The Queen’s Guard are charged with protecting the residences of the royal family in Britain, and are better known as those folks in the red uniforms with furry hats that stare off into space, frozen stiff, whatever you do to them. Despite this, they are full public duty soldiers in the British Army and other British Empire and Commonwealth militaries, and are charged with protecting the royal family and their residences against attack. Who better to protect your data and your computer than one of these steadfast Queen’s Guard soldiers? The Queen’s Guard palmtop-sized silicon things are USB thumbdrives. Fold their faces down to expose the USB plug and they appear to your PC as a USB2.0 external USB storage. Additionally, the arms and legs move to pose any way you want them to!
Zhang Botao, born in 1970 in Gedaqi City, Great Khingan, Helongjiang Province, China. Zhang Botao one of the most prominent emerging representative of the Chinese contemporary ‘Cartoon’ art movement. His style is refreshing and elegant at the same time as he combines modern Manga-inspired subjects with renaissance style old European portrait painting. Zhang Botao has had several successful exhibitions worldwide and his works are collected by various Art foundations, luxury organizations, invesment banks to private collectors internationally.
” My arts practice and research outputs are generated by a ‘thinking through making’ approach, using my creativity to open up paths of enquiry that are initiated by my engagement with materials and the forms being created. Examples of which are the use of ‘nude’ tights, seen as pseudo skins, and whilst interacting with them I created the ‘Life sucks’ works which opened up research into the sagging skin and the coding of the feminine on the surface of the body. Many of the other works, mainly consisting of soft sculptures, textiles and drawings, take on this discursive approach and all largely focus on the visceral or skin as the main motifs. ” – Rebecca Harris
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“Over the past two decades Uri Dushy has been investigating the origins of art, each time experimenting anew with an unfamiliar style, new techniques and artistic creation methods foreign to him. In his personal, non-compromising way, he insists upon joining and creating within artistic genres unprecedented to him, provocatively challenging, mastering and adopting technical professional production processes. Uri Dushy’s work does not confine itself to the limits of his private studio, but rather exits into the public realm – into open sites frequented by bypasses and members of the community who are not necessarily familiar with museums and galleries. His public art works are favorably accepted both in official art institutes such as galleries and art centers in which he is active, as well as in business and industrial sites, through dozens of public locations where his public art works are permanently displayed. The combination of styles which characterize his works, usually merging and thus naturally constructing his work process, mark his exceptional course in the labyrinth of his highly personal art.”
Born in 1968 in Jiangsu Province, China, An Kun (安堃) began painting for no particular reason other than that of the enjoyment he received standing in front of a canvas, pouring out his inspirations. After graduating from the Suzhou Art and Design Technology Institute and studying at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, An Kun worked as an art designer and decoration designer for a corporation, but felt his creativity stifled. Thus he removed himself from the ‘mess’ and tucked himself away in a studio, preferring the solitude and quiet, working and meditating with great composure and demonstrating his natural otherworldly instincts. To An Kun, the contemporary environment too often blunders about with thick color and shallow meanings that block people from thinking, thus leaving them at a loss. In his Zen series, the characters of his paintings often seem gaunt and woeful, quite in opposition to the common conception of the word ‘zen’. But An Kun’s explanation is as simple as it is meaningful: Because of this uneasy world, one’s soul is unable to cease all suffering. But by using simple and thin colors, and playing with light and shadow, An Kun creates austere faces that appear as if they are finally, silently able to enjoy the solitude in life and a measure of peace.
Fang Lijun (1963) is an influential figure in the post-1989 movement Cynical Realism and among Chinese contemporary artists. He quickly gained renown for his portrayals of simple peasants with shaved heads against alienated backgrounds. Although the figures could be seen as autobiographical for Fang Lijun himself, they are more a description of a generation which lives between traditional forces and a new and sometimes rootless Chinese society. Fang Lijun, who lives and works in Beijing has a very high reputation among Chinese artists and produces large and impressive canvases. Today, after a decade of artistic leadership, his repertoire of work includes a variety of oeuvres beyond his iconic motif and he can be considered one of the most interesting and attractive Chinese artists. (via 88Mocca)
Tom Holmes is an artist, sculptor and musician living and working in the NEPA valley. “I am drawn to working in the six elements of stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. It gives me the ability to work intuitively. All possibilities can exist briefly before I impose parameters with regard to my emotional and intellectual contexts.” The undercurrents of natural decay,unity, duality,symmetry, space, time and dimension are at the heart of Tom’s creative energy. “I work seasonally, tracking the weather. Different temperatures demand independent responses to materials and approaches. “Ice follows the freezing mark of winter, stone and steel the exterior work space of summer. Spring begins the search for materials and fall settles all debts, emotional, physical and intellectual. ” My work is my life and I thrive on long days. There is only the transcendence of the everyday. Cooking, friends, love becomes the sublime witness of doing. Process for me is the essence of my day.”
” I am 34 years old Venezuelan artist and painter, who lives in Belo Horizonte, Brasil since november 2011. I lived in France between 2004-2011, where I show my work in solo or in collectif exhibitions. I won in 2011 the Special Prize of 56° Salon d’Art Contemporaine de Montrouge in 2011, and i had the opportunity to show my work in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. ” – Rosa Maria Unda Souki
” I am a student photographer studying in Manchester, being a keen documentary photographer I like to travel and photograph the people of the world as i see them. I primarily focus on photographing people from a voyeuristic perspective as to not interfere with the scenes at hand. Here are some photographs I captured when traveling Eastern Europe, photographing the people and tourists of Eastern Europe.” – Adam Stannard