“Silence/Shapes” by Filippo Minelli

Photography // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Italian photographer, Filippo Minelli explores smoke bombs often in nature in his series “Silence/Shapes.” He uses homemade smoke bombs to achieve a large amount of smoke for the very short amount of time allotted to fully photograph its impact. The smoke bombs in the images often mark what would normally be a serene or pure natural landscape.

Scene Report: Detroit

Graffiti // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. German Friday delivers this week’s Detroit Scene Report.

Brian Kane's "Healing Tool" Billboard Projects

Street Art // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Healing Tool is art designed for people in cars. A temporary public art installation using digital billboards on interstate freeways. The goal is to provide a moment of temporary relief and unexpected beauty during the daily grind of commuting. The piece builds on a body of work which simulates digital experiences in the real world. In this case, simulating the Photoshop Healing Tool to replace or patch over the landscape which is blocked by the billboard.

Lynn Bianchi's Spaghetti and Dessert Eaters

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The scenarios Lynn Bianchi constructs emphasize the irony of body-consciousness. Small and heavy women cavort nude in celebratory displays of eating and dressing, challenging our ideals on weight, beauty and sexuality. Playing off Vargas pin-up girls, dress-up plays on sexuality, her work shows that every woman has import, in a nude spaghetti-eating way.

Uno Moralez: Graphic Graphics

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Talented Russian illustrator Uno Moralez works in a graphic, near analog, bit-style, creating nostalgic, compelling illustrations that are both grotesque and beautiful.

Japanese Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints of Star Wars Scenes

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
We've been really into woodblock printing lately... and we've always been into Star Wars. The Rhythm Project is taking characters from Star Wars and depicting them using the ukioy-e art of Japanese woodblock printing. A cultural mashup of sorts, the prints focus on famous scenes like the epic battle on Hoth and Darth Vader brandishing a lightsaber. Officially licensed by Lucas Films, the prints are available through the Japanese crowdfunding site, Makuake.

Watch: Hunter S. Thompson on Outlaws

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
PBS just released the latest video in their fantastic Blank on Blank series of animated interviews from their archives. In the 1960s, Hunter S. Thompson spent more than a year living and drinking with members of the Hell’s Angels motorcycle club, riding up and down the California coast. 

Takato Yamamoto's "Heisei Estheticism"

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Takato Yamamoto's artwork is the brilliant, heavy-lidded daughter of illustration, sex and violence. Yamamoto's lush linework and exacting compositions depict young asian women in serene moments studded with darker narrative punchlines. Scenes of bondage and violence bleed slowly into the image as you look longer, yet Yamamoto never depicts any acts of violence--it is either impending or just completed...

Marcel Dzama organizes benefit auction for 826NYC @ David Zwirner, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Marcel Dzama has organized and curated a benefit auction for 826NYC at David Zwirner and has a few days left to bid on art on Paddle8. If you don't know, 826NYC is a great nonprofit organization, "dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around our belief that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success." Knowing this, the benefit is supporting a great cause. 

Naturally by Bertil Nilsson

Photography // Tuesday, July 28, 2015
"Growing up in Sweden I spent a lot of time in the forest but my entire adult life living in the city. Through my experiments with dancers and circus artists I came back to explore nature and, maybe because of that childhood connection, it triggered a great sense of adventure in me."

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