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Justin Crowe

About Justin Crowe



We are in the awkward midst of Digital Age puberty. I make art about technology's affect on culture and culture's affect on technology.

I am an artist and writer living in the mountains of beautiful New Mexico. Follow my thoughts through sculpture at www.JustinCroweStudio.com

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A Modernist iPhone Amplifier Crafted From Hand Blown Glass

Thursday 04.03.2014 , Posted by
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We live in a strange age when ‘digital tech’ and the ‘local and handmade’ both have their own respective cultural movements. There’s a representative aesthetic and process common to each movement and  they very rarely cross paths. What makes this modernist design iPhone amplifier so unique is that each one is made individually of handblown glass – and we’ve got some amazing pictures to prove it! [Read more...]

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Oddly Familiar Art Objects That Make You Feel Weird Inside. Do I Know You?

Tuesday 03.18.2014 , Posted by
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It’s an unsettling feeling when you find yourself relating to weird-looking inanimate objects with human characteristics. When a sculpture becomes a self-portrait narrative you begin to feel like the artist feels, and experience what the artist experiences. Simply by looking at one of Zimra Beiner‘s large scale ceramic sculptures you can feel confidence, laziness, hopelessness and organization. The objects take on a strange role in each viewer, becoming familiar manifestations of intangible feelings.  [Read more...]

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Faceless “Watch” Vibrates Every 5 Minutes… All Day Long

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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Have you ever noticed that when you’re bored time seems to move more slowly and when you’re having fun it flies by? Durr is a new ‘watch’ device created to give you an enhanced perception of the rate at which time passes. This wristwatch-looking accessory gently vibrates every 5 minutes causing a perpetual hyperawareness of the speed of time. [Read more...]

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‘Dumb Starbucks’ Parody Store Gets Shut Down in L.A.

Tuesday 02.11.2014 , Posted by
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“Dumb Starbucks” is the newest coffee spot in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. It has replicated the famous Starbucks brand by using everything they could, including their logo, atmosphere, and even retail CD’s. The only apparent difference between the original and the fraud is the word “Dumb” before… pretty much everything. The shop features a menu with ‘Dumb Frappuccinos,’ ‘Dumb Espressos,’ and everyone’s favorite CD, ‘Dumb Jazz Standards.’ A particularly curious aspect of this new shop is that all of the coffee is free. [Read more...]

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Bird Flights Mapped into Time-lapse Sky Performances

Monday 01.27.2014 , Posted by
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I constantly feel like birds are mocking the human race. They have the ability to do what we have been striving for since the beginning of civilization and they make it so effortless that it’s insulting – spacial freedom. Am I the only one addicted to my remote control helicopter? I mean, all I do is go up and down and back and forth… but the spacial liberation is intoxicating! In these mesmerizing videos by artist Dennis Hlynsky you see that birds in flight contain much more information than meets the eye. The time-lapse video performances show birds creating beautiful patterns as they roam the open air and even display some seemingly intentional creativity. [Read more...]

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Tangled Graffiti Paintings Depict Erotica and War

Monday 01.20.2014 , Posted by
'BA KE MONO Bomb-Rotic Kaotica' by CJ Hungerman

What is the relationship between sex and war? Chicago painter CJ Hungerman explores this question using erotic imagery as vehicles for destruction. As ‘silly’ as these complex narratives visually appear the artist intelligently offers an approachable context, sex and humor, from which to dissect important contemporary issues like technology, politics, and freedom. [Read more...]

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Guerrilla Designers Create Elaborate Quote Art on Chalkboards

Wednesday 01.08.2014 , Posted by
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The Columbus College of Art and Design has a vandal on the loose. The guerrilla chalk art duo called #DangerDust has been commandeering classroom chalkboards in secret and creating detailed artworks of typography and design. Their creations feature inspirational quotes by famous figures. The two anonymous students plan, sketch, and execute their chalk art and, in true guerrilla style, leave the board balancing on chairs in the classroom for a Monday morning surprise. [Read more...]

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Animated Pottery: Zoetrope-Like Motion on a Spinning Bowl

Sunday 01.05.2014 , Posted by
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Two mediums that have their roots in the ‘handmade’ converge in this creative animation strategy on spinning pottery. The UK Craft Council commissioned this clever promotional campaign which shows the potter at work in his studio with an unusual twist. In addition to seeing the potter making and glazing work in a traditional way he is accompanied by a digital animation artist. The end result of their process is an incredible zoetrope-style animation using the pottery wheel to bring still images to life. [Read more...]

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The Touching Voice of the Homeless Documented in “Sign of the Times”

Friday 12.27.2013 , Posted by
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“After a while, a few people said to me, “I’ve heard of you. You’re the guy going around buying signs. I was wondering if you were ever going to find me.”

Poverty in America is a prevalent issue evident in the ring of the Salvation Army’s bell, first-hand experiences of loved ones, and the actual struggling people who look you in the eye as you pass through an intersection. As physically obvious as the issue is, it continues to be a growing problem in America. This collection of homeless people’s signs aims to raise awareness for homelessness, this time via the Internet. Artist Andres Serrano collects people’s cardboard signs in New York City by seeking out the homeless and offering them $20 for their creation – which he then documents and has recently presented online in an interesting exhibit of struggle, humor, and honesty. [Read more...]

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New App Fixes Your Flawed Personality… Don’t Take it Personally

Friday 12.20.2013 , Posted by
New App fixes your flawed personality

Technology has improved our culture in many ways and this new app pushes the limits of how far we are willing to let tech intrude on our personal lives. The free app Us+ aims to improve upon your personally by abruptly pointing out flaws during your Google Hangout conversations. The App is a sarcastic interactive art piece that asks us how far we are willing to let tech guide our lives. [Read more...]

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