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Lise Lefebvre

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” This is a carpet made from a recycled wool blanket. These beautiful traditional woven blankets are getting replaced by less scratchy modern comforters and end up piled up in thrift stores. I wanted to reuse them in the form of soft contemporary rugs, while hinting at another type of outfashioned interior item: the classic bear skin rug. ” – Lise Lefebvre

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Naoto Hattori

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” I try to express something from my inner mind. I like to see what’s really going on in my head, and then find something from the stream of consciousness and paint it. Sometimes it comes out very weird and twisted, but I like to paint exactly what I see with no compromises. That way I can explore my feelings and find something that I really want to paint. ” – Naoto Hattori (via Beinart)

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Arngunnur Yr

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Arngunnur Yr’s mastery of painting and the clarity of her vision enable her to take risks that others shy away from. She does not worry about the tension between accessibility and sophistication, but simply embraces it. She looks for what is fundamental in our physical and emotional worlds, and then explores. What does Arngunnur Yr find? This is not a simple question to answer. Perhaps a better starting place would be to ask: What do we as viewers find? Technically, Arngunnur Yr’s artworks tend to be oil on wood or paper. Formally, her images are most often essentialized landscapes structured around a horizon line, with a foreground, a background, and a sense of vast enveloping space. Arngunnur Yr purposely chooses this comfortable and accessible image because of its seductive qualities. She is aware of what this landscape embodies, and chooses it to manipulate it. The use of such a traditional landscape structure, with its attendant familiarity for the viewer, frees Arngunnur Yr to push the limits of her painting technique. (Continue reading…)

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Marcel.lí Antúnez

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Marcel.lí Antúnez Roca (Moià, 1959) is internationally known for his performances mechatronic and robotic facilities. Since the eighties Antúnez work was characterized by interest in the human condition: the fears and desires of human beings. First from the tribal performance of La Fura dels Baus and later solo through a type of work proposed complex systems and often become hybrids without category. The incorporation and perversion of technical and scientific elements and their interpretation through individual prototypes provide the work of Marcel.lí, since the early nineties, a renewed cosmogony on topics such as emotions, identity, eschatology, or death. Concepts acquired in his work a raw ironic dimension causing a spontaneous reaction of the viewer. ‘

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Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

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Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle was born in 1961, in Madrid, Spain, and currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. He received B.A. degrees in Art and Art History as well as Latin American and Spanish literature from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1983. In 1989, he completed his M.F.A. degree in sculpture from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Manglano-Ovalle investigates diverse subjects such as technology, climate, immigration and the global impact of social, political, environmental, and scientific systems. Often working in partnership or employing technical experts across multiple disciplines including engineering, architecture, genomics, and climatology, Manglano-Ovalle produces objects that are often technically complex, formally captivating, and conceptually engaging. His early work focused on collaborative explorations with young people in his hometown of Chicago, which led to the founding of Street-Level Youth Media, a community arts organization for youth in 1993. Across multiple independent projects executed during the same period, Manglano-Ovalle explored a multi-faceted and socially-focused approach to art making, blending layered concepts with a variety of materials both typical and unorthodox. (via Re-Title)

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Koichi Futatsumata

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Lovely hammock low table designed by Koichi Futatsumata for E&Y in Japan. Click here for the link.

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Jeremy Thomas

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” I am not one who believes in the need for specialization in one medium. Therefore, I am not a sculptor, painter, printmaker, blacksmith or draftsman singularly, I am a culmination of all of them. My passion is the creation and making of objects. I am not solely concerned with the conceptual burdens that are so important in today’s contemporary art circles. If art can only function to titillate cognitive reason and the rational conceptual demand for mental discourse, I am not an artist. However, if art is the evidence of faith and the creation of form, which evokes questions of the past; ponderances of the present, or transcendence from the current state of consciousness, then I must be striving to be an “Artist”. Yet, I would rather be viewed as just another maker of objects. ” – Jeremy Thomas (via)

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Marco Zamora

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Marco Zamora was born and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. In 2004 he graduated from California Institute of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Using the paintbrush and pen to draw, Marco develops imagery about the urban landscape and the people that inhabit it. Producing a richly complex and experimental image, Marco goes into a neighborhood and shoots a spot, recontectualizing and collaging figures to create each paintings identity. City life, his culture, color/scale experimentation, and the working class have influenced his artwork. Splitting his time between painting and apparel design, Marco’s recent work can be seen in a variety of Van’s ads and collaboration projects as well as galleries up and down the west coast.

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FlexibleLove

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FlexibleLove furniture incorporates an ‘accordion-like, honeycomb’ structure to create durable furniture pieces produced from widely-available recycled materials. FlexibleLove furniture, such as FlexibleLove Earth 16, are made from recycled paper and recycled wood waste, and are produced using pre-existing manufacturing processes in order to reduce their overall impact on the environment.

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Krista Hout

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Krista Huot spent her formative years in the forests of British Columbia, where she spent her time drawing, camping, reading, playing piano, and hanging out with animals. Krista’s work has been shown in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. She resides in a 100 year-old rowhouse in the wrought-iron city of Montreal.

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