Dean West + Nathan Sawaya

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Multi_award winner photographer Dean West (1983, Australia) join forces with ultra_real Lego sculptor Nathan Sawaya (1973, Usa) in this hide and seek serie entitled In Pieces: every pic has a Lego element perfectly inserted (if you really cannot find them go here and use the “detail” tool to explore the photos). In Pieces is at the Columbia Museum of Art till Feb 27.

And check out all of Dean’s works  here and Nathan’s here.

Whole serie  HERE.

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Nandipha Mntambo

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Nandipha Mntambo was born in Swaziland in 1982 and she is the kind of artist that can use every kind of media. What I see in her works is that life if a fight, that life is fickle and that life (or just being alive) is a natural instinct. We are made of what surrounds us, and nature surrounds us so… never forget where you come from. More after the cut and on her website.

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Mister Finch

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If you have read Watership Down (La collina dei conigli in italian) you will understand. If you have not read it just go out now and buy the novel! It is a  lovely and dramatic story about rabbits,  Mister Finch (born in 1975 and living in Leeds, Uk) makes textile rabbits and other crepuscular animals that looks more real than real, just like the ones of the novel. They seemspopped out of that book. Enjoy his whole art here and more rabbits after the cut.

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Sarah Moli Newton Applebaum

Sarah Applebaum lives and works in San Francisco. She brings colors to our nightmares, makes textiles panavisions of our unconscious, explores the psychedelic and psychologist mind only apparently in a playful way. The surface is very different from the deep of our souls. Check her out after the cut and on her website.

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Anne ten Donkelaar

It has been love at first sight. Anne ten Donkelaar was born in 1979 in The Netherlands and she tell visual stories about being broken and fixed, about drama and beauty and life and death. The whole sense of life is condensed in her art. It is easy and complicated at the same time. Check her website out and more images after the cut.

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David R Harper

David is a canadian born artist (b. 1984) whose artistic research is highly classy and deeply focused on everyday objects. He is an object jammer, nothing in his pieces is what it seems and everything looks familiar even if it is out of place. David takes the viewer in a vertigo of fascination and fear where you feel lost and safe at the same time. More after the cut and on his website.

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Andrea Dezsö

Andrea Dezsö has a special gift to discover the friendly side of monsters, to understand that the balance of life is made by good and evil and that what seems bad sometimes is good and vice versa. Andrea uses these qualities in amazing art projects. She moves with the highest level of intensity in different media: drawing, sculpture, animation, cut paper and much much more (the image above is from her site specific installation Her kingdom under the sea at Tide Institute and Museum of Art). It seems like her art has no boundaries both in media and in imaginary worlds. Check some more pics after the cut and more on her website here.

Lisa Black

Again with my Past Forward project, this is Lisa Black paying tribute to the “Vanitas” (a still life with symbolic elements such as hourglasses, skulls, extinguished candles, bubble blower… everything recalls that life has an end). The ever surprising Lisa sent me this hourglass made of 24ct gold electroplated skulls and black glass “sand”. Really amazing. Check her out HERE.

Cronosfera Festival

Cronsfera is a one of a kind festival about arts, sciences, science-fiction and sound visions explored through the human perception of space-time and imagination. 2012 edition will focus on the Sun and its power, Time and Space through lectures, exhibitions, video screenings and workshops; from 21 to 23 September in Cavatore, not far from Turin (Italy). Among too many useless festival Cronosfera is the one you must not miss.

Full program after the cut and more info HERE.

[photo by Emre Huner]

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Francesca Dalla Benetta

Francesca was born in Florence (Italy) in 1977 and now lives in Mexico. This is her work for my Past Forward project, Transmutation of the spirit into the flesh, that was inspired by the small altar on the background, from the permanent collection of the Civic Museum of Bassano del Grappa. Francesca’s piece gives a perfect idea of her imaginary, a world where the evolution of the inner side goes side by side with the mutation of the body and of the planet Earth. Check her out HERE!

Paolo Polloniato

[photo by Sandra Hauser]

Paolo Polloniato was born in Bassano del Grappa in 1977, this is Hodierna, the sculpture he did for my Past Forward show, it is inspired by the Venere Italica by Antonio Canova and perfectly camouflaged among other Canova’s original pieces. Paolo’s art is a perfect balance of concept and aesthetics, check him out HERE.

Nancy Fouts

Nancy‘s sculptures are playful and surreal. She strikes the eye leaving to the viewer the interpretation. Everyday objects are twisted and mixed, maybe to remind us that we should watch life from different point of views, like Robert Anton Wilson’s used to say. Her next solo show is entitled Artifacts and will be at Pertwee Anderson & Gold – 15 Bateman St, Soho, London – on June 22nd. More after the cut and on her website!

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Sakurako Iwanaga 4 Keep a Breast’s Tokyo Love Show

Doll maker Sakurako Iwanaga joined the Keep a Breast Foundation‘s Tokyo Love Show. You can see above (and after the cut the back of the cast) his breast cast in full 3D madness!

IMPORTANT: Proceeds from the sale of all casts will benefit Keep A Breast Japan‘s breast cancer awareness and prevention programs: you can see all the casts on sale and infos on the exhibition HERE.

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shichigoro-shingo 4 Keep a Breast’s Tokyo Love Show

shichigoro-shingo joined the Keep a Breast Foundation‘s Tokyo Love Show with his reinterpretation of steam punk worlds. You can see above (and after the cut the back of the cast) his breast cast in full old tech quality!

IMPORTANT: Proceeds from the sale of all casts will benefit Keep A Breast Japan‘s breast cancer awareness and prevention programs: you can see all the casts on sale and infos on the exhibition HERE.

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Kazuki Takamatsu 4 Keep a Breast’s Tokyo Love Show

Another japanese artist I suggested to my friend Yasha Young for her Keep a Breast Foundation big show in Tokyo is the astonishing Kazuki Takamatsu (born in 1978 in Sendai, where he still lives). Artists have been asked to customize real breast casts. You can see above (and after the cut the back of the cast) his breast cast: his ghostly painting  technique is unbelievable and one of a kind.

IMPORTANT: Proceeds from the sale of all casts will benefit Keep A Breast Japan‘s breast cancer awareness and prevention programs: you can see all the casts on sale and infos on the exhibition HERE. Continue reading