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Sishir Bommakanti’s Warped, Emotional Figures

Sishir Bommakanti is a freelance illustrator and designer out of Sarasota, Florida. Bommakanti employs some really creative technique in the creation of warped, figurative paintings. Definitely right at home with the work of Francis Bacon, maybe  just a little WK Interact (+ color), as well.

More images after the jump, as well as a really cool process video.

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Mou Hoo’s Abandoned Space

Decaying structures house the oddest assortment of memories.  Without an explanation for why it’s there, a newspaper on the wall of an empty room can get pretty Murakami-esque.   Mou Hoo, a young photographer working out of Beijing, explores the mysterious clutter of abandoned buildings.

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Office for the development of Substitute Materials

3:2 An experiment in time travel. Subject lived in isolation for three weeks adjusting to a slow clock, experiencing only two weeks 2008

3:2 An experiment in time travel. Subject lived in isolation for three weeks adjusting to a slow clock, experiencing only two weeks 2008

Continuing my Rhizome Commissions coverage, here is Office for the development of Substitute Materials. Their work deals in the relationship between objects and how humans use them, or how objects become more human just because we are using them. The ideas about tools and their relationships to us and each other is incredibly smart but at the same time, attainable in their simplicity. The way they document their work is also very beautiful. I’m a big fan. You can see their Rhizome proposal after the jump (it’s the last item in the post).

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Angry Birds Delightfully Immortalized In Rachel Lord’s Paintings

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Now that the Angry Birds craze has died down a bit artist Rachel Lord has decided to immortalize our fine feathered friends even more. In a lighthearted way, Lord renders a true cartoon likeness of each bird set against a photorealistic background. At times the rural settings look a cross between paint by numbers and millennium pop art. If you haven’t noticed, The Angry Birds have become just as much part of mainstream pop culture as the Simpsons or Disneyworld.
Two billion downloads strong, the Finnish Company Rovio first introduced the series in 2009. Those familiar will remember the birds objective was to fight mean snorkeling baddie pigs in various outdoor settings. It required little video game skill and could be downloaded for free in a number of apps. The play consisted of flinging an individual bird into structures with an objective to destroy enemy forts. Despite its violence and simplicity there was an addictive quality to the gameplay which turned the birds into martyrs since each one perished after playing. To date it is the most downloaded free game of all time.
Lord’s paintings reminisce each character in a blissful state, giving peaceful existence to the multi-variety of birds. It’s interesting to note Lord painted the birds in subdued situations instead of flinging them across the canvas watching them destroy. The birds are all ultra cute and have different abilities but mostly are cute and whose bright feathers make for nice contrast in Lord’s paintings set against the subtle natural colors of oceans, mountains and trees. Besides their own games, the brand has released Star Wars, Transformers and NBA versions. There is an Angry Bird theme park and Angry Bird soda.

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Chris Burnett

CalArts seems to always churn out great designers. Chris Burnett is no exception. His portfolio is full of work that lives and dies by the grid but doesn’t take itself too seriously.

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Will Ellis’ Haunting Photographs Of Broken, Muddied, And Forgotten NYC Treasures

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For Lost and Found, the photographer Will Ellis photographs objects collected from the deserted buildings, parks, and bays of New York City. Dating back to the first half of the 20th century, each recovered object is shot with the utmost care, regardless of condition or value. The artist’s long journeys in search of his discarded relics— traversing less frequented city spots with haunting names like Dead Horse Bay and North Brother Island— give historical and totemic meanings to each possession. Once relevant only to a forgotten child, a plastic toy shoe from the 1920s is studied under lights, archived by a seemingly objective lens, and repurposed as evidence of some imagined urban ancestry.

Ellis’s choice to incorporate animal bones into a few of the images strengthens the work’s genealogical impulse; a set of hospital keys, ripped from their locks and rusted beyond recognition, stands alongside a raccoon bone separated from its socket in time. Similarly, a horse bone from the city’s industrial age is visually equated with a pair of plastic doll arms; shot from the same angle, the eroded bone and muddied plastic occupy similar portions of the frame, each lit with expert precision.

As if part of a museum catalog, the series of 30 photographs provides a cohesive, if subjective, vision of history. Through the eyes of Lost and Found, the city’s children narrate its evolution, telling a visual story that begins with doll, touches on music book, and culminates in senior portrait. Ellis’s choice of a stark white backdrop and harsh lighting brilliantly avoids potential sentimentality; as the artist invites us into a distinctly nostalgic space, we are instructed to view the work with the utmost seriousness. Take a look. (via Feature Shoot)

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Colorful X-Rays Show The Shocking Intricacies Of The Human Body

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The photographer Xavier Lucchesi doesn’t use a camera to capture his portraits; instead, he penetrates the human body with an advanced x-ray machine, revealing organs, arteries, and bones. The artist adds color to the medical images, highlighting the intricacies of the human body in electric blues and deep, bloody reds. For Luccesi, the act of seeing is active and passionate; a passing glance is insufficient, and to truly view another truthfully is to dissect and peel away exterior layers.

Lucchesi’s portraits are perhaps those of our deepest human core: when our superficial features are stripped back, a more primal self emerges. Lucchesi’s sitters are laid completely bare; though they might pose or strain, their bodies betray secret inner worlds and open them up to a profound vulnerability. A triptych presents a man in three stages of undress: clothed, then nude, then uncovered and unprotected by skin. As he lays with his arms crossed, the x-ray bears down on him, and he becomes increasingly naked, at the mercy of our eager, inquisitive eyes.

As we reach new levels of intimacy with our own bodies, they reveal themselves like brightly colorful and graphic foreign roadmaps; red blood vessels line the figure like highways, leading to pale geometric bone or grassy green lungs in either direction. Like an intricate maze of machinery or a small, delicate cityscape, the miraculous pieces of the human being—the flesh, the lungs, the ribcage— function autonomously, just beneath the surface of our gaze. Take a look. (via Design Boom)

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