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Jana Brike

 photo wpc8299228_05_06_zpsfbc64b0a.jpg  photo wp7a34c342_05_06_zpse3c87f74.jpg  photo wpc7d79907_05_06_zps046cdce8.jpg " I was born in year 1980 in Latvia, a small country in the North-East of Europe, which was at that time under soviet occupation. My inspirations have been as diverse as: folklore fairytales, children book illustrations, imaginative soviet animation films and supernaturally real classical painting; the colorful forbidden rare secret imagery of the western pop culture surrounded by mystical, almost religious tone for us, soviet children; the terrifying war and deportation stories that my grandparents, and their little brothers and sister witnessed as small children; pompous alienated eerie atmosphere of the catholic church ceremonies, and the breathtakingly beautiful ballet performances in the opera house, where I was taken since the age of two etc. – all the bitter-sweetness and irreality of the every day. But most of all, life is my inspiration. The way I comprehend it, and myself. People are my inspiration. The state of a human soul - dreams, longing, love, pain - that is what my visual images are about. " - Jana Brike  photo wpe6cb3e13_05_06_zps1afcbab2.jpg  photo wp3f215c13_05_06_zps36bdcb56.jpg  photo wpb0d59719_05_06-550x402_zps764359a9.jpg

Wael Shawky

 photo ael_zps91f34938.jpg  photo artwork_images_171564_765622_wael-shawky_zps7a8e3f88.jpg Wael Shawky was born in Alexandria in 1971 where he lives and works. 'Based on extensive periods of research and enquiry, Wael Shawky’s work tackles notions of national, religious and artistic identity through film, performance and storytelling. Whether instructing Bedouin children to act out the construction of an airport runway in the desert or organizing a heavy metal concert in a remote Egyptian village, Shawky frames contemporary culture through the lens of historical tradition and vice versa. Mixing truth and fiction, childlike wonder and spiritual doctrine, Shawky has staged epic recreations of the medieval clashes between Muslims and Christians in his trilogy of puppet animations – titled Cabaret Crusades: The Horror Show Files (2010), The Path to Cairo (2012) and The Secrets of Karbala (2014) – while his two-part film, Al Araba Al Madfuna (2013), uses child actors to recount poetic myths, paying homage, rather than mere lip-service, to the important narratives of yesteryear.' (via Lisson Gallery and Serpentine Galleries)  photo lo_zpsae673bfe.jpg

Meriem Bouderbala

 photo 358bb9141c195df492070aacdf711857_zps5294db32.jpg  photo 02_zps908ebedd.jpg  photo e604753bb2de5fca9f79bef8e3806f44_zps336e9299.jpg Meriem Bouderbala was born in Tunisia. She studied painting and engraving at the school of Beaux-arts in Provence from 1980 to 1985 and completed a national diploma in the arts. Meriem moved to London in 1986 to study engraving at the Chelsea School of Art. Since 1986 Meriem has exhibited her artwork frequently in both France and Tunisia; including exhibitions of her veils in Lyon (Galerie Olivier Houg, Lyon, 1998). In Tunisia Meriem has exhibited her work a number of times both in Sidi Bou Said and central Tunis. Group exhibitions have taken her as far as Washington where she participated in an exhibition of Women in the Arts at the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1994) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lisbon. Meriem continues to exhibit her work widely and a number of pieces can now be seen as part of the permanent collection of the Arab World Institute in Paris. Meriem’s work has received wide recognition and she has won a number of prizes and important commissions. In 1993 she won the prize for best artist at ‘Art Junction International’ in Cannes and in 1997 the ‘Espace Paul Ricard 1997’ prize. Meriem has completed a number of public commissions for the Tunisian Minister of culture, ELF Foundation (Paris), the Arab World Institute (Paris) and the French Institute of Cooperation (Tunis). Her work has also appeared as illustration in a number of books including the poems of Tita Reut.  photo 8fe79e665262aa49ff0727f836fb31d6_zps8f1d0b83.jpg  photo 6044e3d37a397eee91be87c5d564d499_zps19da8958.jpg

Bas Waijers

 photo tumblr_m7soa8xhHq1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zps1f4d589e.jpg  photo tumblr_m6eohust4L1rzgmiuo3_r1_1280_zps7dbae8cf.jpg  photo tumblr_m6ffsc0qBA1rzgmiuo1_1280_zps51c8d9cb.jpg Lovely works by Bas Waijers, a talented Brooklyn based Dutch illustrator and Senior UX designer. Check it out guys.  photo tumblr_m7soa8xhHq1rzgmiuo2_r1_1280_zps25a9eb07.jpg  photo tumblr_m6ovlzQU3S1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zpsb85ef1e9.jpg  photo tumblr_m6fzd7QRNT1rzgmiuo1_r1_1280_zps03c39138.jpg

Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil

 photo Martine-Feipel-Jean-Bechameil-Le-Cercle-Ferme-Luxembourg-Pavilion--The-54th-International-Art-Exhibition-of-the-Venice-Bienn_zps80e4108c.jpg  photo Martine-Feipel-et-Jean-Bechameil_b_zps82c39a0c.jpg  photo p1030543-copy_zps684eaa63.jpg  photo tumblr_m86y65kvM51r0i205o1_500_zps97a78e34.jpg Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil mainly produce installations that react to the context in which they are presented. From drawings and sculptures that serve as models, the couple tries to create spaces; by crossing and fragmenting volumes, they recreate a dislocated, rickety universe that is, a priori, completely illogical.  photo FeipelBechameilhhF4_zpsd177b22b.jpg  photo FeipelBechameilhhF6_zps2f890fe8.jpg  photo FeipelBechameil_09_zps8377059e.jpg

Will It Beard

 photo tumblr_n0riux8otU1tras7oo1_500_zps48729f2e.jpg  photo tumblr_n1hlww2LOg1tras7oo1_500_zps2af99925.jpg  photo tumblr_n17cjxbwWF1tras7oo1_500_zpsdc3005c2.jpg Will It Beard is a photo series by Stacy Thiot where her husband Pierce Thiot sticks random household objects in his beard.  photo tumblr_n1poxeA0hM1tras7oo1_500_zpsb71bab39.jpg  photo tumblr_n0w1leRyuR1tras7oo1_500_zps6f1b8a38.jpg  photo tumblr_n0k2v0kC7R1tras7oo2_r1_500_zpscb0e06fb.jpg

Fire and Shockproof Coats for Dogs

 photo dog-cloak_zps37c8cd8e.jpeg Fire and shockproof coats protect your pooch during a natural disaster. 'And the material also works as an effective insulator should you and your dog need to escape outside on a frigid night. For larger debris, your dog's head and neck are protected by a half-inch of shock absorbing foam which extends over their eyes as well. A series of elastic straps and velcro fasteners ensure this $200 disaster-proof coat doesn't accidentally fall off, but it also means your dog will need your help putting it on.' Link here.  photo dog-suit-2_zpsa76f8dcf.jpg

Bruce Gilden

 photo 6e877__dark-bangs-600x779_zpsa37e34f0.jpg  photo tumblr_mru4lbRGUG1qiqxjto1_1280-600x921_zps696f86df.jpg  photo tumblr_ms3lc03VNy1qiqxjto1_1280-600x902_zpsa25b752f.jpg Like all artists, Bruce Gilden’s life bleeds into and informs every piece of work he’s ever created. Growing up in Brooklyn with what he describes as a “tough guy” of a father, Bruce developed a love of the streets, often calling them his “second home.” But the love was more than just a simple connection — it was a creative fascination. It was the unique energy of the streets that mesmerized Bruce, an energy that can momentarily expose something inside people that generally stays hidden. Bruce made it his life’s work to capture those moments. Another defining characteristic of Gilden’s photography is his creative attraction to what he calls “characters,” and he has been tracking them down all through his career. His first major project, which he worked on until 1986, focused on Coney Island, the legendary Brooklyn beach where New Yorkers who cannot escape the city heat have been going for cheap thrills summer after summer.  photo tumblr_mcyaz3TmBK1qiqxjto1_500_zps279e3b0e.jpg  photo tumblr_mpvpvbLVMm1rchj4ao1_1280_zpsd94894cc.jpg

Fred Calmets

 photo fredcalmets5-600x456_zps7fa07ca4.jpg  photo 64542-10014460-7_zpsa6d043f5.jpg Fred Calmets is a self-taught artist born in 1976. He lives and works in Poitiers, France. From the beginning he practiced making graffiti with spraying aerosols on walls. He has participated in numerous collective workshops and worked with galleries since 2005. In 2009 Fred decided to dedicate himself to painting. The “women painting” collection expresses the female beauty with its both sides – it is severe and delicate at the same time. (via Feather Of Me)  photo fredcalmets4-600x454_zps8720292b.jpg  photo fredcalmets3-600x452_zps04640ab8.jpg

‘Too Cool To Do Drugs’ Pencils

 photo DSC_4961_1500_zpscf260ae2.jpg This are remakes of the 'Too Cool To Do Drugs' pencils that were handed out in the 90's until people realized when you sharpened them the message changed and recalled them all.  photo DSC_4949_1500_zps24183cc1.jpg