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Wow, these  GIFs are awesome. The project called RRRRRRROLL, uses photography to explore beautifully minimalist animations based on objects and people turning on a single axis. The Japanese group says they try to make 1 a week.

 

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Ok, these are pretty awesome. Calling Alana Dee Haynes‘ work blithe fashion doodles would undermine her talent. The harmonious connection between the photograph and hand-drawn elements is striking. The Brooklyn-based artist transforms the human figure into something organic, almost plant-like. By layering patterns onto exposed skin, Haynes veils the subject, creating a sense of mystery and intrigue, which elevates the fashion images to a whole new seductive level.

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Ok. I’m slightly obsessed with Tom Thayer. Or I should say, obsessed with his art. The New Jersey-based artist channels his deeply personal work through installation, stop-motion animations, performance, sculpture, painting, and works on paper. He uses derelict materials (cardboard, paint, string, wire and even lint) to create work that is as captivating as it is esoteric. While many visual artists of his generation draw from pop culture or the art historical canon, Thayer’s work often finds inspiration in more obscure sources, such as outsider art, Eastern European animation, and the weirder fringes of the American independent music scene. Most recently, Thayer collaborated with artist Dave Miko, debuting Baseless Legion of Architects Rent Asunder, at Eleven Rivington in New York. Their hybrid process involves months of fine-tuning the relationship between Miko’s unorthodox painting style and Thayer’s use of analog video effects.

I really love this work by 21-year-old digital artist, Dan Lester, who combines photography and illustration into these clever self-portraits. His Drawn On series, depicts the UK-based artist, and self described  ‘obsessive digital doodler’, in every image, portraying his skilled hand as an extension of his drawing. So fun!

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These are just so amazing. In Pieces is a two-year, multimedia collaboration between sculptor, Nathan Sawaya and Toronto-based Australian hyper-realistic photographer Dean West.

West’s seven photos subtly incorporate Sawaya’s Lego objects, not to mention an artist cameo. The exhibit premiered Dec. 10 at the William J. Clinton Presidential Center Library in Little Rock, AR (Clinton is a one of Sawaya’s biggest fans) and ran through Feb. 1 before moving to the Avant gallery in New York.

“There’s a fun, nostalgic aspect to Legos–people connect to the art on a different level,” says Sawaya. “But it’s also a medium that lets me design anything I can imagine. I especially enjoy creating curvy forms using rectangular pieces. Up close, you notice the sharp angles, but when you back away, the corners blend into curves. There’s a magic in the perspective.”

You can view the process of creating In Pieces here.

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Barcelona-based artist, Cesar Biojo, defines his work as the controlled balance between creation and destruction of a character and its movements. He applies colour on the canvas by dragging the oil in a destructive impulse, which creates an image that appears as though it’s about to vanish. His goal is to capture the passage of time, the fleeting and the ephemeral nature of the individual in its environment. I think the results are pretty stunning.

I love, love Linda Geary‘s work. At first I thought I was looking at collage, but it turns out it’s all an illusion. Geary paints patterns into taped-off segments whose hard edges replicate the effect of something extraneous affixed to the canvas. In her most recent work, Geary actually builds small scale collages first, from discarded works on paper that she re-assembles, and uses as models for large-scale paintings. She creates the final canvases with the same faux-collage technique as before. Check out an awesome studio tour and interview with Linda at In The Make.

Healing Sutras were born out of Erin Endicott‘s personal examination of inherited psychological wounds (patterns of behaviour and reactions), and how those wounds insinuate themselves into our lives. Endicott “works through” these wounds by making them into visible, visceral objects. Her personal history is externalized in each of the Healing Sutras – every canvas is a vintage fabric passed down from the women in her family. The initial marks are created by staining the fabric with walnut ink, which grows an organic shape once the dye hits the damp fabric, creating a “map” for each piece. The painstakingly slow process of stitching the symbolic marks  – vein/roots, cellular/seed shapes – onto each sutra not only speaks to feminine patience, but has a ceremonial quality to it, which becomes a rite of healing.

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I am so drawn to these abstract works by artist, Michelle Armas. Her beautifully colourful canvases pop up on Pinterest regularly and I fall in love every time. Anthropologie is a fan too. She started painting after her corporate branding career lead to chronic health problems that practically crippled her ability to get out of bed. She was eventually diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and through a therapeutic form of Thai Chi, found her way back to health and ultimately, a new career. It is evident in this Design*Sponge interview that she, and her new business, are thriving.

Oslo-based artist, Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen‘s oil paintings caught my eye. He explores the metaphysical, his subjects floating in space as if lost in limbo. Or maybe they’re in a dream state. However you interpret them, they’re pretty awesome. Although the self-taught Uldalen says hyperrealism is not what he’s after, I have to say, the photorealism is pretty impressive. I had to do a double take.