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Zhang Kechun’s The Yellow River

Zhang Kechun‘s photography series The Yellow River keeps a watchful eye on a natural resource that has brought both support and devastation to the country it runs through. While Kechun agrees it is “improper for a photographer to make comments on mountains and rivers” a subdued palette offers a thoughtful visual documentary that needs no comment.

“As being alive, we all go by with time. But we are still here, and we may have a better consideration on the future after having a look at the past and present with heart.” — excerpt from artist’s statement (via WeWasteTime)

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Ryan Bradley’s Butterfly Effect

Ryan Bradley’s large, intricately composed pastel paintings of attractive female faces are seductive.  The delicate paintings are “unfixed,” which means the pastel is left loose.  This creates a surface similar to butterfly wings.  If you touched the paintings, some would rub off onto your hands.  I can’t help but think there is some relationship between the fragility of the surface and the portraits’ beauty.  Like the really ripe moment when someone is at the tops of their looks, you know it can’t last, but you can look away either.

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Trashed Bag = New Bag Contest Winners!

Okay, ladies. You can stop sending us pictures of your bags now. The Trashed Bag = New Bag contest has closed and we officially have a winner! Thanks to all who entered, and sorry to those who didn’t win. We feel bad for you and your gross bags. There was, however, one bag that was the most pathetic, disgusting excuse for a bag ever…


…and that bag belongs to Tammy. Tammy wins a new bag courtesy of Moop. Good job, Tammy. Now throw that filthy thing away. Runners up after the jump.

Learn to Customize Type With Aaron Draplin

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Blip Boutique

The company says it best themselves! “Blip Boutique is a Los Angeles based collective creating visual content that is truly not boring! We conceive and produce original concepts for digital and emerging media that are innovative in both content and form. We thrive on working at the intersection of design, art, and technology, and our research and development in these fields is fundamental to our creative process. Blip Boutique strives to create engaging and innovative visual art in an ever expanding and elastic digital world, for a range of clients in music, fashion, advertising, the arts as well as ourselves. Feast your eyes and Fantasize.”

Artist Knits Herself A Boyfriend


In a world of online matchmaking and social media, the artist Noortje de Keijzer offers a simpler option: an art piece and product entitled My Knitted Boyfriend, a knit pillowcase that comes to life when stuffed. In this witty critique of modern dating and expectations, My Knitted Boyfriend eliminates all the messy parts of a human relationship, conforming to individual preferences; he will enjoy whatever you enjoy, and he “can be adjusted to your own tastes” with the use of accessories like facial hair, tattoos, or glasses.

Although humorous in its somewhat cynical outlook on modern love, the piece is unexpectedly sentimental. The boyfriend himself comes along with an illustrated book narrating the story of de Keijzer and her cuddly lover, much like children’s picture books that include a stuffed animal. Also like a children’s storybook, the text and illustration follows a simple, nostalgic format: we are told that they “sleep together” and are offered an innocent sketch of the pair doing just that. The boyfriend, though he is not real, becomes a precious manifestation of the fictional—or imaginary—friend that enchants the young mind.

Complicating the delightfully sweet story of the artist and her beau is the work’s clever take on the domestic theme. As seen in her charming short film, the relationship is build not around professional ambition or the public realm; instead, they eat breakfast and watch movies. In fact, the man himself is knitted and therefore associated with the home. This 1950s-style domestic romanticism is brilliantly complicated and subverted by the fact that the male and not the female here is the homemaker; in place of the mid-century ideal of the perfect wife, My Knitted Boyfriend is that crucial element that makes a house a home. In the artist’s own astute words to her knitted partner, “You fit in my interior perfectly.” (via Design Boom)

Awesome Video Of The Day: Ratatat- Drugs

What a brilliant use of stock footage in this Ratatat video by More Soon. Totally amazing (and creepy).

Ripo Visuals

When people observe art, the try to find a purpose, a message behind the whole thing. In many art pieces, the message may not be obvious or clear. Within the work by Ripo Visuals, their clear, easy-to-read, simplistic messages are powerful. Catchy, funny, truthful, clever phrases have been left on buildings all over Europe and South America. Courtesy of Ripo Visuals.