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Gerald Collings

 photo 3_zpse174e794.jpg  photo 1_zps96cb67ba.jpg Gerald Collings is a romantic. He paints in a warm body-colored fascination. The colors are of slow dying. Depicting the underside of desire, of internal, of meat. The paint is boiling, drooling with layers dripping into each other. Meeting and holding against a slippery form. They are curious, erotic, and bleak. (Continue...)  photo 2_zps7982de0a.jpg

Daikichi Amano

 photo tumblr_nc54ca7uhS1skpha5o4_1280_zps527a2dbe.jpg  photo tumblr_n1q8y5z1LE1sa80aho7_1280_zps33565b35.jpg Born in Tokio in 1973, studies art in USA before to come back in Japan. Began to show art work in Tokio, in 2007. Amano’s photographs are drawn from his own private fantasies. Fantasies that are animistic, animalistic and atavistic in nature, but all-too-human in execution, evoking primal fears and desires. In Amano’s world, the human body is worshipped and admired for its awesome beauty but also deformed and fused with nature – with wood, blood, bones, scales and feathers – transforming it into an erotic grotesque. But these frightful dioramas are also cut through with the blackest humour. Link here.  photo large_zps00a4b415.jpg  photo tumblr_n1q8y5z1LE1sa80aho4_1280_zps68216513.jpg

Suzzan Blac

 photo 2003_torn_apart_zps75c8cb36.jpg  photo 2000_tell_me_you_love_it_zpsa07c31c8.jpg  photo 2001_the_stiletto_shoe_zpsfcf2ac16.jpg " I am a survivor of severe and prolonged physical, psychological and sexual abuse, which began by the hands of my mother, who physically and emotionally abused me every day of my life. She also enabled one of her boyfriends to sexually abuse me. I have experienced domestic abuse, both physical and psychological. I also grew up knowing paedophiles, who sexually abused me from when I was an infant. I have experienced numerous rapes. When I was sixteen years old I was abducted into sex trafficking and forced into pornography and prostitution. I have experienced PTSD, including self abuse, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol dependency and suicide attempts. I feel that there are many missed opportunities to utilise the valuable experiences of survivors of abuse. My secondary goal is to work alongside qualified mental health agencies, social workers, professors, police agencies and the judicial system. In order to assist them in a better understanding by my experiences and insight, which could expand and enhance their teaching programmes and/ or knowledge base. This was proven, when I collaborated with professor Claudia Paola Tapia of Barry university, Florida. Who utilised both my art and my insight into the teaching programmes of trainee social workers. I am now about to embark on facilitating seminars about child sexual abuse, for social workers here in the U.K. I have painted forty images that portray my own personal story of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They are my expression of not just a depiction of pain and trauma, but how abuse made me feel. And also the consequences and reverberations of secondary victimisation. I paint to give a tangible voice and resonance to other victims and survivors who cannot express their own atrocities, who have suffered at the hands of others. I am now also an advocate of both child and adult abuse." - Suzzan Blac  photo 2001_mothers_anger_zps9e34a472.jpg  photo 2002_ive_killed_zpscb7faeb1.jpg

Graciela Socorro

 photo Untitled-3_zps0b058b37.jpg  photo Untitled-2_zps0f27383b.jpg Graciela Socorro is an American-Venezuelan artist based in Houston, Texas.  photo Untitled-1_zpsc3048ea1.jpg

Emily Blincoe

 photo Emily-Blincoe-2_zpsb29ac580.jpg  photo peppers_zps848c65f4.jpg " I was born and raised in Austin, Texas. I find inspiration in faces, shapes, colors, light and quiet little moments. Most days you can find me wandering in the tall grass somewhere between Austin and Nashville with my dog, Eleanor. Clients include: Target, Mercedes, GAP, Lincoln Motor Company, Levi's, Converse, Ebay, Warby Parker, Samsung, Aeropostale, Marriott Hotels, Heineken & Verizon." - Emily Blincoe  photo blincoe-5_zps9e6f1e02.jpg  photo IMG_0574-3_zpsd6e02578.jpg

Glass Animal Sculptures

 photo il_570xN657576509_4qc7_zpsf8f2988d.jpg  photo il_570xN607446232_6gw2_zpscb33f63e.jpg  photo il_570xN608921215_8b7k_zpsb026c8bd.jpg Love these handmade glass animal figurines by Etsy seller Pavel from Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Click here to buy.  photo il_570xN588149840_a0g0_zps9c590a83.jpg  photo il_570xN607892111_72xd_zpsb036171c.jpg

Sandra Villeneuve

 photo Untitled-2_zps882d4c3e.jpg  photo Untitled-1_zps86db8630.jpg " I spent most of my childhood abroad in a country where the weather was hot. In my adult years I live in the north where the temperatures are colder and unpredictable. Illustration has always been a part of my life. Collaborating, reading, freelance writing & finding new software to incorporate with my existing techniques are a part of my everyday. " - Sandra Villeneuve  photo Untitled-3_zpseebc96f5.jpg

Sushi Socks

 photo Screen_1_9e5c376a-57e7-4042-a52e-d445f6053f94_grande_zps8a6ad220.jpg  photo Screen-9_9a36a4f5-8e87-43f5-a829-396fb103b543_grande_zpsa989bfe3.jpg Look what just came around the carousel. Fresh from Japan, Sushi Socks are the hot (or is that cold) new thing in cosy footwear. Hand-rolled to look just like their tasty namesakes, each pair of these fun socks is woven in the colours of classic sushi. Choose from Shrimp, Octopus, Salmon, Red Caviar, Tuna and Mazasushi (Trout apparently)… or dine out on all of them.  photo Screen-11_f924be78-287a-4911-91fa-040fd8e94b24_grande_zps47cde75f.jpg  photo Screen-3_95302bb3-8e43-4a11-a39d-026e5e47f68e_grande_zps0aba1609.jpg

Michael Sailstorfer

 photo 120712MichaelSailstorfer4_zps2586726b.jpg  photo 120712MichaelSailstorfer3_zps1e2395a7.jpg  photo Michael-Sailstorfer-Forst-2010-Berlinische-Galerie-2012_zpsbfc1c9c4.jpeg Michael Sailstorfer’s artistic position is to constantly question and expand the classical notion of sculpture. With his often elaborately produced works he puts the processes of daily life in unusual relationships towards each other. He incorporates light, sound and smell within his installations thereby generating images of poetic power. His installation of a hanging car tire rotating in vain and rubbing against the wall without being able to get away, became renowned in 2005. In doing so the tire abrades and spreads a typical pungent odor. He dedicated his first big solo exhibition 2012 in Berlin to the central theme of the forest. In the installation „Forst (forest)“ five upside down hanging trees which rotate slowly occupy the whole of the ten meter high exhibition space. In the same year Michael Sailstorfer was awarded the Vattenfall Contemporary 2012. (via Monochromatic Axonometric)  photo 120712MichaelSailstorfer1_zps06e67fbe.jpg  photo VisitorsForest_zpsbc148b63.jpg

Robert Xavier Burden

" I want to renew my faded sense of childhood awe." Robert Xavier Burden (previously-blogged)