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Fashion, books, short stories, poems, comics, cartoons, culture and myself. In no specific order.

Maurice Mbikayi

Posted 2011-07-20 14:59:30 | Views: 14,321


In a day when skull made out of objects are starting to feel a bit overplayed, Cape Town-based multi-disciplinary artist, Maurice Mbikayi, uses his skulls to make a sociocultural statement.  Maurice identifies himself as a cultural activist interested in identity, origin and space, specifically how technology affects the diverse African populations. His talents span sculpture, performance art, installation art, photography, and mixed-media.


From Maurice’s artist statement:

Proceeding by collecting hardware remnants of this rapidly developing technology and other found objects and incorporating them into my work. The resultant mixed media drawings and sculptures ask questions such as to whom such technological resources are made available and at what or whose expense? What are the consequences impacting on our people and environment?

by: Vanessa Ruiz

This Painting is Not Available in Your Country

Posted 2011-07-18 19:10:59 | Views: 19,127

"This Painting is Not Available in Your Country"

Paul Mutant, 2010.
Acrylic on canvas
12" x 10" (30 cm x 25 cm)

Jean-Michel Basquiat on Critics

Posted 2011-07-15 19:32:08 | Views: 16,851

"I don't listen to what art critics say. I don't know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is."

Skull Rings

Posted 2011-07-15 18:22:07 | Views: 14,983

Skull Rings


Because Horror is the new Black...

Trenton Doyle Hancock

Posted 2011-07-15 06:49:24 | Views: 13,147

Growing up in a Christian household in Texas, Trenton Doyle Hancock was immersed in myths and narratives that he found while reading The Bible. Couple these narratives with his love of comic books, toys and the Masters of the Universe series and one is able to see the pool of imagery and ideologies that helped shape Hancock's world.

"If you look at the grouping of the stories and belief systems that I learned from growing up, I wanted to take them, breakaway from them and apply them to my own art project based around a series of myths and symbols."

Through his prints, drawings, painting, collages and even ballet, Hancock has created an ongoing narrative involving a group of mythical creatures that live and die in a Tolkienesque underworld. There are Vegans - small ant-like creatures that live in his underworld and militantly hate meat. There's Mounds - hairy mountainous creatures that are rooted in Earth and a handful of supporting character's like Torpedo Boy, Painter and 


























Lloyd. There are good guys, bad guys, murders, plots, subplots, ideologies, and just about everything that goes with a continuing series of fantastical sagas.

"I feel it's important to have this narrative coupled with paintings because it's something I haven't really seen before in fine art world. I mean painters throughout history used narratives, even the abstract expressionists did, but I wanted to take it to a different place. I want to tell explicit stories and have them be major components of the work to create a new hybrid conversation."

Trenton was recently commissioned to be one of the artists to do mural work at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium. His work is part of the collection at many museums, including The Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney. He was part of the PBS Series Art 21 and is represented by James Cohan Gallery here in New York.

Meddler, 2008. Mixed media on paper. 23 X 19 1/2 inches

Vegan Arm, 2006. Urethane, steel, string
84 X 108 X 9 inches. Edition of 3

Myth + Symbols

Deck Chair by Bernhard-Burkard

Posted 2011-07-14 09:25:18 | Views: 12,993

This deck chair is attractive in its simplicity. In combination with the environment it serve its purpose as a deck chair. To achive best stability, it needs to be leaned against walls or rails in a flat angle. The anti-slip coated stand provides safe grip on every surface. Even though it looks dangerous it provides comfort seating and relaxing in every occasion.


curt | deck chair


About the Studio:


The Swiss design studio BERNHARD | BURKARD was established in 2010 by Fabian Bernhard and Thomas Burkard.

During their time together as students they soon realized the potential that derives from the synergy of their individual skills and approaches to design. Their comprehensive experience and excellent network enables BERNHARD | BURKARD to accomplish a project from conception and formal elaboration to technical realization. Their focus lies on both innovative and creative solutions that are at the same time highly esthetic and an appropriate resource management. Design starts with a call for change. Besides technical skills it needs curiosity and the will to face the world with open eyes. Beyond styling and optical dressing contemporary design, as a process for products and communication, can generate the additional benefit that leads to sustainable success for all users.
Before setting up their studio Fabian was working as creative director at capartis AG. Thomas used to work for the well known designer Michael Young in Hong Kong.





















































Perros Sucios

Posted 2011-07-13 13:21:03 | Views: 24,393

This set of pictures were taken by Nicolás Santiñaque. Some of the photos were included in a spread for Pluz Ultra Magazine. View more: I'm Not Keith Richards


Nicolás Santiñaque


Half Naked, Listening to Records

Posted 2011-07-12 08:29:37 | Views: 23,676

I discovered these fun photos at Winzor's Live Journal. Check them out.

Sasha - Vogue Japan - April 2011

Posted 2011-07-08 12:34:06 | Views: 14,555



Shinichi Maruyama's Water Sculptures.

Posted 2011-07-08 12:12:00 | Views: 14,859

Shinichi Maruyama was born in 1968 in Nagano. Japan. He studied at Chiba University and worked as member of Hakuhodo Photo Creative as well as a freelance photographer from 1992-98. While in Japan the artist traveled frequently to Tibet to complete two photography books about the Spiti Valley region, The Spiti Valley, and Spiti.

In 2003 he moved to New York City and began work on what would become his Kusho series (translated as "writing in the sky"). Completed in 2006, the series is comprised of graphic, abstract images of sumi calligraphy ink and water captured as the liquids collide and combine in mid-air. Influenced by the artist’s lifelong interest in calligraphy, this series has received critical attention worldwide and resulted in a solo exhibition held at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in 2009. In 2010, the artist completed his second series, Water Sculptures, featuring images of water forms caught in mid air, with their accompanying shadows and reflections upon the ground. Shinichi Maruyama is represented exclusively by Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York. The Peabody Essex Museum will display the artist's work in May 2011.



In 2010, the artist completed his second series, Water Sculptures, featuring images of water forms caught in mid air, with their accompanying shadows and reflections upon the ground.