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Russell Maltz

 photo maltz1_zps3946ab34.jpg  photo tumblr_m0wb0lpGWx1rroeono1_1280_zpsca0533b7.jpg  photo maltz7_zpsb854df1f.jpg Russell Maltz’s sculptural projects often utilize stacked and painted commercial building materials to establish formal and physical relationships with existing architectures including college campuses, shopping centers, museums, and galleries. His studio-based and site-specific works continue to expand the legacies of conceptual and minimalist art, focusing on issues of scale, density, documentation, and systemic progressions. Large outdoor works allow Maltz to establish a dialogue with real estate developers and suppliers, as he borrows or buys quantities of cinder block and lumber for temporary use during the run of an exhibition. Afterwards, these materials (which have been altered with Day-Glo orange or yellow paint) are returned to their source, often used in local retail and home construction.  photo 452743-5064d3ffb4c7e-large_zpsae3ce9d0.jpg  photo 452743-5064d36b9a05d-large_zps2c867714.jpg

Pascal Vilcollet

 photo 26_160x114_zps21e0820c.jpg  photo 26_teddybox_v2_zps2a711884.jpg Beautiful works by Pascal Vilcollet , talented artist currently based out of Paris, France. There's plenty more to see on her website.  photo 26_160x1142_zps6ea5b576.jpg  photo 26_160x1143_zps8b127204.jpg

Ron Mueck

 photo pic6_zpsa94bc8ee.jpg  photo tumblr_mn9yq9CCvq1qdhfhho2_500_zps27e07edb.jpg  photo 11-Ron-Mueck-Fondation-Cartier_zpsa7ca9615.jpg  photo tumblr_mn9yq9CCvq1qdhfhho3_r1_500_zpscd79558c.jpg Sculpture entitled "Couple Under an Umbrella" by artist Ron Mueck during the press day for his exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris. His work continues to astound me.  photo P1130824_zpsc2dac49d.jpg  photo main-qimg-2be25f1b6d444cf85b6870918c66c0c3_zps9bd1e92c.jpg

Rob Hefferan

 photo LD026web_zpsda72741d.jpg  photo LD006Web_zps62531bc3.jpg  photo LD010AWeb_zpsd31debfe.jpg  photo LD008Web_zpsf4d13c29.jpg Rob Hefferan is an exceptionally talented figurative artist. His work not only captures the character and warmth of each subject, but transcends form to suggest the living, breathing essence of the individual. Working predominately with oils and acrylics, Rob's work is both eminently understandable and intensely familiar. Colour, light and texture harmonise intelligently and with stunning candour to produce works that resonate with vibrant life.  photo LD009Web_zps0c0c3ce9.jpg  photo LD019web_zps48b63051.jpg  photo LD001TheSwanWeb_zpsaeb903c7.jpg

Flora Borsi

"Nowadays almost every photographer use graphics software to complete the picture, like many painters used ‘original version’ in the past. Some artists use pure imagination to paint their artworks, others may prefer to create art by using a real life model as reference for the anatomy. What if these abstract models were real people?" - Flora Borsi (previously blogged)

UnNatural History I

 photo 11666279-standard_zps9bf645a5.jpg  photo uh-2_zpsa52b7991.jpg UnNatural History I by Blane de St. Croix is a monumental landscape sculpture; a mirrored image of itself with one side mounted upside-down and the other righted. It is a miniature world mounted inside an abandoned natural history museum. The work presents landscapes that are simultaneously real and subliminal, beautiful and devastating, refined and abstracted. The work seeks to present dualities, whose tensions underscore the disparity between the land itself, and the viewer’s projections. (via Fredericks & Freiser)  photo uh-4_zps010a8f17.jpg

