Shark Jaw Knife Sharpener

 photo jaws-032lr_zpsbe73288f.jpg 'Never have there been a knife sharpener this cute before if your idea of cute is a killer whale! You get both fun and function with this Shark Jaw knife sharpener. The bottom is designed with anti-slip material to keep it stabilized while you use it.' Link here.  photo Jaws-Knife-Sharpener_zpse50e3c11.jpg

Guerra De La Paz

 photo tumblr_lmgx50HIGE1qeg95lo1_r2_500_zpse6b367bd.jpg  photo 3091963444_083e920c57_z_zpsa7304d63.jpg  photo 1_zpsc049a602.jpg Cuban born American artists Alain Guerra and Neraldo de la Paz are the collabortive duo Guerra de la Paz . Originally sourcing their materials from the waste bins of second-hand goods shipping companies in Miami’s Little Haiti, Guerra De La Paz make their sculptures from the discarded items of daily life. Viewing their practice as a kind of ‘archaeology’, their work engages with the history inherent in common debris and its possibility for recycled usage. In Nine, a giant mound of clothing heaps with strata of prom dresses, Christmas jumpers, and embarrassing yesteryear fads, bearing down with the weight of a civilisation and its disowned memories. Beneath the fringes of the hulking mass can be seen the feet of nine people supporting the load, a testimony to the strength and value of community.  photo GuerradelaPaz_TRIBUTE_2002_12_zps57626558.jpg  photo LI-CCC-RH-107b_zps8981da75.jpg

Juan Doe

 photo FF_03_cvr_en_zps5ef8aa36.jpg  photo Vision_cover_FINAL_zpsa4dd6002.jpg 'Juan Doe is an endangered painter. The last of a dying breed, he personifies pure art. With unheralded hand skills and hellacious wit, Juan Doe redefines the parameters of bizarre genius and secular thug. Born and raised in New York City, Juan Doe has been evolving the language of interdisciplinary art and design since the late 1970’s. He is an artist who strains the boundary between painting, propaganda, polemics, and philosophical discourse in art. He encapsulated a new age aesthetic through his command of the graphic process but with the masterful execution of a painter. His images are non-negotiable, they cannot be interpreted or postponed; they exist now, for the oxygen of the viewers eyes. His works stand as testament to this artist’s brash and unwavering attempts to demand attention through an acrylic vehicle of contradiction - a showcase of the beauty and horror in contemporary art. Doe will not allow the viewer to arrive in the future with out the past. His work characterizes a fusion of form, a behavior, dictating dignity and morality through a visual medium synonymous with contemporary culture.' (via Creative Thriftshop)  photo FF_03_cvr_sp_zps28b8de27.jpg

Michael Doolan

 photo MD_Unhappyending_zpsd5bdb594.jpg  photo MD_Ifplutoisadog_zpsf0c527af.jpg  photo MD_Chipmunk_zps97844cdc.jpg Michael Doolan <-- was born in 1959, Melbourne, Australia and currently lives and works in Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (Ceramic Design) at Chisholm Institute of Technology, Melbourne (1981), and graduated with a Master of Arts at Monash University, Melbourne (2001) where he is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Fine Art. Among his various achievements, Michael has been the recipient of the Out of Time Grant, Australia Council for the Arts (2005); a London Studio Residency, Australia Council for the Arts (2002); the Sidney Myer International Ceramics Award (2002); and in 1995, was awarded a gold medal at the 14th International Biennale, Ceramique d'Art, Vallauris, France. Michael's work features in many private collections, as well as public collections both locally and abroad such as the Shepparton Art Gallery, Victoria; Newcastle Region Gallery, New South Wales; Gold Coast City Gallery, Queensland; Ipswich Art Gallery, Queensland; and the Chateau Museum, Vallauris, France.  photo MDMONSTER_zps629acb66.jpg  photo MDFindersKeepers_zps81b9ff19.jpg

Peter Halley

 photo 52-1024x1004_zpsa4fde1a9.jpg  photo image02-rgb__zps8e630e5c.jpg  photo Peter_Halley_2_-_Unti_79EE87_792_1090_90_s_zpsf300a330.jpg Peter Halley was born in New York City. He received his BA from Yale University and his MFA from the University of New Orleans in 1978, remaining in New Orleans until 1980. Since 1980, Halley has lived and worked in New York. For over twenty-five years, Peter Halley's geometric paintings have been engaged in a play of relationships between what he calls "prisons" and "cells" – icons that reflect the increasing geometricization of social space in the world in which we live.  photo Heute_Malerei1_zps1371aaa8.jpg  photo peter-halley-blue-prison_zpsaa21ea84.jpg  photo Chelsea31910069_zps66bf7b0d.jpg

