Illustrations by Leigh Viner

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Colorado based illustrator Leigh Viner is an artist that I discovered a few years ago. I can’t remember exactly how, but I think that I happened upon her blog for some reason. Anyway, I really like her work. It is a classic minimalist style using multiple mediums, including watercolor.

Being from the mountain west, myself, I guess that I am a little bit partial to Viner. I’m impressed with her presence and fashion clientele given her location. More than that, I just find her artwork very aesthetically appealing. If you also enjoy this style of illustration, her blog is definitely worth a flip through.

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New Shepard Fairey print “sedation pill”

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I’m into this new print by Shepard Fairey. It is titled “Sedation Pill.” The print is apparently inspired by hip hop legends Public Enemy. Fairey explains:

The “Sedation Pill” print is inspired by the title of my favorite Public Enemy album “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back”. I think the biggest problem in America is the indifference and complacency about important issues that results from much of the population being perpetually hypnotized by conspicuous consumption, social media, entertainment, and self-medication. Using sedation and escapism for relief from the rat race might make us less aware (blissfully ignorant)  but also less empowered to improve our role within the rat race… a vicious cycle of cause and effect.

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Paintings by Zofia Bogusz

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Zofia Bogusz’s name is almost as badass as her painting is. I discovered her work recently on Jux. There are several elements that strike me about her work. One thing that I particularly like is that a lot of her work ends up painted onto wood. I spent quite a while flipping through her website the other day. I was bummed out to discover that she recently had a solo exhibit in Chelsea, and I totally missed it. Browse more of her work over here.

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12 oz. Prophet in India

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True, we are only in January. But, this is hands down the coolest graff video of 2013, so far. I actually saw it posted on Os Gemeos’ blog. Watch Ise and Finok of the 12 oz. Prophet collective create free-hand roller and brush pieces in India, some of them while standing on a boat that is pushed against the wall. This video is as much about the craziness of India, as it is about putting up the art (in fact there isn’t a single frame of any of the finished work). Watch the mesmerizing vid below-

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massive sea turtle mural in Argentina by Martin Ron

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I don’t know much of the back story on this one. I pulled it from a post that Graff Art ran a couple of weeks ago. They pulled it from a Facebook page. Anyway, I really dig the piece. Apparently it is by Martin Ron, and it exists in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I remember the first time that I ever saw one of these turtles in the wild. It scared the living bejeebus out of me until I realized what it was. Since then, they have become one of my favorite amphibians. Check out more images of the work over on Graff.

Update: Checkout an interview that Martin Ron did with Buenos Aires Street Art, over here.

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photography of cody cobb

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I discovered Cody Cobb on OEN earlier this week. Apparently he is one of Daniel Benning’s fave photographers. The set most recently posted on OEN includes shots from Cobb’s trip to the Sierra mountain range. Says Benning:

Recently [Cobb] took a trip to the Sierra mountain terrain which is part of the peninsular ranges running along the pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico. The resulting collection, which is a highlighted in part here, is a breathtaking array of scenery that I’d never get to see otherwise. Particularly where we are based here there is very little land that is untouched and has remained untouched for thousands of years, so when nature is given the opportunity to grow and flourish it’s real fascinating to see.

Check the rest of the set over here.

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new work from Mentalgassi

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I really like this recent stuff from Mentalgassi. I have written about his style before. These two photos went up on his blog earlier this week. Like Roa, Bansksy, Blu, and so many other successful street artists, Mentalgassi is very good at making his art interact with its location. I think that the RC controller might be my favorite of the two.

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Snaps from the armory

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Ann Hamliton’s exhibit “The Event of a Thread” opened over the weekend at the Park Avenue Armory. The installation is an interactive one. The main drill hall in the armory is bifurcated by giant white sheet. On either side of the sheet are scores of swings suspended from the armory rafters. Each of the swings has cords connecting them to the sheet, so that the motion of the swings animate the sheet. It was quite an interesting spectacle. These are a couple of the images that I grabbed while I was at the exhibit.

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New El Mac ‘Birds of no Nation”

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Mac posted some new work on his blog recently. This was a commissioned celebrating a woman graffiti writer from Afghanistan. Mac explains the piece:

These are shots of a large mural-sized canvas commissioned for the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial in Australia, which opens this weekend. It is a collaboration with Shamsia Hassani and the Propeller Group. Shamsia Hassani is the first and probably only serious female graffiti writer in Afghanistan, and is also an associate professor in the Fine Arts Department at Kabul University.

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Herakut Mural in Miami

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More news from Miami: I’m really digging this mural that Herakut put up earlier this week (presumably in connection with Basel). In addition to being a dope piece, this long exposure photo of it is boss. I love the way they captured the clouds moving.

I hate to say it, but I was pretty underwhelmed by the mural the Shepard Fairey put up for the event. I’m normally very keen on just about anything that SF touches. More images of the Herakut piece, here.

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