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Stuart Semple

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After dying and coming back to life, Stuart Semple decided to become an artist. After years of hard work (and a controversy beginning with one of his sculptures, and ending with his smuggling his work into Charles Saatchi’s gallery), Semple has been able to get his name out. I love his quirky sensibility and use of color. (You might remember his happy pink clouds which he floated above the streets of London last year.)

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Yuni Kim Lang’s Hair Affair

Yuni Kim Lang

Yuni Kim Lang

Yuni Kim Lang

Twisted, tangled and braided to perfection, the knots in sculptural artist Yuni Kim Lang’s work are drawn from folktales about hair. Fueled by a curiosity for superstition and magic, Lang’s work creates a space for itself between the real and the surreal, showing us how we can separate, expand and re-imagine parts of the self.

By considering the human connection to hair, she uses the sculptural medium to full effect, twisting intricate knots and braids into a discussion about the cultural significance of one’s appearance, tangled up with notions of perfection, beauty, stereotype and personal identity. Lang is currently completing the MFA program in Metals at Cranbrook.

Chet Phillips

Phineas H. Flabbergast

Phineas H. Flabbergast

Created using the digital software program Painter, artist Chet Phillips of Chetart creates the most whimsical human – animal connections. Poodles as wrestlers? Monkeys smoking pipes? Make sure you check out the titles of all his pieces, they are as silly as the images. The one above is entitled Phineas H. Flabbergast.

Collage By Beth Hoeckel’s

There is a romantic sense of longing, dreaming, and pondering the world in all of the works of Beth Hoeckel. Her handmade collages feature retro figures staring into the sky, sometimes gazing into the face of the moon and sometimes looking towards the big blue planet that we all call home.

Amy Mahnick Recycled

Amy Mahnick takes garbage, things like empty plastic containers and packing tape, and makes paintings.  The paintings are very realistic, which isn’t something that I normally get excited about, but this case is special, because the realistic technique serves the purpose of making us say “Hey, that garbage is beautiful.”   It makes us think about living better.  Maybe our stuff could be put to good use, maybe we could be more graceful, maybe our garbage could serve a higher purpose like Amy’s.

Eoin Duffy Brings You 47 Seconds Of Christmas Fun

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Snowflake from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Sometimes small packages pack a big punch. For instance this short 47 second animation by Oscar nominated director/animator Eoin Duffy will start your Christmas Eve on the right foot. Enjoy!