Hubert Duprat

 photo unnamed-4_zpsewxcbedz.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsn1yncawd.jpg Hubert Duprat is a French artist known for his unusual work, an artistic intersection between caddisfly larvae and gold, opal, turquoise and other precious stones. Caddisfly larvae live in fresh water and naturally construct elaborate protective tubes for themselves from materials found in their environment. Under natural conditions they use the objects found in their stream bed homes such as pieces of wood, fragments of fish bone or crustacean shell, grains of sand, plant debris and small stones. The tubes serve various purposes; the stones are used to increase traction in fast-moving streams, they serve as disguise for the soft-bodied insect and the spiky bits make the tube and thus, the fly larva, more difficult for predators to swallow. Duprat, born in 1957, began his work with caddisfly larvae in the early 1980s. He collects the larvae from their normal environments and he takes them to his studio. There he gently removes their own natural cases and puts the larvae in tanks filled with his own materials, from which they begin to build their new protective sheaths. When he began the project, he only provided the caddis larvae with gold flakes. Since then, they have enjoyed various semi-precious and precious stones, including turquoise, coral and lapis lazuli, as well as sapphires, pearls, rubies, and diamonds.  photo unnamed_zpss2avblyx.png

Library of Dust by David Maisel

 photo unnamed-13_zps24af3etl.jpg  photo unnamed-11_zpsynrfeno3.jpg  photo unnamed-12_zpsm5t9ilqh.jpg Library of Dust depicts individual copper canisters, each containing the cremated remains of patient from a state-run psychiatric hospital. The patients died at the hospital between 1883 (the year the facility opened, when it was called the Oregon State Insane Asylum) and the 1970’s; their bodies have remained unclaimed by their families.  photo unnamed-4_zpsclb7sppz.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpsmwacebtp.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zps6aulm18q.jpg

Todd James

 photo unnamed-11_zpsvykllf83.jpg  photo unnamed-9_zpshxz2hnm8.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpsduuhtbyl.jpg Todd James (a.k.a. REAS) is an internationally recognized artist who began his career as a child in the New York City subway system. He is a co-creator of the seminal Street Market exhibition at Deitch Projects in New York, which was selected for the Venice Biennale in 2001. James’ work has also been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Tate Museum in Liverpool, the Parco gallery in Tokyo, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Collette in Paris, Alice gallery in Belgium, Lazarides gallery in London, Todd James is represented byJavier Lopez Fer Frances Galleria in Madrid and V1 Gallery in Copenhagen and Nanzuka gallery in Tokyo. Todd James lives and works in New York City.  photo unnamed-8_zpszbxyknql.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsqw2qubgy.jpg  photo unnamed-12_zpsmuwgmtyp.jpg

Erik Almås

 photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.00 PM_zps2pd0mvn5.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.46 PM_zpsaei84he9.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.50 PM_zpsppf4c2k8.png 'Traveling to 10 countries on 5 continents, Erik Almås was recently commissioned by Young & Rubicam for a brand new campaign from Crystal Cruises. From New Zealand, Argentina, Rome, and beyond, Erik logged over 200 days of travel in 2015 and the result was this truely extraordinary campaign. Click here to see more work from Erik and be sure to check out his blog to hear more about his travels and what went in to making these amazing images!'  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.41 PM_zpsodou0pow.png  photo Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 2.13.36 PM_zpsj703f0ad.png

Andrea Hasler

 photo unnamed-12_zpss9s0xrd5.jpg  photo unnamed-4_zpsvddtzh1g.jpg  photo unnamed-9_zps1i13qg2y.jpg Andrea Hasler was born in Zürich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London, UK. She holds an MA Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art & Design.Her wax and mixed media sculptures are characterized by a tension between attraction and repulsion, and highly influenced by artists like John Isaacs, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Louise Bourgeouis. Recent solo projects include ‘Burdens of Excess' at GUSFORD | los angeles, ‚Irreducible Complexity’ and ‚Full fat or semi-skinned?’ Next Level Projects, London. Hasler’s work was recently exhibited at the 1st Santorini Biennale of Arts in Greece, 2012. Her recent solo exhibition Irreducible Complexity will be featured in the upcoming documentary Snapshots of Shoreditch, looking at the art scene in the East End of London. Hasler also chairs artist talks at Next Level Projects and regularly lectures on contemporary art, with a focus on women artist and the body, at various institutions including the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London. Most recently, Hasler has won the Greenham Common Commission for 2014 and is currently artist in residency at Chisenhale, London.  photo unnamed-11_zpsqoqtltwa.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsveryc3ws.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpszuu7t7ul.jpg

Caroline Mesquita

 photo unnamed-4_zpsxtfjoylw.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zps796iumci.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsrgjuwxyi.jpg Caroline Mesquita <-- Born in 1989 in Brest; Based in Paris; Education: 2014 MSA, The Mountain School of Art, Los Angeles, US; 2010-2013 MA Beaux-arts de Paris, Jury Honors, FR; 2007-2010 BA Beaux-arts de Rennes, FR  photo unnamed-11_zpsjizgz6no.jpg  photo unnamed-12_zps55r6kkjc.jpg  photo unnamed-9_zpsowepkphc.jpg

Gabriel Orozco

 photo unnamed-4_zpsuvjqsoc4.jpg  photo unnamed-9_zps16moiu37.jpg  photo unnamed-12_zpsfps5sxm3.jpg Gabriel Orozco (born April 27, 1962) is a Mexican artist. He studied at the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas between 1981 and 1984 and at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid between 1986 and 1987. Orozco gained his reputation in the early 1990s with his exploration of drawing, photography, sculpture and installation. In 1998 Francesco Bonami called him "one of the most influential artists of this decade, and probably the next one too." Within the past fifteen years Orozco has also created work in the medium of painting.  photo unnamed-13_zpsu3unhxdt.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpsph04atkp.jpg  photo unnamed-11_zps3qxzlgov.jpg

Stephen Shanabrook

 photo unnamed-2_zpsgur2z2e3.png  photo unnamed_zpsuhugv87r.png  photo unnamed-8_zpsubeav7gn.jpg Stephen Shanabrook works in a disparity, a space of unexpected associations, altered perception and exsquisite entropy. In all his undertakings, there is the process of evisceration and a search within process for a different aspect of beauty. Abstracted upon the experience of daily reality, his inveterate and mysterious works leave one with an intensely evocative, sometimes disquieting, yet ultimately peaceful sensibility.  photo unnamed-1_zps9ndprwrr.png  photo unnamed-4_zpsgoywd8b3.jpg

Fiona Roberts

 photo unnamed-12_zpstymhpetr.jpg  photo unnamed-11_zpsqbypbmx0.jpg  photo unnamed-10_zpsyj6fvppd.jpg  photo unnamed-9_zpsq6gvzon1.jpg " The house and the body are palimpsests of life events with their history inscribed into every surface. They are repositories of treasured moments, of everyday routines and memories, of growing up or growing old, of accidents, of habits, and of fear and trauma. The subjective nature of the home is explored through a variety of body textures that are obscured by pattern, repetition, and traditional ornamentation in household furnishings. This blurs the boundaries between the home and body, making it difficult to determine where the house ends and where the person begins.The conventional items of the home that generally go unnoticed become the focus of our attention and quietly reveal their personal history." - Fiona Roberts  photo unnamed-4_zpsmltdkrop.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsmmkvpnrm.jpg

Cain Caser

 photo unnamed-4_zpsnxuvctgp.jpg  photo unnamed-8_zpsfiq0dibb.jpg Lots of great work to see over by Cain Caser's page. All well worth checking out.  photo unnamed-9_zps0c48khxh.jpg