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Musk Rat

‘ In 2004, Kunstgebouw foundation and the province of Zuid-Holland wanted a temporary sculpture come mascot for the village of Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel, located at the very lowest point in Holland (6,86 meters below sea level). It is amazing how water is being controlled here by waterworks and dykes, so this fact was taken as a starting point. It resulted in a giant alter ego of the musk rat, also to show the size of the problem the animal is said to cause. The musk rat (ondatra zibethicus) supposedly is the biggest threat to dykes because of its digging into them and therefor the ‘most wanted’ animal in The Netherlands. ‘ Click here for the link.

Michael Jackson Wall

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Lunar and the rest of the YCP crew (Croatia) painted a wall in honor of the ‘King of Pop’ passing on Thursday. Our condolences to the Jackson Family.

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Here Kitty Kitty

Cute Overload has become one of my favorite sites to visit especially when you’re having one of those days.. yea huh.

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are two of China’s most controversial artists, renown for working with extreme materials such as human fat tissue, live animals, and baby cadavers to deal with issues of perception, death, and the human condition. In Old Person’s Home Sun & Peng present a shocking scene of an even more grotesque kind. Hilariously wicked, their satirical models of decrepit OAPS look suspiciously familiar to world leaders, long crippled and impotent, left to battle it out in true geriatric style. Placed in electric wheelchairs, the withered, toothless, senile, and drooling, are set on a collision course for harmless ‘skirmish’ as they roll about the gallery at snail’s pace, crashing into each other at random in a grizzly parody of the U.N.dead.

Skinner

Skinner, aka Warren Davis III, is Sacramento’s pre-eminent ‘lowbrow’ artist. Regularly showing—and selling—work in galleries across the US, he is also one of the most successful. Not content to simply paint, he also curates shows for other artists, produces clothing designs, plays guitar in a heavy metal band, and found the time to build his own house in Sacramento’s Surreal Estates artists’ community. And then of course there’s his ‘regular’ job, working with developmentally disabled adults at the Short Center North. “I just get excited about getting shit done.” (via Midtown Monthly)

Kevin Hooyman

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Kevin Hooyman’s work makes me happy. You should check them out. His website is loaded with just the right amount of crazy.

Chinese Architecture Stamps

This stamp set recapitulates the elements of Chinese traditional architecture, such as ridge of a roof, lintel of door and ridge animal. Link here.

Bruce Wilhelm

Bruce Wilhelm < -- Born in Richmond, Virginia, 1981. Currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mark Todd

‘ Painter, illustrator and author Mark Todd took his first creative cues from comic books and Star Wars: worlds of inventive fantasy that still inform his art. His latest work involves intense scrutiny and alteration of classic comic covers from “Fantastic Four,” “X-Men,” “Iron Man,” “Spiderman” and other series, including the work of legendary illustrators like Jack Kirby. “I love the type, the heavy shadows, the colors and the way they seemed to use very inch of the page,” says Todd. “I sit and study them, and my brush reconstructs them.” Todd is referencing the past, waxing nostalgic about it and simultaneously lending his own post-modern sensibility to it, employing a limited palette, repetition, distortion and mixed media materials including spray paint, cel-vinyl, glossy varnishes and dusty stains. The pieces are rounded at the edges, appearing as prized objects; tablets encoded with civilization’s most iconic collective wisdom. ‘

Eugenio Merino

Eugenio Merino was born in 1975 in Madrid. He graduated in Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. He utilizes in his shows intuition and lots of sense of humor to give a kick of freshness, through his playful art. He evidences a myriad of absurd situations, showing some of the contradictions in our abnormal normality. His works is iconographical based on fiction characters from cinema, television and internet. Among others, superheroes, characters from entertainment industry and cartoons are frequently present. With all these elements coming from the media world Merino articulate his modus operandi, with the aim of finding a dialogue with the audience. He gets into stereotypes, focusing on mass media, politics, VIPs, religious leaders, among others. All of them serve as departure point for his conceptual twists and acid humour. (via Volta 5)