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Spoke Art’s ‘Summer Group Show’
Debuting today in San Francisco, Spoke Art Gallery’s annual ‘Summer Group Show’ will feature a diverse range of terrific art from local, national and international emerging artists. The exhibition will showcase works of varying mediums and styles, representative of the new contemporary art scene.
• 2 August 2012 • 7 notes
ART & LSP | PHOTOGRAPHER THOMAS HAWK
Thomas Hawk - Sometimes I like to think of myself as a photography factory. I see my photographs mostly as raw material for projects that might be worked on at some point later on in life.
The absurdity of my obsessive compulsive view on photography is not lost on me. But it is the absurdity of life that I find most beautiful of all. Where Sisyphus had his stone I have my camera and a bag full of lenses.
Document, explore, lather, rinse, repeat. Photography for me then becomes a kind of hyperactivity, loosely arranged and presented. My work is less about individual images and instead more about the power of a massive amount of excessive and disjointed images where stories, characters and places sometimes stay and other times reappear or disappear entirely for no good reason at all.
Thomas Hawk on facebook | flickr | twitter
• 2 August 2012 • 4,703 notes
A Bill Murray Coloring Book for Grown-ups (and Maybe Kids, Too)
A coloring-in book with quirky illustrations based on Bill Murray, one of the most irrepressible and humorous actors of our times.
The folks behind Belly Kids, the publishers of the book, asked more than 20 different illustrators to create a series of images inspired by the film roles of the great man himself. The book will feature characters played by Bill in cult movies like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Rushmore, Lost in Translation, Groundhog Day, Ed Wood etc.
Titled ‘Thrill Murray‘, the £7.99 ($12.50) book will be available on August 13th at Belly Kids, Amazon, and other book retailers.
• 1 August 2012 • 3 notes
‘Fast Mercy’ Transforming Sculptures by Tomoo Yamaji
Artist Tomoo Yamaji is the creator of these brilliant and unique sculptures which can change shape, all without having any of their parts being removed.
The inspiration for his ‘Fast Mercy’ sculptures was born from the idea of a “highly agile bodhisattva,” a spiritually-enlightened spirit who helps people affected by the earthquake and the resulting tsunami that occurred in Japan, in 2011. The sculptures can be manipulated and positioned into two distinct forms; ‘Flying’ and ‘Humanoid’.
While the sculptures in the series may look similar to to each other, they can actually be considered as different avatars of an ethereal being. His latest piece comes in gold and blue, and is made from polyurethane resin and acrylic (just as his other sculptures).
• 30 July 2012
Liquid Abstract Paintings by Roque Alan Deleon
Riotous explosions of color on canvas, abstract artist Roque Alan Deleon’s paintings are an exploration of myriad shades and hues, and their interaction with each other. Color is given the utmost importance in his works, and is the central and dynamic subject of all the art that he has created.
Snip from his artist’s statement:
In my current body of work, I experiment with the fluidity of acrylics. Paints are diluted with varying amounts of water, then poured onto canvas to create natural shapes and lines that could never be duplicated by hand. Each piece begins with a color choice, but any decisions after that must happen instantaneously due to the random nature of fluid paint. I must constantly adapt and change my techniques based on the circumstances, which allows for innovation in every painting.
There is an intentional element of ambiguity to his pieces, which, he says, “allows everyone to connect to my work in a unique way.” The paintings are meant to evoke strong emotions and thoughts in the minds of the viewers.
Roque is based in Corpus Christi, Texas. He says that he intends to pursue a variety of art forms like sculpture, photography, and installation art, continuing to push the artistic boundaries of what can be done with color. You can find more of his works on his Tumblr | Facebook.
• 29 July 2012 • 14 notes
Brandalism: Street Artists Hijack Commercial Billboards in the UK
The ‘Brandalism Project’ is the largest subvertising campaign in the history of the UK. Subvertising is the art of creating parodies of commercial or political advertising, often using brutal satire to drive home a point. 24 prominent street artists joined forces to hijack outdoor billboards across the UK, in this subvertising campaign said to the world’s first international collaborative effort.
The project was an artistic protest challenging the strict and overbearing enforcement of branding regulations for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games.
The project includes the works of artists like Ron English, Robert Montgomery, Broken Fingaz, Know Hope, and Banksy collaborator Paul Insect, which were installed by a team of guerilla artists a fortnight before the London 2012 Olympic Games. The campaign saw 35 works installed in Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and London.
• 19 July 2012 • 4 notes
The Wonderful Photography of Charoula Stamatiadou
These gorgeous and evocative photographs were shot by Charoula Stamatiadou, a 27 year old fine art and portraiture photographer based in Athens, Greece.
Visit her Flickr | Facebook page to see more of her works.
• 17 July 2012 • 3 notes