Gizem Vural Has Me Wishing It Were Spring Already

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Maybe you’ve noticed or maybe you haven’t, but for the past cou­ple of weeks, I’ve been shar­ing the work of a dif­fer­ent illus­tra­tor each after­noon (EST!). So today, let’s look at the work of Gizem Vural. She reached out to me through Twit­ter, and her bright and dreamy land­scapes have me wish­ing that it was spring already. I’m sure she does too, see­ing that she lives in upstate New York!

I enjoy her fan­tas­ti­cal images that fea­ture ladies, espe­cially when they are on a mag­i­cal journey.

Check out her Behance page or fol­low her on Tum­blr!

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Jan Manski’s Grotesquely Fascinating “Onania”

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There’s a simul­ta­ne­ous hor­ror and fas­ci­na­tion that goes along with view­ing Jan Manski’s work, specif­i­cally his series titled Ona­nia. In it, ten­ta­cles grow out of faces, and fleshy, putrid-looking skin is jux­ta­posed with a pow­dery pink, like the shade that Mary Kay ladies wear. Fig­ures are on dis­play, and mag­a­zines cov­ers with super­mod­els are muti­lated and ruined. Man­ski has come up with a com­plex back story to accom­pany his work, and it’s pretty bleak. Here’s a snip­pet from it:

Ona­nia hosts an alter­nate real­ity and fer­tile breed­ing ground for
mankind’s most despi­ca­ble mod­ern habits. Nar­cis­sism bred from
fran­tic con­sumer cul­ture is show­nat its most destruc­tive, with
Onania’s inhab­i­tants seek­ing its prime offer­ing — unadul­ter­ated and
unin­ter­rupted plea­sure. Manski’s metic­u­lous and total atten­tion to
minute detail has borne a prod­uct encased in the method­olo­gies of
this emi­nently invit­ing and hos­tile environment.

This series is part one of a tril­ogy. Cur­rently, he’s work­ing on Pos­s­esia and Eugenica will be released in 2015.

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8-Bit Gifs by Dusan Cezek Capture Iconic Movie Moments

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A Life Aquatic

Fact: My twin brother is cur­rently purs­ing his PhD and study­ing film. In prepa­ra­tion for an exam he had to take in his 2nd year, he watched 72 films. 72! And while he has watched many, many films, I am the oppo­site. I’ve seen very few movies, and maybe half of those fea­tured in artist Dusan Cezek’s ani­mated series, Pix­el­woodEven if this is the case, I’m still delighted by these 8-Bit Gifs, which is a tes­ta­ment to Cezek’s ani­mat­ing prowess.  Each image cap­tures famous moments from the par­tic­u­lar film in the flat, pix­e­lated style and makes me eager to find them in their com­pan­ions. (Via design­boom)

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Moon

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Dis­trict 9

Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead

Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fic­tion

Nacho Libre

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Total Recall

Total Recall

Fight Club

Fight Club

Fifth Element

Fifth Ele­ment

Clerks

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In Gary Kachadourian’s Drawings, You Are The Character

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Gary Kachadourian is a Baltimore-based artist who takes over rooms and cre­ates site-specific instal­la­tions with his draw­ings. I was able to stand in the mid­dle of his work years ago when he was the recip­i­ent of the Mary Sawyers Baker Prize and had his work exhib­ited at the Bal­ti­more Museum of Art. And, let me just say that it was incred­i­ble. The entire space was cov­ered in his enlarged pho­to­copied draw­ings and it was the world accord­ing to Kachadourian. It was not only the wall, but the ceil­ings and floor, too.

His work dif­fers from the full-size draw­ings of Char­lotte Mann (fea­tured ear­lier today), as Kachadourian’s uses graphite to ren­der these engag­ing depic­tions of urban life. Once you step into one of his instal­la­tions, you are a char­ac­ter in his draw­ings. Do so and love it.

All images via his web­site.

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Charlotte Mann’s Illustrations Cover Walls

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Draw­ing and col­or­ing was one of my first hob­bies. As a kid, I would camp out on my couch and draw what was sit­ting on the cof­fee table. Even though I don’t do it as much any more, I still love look­ing at artists that wield the pen­cil and do it well. Today, I’m focus­ing on two artists that super size their work, and con­vert their draw­ings into life size installations.

Char­lotte Mann’s bold lines and exquis­ite draw­ings are pro­duced with mark­ers on a wall. She depicts detailed land­scapes out of win­dows, messy desks, and styl­ish coats and bags. The sheer amount of detail is amaz­ing, and the style of her work is really great — causal yet sophis­ti­cated, like you can tell she finds a lot of joy from what she does.

All images via her web­site. H/T Doo­dlers.

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It’s Your Last Chance to Score Eleonor Boström’s ‘Lost Dog’

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If you’ve had your eye on Eleonor Boström series Lost Dogs, or haven’t seen it yet, then check it out — Feb­ru­ary 28th will be your last chance to adopt these adorable ceramic dogs out of my shop.

