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Benjamin Phillips

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Batman is pretty cool, but he does naughty stuff all the time.

Benjamin Phillip’s is an illustrator/poet/music man working out of Brighton, England. His work is a mixed bag of wizadry, sad children, wicked cool parties, and leaves.  His illustrations all have an underlined witty sense of humor that seems very unique and bizarre.

 

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Seriously?

 

I threw up in my mouth a little bit while I was watching this. Phil Hansons work conjures up all the reasons I no longer dine with 6 year olds. Dont think I wouldnt understand if you disagreed with me. Sure, its art. Its also the reason why the rest of the world hates us, right? The only rewarding thing about this video as far as Im concerned is that awesome little dog, who must’ve been convinced that day that he could control people with his thoughts.

 

Oh yeah. One more thing. Its an Arbys Commercial. Consumerism has now officially penetrated every orifice of my daily life. Boo


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oh carlyn

 

Continuing on my Flickr curatorial mission, here is oh carlyn, an artist based in Portland, Oregon.

 

One of my favorite things about her work is her method of documentation, which is basically for lack of better words, poor quality mobile-photography. But there’s something really nice about the way a cellphone takes pictures. It really captures the atmosphere… the intimacy of the air and dust. 

 

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Sharjah Biennial: Day 3

Day 3 is here and I managed to snap a few photos of works in progress. 

 

 

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Big name + plinth = works of art?

 

 

Wolfgang Tillman's plinth

Wolfgang Tillmans' plinth

 

Graphic designer Peter Saville has designed a white cardboard, flatpack plinth, for sale in a limited edition of 200, the idea being that in today’s age of ‘culture for the masses’ we’re all entitled to choose what merits artistic status.

 

The exhibition showcases the plinths with ‘work’ by a selection of Saville’s peers and friends including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Demand, Gavin Turk and Jarvis Cocker, each allowed to place whatever they wish on their plinth. The results vary from the sublime (Douglas Gordon’s pile of ash atop a charred plinth) to the inflated (Cerith Wyn Evans’ helium balloon).

 

 

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Reno Ranger

As a self made German photographer Reno has a knack for making everything look gorgeous. beautiful people and places help too, but it takes that creative eye to slap ‘em all together.

 

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Sharjah Biennial : Day 2

I finally arrived in Sharjah after a grueling 20 hour flight. After dropping my bags at the hotel I headed straight towards the hotel.  Sharjah & Dubai are filled with intriguing visual stimuli. Some of the most interesting images in Dubai are the posters, photos, and paintings of the various Sheikhs. My favorite of these signs is the massive ligh tbox depicting Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on the famous Sheik Zayed Road.

 

 

 I’ve been to Dubai and Sharjah several times and have always loved these sun visors on the backs of cars. You’ll see them all over the place depicting the royal family behind a flapping U.A.E flag. I’m sure that we’ll be seeing images of Obama on the backs of car windows in no time.

 

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Dominic Mangila: New Republic

 

Phillipines-born, New York City-based artist Dominic Mangila is currently having a single-painting show entitled New Republic at Marvelli Gallery through April 4. Also the name of the massive, near-7 by 9 foot painting, New Republic represents a 2 ½ year effort to portray Mangila’s family’s home province of Pampanga which was left in a state of destruction following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.

 

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