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Light Art Performance Photography

Light Art Performance PhotographyLAPP-PRO, headed by Jan Wöllert and Jörg Miedza, brings the concept of light painting to another level. The situations captured in the photos seem to have broken any holds tethering them to reality. LAPP claim that “the pictures are one single photo, not a result of working on the computer.” Not to dispute the validity of their procedures or anything, but the photos so good that they stopped looking real. I’ve seen some cool light graffiti, but LAPP just brings the art form to a whooole other level. Maybe it’s because they look like characters from X-men battling evil at the cusp of apocalypse? Take a look and decide for yourself!

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Natalie Arnoldi’s Psychological Paintings

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Natalie Arnoldi is a California-based artist whose work explores the fine line between abstract and figurative painting.  Her works identify the psychological effects of ambiguous representation, allowing a viewer’s imagination to fill in the missing subject matter.  Currently a coterminal Masters student at Stanford University, pursuing a M.S. in ocean science and a B.S. in marine biology, Arnoldi’s life has always centered around the ocean.  Thus, it is unsurprising that she references the ocean as her inspiration for both her academic and artistic pursuits.

Though she doesn’t always use the ocean as her subject matter, there is a kind of depth to Arnoldi’s paintings (which are often tinted some shade of blue) that is reminiscent of looking into unfathomably deep waters.   Highly reductive, Arnoldi’s paintings still manage to be moody, psychological and rich with meaning.  A lone shark’s fin, a simple road median disappearing into the fog, or an airplane silhouette becomes a decidedly dramatic narrative delivered from the most uncomplicated version of an image.

Engagingly beautiful, Arnoldi’s paintings are haunting in their simplicity and straightforwardness.  It is eerie how much can be deduced based on an image painted and composed in a certain way.

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Dot One Designs Unique Scarves And Prints Based On Your DNA

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London based company Dot One takes product customization to the next level. The company, named after the 0.1 percent of a genetic sequence that makes each human unique, uses your DNA samples to create one of a kind products (such as scarves and prints) from the very part of your genome that makes you distinct. The company requires a simple cheek swab DNA test (the type made popular by direct-to-consumer personal genome tests such as 23andMe). Dot One then outsources the lab testing to AlphaBioLabs, where they extract, identify, and use DNA profiling to distinguish the desired portion of the code. AlphaBioLabs does this by creating a genetic finger print through scanning for Short Tandem Repeats (STRs), which are tiny bits of genetic code that are different for every person (except identical twins, of course). Once Dot One has the genetic finger print, they use an algorithm to translate these codes into a color, resulting in a pattern that is personalized to your specific DNA. These patterns are designed to imitate what a DNA sample would  look like in a genetic gel test in a lab. While these products are made through a high technological process, they are reminiscent to traditional weavings and folk art patterns. They possess a true quality of something warm and special. You can even get a Tartan, which is created from the DNA of two people, or get a poster of your family tree. Cute. (Via HYPERALLERGIC)

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Jon Boam’s Muted Sci-Fi Illustration

 

Jon Boam is an illustrator living and working in the UK. He works in a nice, muted palette which he applies in flat vectors to sci-fi line work. I especially like how repetitious some of his stuff is. It looks like he doesn’t easily become bored with drawing one robot after another. And I’m definitely not bored either. The comics influence in Boam’s work is fairly evident, but not heavy handed, which is always nice to see. Now you know what your work would look like if you never stopped doodling in your 3rd grade Arithmetic notes. 

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A Love Letter for You- Quasi-Documentary from Stephen Powers and Joey Garfield Re-Caps The Love Letter Project

On the heels of his current solo show at Joshua Liner Gallery, Steve “ESPO” Powers came through the Tribeca Grand Hotel with Joey Garfield for a screening of A Love Letter for You, their documentary/narrative film about the much-celebrated Love Letter mural project that went down in Philly about two years ago. The film brings ESPO and the Love Letter squad into a semi-fictional narrative surrounding a young writer’s quest to reach a special someone, and is a huge treat for any graffiti/mural/underdog fan. Put together with some archive ESPO footage, an original script co-written by Powers, and a killer shoegazey soundtrack, LL4U will hit you right in the heartstrings. No use even trying to fight it.

Until the film finds a much-deserved wider release, you can catch the trailer after the jump.

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Ronit Baranga’s Gaping Mouth

Ronit Baranga‘s ceramic sculptures of open mouths and flickering tongues remind me of a mix between Aliens and the drawings of Julia Randall’s drawings.

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Ana Maraž

Ana Maraž
Ana Maraž has captured and lulled out of me (and into) the warmth of a late summer’s afternoon. I love that simplicity in the composition of these photographs still holds expressive qualities. They just make me so happy and dreamy…(I’m also listening to Nina Simone.)

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Paint My Album

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I think the world would be a better place if all album covers were done in Microsoft Paint…maybe not…but every single one of these remade album covers has made me laugh and that’s worth something. Diramuid and Anthony the founders of “Paint My Album” have gotten over 1,800 album covers redone. Submit your own primitive (or fanciful, depending on your MS Paint skills..) recreation at [email protected]

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