Ok, Cats

July 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

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So it had to happen sooner or later that Blend Blog would feature cats and here we are with work from Serbian artist Endre Penovác. Using only ink and water Penovac manages to capture the essence of the feline form. You can see more of his recent work on Facebook and Saatchi Art.

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Container Art

July 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Mary Iverson uses found photography to create her part painting, part collage works She says of her work, “My paintings are colorful abstractions that spring from the theme of the industrial shipping terminal. The canvases feature mass accumulations of shipping containers and container cranes in various perspectives. My work employs a network of searching perspective lines and layers of interlocking, colorful planes and rectangles that suggest both deep space and flat surface.”

Iverson received her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington in 2002 and currently teaches painting and drawing at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA as a tenured faculty member. Iverson has two upcoming October exhibitions, one at Gallery FB69 in Munster, Germany and another at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. Check out more images of Iverson’s work on her Instagram here.

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Greek Graffiti

July 5, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Here we have a collection of graffiti found on the walls in the city of Athens, Greece that comment directly on the ongoing and relentless economic downfall being forced on the cradle of democracy. Athens is famous for it’s graffiti. Via: Art Net

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New Music

July 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

No Joy

Hailing from Montreal No Joy just keeps getting better and better and their new album More Faithful is their best yet. Yes, you’ve heard this sort of thing before with My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins and Slow Dive. But to be labeled as Shoegaze means more than just staring down at all your guitar effects. Fronted by Jasamine White-Gluz and Laura Lloyds vocals and guitar No Joy have managed to carve out their own and original take on the genre. Rather than the a wall of noise and feedback or looping, reversed guitar, No Joy write great and catchy songs. Check out the video clips below.

 

New Music

July 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Francesca Belmonte is best known as the singer and collaborator with Tricky on some if not all of his greatest albums. For his part Tricky has been talking up Anima Belmonte’s brand new album every chance he gets and not just because he sings on some tracks and is a co-producer. He really respects Belmonte as an artist in her own right. His influence on her sound is obvious but all throughout Anima Belmonte creates track after track of slinky trip-hopish songs that stick in your head. Great stuff. A rare work through and through.

 

 

Hands At Work

July 4, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Indonesia-based creative Romo Jack has a project called #whatmyhandsdoing that shows the artist doing various tasks shot from the same vantage point (bird’s eye).

“Just like how my eyes are always seeing from the time I wake up from bed to the time I fall back asleep, my hands are also doing something every second,” he tells theInstagram blog. “There might be thousands, even millions of things our hands have got to do.”

“I believe they can be recreated into something more valuable, and the important thing is to collect them first. I found out that you don’t need to spend too much time just imagining about a concept, which might lead you to do nothing in the end. The more important thing is to take a look around us and just do it!”

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Nippon Dreams

July 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

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Saitama-based artist Tenmyouya Hisashi calls his paintings “Neo Nihonga” and what that means is that he quotes from traditionalist Japanese painting techniques but adds in western elements.

In 2010, Tenmyouya proposed a new art concept called Basara, referring to an aestheticization of defiance, extending from the “outlaw samurais” of the Nanboku dynasty era to the youth subcultures of present-day Japan. As written on his website, Tenmyouya seeks through his art to bring back the vibrant “sun” in Japanese art, where before it was relegated as the passive “moon”:

“Basara aims to reverse traditional values in order to restore the fertile light of the sun that originally characterized Japanese art. It is at once an attempt to claim back through relativization within Japanese art—rather than by comparison with the outside—the diversity that it is supposed to abound in so much more.” (Source)

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