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Emile Morel’s Digitally Surreal Universes

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Emile Morel creates surreal digital illustrations reminiscent of whimsical childhood fantasies such as The Neverending Story and Where the Wild Things Are. His illustrations depict dream worlds, often with children, and heavily feature anthropomorphic characters rife with bestial and primal imagery. His work is evocative of fairy tales, complete with a dark and foreboding element encapsulated in the “grotesque” nature of some of his figures and human animal hybrids. Intimate and highly allegorical, Morel’s attention to detail, especially in this medium, is impressive.

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Owen Gildersleeve’s All Cut Up

Owen Gildersleeve’s cut paper illustrations must take a million razor blades and lots of patience to create. From book covers to ads Owen swings his blade at cut paper with no fear creating ultra detailed imagery for you to feast your eyes on. The only question is whether his business cards are also hand cut one at a time. Now that would be intense!

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Jason Asato


Artist/illustrator Jason Asato of Honolulu, took a break from digital media to sketch up these grim pencil drawings.  Their vacant and focused, eerie stairs feel calm and sincere – they’re sad but hey, it’s alright…they’re okay with that.

Timothy Hon Hung Lee

Tim Lee’s pen and ink drawings conger a notion that hopeless romance still thrives in the world of art. Watch out for “The Kids are Alright” Tour featuring Tim and other surrealist spectacles when it hits Black Maria Gallery Los Angeles in July.


Hip Hop Quote Street Signs By Jay Shells

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Artist and designer Jay Shells is behind the twitter feed @TheRapQuotes.  He dispenses daily notable rap quotes as tweets.  He has since taken the idea to the street.  Shells creates street signs of hip hop quotes that mention specific places, then posts the signs at their mentioned locations.  Many of the lines are from iconic songs and legends of the genre – easily recalled.  Adding the context of an actual location with the signs adds further depth the memorable tracks they reference.

Sky Portal over Norway


Recently, a completely fantastical portal of swirling stars and lights dazzled thousands of Norwegians who happened to witness this astrological phenomena. The spectacle was, for lack of other words, divinely unreal. Calls flooded the Norwegian Astrological Society shorty later…what was it? Of course, the media called it a “failed Russian missile launch,” which was never confirmed, (the best “rationalization” of this irrational event was by CBS: watch here) leaving me filled with wonder at the potentialities of our forever amazing infite universe. Was it a portal opening to take us back to the mothership? The unexplainable beyond materialized? Black hole? Worm hole? Are we just tiny sea monkeys swimming in a crystal-skulled reptilian-humanoid’s fish tank? Was this him tapping on the glass of our little bowl for amusement, to watch us scurry about? Are we just dust in the wind? Who knows. Check out videos of the phenomena after the jump…careful, it’ll probably blow your mind.

Petrina Hicks’ Beautiful Creatures

Petrina Hicks’ latest series Beautiful Creatures appeals to our senses. Immediately alluring the large-scale, hyper-real photographs, are all rendered so clearly and with such control that they are reminiscent of advertisements, promoting a slick new television series perhaps, or teen clothing range. But with a series of little ruptures, within images and between them, Hicks disrupts our usually beguiled response to such artistry. For her, photography’s capability to both create and corrupt the process of seduction and consumption, is of endless interest.

In her 2010 series Every Rose Has Its Thorn (last two images), Hicks subtly and quietly teases the threads of consumerism and unravels the relationship between beauty and money. As if to understand the mechanics of this art she pulls it apart, extracting, classifying and itemizing elements of visual seduction. Perfect pink roses, bunches of grapes, fluffy white kittens, and stone statues of an idealized human form, reappear as Hicks distils recurring motifs, singles-out illusory devises and over-saturates symbolism. It is seduction on steroids. In a time when so much fine art photography embraces the banal and anti-aesthetic as a distancing device from ever-seductive commercial imagery, Hicks has taken a radically alternative approach.

Andy Ristaino’s Psychedelic Insanity


Andy Ristaino is the lead designer at Adventure Time. His online portfolio is insanity. Yeah, Ristaino’s got the whole psychedelic thing pretty much down. But he’s also doing a lot more. This is what it looks like when you reach a high level within your craft. His blog is worth a click as well. (via)