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Bubi Canal’s Magical Wishes

 

Bubi Canal is a Spanish visual artist living in New York City. Bubi teleports us to impossible worlds full of emotions and mysterious and intriguing characters. His work combines different types of media and artistic methods including photography, video and sculpture and deals with the recurring themes of human wishes, dreams, magic and love.

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Neil Mota’s Masked Nudists

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Neil Mota has some fantastic work posted on the L’e Loi website. My favorite collection of images are these photos of models wearing halloween masks.

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Wookiees Leave The Screen And Land Next-Door In This Quirky Photo Series

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Chewbacca is a Wookiee. Bipedal and furry, a “big walking carpets,” Star Wars Wookiees run and fight and shoot. In Mako Miyamoto’s photo series, found on his website Neon Werewolf, Wookiees do much more: yoga on the lawn, roller skate in knee socks and satin jacket, swim underwater, water the lawn. In fact, Miyamoto’s Wookiees could be your next-door neighbor…in a furry mask.

“Masks have always intrigued me; being born near Halloween may have had something to do with it. I’ve always been fascinated by how they hide the person behind them while at the same time bring forth pieces of [their selves] that at first glance were shadowed by their expressions.” (Source)

This whimsical series alternates between mash-ups of TV Shows and movies (Star Wars and The Heist; Star Wars and Game of Thrones) and everyday scenes with a twist (salad bar and Wookiee, ping pong and Wookiees, wedding day and Wookiees). Funny and slightly alarming, the masks’ staring eyes, fixed grimaces, and cascades of fur make the scenes bizarre mimicries of life. Each image is individually titled, and they include “Kiss My Ace II”, “Stop Blocking my Fist with your Face”, and “Corndog Airplane.” The series is ongoing—idea after idea, Wookiee after Wookiee. Miyamoto says:

“I get my inspiration from all over; thrift stores, books, movies, open spaces, the coast, clouds, Stanley Kubrick, Portland, John Carpenter, the golden hour, the way that reflections create an unreachable reality, things that are orange, and the ocean. But not necessarily in that order.” (Source) (Via Feature Shoot)

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Finsta’s Grunge

Sweden’s Finsta has illustrations that sometimes look a little grungy and other times like cute construction paper cut outs.

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Eric Wareheim’s sick, twisted, and hilarious music world.

Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric is officially my favorite new music video director. His videos are jaw dropping weird, funny, low tech, high tech, offensive, and hallucinogenic all at the same time. He’s known for his comedy skits but I really think he has a future in being a full time music video director having made videos for MGMT, Maroon 5, Ben Folds, Phantom Planet, and many others. Be warned some of these are vulgar and should not be watched at work. I’m speechless… Amazing!

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Interview: Neil Powell

Artist Neil Powell recently opened the show, “Down By The Side Of The Road” at 222 Gallery on July 10th. The exhibition featured a selection of works on paper and sculptures. Powell’s work evokes a whimsical, yet graphic approach—appearing as indexical maps of personal narrative or scatological documentations. His illustrative worlds are littered with idiosyncratic characters, situations and translations. Neil Powell’s show will be up at 222 Gallery until August 1st. 

 

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Video Watch: Bye Bye Birdie Remix

21 year old French video editor Romain Loiseau recently set out to create a music video using a short extract of the movie Bye Bye Birdie which was recently seen in a Mad Men episode. The rules of the project were simple.

1.Do not take other sound than this are in the extract.
2. Do not use other software (like MAO software : Ableton live, logic…)
3. Do not use effect except the pticher  and the slow motion effect (in
order to harmonize )

The final product is a mesmerizing 3:35 minute music video created on Final Cut Pro 7 and made entirely out of a few seconds of footage and without any of the usual editing tricks you are so used to seeing.  Watch the full video after the jump.

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Abandonded Yugoslavia-Era Monuments Look As If They Were Taken From The Future Past

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Socialist-era monuments dot the countryside of the lands that once made up Yugoslavia, many of them World War II and concentration camp memorials.  The majority of the the monuments were commissioned by then president Josip Broz Tito during the 1960’s and 70’s. Photographer Jan Kempenaers toured the countries that once made up Yugoslavia to document the monuments in this series of photographs. With the fall of socialism and the disintegration of Yugoslavia, the monuments were largely abandoned. The monuments’ neglect is apparent and contrasts severely against their futuristic aesthetic.

The grouping of monuments have not only been abandoned by visitors but also their meaning and symbolism.  They ask serious questions regarding the nature of monuments in the sculptural tradition.  What is a memorial when it no longer memorializes anything?

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