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Cradle of Mir: Interview with Burning Man Art Crew from Russia

Monday 10.14.2013 , Posted by

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This year at Burning Man, there were over 350 registered art installations. One of the largest examples on the Playa was called the Cradle of Mir. It was constructed by a large crew consisting of artists, engineers, producers and enthusiasts with extensive experience organizing and participating in different Russian festivals, most broadly involved in “Pustye Holmi” (translated literally as Empty Hills), the festival of art, music and endless creativity. [Read more...]

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Pitch Your Tent! An International Camping Festival in China Promotes a Green Ethos

Friday 10.11.2013 , Posted by

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If you’re curious if people from mainland China do any camping, here is a festival that shows just how the the Chinese engage in the outdoors. In this most populated and vast country, Chinese citizens don’t always find the time for such leisure – as their work ethic and earnings often take priority over other activities. Although, with an increasing youthful, adventurous population, and rising disposable incomes, recreational activities such as snowboarding, camping and hiking are becoming more popular in the mainland. [Read more...]

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Super-Sized Characters on the Streets of Sao Paolo

Thursday 10.10.2013 , Posted by

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Street artist TEC, an Argentinian who recently made the move from Buenos Aires to São Paulo has been busy sprucing up the local roads. With TEC in town, all of a sudden various large street paintings have appeared on the asphalt in the largest city of Brazil. Equipping himself with a paint roller, he works mostly at night, painting enormous creatures that appear to be moving through the urban streets. Like the Nazca Lines of Peru, the paintings are best enjoyed from above. [Read more...]

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21st Century Gypsies: A Cross Between the Traditional and the Modern

Wednesday 10.09.2013 , Posted by

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In the hills of England is a new variation of the Gypsy/Nomadic lifestyle. It stays true to traditional modes of transportation such as the horse drawn caravan yet, it also includes the modern benefits of technology such as mobile phones, laptops and solar panels. The “New Age Gypsies” represent a modern chapter for individuals and families who have embraced the gypsy way of life. Photographer Iain McKell followed a couple small bands of gypsies in the UK and has recently published a book on his journey with them over the past ten years. [Read more...]

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Sensual Baroque-Inspired Photography by Mariska Karto

Monday 10.07.2013 , Posted by

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Hailing from the Netherlands, this artist is bringing a resurgence of Baroque-style painting to her work. Instead of paint though, the artist uses her camera to create sensual and feminine images that echo the renaissance period. Her name is Mariska Karto and through her art she expresses the depths of her own mind and being. As an artist she brings all the elements of natural story telling into her photography and in the process creates a work that even the old masters could have admired. [Read more...]

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Once Upon a Time: Intimate Bathtub Images from Javier Campuzano

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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It’s intimate, it’s emotional, it’s helpless. These are some of the words to describe the photos that Javier Campuzano captures in his series focusing on nudes curled up in the bathtub. Campuzano raises himself above and shoots a birds eye view of the subject in the tub. Upon looking at the final work, one could be moved to identify with feelings of helplessness, hurt and sorrow. [Read more...]

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A Snapshot of Central Valley California Workers

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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If you grew up in the Central Valley of California, you were aware of the mass amounts of fruit orchards and dairy farms beside the long stretches of highway 99, and the changing face of the social demographic in the region. LA-based photographer Sam Comen set out to shed light on the growing population of the Chicano and Mexican men and women who are redefining the region, as much as the “Okies” did in the dustbowl era of the 1930s. He chose to focus on the small community of Lost Hills. [Read more...]

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Unreal Pagan ‘Pop Paintings’ by Nicola Verlato

Friday 10.04.2013 , Posted by

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Italian born artist Nicola Verlato creates paintings deeply rooted in the Renaissance painting tradition. He began drawing and painting at an early age, and begged his parents to teach him how to paint like the great Italian masters. When he was 9 a client of his family’s winery mentioned Fra Terenzio, a monk who taught people how to paint in his studio in the Franciscan monastery a few miles away. He spent 5 summers there, learning the techniques that would turn his future works into stunning explorations in lighting, skin tone, poses, and texture. His newest solo show titled “Pagan Pop” is a collection of oil paintings that are more “pop” than anything he’s done before. [Read more...]

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East Meets West : An Infographic Portrait by Yang Liu

Wednesday 10.02.2013 , Posted by

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In this global village we live in, there are many differences that exist in how humans live and behave. In particular, there are major differences in how people in the “Western” part of the world perceive things as opposed to those who were raised in the “East.” Some differences are derived from thousands of years of tradition passed on from generation to generation. For example, countries like China, Korea and Japan have been civilizations for many years. The United States, on the other hand, is still a relatively “young” country and in some ways is still finding its common culture. Anthropologists and sociologists have spent lifetimes researching the ways humans live and how we can solve problems and create greater harmony. An artist, who was raised in multiple cultures, decided to make a simple but interesting inforgraphic playing on some of the unique differences between the East and the West. [Read more...]

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The Art of the Camping Trailer

Wednesday 09.25.2013 , Posted by

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The United States is a big country and in order to really discover the vast and diverse land, it is convenient to have some sort of mobile living space. There are all sorts of mobile living spaces to travel in really: there are the hip and retro Airstreams, funky 80s Winnebagos, creepy looking vans with no windows, and trailers that attach to trucks. Leah Giberson has decided to create an illustrative series of such mobile gems in still life settings. [Read more...]

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