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The Shrunken Cities of Ben Thomas’ Photography

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These are not photos of miniatures or models.  Rather these are images from photographer Ben ThomasCityshrinker series and are actual cities around the world.  Thomas uses what is called a ’tilt-shift technique’.  Among other things, the technique basically corrects the distortion caused by perspective.  This correction often has the appearance of miniaturizing the camera’s subject.  Thomas’ images present the world as if it were a toy.  Some of the world’s largest cities seem to shrink into playful places.  The images turn a lighthearted eye onto some of our favorite places. [via]

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Mac Premo’s Surreal and Instinctive Assemblage

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Incorporating a vintage vibrant palette of collectibles, wood, paint, and hardware, Mac Premo, who is also an Emmy Award-winning animator, imaginatively concocts assemblage pieces that feel like personal homages or inventions.

Premo suggests, mash-ups evoke a certain surreal and instinctive attraction where– “Only through engaging in the almost absurd cycle of macro systems do you find things worth living for, like your wife, baseball, or a handsome piece of wood.”

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Zanele Muholi Explores Representation Of Lesbian African Women

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Nando Maphisa and Mpho Sibiya, Sasolburg, Johannesburg 2006

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Zanele Muholi, a South African activist and visual artist, explores and re-imagines the intimate portrayal of the lives of black lesbian women in South Africa.

Moreover, Being, the title of this collection, according to Muholi, aims to question the construction of sexuality “and then [the] deconstruct of ourselves […] in order to see the parts that make up [the] whole.”

Black women and sexuality, in conjunction, have always been topics of heated conversation, as it not only refers to sexuality, but also a matter of colonialism and white patriarchy.

The artist is concerned with her sexual identity coming off as ‘un-African’ – perhaps a product of years of stigmatization on behalf of white colonialist and patriarchal societies, deeming the black female sexual identity as one that is hyper-sexualized and strictly heterosexual- or even then, the image of a black female to “reproduce” heterosexuality and white patriarchy.

Made With Color Presents: Justin Kim Plays With Our Perception And Immersive Landscapes

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Presenting your artwork in the best light is always a must. The good people at  Made With Color  couldn’t agree more and have taken it upon themselves to create one of the easiest and cleanest website building platforms in the world.  Made With Colors delivers easy to use websites that are mobile friendly with drag and drop functionality. This week we’ve teamed up with them to feature one of the many artists that use their platform to present their work.

Wandering inside the landscapes of Justin Kim is like entering the consciousness of the artist. Choosing to paint different subjects according to the seasons, he ends up depicting landscapes during warm weather periods, when he can sit outside and take advantage of nature. His inspirations lead his paintbrush. By painting outdoors, Kim surprises himself and improvises on the go. Each painting is filled with soft harmonized colors that have a washed out vintage feel with wide brushstrokes and dense layering that captures the far reaching horizons. The exact locations of each painting is unknown but Kim’s rich sense of  color, perspective and space makes us want to run out of our homes and search for these impressive landscapes.

Paper Animal Insides by Wendy Wallin Malinow

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The paper cut pieces of Wendy Wallin Malinow reveal the deeper goings-on of animals.  Malinow’s pieces are cut to expose an x-ray type view of various forest and ocean animals.  In addition to the bone structure, a meal is visible inside each animal.  While playful, there is also a sad quality to her work.  Malinow’s work reveals the nourishment and effort to needed to survive as well as the violence at times inherent in that. A squirrel has ingested some acorn’s while a wolf seems to be filled with the ghost of a red riding hood.

Claudia Cortinez

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The space in Claudia Cortinez’s work is so convincing that it’s easy to imagine air whistling through the latticed forms.  I can’t decide if these are space stations or awesome backyards, but either way I want to hang out there.

1600 Endangered Panda Bears Take Over Our Cities In Poignant Installation

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The group 1,600 of exquisitely crafted papier-mâché panda bears have already travelled to and occupied cities like Paris, Berlin, Rome, and TaiPei; next month, they will overtake ten Hong Kong historical landmarks and tourist sites. As part of the Pandas on Tour project, these cuddly creatures are crafted from recycled materials by the French artist Paulo Grangeon in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, PMQ, and All Rights Reserved. Each sculpture has an important statement to make: there are less than 1,600 pandas living in the wild. Grangeon’s small creatures, with their wide eyes and round bodies, are easily be displayed side-by-side, providing a halting vision of the endangered species.

Human forces have forced the panda bears in a state of emergency; mining, tourism, and global warming have all contributed to the distraction of animal habitat in Chinese forests. Wild panda conservation is crucial, as the animals can rarely be convinced to mate in captivity.

Believe it or not, humans have a biological impetus for wanting to protect the species. Pandas have proven to be the most beloved animal for their resemblance to human babies; they too have wide eyes and their paws contain a “pseudo thumb.” Grangeon’s touching creatures are imbued with the tender hearts we recognize in the animals they represent. With poignantly cartoonish eyes, round ears, and emotive facial expressions, the papier-mâché figures inspire a whole lot of empathy. To learn how you can help the panda bears, visit WWF or the Smithsonian’s Giant Panda Conservation Fund. (via HuffPost, Time, and Design Boom)

Black And White Illustrations Of Imaginary Environments Transformed Into Sculptures

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Artist and illustrator Kevin LCK seems to stick to illustrating, even when crafting work in three dimensions.  Like his illustrative work, the sculptures are in spare black and white and made using paper. His Object series consists of a number of electronic appliances, such as a computer, microwave oven, and a television set.  Inside each appliance is a carefully crafted home setting.  Explaining the thought behind the series Kevin says:

 

“I seeked to detach the audience from the real world temporarily, provide them with a space to rethink and reconsider the way we behave and think about the relationship between ourselves, objects and environment with technology in a more conscious way.”