Bart Vargas is from Bellevue, Nebraska. He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and his MFA at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and his work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His works have also been featured in many publications including Sculpture magazine, New American Paintings, and HGTV Magazine. Vargas has received many awards including the 2012 Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award for Best Visual Artist. Vargas is currently a member of the full time Art Faculty at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a member of adjunct faculty at Metropolitan Community College, and an Artist in Residence at the Carver Bank in North Omaha
To help boost the weak sales of Japanese nori manufacturer that was affected by the 2011 tsunami, I&S BBDO, a Japanese ad agency, developed a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed. Each sheet from “design nori” series – Sakura (Cherry Blossoms), Mizutama (Water Drops), Asanoha (Hemp), Kikkou (Turtle Seashell), and Kumikkou (Tortoise Shell) – is based on Japanese history or symbology and represents happiness, good fortune, and longevity. Link.
Hand sculpted from real human skull dimensions these collectors limited edition Zombie Bells are functional embodiments of undead iron. Perfectly balanced and ideally proportioned for swings and fitness lifts, we are including FREE Zombie Kettlebell Wristguards for the 1.5 pood (54lbs) and 2 pood (72lbs) editions to ease the arm pressure for heavier overhead training. Buy here.
Andrea Mastrovito was born in Bergamo in 1978 were he lives. Dividing his time between Italy and New York, his artistic path snakes through a kind of re-invention of painting where painting is no longer seen as the chromatic covering of a surface or as the simple act of painting but it becomes the constructive part of the artwork itself, disappearing behind the simple gesture like paper cutting (which replaces the brushstroke) which then re-emerge in his installations. (via Dynamo Art Factory)
Illustrations by Iv Solyaev, a young Russian artist hailing from Moscow.
Make Giant Ice Balls in your home freezer. Mother nature provided the perfect design to capture water in spheres: Peas in a pod (Edamame in Japan). Spherical ice cubes look extra-cool and keep your drink extra-cold, for longer. Spherical ice melts 80% slower than cube shaped ice, so they won’t water down your drink as quick. The ice tray stays upright when filled to prevent spilling. Once frozen squeeze ice out of the mould into your drink. Buy here.
Richard Tuschman creates poetic photographic images for book covers, magazines, advertising and gallery exhibition. He began experimenting with digital imaging in the early 1990’s, developing the signature style that synthesized his interests in graphic design, photography, painting and assemblage. This digital work found a wide audience in the commercial sector, and his work has since been featured on the pages of magazines, annual reports, book jackets, and catalogs for clients such as Adobe Systems, The New York Times, Penguin, Sony Music, Newsweek, and Random House, among others. Tuschman’s award- winning work has been recognized by, among others, American Photography, Print, AIGA, Photo District News, American Illustration, and Prix de la Photographie, Paris. He has lectured widely on his artistic technique and creative process, and has taught at Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH), University of Akron School of Art, and Ringling College of Art + Design (Sarasota, FL). He currently lives and works in New York City.
‘Unhappily Ever After‘ by New York City-based artist Jeff Hong. Love this.
Mini Briefcase Business Card Case ‘hold a good stack of your business cards for your next big meeting, conference, or convention. If you’re a grifter, you can even carry a few cards from each of your aliases. Made of aluminum, this case will block RFID scanning if you’d like to store a credit card inside, too.’
Jeong Woojae was born in Korea in 1983. He has a BA in Fine Art at Chugye University and an MA in Fine Art from Hong-Ik University. Jeong’s paintings are charming and playful expressions of the bond between humans and their animals. At first glance, they might appear to be a straightforward celebration of their animal subject, yet the works go beyond mere realism – a spell Jeong is keen to shatter with the playful reversal in the size of his figures. For Jeong, each ingredient in his composition has a symbolic resonance; his animal compositions are the vocabulary through which he addresses a particular contemporary malaise. Concerned by the increasingly unfeeling nature of our fast-paced society, Jeong maintains that humanity needs to rekindle our former nature and embrace a kind of purity of state – something that continues to exist in our animals. Link here.