Strange Cams

We love DIY art and design here at B/D, so it goes without saying that home made Strange Cams certainly caught our eye. An ongoing project initiated by Los Angeles artists Aurelia Friedland and Michael Manalo, Stange Cams investigates the affordances of defamiliarized, modified, low technology instruments, and how those instruments can shift a user’s perspective (literally) on the community and environment around them. I love the sketchy approach the artists took in designing these new cameras – who would have thought a good ol’ roll of duck-tape, a can of spray paint, and some CVS brand disposable cameras would lead to a whole new genre of photography?  Check out more of the resulting photographs, and some of the Strange Cams themselves after the jump.

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Nick Cave

Chicago artist Nick Cave’s outlandish “soundsuits” have enough awesome going on standing still, but these intricate assemblages are also performance costumes. Grab a copy of Beautiful/Decay Book 4 for a sprawling feature on Cave with tons more (giant, gorgeous) images and an interview in which he discusses his recent exhibition at the Fowler museum, his process creating the suits, and his desire for art to be a joyous community-wide experience.

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Manuel Vason

Italian born, London based artist Manuel Vason explores the relationship between performance art and photography.

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Miya Ando

Miya Ando is a metal-finishing artist who creates layered finishes on steel with a process she invented, utilizing fire, acid and automotive lacquer.  Can you say badass? She will be showing large-scale steel works for the first time, the show is entitled Shinobu [perserverance] on October 7 at de Castellane Gallery. Her show will be comprised of large scale steel wall works and her series of  hot-rolled steel skateboards, monotypes created by skateboarding on liquid graphite-coated paper. Saying this chick is hardcore would be an understatement.

Miya Ando Solos Exhibition Shinobu [perserverance] will be presented from October 7th – 29th, 2010. Opening October 7th, 2010, 6-9pm. Free to public. The de Castellane Gallery is located at 525 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.  Sponsored by Milgo Bufkin Steel/Fabrication, Diatom Winery, Element.

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Guillaume Reymond

This stop-motion animation of Tetris is just one part of French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond‘s project Game Over. Guillaume has also directed Space Invaders, and Pong! I haven’t heard anyone mention Pong in a long time.

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Ellen Nielsen

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Ellen Nielsen is a “Jack of all Trades.”  Her wide array of skills range from sewing to video performance with imagery that goes from Psychedelic, to the surreal and dabbles in a bit of the absurd.

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Manuel Vason

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I am incredibly enchanted by photographer Manuel Vason’s work. It is difficult to pin-point whether he does photography or performance. I would say both! He has models express so much story and emotion with their bodies and a few props; it’s a true study of the human body’s possibility of expression.

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Daria Marchik

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Moscow based artist Daria Marchik enjoys exploring eccentric non-comformity through her work. She dabbles in many fields, which includes art directing, photography, performance, etc. I love her simple, yet powerfully striking costumes that are so full of humor.

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