Huang Zheng

 photo Picture5_zps8660e73a.png  photo Picture6_zps6a2e8441.png Is beauty only skin deep? Huang Zheng takes an interest in the common intentions behind applying paint onto the surface of a canvas and applying cosmetics onto the face of a person. Although both are modes of creating illusions and diversions, the character of the person underneath nevertheless leaks through. Things are constantly hiding and uncovering themselves at the same time. The titles of Huang's work interprets this process: to uncover, is to "shed the skin", which brings about "a new beginning" and "congealing" a true identity. All these require "a strength to go forward." HUANG Zheng (b.1981) was born in Nanning where he graduated from the Guangxi Arts Institute in 2005. He currently lives and works in Beijing. He works in the medium of painting and photography.  photo Picture3_zps5498a6f7.png  photo Picture4_zpsfa70856a.png

Morangis Retirement Home

 photo 517a854cb3fc4bc67600019c_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-19-528x7921_zpsc1f198cc.jpg  photo 517a853db3fc4bc67600019a_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-15_zpsc48f9a58.jpg  photo 517a855ab3fc4bc67600019d_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-22_zpsf5e4ecb3.jpg  photo 517a854cb3fc4bd15c0001af_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-20-528x351_zpsf78b7b78.jpg Morangis Retirement Home located in Paris, France by Vous Êtes Ici Architectes. The building is constructed on 4 levels and is based on a Y shaped plan. This bright and lively color, stimulating without being aggressive, is also the one used for the window and door frames of the facades found under the awnings and in the bedrooms. As one approaches the building and passes below the awnings towards the yellow coating, as he is welcomed, will feel and understand the building’s harmony. One will easily understand how the building works and how it is connected to its natural and urban surroundings.  photo 517a8535b3fc4bc676000199_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-9_zpsfc729cd8.jpg  photo 517a855ab3fc4bd15c0001b0_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-23_zps1ec1d996.jpg  photo 517a8533b3fc4bd15c0001ae_morangis-retirement-home-vous-etes-ici-architectes_vei_morangis_hd-14__zpsa6bbe2dc.jpg

Diana Quinby

 photo BB67063D-B104-9245-81E21C3E9FFA24C7_zpsad274eec.jpg  photo BB5FAA25-0FE1-235F-F4D122CDF5DD5F13_zpsbc626f72.jpg " I began making large-scale graphite drawings in 2005 when I was pregnant with my second child. Looking down at my temporarily deformed mid-section, I decided that I would try to draw myself. I hung a sheet of paper on the wall, large enough for a life-size figure, and began to draw in pencil from what I could see by looking down at my own body. Right up until the very end of the pregnancy, I produced several larger-than-life drawings that attempt to convey the massive, sculptural presence of the pregnant body, and to reveal how pregnancy feels without sentimental overtones. Since the birth of my son, I have continued to draw the figure, expanding my repertoire to include portraits of my children and husband as well as self portraits. I now allow myself to work from photographs when necessary, but my focus is still upon reinventing how I see the body through the drawing process. By using pencil and paper almost exclusively, I feel as though I’ve stripped my practice down to the essential in order to convey a maximum of meaning. I use the pencil somewhat like a scalpel, probing the body through line, light and shadow. The drawings may at first appear highly realistic, but a closer look will reveal that the proportions are distorted and that the anatomical details are invented. To a certain extent, working large allows me to “lose control” of the drawing ; not being able to see the whole composition while I'm working on it frees up both the mind and the hand, resulting in distortions that reveal unconscious emotional readings concerning femininity, masculinity, sexuality and aging. In the drawings of my adolescent daughter, either alone or with her friends, I explore awakening sexuality and the transformation of the body. As a mother drawing her daughter, I certainly recognized myself in her and felt re-immersed in my own adolescence. Whether drawing nude couples or clothed teenagers, it’s important that I draw people who are close to me so that emotion can go into and emerge from the work." - Diana Quinby  photo BB63B405-D8BA-2695-D057DF964D1223B7_zps84975a9a.jpg  photo 1_Dquinby_zpscfbca560.jpg

eBoy

eBoy ("Godfathers of Pixel") is a pixel art group founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. Their complex illustrations have been made into posters, shirts, souvenirs, and even displayed in gallery exhibitions. They were founded on May 2, 1997, expressing their modular and collaborative approach as something that defines eBoy as much as the use of pixels. We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen. It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique. eBoy is currently based in Berlin/Germany and Vancouver/Canada. (via wiki)