Cook’s Carrot Whisk

 photo fred-the-cooks-carrot-whisk-p1022-1942_image_zpsaa8ea96d.jpg  photo Carrot-Whisk_zps2e0cce1c.jpg The root to making perfect whipped cream or irresistible crepes is having a fresh whisk to get all the ingredients mixed together! Unfortunately you can't just pick a whisk from your garden so you should naturally use our Cook's Carrot Whisk! Every bunny will love your new whisk and it can help make a dynamite carrot cake! The best part is that there is no watering necessary to keep this carrot alive! The wires are coated with easy cleaning silicone, and the handle is plump, cushy silicone too! Buy here!  photo Cook-Carrot-Whisk_zps9bd20ed1.jpg

Rosa Verloop

 photo image2_zpsb47410b1.png  photo image_zps373bb85c.png  photo image1_zps93a9efd8.png Dutch artist Rosa Verloop creates these fantastic sculptures that are made of nylon stockings. She tucks them with pins and molds them into human like figures.  photo verloop_01v2_zps838daa38.jpg  photo 7450357632_b38ee8c226_b_zpsa66cbdd1.jpg

Jesper Palm

 photo 2009-1_zps27f9acae.jpg  photo 1-2010_zps1eb399a2.jpg  photo 2009-3_zps4e247188.jpg As reference for his paintings, Jesper Palm uses his own posed photographs. Shooting from a detailed script, he varies his photos in a series of compositions with different details and angles. Having a variety of frames, he can then edit together several images on the computer to get a finished reference picture. Working with several different versions of the same image, the artist brings out certain sections and pushes back others into more secondary positions. Variably modifying colors and shapes offers greater freedom for painting, while embedding additional layers of meaning. Among his inspirations, Palm counts painters like Eric Fischl, Mark Tansey and Luc Tuymans, as well as filmmakers like Wim Wenders and Yang Fudong.  photo 2009-2_zps2d252c69.jpg  photo In_the_Forrest_III_zps788ab162.jpg  photo SetWidth614-5-2010_zpsc59c1a84.jpg

Upside Down Pastoral Scene

 photo 11_upsidedownpastoralsceneinstallvw2_zpseaa92b3b.jpg  photo 11_upsidedownpastoralscenedetail1_zps62163307.jpg Upside Down Pastoral Scene came out of a need to engage the issue of race in American history and culture. Race is a barely repressed issue in southern rock music and became unavoidable as I researched and completed Proposal for Monument in Friendship Park, Jacksonville, FLA in 1999. Working in a somewhat similar way to Friendship Park I constructed a large field of elements with a sound track, in this case a field of inverted tree stumps. The upside down trees are a direct reference to an earlier interest of mine- the work and ideas of Robert Smithson. However, in Upside Down Pastoral Scene the tree reference is steered toward symbolic, historic and cultural meanings. The Billie Holiday song Strange Fruit forms the central axis for the soundtrack and positions the tree as a site of unspeakable violence, the site of lynching. Further symbolic concepts and interconnections are brought out by particular musical choices. For instance the Sister Sledge song We Are Family introduces the theme of family and the idea of the family tree to the work with a nod to its producer Nile Rodgers, a former member of the Black Panther Party. Ranging across genres and historical moments, blues, gospel, hip hop, jazz, classical and funk compositions are montaged together to form a polyvalent and multi-axial narrative of U.S. history. The twelve inverted tree stumps are constructed using Hollywood prop making techniques. Each tree contains a loud speaker and is placed on a square mirror. The sound track is digitally controlled, sending music to particular trees and constructing sonic landscapes as it unfolds. Ideas of the family tree, the tree of knowledge, the symbolic significance of the parts of a tree; roots, the trunk and branches are re-oriented as various compositions play out in the tree field. Upside Down: Pastoral Scene implies that African American creativity produced and continues to produce American culture, in spite the long history of overwhelming forces deployed against it." - Sam Durant  photo 11_upsidedownpastoralsceneinstallvw1_zps5cede8cd.jpg

Christy Lee Rogers

 photo Rogers_0197_TheUnendingJourney_zpsbc4fbfa8.jpg  photo Rogers_0184_TheTriumphants_zpse93edc3f.jpg  photo Rogers_9925_BlackMoon-1_zpse62a2f18.jpeg Christy Lee Rogers is a self-taught photographer from Kailua, Hawaii. Her obsession with water as a medium for breaking the conventions of contemporary photography has led to her work being compared to Baroque painting masters like Caravaggio. With an eye for the chiaroscuro qualities of light, her subjects bend and distort; bathing in darkness, isolated by light, and are brought to life by ones own imagination. Without the use of post-production manipulation, her works are made in-camera, on the spot, in water and at night. Her unrestrained ability to excite and inflame the senses, while provoking the audience with vivacious movement and purpose, demonstrates her prolific use of the photographic medium to transform reality. Rogers’ works have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and are held in private collections throughout the world. She has been featured in International Magazines, including Harper’s Bazaar Art China, Eyemazing, Monaco Matin, Casa Vogue, Photo Technique and others. She lives and works in Los Angeles, California and Kailua, Hawaii.  photo Rogers_0053_LightnessofBeing_zps79af224c.jpg  photo Rogers_0227_ASingleDayandNightofMisfortune_zpsdc9f7033.jpg  photo Rogers_0513_TheHeartisaLonelyHunter_zpsdcbd0d69.jpeg