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Gideon Rubin

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” During the past three years my work has focused on toys and portraiture. I have always been fascinated with the figure, and after witnessing first hand the horrors of 9/11 while on a visit to New York, I found myself in a frenzy of painting old and battered toys. Painting them over and over again felt as if I was unloading my thoughts and feelings onto the little things, like the wooden elephant that seemed to invite me into its own history, hidden within. The toys held the markings of time, and my paintings had to reflect that. Quickly scraping an old image and putting down a new one on top was my own way to express markings of time. I cover the canvas over and over again with an image observed or imagined. Focusing on tonal variations, applied on small or large canvases, my paintings seem to create a sense of gloom – a pale light that, far from being colorless, contains purple, orange, blue and crimson. I try to create an image embodied with mystery, like a deja vu, as if seen before; an image lost, much like a memory. ” – Gideon Rubin (via Hosfelt Gallery)

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Michael Laube

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Check out these lovely acrylic glass objects and installations of Berlin artist Michael Laube. Looks goodness.

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Ziptie Ring

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Nothing says forever than the Ziptie Ring. Hahaha. I want one. Love it!!!

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Rob Pruitt

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Rob Pruitt (born 1964 in Washington D.C) is a contemporary artist based in New York City.

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Marc Sijan

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Marc Sijan‘s Superrealistic sculptures are “homages to humanity’s fascination with its own forms — a fascination which has compelled artists throughout the millennia to mirror life in virtually every medium.” Sijan’s figures are incredibly lifelike, sensuous and graceful. In fact, they are so lifelike, they seem always on the verge of movement, a mere instant away from action. The pores in the skin, the tiny hairs, and veins; even the bald spots, the blemishes, the individual shapes of the faces that make human beings so similar, yet so unique: These are the essence of what makes Marc Sijan’s work so arresting. Sijan, a Milwaukee-based artist, carries on the tradition of a very old form, but his approach is very modern. His realism recalls the work of the Greek sculptors in its bold expression of human energy and poise. But Sijan is not necessarily celebrating the ideal form. His figures are more gritty, more natural — a tribute to real people. Sijan’s work is similar to that of fellow artists Duane Hansen and John DeAndrea, who use lifelike human figures to express elements of the human condition and human relationships. But whereas his colleagues tend to express a kind of static existence, Sijan tries to capture a life force in full swing.

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A la carte Kitchen System

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A la carte kitchen system is ideal for office interior as well as for those who are frequently on the move. It provides various options, both in looks and in construction. By varying the modules you can adapt it to any situation with any type of connection. It is a kitchen which will delight even, or especially, before an imminent move. The robust outer shells can be set into transport containers in which the finer wooden parts can be packed and transported safely. The cuts for handling also serve as a hidden access for the electrical appliances. Such details and the bisection of the back cover eliminate the need for machining even for water supply. Besides the adjustable feet a set of castors can be adapted. Further accessory is a repository to be used in the gap between two modules. It carries a chopping board or can serve as a tiny dish rack. The kitchen garden fits in, too. ”

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Seasons

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Seasons ‘ flexible dinnerware by Nao Tamura. The one thing that’s clear in all the debate about sustainability and design is that, beyond the considered use of materials and thoughtfulness about energy consumption in production, a product must invite the user to form a long-term relationship with it. In short, it should be kept forever. ‘Seasons’, a flexible, durable serving dish, designed by New York-based Nao Tamura and shown at this year’s Milan SaloneSatellite, has a very good chance of being one of these life-long companions. (via Dailytonic)

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Silène Audibert

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Loving these nature-inspired pen and ink drawings of artist and illustrator Silène Audibert. Click here for the link.

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Kiki Smith

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Kiki Smith (born January 18, 1954, in Nuremberg, Germany) is an American artist classified as a feminist artist, a movement with beginnings in the twentieth century. Her Body Art is imbued with political significance, undermining the traditional erotic representations of women by male artists, and often exposes the inner biological systems of females as a metaphor for hidden social issues. Her work also often includes the theme of birth and regeneration, sustenance, and frequently has Catholic allusions. Smith has also been active in debate over controversies such as AIDS, gender, race, and battered women.

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Matt Rainwaters

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Matt Rainwaters is an American photographer living in Los Angeles who created Beardfolio, a book of photographs of bearded men. Check it out.

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