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Simon Davidson’s Australian Burnout Car Culture

Australian based photographer Simon Davidson has been documenting various aspects of car culture from drag racing to V8, to our personal favorite Australian past time, Burnout Competitions. Full of tire smoke, gorgeous cars, and passionate fans, the Burnout competitions are perfect photography subjects as well as one of the loudest and most aggressive ways one can spend a weekend. (via feature shoot)

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Kyle James Dunn’s Patterened Steel Sculptures

Kyle James Dunn’s intricate patterned sculptures are created using a plasma cutter and lots of patience. The imagery revolves around the American idea of vacation and the island get away. A pervasive cultural myth that presents itself in literature, art, Hollywood film, and more, this fantasy is projected onto real places regardless of local cultures or economies. As such, its tropes–the desert isle, the Aloha shirt–exist in a fantasy realm outside of a specific time or place. They create a seductive language of artifice and leisure that is both costly and escapist to uphold.

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Blind ‘Grandpa’ Makes Wonderful Art Using MS Paint

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Hal Lasko, affectionately called ‘grandpa’, creates amazing art pixel by pixel in MS Paint.  Lasko worked for years as a typographer creates fonts by hand.  Though now 98 years old and suffering from Wet Macular Degeneration – an affliction that causes blindness in his center of vision – Lasko never stopped being an artist.  He was introduced to MS Paint by his grandsons and took to the program quickly.  MS Paint allows Lasko to “zoom in” on his pieces and work a small part at a time, pixel by pixel.  The process is laborious and time-consuming but works perfectly for Lasko, a patient artist.  Check out the video to see a short but touching documentary on the artist and his work.

A’ Design Awards & Competition – Call for Entries

Transmutation Jumpsuit by Sophia Dias

Transmutation Jumpsuit by Sophia Dias

Electron Pendant Light Fixture by Maurice L. Dery

Electron Pendant Light Fixture by Maurice L. Dery

Life extension Residential House by Pin-Chi Yu

Life extension Residential House by Pin-Chi Yu

Jal Lamp by Mos

Jal Lamp by Mos

Images of Lifi by Edmundas Jankauskas

Images of Lifi by Edmundas Jankauskas

Above, images of past design winners. 

A new year, a new award. Your career deserves a boost! So why not take advantage of a new entry date for A’ Design Award and Competition?

If you’re a designer (of any kind), and you think you deserve it, there is a category in the competition for you. The full list includes 100 different categories such as Good Industrial Design, Good Architecture Design, Good Product Design, Good Communication Design, Good Service Design and Good Fashion Design. You can find more design categories here.

The A’ Design Award and Competition is the world’s most inclusive and largest design competition that rewards creatives with highly sought-after prizes and industry insights and feedback. It aims to highlight the best designs, concepts and design-oriented products around the globe each year. The deadline for new submission is February 28, 2019.

Nominate your designs for award consideration here.

Benjamin Kutsko

Benjamin Kutsko presents his latest video – a dark fairytale for LA based bandFawnhawk and their song Hunter’s Hide.

Rob Prideaux’s Incredible photographs of Smoke And Fire

San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux’s exquisitely shot images of smoke and fire are a perfect example how a very simple subject manner can be pushed to a new level of creativity. Setting out to explore the aesthetics of smoke and fire Prideaux chose to minimally retouch the photos of fire and create heavily retouched patterned imagery out of the smoke. The result is triumph of aesthetic beauty, fires magnificence, and the intangible allure of smoke as it appears and disappears into the air in a matter of seconds. (via)

Drawing Tools

Get back in touch with nature with Stanley Ruiz’s twig crayons. Makes me think what cavemen would have done if they had a 24 pack of Crayola coloring sticks!

 

Flux Super 8 at Scion Installation L.A. Space this Saturday

I’m really excited about the The Flux Super 8 show (first annual showcase that celebrates eight of the most exciting and emerging filmmakers, video artists, and design collectives from around the world) launching at the Scion Installation Gallery in Culver City this Saturday August 14th- tomorrow! Unfortunately I’ll be in SF for the weekend, but youuu can still check out these 8 artists who will develop site-specific installations created exclusively for or premiering for the first time in Los Angeles for the exhibition. You can also see interviews about artists involved with Flux at their Flux Journal.

The Flux Super 8 are: The Blackheart Gang (Cape Town, South Africa); Max Erdenberger (Portland, USA); Saam Farahmand (London, UK); Sophie Gateau (Paris, France); Miwa Matreyek (Los Angeles, USA); Terri Timely (San Francisco, USA); United Visual Artists (UVA) (London, UK); YesYesNo (Amsterdam, NL + New York, NY + London, UK). More info about Flux and the installation after the jump!