watch: Airstream Living + Designing

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live and work out of a airstream then watch this great short documentary about landscape architect Andreas Stavropulos. Watch the full doc after the jump!

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105 Pariis

105 Pariis is the portfolio of  Dusseldorf, Germany based designer Enis Maksutovski. Enis effortlessly changes gears across a wide array of mediums from video, illustration, and photography with ease bringing us candy coated visuals that pack a powerful punch. More of his works after the jump.

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Xavier Antin’s home printing

"Just in Time, or A Short History of Production"

Xavier Antin is a recent grad of Royal College of Art currently based in London. His piece “Just in Time, or A Short History of Production” is a clever recycling of old technologies to make something new. A book printed through a printing chain made of four desktop printers using four different colors and technologies dated from 1880 to 1976. A production process that brings together small scale and large scale production, two sides of the same history. The final piece is a product created from a very strange offset printing process and doesn’t quite look how you would expect it to! Check out more pictures of “Just in Time” and other works by Xavier after the jump.

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David Shaw at Feature Inc.

David Shaw, one of the featured geniuses in issue Z, is opening his solo exhibition on april 30th  in the Bowery. its the second of three exhibitions Feature inc. has curated on the theme “psycholoptical”.

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Gleaming The Video Game!

I usually don’t like viral videos that promote products but this is really creative and unique. 36 Freeborders re-create a giant falling block video game down the streets of San Francisco at night. It’s like Gleaming The Cube meets Tetris… Awesome!

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Chris Kerr’s Novus Mundi

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Chris Kerr uses the fantasy aesthetic of wizards, unicorns, beer cans, and psychedelic swirls; but in his best work Kerr adds a disorienting dose of reality.  In the process creating what philosophers might describe as a parallax view.  Kant referred to this sort of arrangement of irreconcilable ideas as antimony, the purpose of which is to create a “decisive experiment, which must necessarily expose any error lying hidden in the assumption of reason.”  In Kerr’s work, where we see both the hip iconography and reality, something starts to skew inside our heads.  It’s a message written in two languages which you already know how to read, but it takes a long time to read them together.

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