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Villa Saitan by EASTERN Design Office

p p p ' EASTERN Design Office designed the Villa Saitan apartment building in Kyoto, Japan. From the main street we enter into a covert place along an alley of 4 meters in width. This construction is a collective housing consisting of 11 units. The impersonality of segmental housing complex is completely concealed in this architecture. Instead it is built to be seen as one big house. The architecture is covered with a wall in which holes are cut. The shape of the holes resembles a trunk, leaves, a root and bulbs. It also can be seen as clouds floating over the trees. Concrete shape which is based on nature turns into a hollow cave, light, and sunbeams filtered through trees. ' (Continue reading...) p p

Wolfgang Laib

p p p p Wolfgang Laib (born 25 March 1950) is a German conceptual artist working predominantly with natural materials. His work may be grouped with Land Art and he shows influences of Minimalism. He employs natural materials, such as beeswax and rice. Most notable is his use of large quantities of intense, yellow pollen that he collects by hand, then spreads over large areas of floor or piles to conical heaps. He also became famous for his so-called "milk stones": big blocks of marble into which very shallow depressions are sanded, then filled with milk. Laib considers nature as something to be experienced through the senses, but not the goal of his work; it is rather a space for activity and contemplation to point towards larger contexts. Frequent codes in his work include: "cell", "wall", "seed" and "boat". (Wikipedia) p

Jason Shawn Alexander

shapeimage_61 shapeimage_4 shapeimage_5 clemente-filtered ajshawn1 Jason Shawn Alexander (B. 1975) Painter and draftsman from Tennessee, currently resides and works in Los Angeles, California. Though modern in its subject matter, Alexander’s work pulls, still, from the vulnerability, fear, and underlying strength that come from his rural upbringing. Much like good Delta Blues, his work maintains a sense of pain and passion which steers Alexander away from the standard “isms” that, in his words, “tend to muddy up what’s really important”. The result is something heartbreakingly genuine. img1525

Salon Mittermeier

p p p ' The Salon Mittermeier hair salon in Linz by Austrian architects Xarchitekten features a facade with a “three-dimensional architectural (hair) wave. ' (via Dezeen) p

Kazuhiko Nakamura

p p p p Impressive portfolio nspired by surrealism and cyberpunk styles of art by Japanese 3d artist Kazuhiko Nakamura. Click here for the link. p p

Jacqueline Rivera

p p p p Jacqueline Rivera recreates the dreams, emotions, thoughts, and scenes that are all apart of living life. Have a look. (via Agitatto Gallery) p

Flavor by Juan Camilo Rojas

p p p Flavor is part of an installation series created to expose audiences to a particular idea through the power of typography and demonstrate how it could communicate and represent outside of the usual screen and print based forms. This piece was created using over 3000 cigarettes that spell the word “flavor”. The cigarettes are half smoked showing the nicotine in them; in total, this piece has a size of 24”H x 48”W. Even though it mainly criticizes a specific cigarette brand, Flavor was born to create awareness of the damages of smoking cigarettes. The word Flavor was chosen to portray the main marketing tactic of this brand, which was made popular by its slogan of the best in flavor, and of keeping its authentic flavor when filtered cigarettes were first introduced in the market. Link here. p

Zhang Peng

p p p " In a broad sense, all of my works demonstrate a kind of oppression. If conditions allow, parents plan a future that they think will be good for their children. If they are not wealthy enough, they hope their children will have a skill and then they force them to develop it. As children grow up, their character is distorted by the inappropriate pressure of their parents and their schools. The appearances of my figures drift between real people and dolls. While the image is aesthetic, I also want to reinforce the strong sense of distortion. " - Zhang Peng p

Björn Hurri

p p I’m enjoying the work of illustrator Björn Hurri especially these steampunk Star Wars drawings. Very, very nice. p

Aaron Smith

p p p " As a painter, I favor a thick brushstrokes, a colorful palette, and expressive gesture to feature painting's physicality. My subjects vary from museum statuary, to 19th century dandies or contemporary domestic scenes. My figures are almost always male, and often reflect vulnerability and unease. " - Aaron Smith p p