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Looking Into the Past

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‘ Images are made by finding old photographs of places, printing them out, and then holding the print up in the modern day location that the original photograph was taken. So far, most of the historical images have been available for free at the Library of Congress. ‘ Link here.

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Sean Chao

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Sean Chao was born in 1983 and grew up in the densely populated urban city, Taipei, Taiwan. As a teenager in the early 1990’s, Chao lived in a blooming metropolis made of skyscrapers and factories of exporting manufacturers. Nature and the wildlife however, had always seemed more fascinating and captivating to him. On his grandmother’s 50th birthday, he made for her a box of beetle specimens adorned with drawing and mini-comics that she later secretly threw away because she hated bugs. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Chao stayed in Los Angeles where he currently lives and works. Through drawing, painting and sculpture, Chao narrates personal history and imagination. Creatures and characters he created assemble in the mysterious mixture of nature and urbaneness. The processes of imagery, mixed media and imagination are intertwined and investigated in Sean’s work.

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Romain Lenancker

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Romain Lenancker is an interdisciplinary art director specialized in creating intelligent solutions for corporate, packaging, print media and papermade illustration. Clients include: Lacoste , Amusement magazine (fr), Creative Review (uk), Computer Art (uk), Grafik (uk), Print magazine(us), Kulte french brand (fr), Noeuf (fr), Creasenso agency, Shoes-up Magazine(fr), Victionary édition(japan), Chamonix Mont-blanc (fr), DXI magazine (spain) and french pub agency : Long Island, Et compagnie, Elvis, Trois Cube, Entrecom.

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Ling Jian

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Ling Jian <-- 1963 Born in Shandong Province, China; 1982 Studied Qinghua University Art College, Beijing; Currently lives in Beijing and Germany. More here.

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Andy Freeberg

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Photographer Andy Freeberg was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. He began his career as a photojournalist and now alternates his assignment work with fine art projects. His work has appeared in publications such as Time, Fortune, Der Spiegel, and Rolling Stone. His travel jobs have taken him to Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa, including two treks up Mt. Kilimanjaro. His photographs are in many collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the George Eastman House Museum of Photography. He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Jonathan Bartlett

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Bringing back illustrator Jonathan Bartlett solely for my own pleasure.

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Shahab Foutohi

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Shahab Foutohi <-- Born in 1980, IRAN, Yazd; 2007 United Nations Plaza (UNP), Berlin ; 2008 Prohelvetia, Neue Kunst Halle St. Gallen, St. Gallen

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Nick Lepard

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” In my most recent work I explore notions of singularity, concepts of time and patterns of change. Today, modernity requires that each of us navigate a blizzard of information. How this maelstrom of data is interpreted and synthesized constructs an individual’s paradigm. However, the qualities of the data are subject to a Catch-22: while the data works to describe an individual’s paradigm, an individual’s paradigm likewise works to describe the data. With so much accessible information, yet so little certainty, are our interpretations of the world more complex or confused, more varied or more refined? Is the course of progress more accessible, or more elusive? ” – Nick Lepard

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Leong Leong Architecture

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The 3.1 Phillip Lim flagship store is located in Cheongdam-Dong, Seoul’s premiere fashion district. Elaborating on the concept established in the brand’s Los Angeles flagship (2008), the design incorporates a 40-foot facade surfaced in a supple gradient of pillow-like concrete tiles. The flowing interior is a sequence of intimate spaces which frame the clothing in tactile materials. These material “linings” create a narrative of atmospheres for unexpected and curious encounters between the client and the clothing. Custom wallpaper inspired by ancient Korean ceramics is the result of an ongoing collaboration with artist Wook Kim. Other wall treatments include a conical wall texture which erodes into a constellation of brass stars, leather herringbone tiles, and a oak floor that slowly transitions through a gradient of grey tones. The perimeter of the interior is lined in mirror creating a “inkblot” effect by doubling the sequence of spaces. Designed by Leong Leong Architecture.

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Pierre Manning

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Pierre Manning is blessed with rare aesthetic flair. Time and again over the last fifteen years, he has shown his consummate skill in mixing the right ingredients for a successful shot. He has a singular touch when it comes to creating atmospheres and bringing out beauty with simplicity. Manning succeeds in capturing raw emotion without pretension. His refined imagery, invariably stamped with his distinctive style, provides a penetrating look at his subject matter. Manning’s talents extend across the board from fashion to portraiture, advertising, corporate, thematic and artistic photography. Credited with an impressive array of campaigns for key accounts with Montreal agencies, he displays a remarkable range of artistic approaches in visually branding such organizations as Desjardins, Loto-Québec, Visa, Elle Québec, Tristan, Hydro-Québec, Air Canada, Volkswagen, Tourisme Québec, the Canadian National Railway, the National bank, Canada Post, Bell, Astral Media, Molson, the Royal Canadian Mint, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Chu Sainte Justine. ‘

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