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Ron Zakrin

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Ron Zakrin has been a creative force in Detroit’s artistic community since the mid-nineties – a period when the city was riding the crest of an electronic music wave then sweeping the world. His earliest paintings were meant to complement both that music and his own personal contributions as a recording artist (under the name Goudron); since that time his canvases have become more ambitious and are recognized nationally for both their originality and their (frequently) haunting savagery. Zakrin is an artist with a deep desire to probe deeply beneath the skin – and his skills are as much “surgical” as they are aesthetic.

Zakrin’s solo flight at 323 East in Royal Oak will bring his career up-to-date and will also augment a growing critical reputation here and abroad. New works on display September 26th til’ October 26th at 323East. ‘

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Glyph Cue FW09 Hoodies

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Portland-based graphic designer and entrepreneur Matt W. Moore aka MWM (previously-blogged) just launched Glyph Cue FW09 hoodies collection. Each piece has a hidden narrative or encrypted message that requires the viewer to spend a few minutes deciphering it. Check out the site to see all of MWM’s designs. The man never sleeps… he must be part machine or something.

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Dru Blair

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Well believe it or not, this is NOT a photograph. It’s the work of the incredibly talented airbrush artist Dru Blair. This painting took 75 hours to complete. Click on the link to see how it was done.

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Elena Kalis

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Elena Kalis is one of those photographers that are soo good, she angers me. Haha. Wow. If you like this Alice in Waterland series, there’s a lot more where it came from, so get-a-clickin’!

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Dan Attoe

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Dan Attoe is a painter and sculptor born in 1975. He is represented by Peres Projects in LA and Berlin. Attoe was born in Bremerton, Washington in 1975 and moved through Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa before choosing his current location near Portland, Oregon. Attoe attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he first studied psychology, and later changed his major to art and studied with the influential painter T.L. Solien. Attoe founded the art group Paintallica. Attoe has used a variety of media in his art, but has become best known for his paintings that blend noir-ish surrealism not unlike that of filmmakers Gus Van Sant and David Lynch who are also from the Northwest. Attoe’s work often touches on the grittier parts of both rural and urban life colored with a mystical form of existentialism. While studying in Spain in 2005, Attoe embraced bullfighting and earned a silver star in regional competition. His recent film work portrays the sport as though it were a Christmas pageant in “Le Pointy.” Currently Attoe is a part-time instructor of art at Portland State University.

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The Yellow Tree House

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The Yellow Tree House is built around a redwood tree, which is over 40m high and has a 1.7m diameter at its base, located north of Auckland, New Zealand. Yellow Tree House is designed by Pacific Environment Architects and Yellow Pages. The structure is made of plantation poplar slats and used extensive natural lighting throughout. The tree house restaurant was built as a marketing promotion for New Zealand Yellow Pages.’ (photos via CubeMe)

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Nathan Hoffman

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Part of The Bees Knees project by artist Nathan Hoffman. Have a look.

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Justin Wood

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Justin Wood was born in 1977 in Berkeley, California in a house with no floor. He was raised in a school bus, chicken coop and in in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Lured to Los Angeles where he graduated from art center college of design in 2001 with a B.A. in illustration, he has been illustrating, painting and merging together disparate materials since. His primary influences are music, clean air and dirt, tales of technological discord and non-space. His compositions project concepts inspired by the turn of the century industrial revolution and question the worth of the the human essence within the empirical world of today. ‘

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Angie P. Castrillon

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Found the work of illustrator Angie P. Castrillon under a Flickr user name of lafraguelrock on our group pool. She has some lovely colored pencil drawings on her page. Check out the rest here.

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Sweet Station in Amsterdam!

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This came as a pleasant surprise from my email three days ago from Belgium-based photographer Fab 5 (previously-blogged). He was in Amsterdam for a project and thoughtfully sent these photos for us to enjoy. I am also happy to announce that his photographs will be featured on our upcoming art zine – Pinkstew.

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