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Miika Saksi

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Finnish illustrator/photographer/director Miika Saksi’s work is everything I love about fantastical and mythic Lisa Frank evoking creatures galloping the fine line between awesome and cheesy as hell. It’s almost as if (for me) the relationship between work I like, and what I can Google image search is basically one and the same… 

 

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Michelle Hinebrook

Michelle Hinebrook’s paintings bring together op-art, hard edge painting, geometric patterns, and psychedelic imagery to create  explosive and densely layered abstractions.

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Video Psychedelic Hockey Mask

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Blurring the boundaries between safety and horror, Video Psychedelic Hockey Mask is the perfect film for the hockey fan…and the horror film fan? The one-hour long video features an all-star cast of one goaltender’s mask popularized by numerous hockey goalies and crazed killers. From the creator of Video Pizza, this video features 60 minutes of psychedelia as the mask spins its way to high heaven. This one-of-a-kind experience, produced by Wolf Choir Home Video, is a must have for any person who wears costumes, is preparing to be a psychotic murderer, or who loves rotating things soaked in golden hues.

Awesome Video Of The Day: The Art Of Drowning.

Deep thoughts about plummeting to your death in water. Directed by Diego Maclean, Poem by Billy Collins.

The Morbid Crystal Covered Sculptures of Nicola Bolla

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The work of Nicola Bolla is arresting in its contrasts.  The artist often fashions sculptures of straightforward (albeit morbid) objects that are then covered in sparkling crystals.  The glamorous glitter of the crystal is juxtaposed against the utilitarian nature of many of the objects they cover.  These are further contrasted in these images taken by photographer Sergio Alfredini.  The dilapidated house provides a strangely ideal setting to emphasize these brightly dark sculptures.

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Chris Dent

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Chris Dents‘ illustrations on architecture explore the modern metropolis. His unique pen style shows the energy of the city through intricate and detailed drawings.

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I imagine the inspiration for !!!’s Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass video is 70’s porn set meets 2010 hip motion reel meets Miami pool party where a spontaneous performance piece by a recent MFA takes place.

Kristen Liu-Wong’s Bizarre Paintings Of A Humorous And Disturbing World

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Kristen Liu-Wong is a Los-Angeles artist who paints darkly humorous and bizarre scenarios—ones that often involve violence and/or human depravity. The bright colors and cartoonish figures are initially misleading; look closer into her grotesque doll house of images and you’ll see people decapitated, vomiting, and performing sexual acts. It’s a bit like the Sims on bad acid; people stand around in ordinary-looking rooms while engaging in absurd (and placidly horrific) situations. It’s all in good humor, however; Liu-Wong’s characters smile diabolically and carry on, no matter what mayhem is occurring around them. She also paints still-life-like images with the same surreal edge.

Liu-Wong draws her inspiration from a variety of styles, ranging from American folk art to Japanese paintings to 90s “lowbrow” artists. She cites Clare Rojas as a main source of inspiration (Source). Her subject matter—a figurative representation of the world and human behavior—is a product of her vivid imagination. Visit her website, Tumblr, and Instagram for more high-energy and detailed scenarios that will leave you amused and guessing. There is an interview with the artist available on Pacific Dissent. (Via Art Fucks Me)