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Michael L. Abramson’s Unseen Photographs Of Chicago Nightlife In The 1970’s

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The posthumous exhibition of Michael L. Abramson’s work, titled, “Michael L. Abramson: Pulse of the Night,” features previously unseen photographs from night clubs in Chicago in the 1970’s. The grainy black and white shots highlight a side of Chicago that had been previously undocumented. The exhibition is co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Photography and the Columbia College Chicago Library.

Abramson, who died three years ago, shot on a Leica and spent a lot of time shooting in Chicago’s South Side, where he compiled work for his book “Light: On The South Side,” of which this work is a continuation of. Often compared to Brassai, who photographed the Parisian nightlife scene, Abramson showed a new side of Chicago. Abramson has work in the permanent collections of many institutions, such as the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the California Museum of Photography.

This show will be up through December 19th at the Columbia College Chicago Library.

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jannick deslauriers Transparent Soft Sculptures

Jannick Deslauriers’ large scale soft sculptures span a wide genre of themes from transparent battle tanks to a dense installation of psychedelic mushrooms. Her works flow here and there with the gentlest breeze like a jelly fish transformer that’s swam out the ocean and morphed into dry land objects of all sizes and shapes. (via empty kingdom)

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Eric Yahnker: Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans

 
Eric Yahnker: Naughty Teens/Garbanzo Beans

 

 

If you didn’t make it out to Erik Yahnker’s show at Seattle’s Ambach&Rice gallery make sure to visit the galleries site for some images from the show. Erik’s latest body of work does not disappoint mixing his trademark mastery of drawing with his hilarious and gruesome sense of humor. My favorite piece has to be Helen Keller Joke #4. More images after the jump.

 

Alvvino


Alvvino, Berlin based design/illustrator creates a style that seems long past. When i first peeked at his website I thought to myself “Classic!” Then I thought “no no, you’re just an intern here. You have no authority to make judgements like that” But the craftsmanship of these pieces are inevitable and their atmosphere is both pleasant and consuming. 

Embroidered Status Updates And Google Maps Show Social Media As A Work Of Art

Colleen Merrill - Fiber Arts

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Colleen Toutant Merrill works in fiber– from stitching to embroidery; and interestingly enough, it makes sense that she would use such a traditional folk medium to examine contemporary subject matter such as social media, Google, and Google Maps. These Internet resources are, essentially, a modern day electronic quilt of sorts, piecing together not only our societal curiosities or interests, but also our performative identities in a community.

On this note, Merrill explains, “Quilting bees and embroidery traditionally served as social outlets and communication. Quilts and embroidery both have encoded symbolism and explicit messages as do digital communications.”

Undoubtably maybe the best kindergarten south of heaven?

Kashiwa Sato’s identity system for Fuji Kindergarten is probably the cutest AND awesome-est piece of branding I have seen for a while… but maybe that could be the heart-melting candid photos of the totally adorable toddlers running around. Who knows, if I had begun my educational journey here instead, maybe I would have turned out to be a whole different human being… I think this kindergarten is the equivalent of the High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts by architect firm Coop Himmelblau because of the complete wholeness the design + architecture. Just looking at it makes me want to learn (!!)

Kate Shaw’s Beautiful Acidic Landscapes

Artist Kate Shaw uses a acrylic paint, water, inks, and airbrushes to create these surreal landscapes. The images seem somewhat of this world, but with colors and textures we’ve never seen. After pouring out acrylic and resin, she lets the paint form naturally, looking for familiar shapes like mountains or tree branches, and collages these shapes together. She then uses an airbrush to create watery surfaces, or delicate clouds. Each of her pieces celebrates the beauty of nature, but at the same time presents dark undertones of acidity and decay.

Renaud Marion’s Floating Cars Of The Future

Hover boards are still not a reality and cars don’t fly in space. We all know this. However reality didn’t stop Michael J. Fox from skating in the sky and it sure as hell didn’t stop French photographer Renaud Marion from creating this extremely well executed series of classic cars that have been turned into sleek floating vehicles of the future. Marion kept all the best elements of the classic rides sans the wheels to create cars that even the Jetsons would be proud to ride in. (via)