Eleonor Boström is a ceramic artist and illus­tra­tor based in Berlin, Ger­many. You might have seen her dogs in cups float­ing around the likes of Pin­ter­est. Like the rest of her work, these dogs are hand­crafted by Eleonor and com­pletely unique. She crafted the series Lost Dog exclu­sively for my shop!

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Jo Scholar’s Metalwork That Looks Like Lace

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Jo Scholar has a way of mak­ing metal look like lace. Intri­cate cuts, scal­loped edges, and drap­ing fools the eye upon first glance, look­ing as del­i­cate as a doily or antique cro­chet nap­kin.  I hate using the term Steam­punk to describe her work, but the jux­ta­po­si­tion of dainty fab­ric and hard edges really reads to me as some­thing that would exist in a post-apocalyptic Vic­to­rian soci­ety. But, unlike a lot of Steampunk-esque things, I really enjoy look­ing at her work and am really impressed at her abil­ity to manip­u­late the medium.

via Lustik

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Cats and Cat Things I’ve Seen Lately and Liked

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Hon­estly, I’m sort of shocked that I’ve been post­ing the “Lately and Liked” series for so long and I haven’t writ­ten a post ded­i­cated to cats. Time to rem­edy this!

If you fol­low me on Insta­gram (please do!), you’ve seen that I have two furry babies, Marge and Pauline. Pauline is the most promi­nently fea­tured cat, as she’s a huge ham. I tell myself that my cat inter­net­ting is for them, which has lately ramped up because I’m in the throes of moving.

As I’m sure many you can attest to, there’s noth­ing like mov­ing to make you real­ize not only how much stuff you have, but how old (and gross) some of it is. I’ve been look­ing into new food dishes, and cat nooks for the girls as I real­ize how sad and old some of their stuff is.  Tweet me if there’s some other amaz­ing cat things I’m missing.

ll_tuesday Timely: Tues­day Bassen’s Valentine’s Day card with Paper­less Post.

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ll_kaye Porce­lain cat fig­urines by Kaye Blegvad.

ll_catfarm ll_catfarm3 ll_catfarm2 Hand­made cat­nip toys from The Cat Farm.

ll_diycatbed This cro­cheted cat bed is totally doable DIY for some­one that know show to cro­chet (I do not).

ll_kivikis ll_kivikis2 ll_kivikis3 I am OBSESSED with these felted cat beds by Kivikis.

ll_kittyville2 ll_kittyville ll_kittyville3 Mid-century mod­ern cat beds from Like Kit­tyville.

ll_modernistcat ll_modernistcat3 ll_modernistcat2 More mod­ernist cat fur­ni­ture from Mod­ernist Cat. I love the idea of hav­ing a secret space to hide the liter box, and it also use­ful for me, too.

Jonas Löfgren Wields The Mighty Pencil to Illustrate Surreal Scenes

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I’ve fea­tured graphite draw­ings once this week (see Josephin Ritschel), so how about some more? Jonas Löf­gren is a Swedish artist who uses the medium to craft images that are somber, sur­real, and over­all haunt­ing. The del­i­cate works give us a glimpse into a story where the pro­tag­o­nist is often a young girl.  We can’t be sure if any­thing bad is going to hap­pen to her, but Löf­gren is very good at mak­ing us think so.

Images via his web­site and Spoke Art.

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Chad Gunderson’s “Natural” Works Are Very Unnatural

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Chad Gunderson’s sculp­tures look wholly unnat­ural, but truth be told, I can’t quite fig­ure out what he used to pro­duce his pieces. That’s the point of his work, though, as explained through his artist statement:

The term “nat­ural” can be elu­sive and ambigu­ous. Addi­tives can be used in an attempt to aug­ment and amplify fla­vor, color, and tex­ture. The sculp­tures I cre­ate are decep­tive in a sim­i­lar way; color schemes and sur­faces from com­mer­cial items have been injected into organic forms, twist­ing them into some­thing dif­fer­ent entirely.

Influ­ences such as Lego bricks, 8-bit video game sprites, and vin­tage Tup­per­ware have been mixed up and are unearthed along with my geo­logic obses­sions. Arbi­trar­ily sculpted by wind, sand, and water, the allure of rocks is con­verse to the clean aes­thet­ics and delib­er­ate choices of man­made items. With play­ful naivety, my work is an attempt to high­light and under­stand the fringe between these two seem­ingly opposed objects.

As some­one who just fin­ished the Whole 30 diet and gave up sham­poo (totally not as gross as it sounds), you begin to real­ize how many chem­i­cals are in every­day things once you read the labels. It’s unnerv­ing when you really think about it (why does tomato paste need high fruc­tose corn syrup?!) Gunderson’s work is a reminder of this decep­tive beauty.

All images via his web­site. H/T thinx.

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