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I get DOE

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January 26th, 2010

doe art nice 370x400 I get DOEIts very seldom that artists are known more for other peoples work more than their own. But it the case of the infamous (or does Notorious sound cooler?) DOE, that is the case. In the comic world this shadowy character from Toronto is known for

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Ready, Set, Wait? Countdown Traffic Light Concept

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January 19th, 2010

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There is no denial that driving can be very stressful; especially if you live in the big city. However, Designer Damjan Stankovic might have found a solution to diminish the uneasiness of driving. The solution is no other than a countdown traffic light concept named Eko. [ Continue Reading ]

Describing the World With a Paintbrush

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January 14th, 2010

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Ashley Cecil, an activist with a paintbrush. Yes folks, you heard me right (err read me right), this here gal has made it her mission to describe the world with a paintbrush in the hopes to making it a better place. Most paintings correspond to a non-profit organization and a portion of proceeds from each painting sold will be donated to the corresponding organization. Social activism and art at their best! [ Continue Reading ]

Panimaniacs: Pimp My Ride Panama City

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January 11th, 2010

panama art CarlosAlvarezEspinosa Panimaniacs: Pimp My Ride Panama City

Have you ever wondered what happens to all those buses that nobody uses or are considered too old and unsafe for school use? Wonder no more. Apparently they all go to Panama! Unused and unwanted buses end up in Panama and are then converted into public transportation vehicles for urban areas. If that were the end of the story, one might say “That’s nice. They help out the less fortunate.”  This is much more than that. This is riding in style. Call it: Pimp My Ride: Panama City Edition. These neglected and worn down vehicles are ” fantastically refashioned” with designs and imagery painted on all available surfaces by  veteran artists and newbies alike. Horns, thumping music, [ Continue Reading ]

Eva’s 2006 Space Odyssey: Another reason to celebrate January

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January 1st, 2010

longoria large maxim Evas 2006 Space Odyssey: Another reason to celebrate JanuaryThe post you are about to read is based on a true story…although some liberties have been taken.. :) [ Continue Reading ]

Kent Monkman is Fabulous

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December 29th, 2009

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I first heard of mixed-media artist Kent Monkman when visiting the Art Gallery of Ontario this summer, and was totally blown away. Kent Monkman, a Toronto-based artist of Cree ancestry, uses paint, performance, and video/film to challenge text book notions of Canadian history. His most well-known character and alter-ego, Miss Chief Eagle Testikle, has been spotted all over Canada, studying the European Male and taking very close notes.

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Vixen to Rudolph: Fame is Sexy

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December 22nd, 2009

rudolph and clarice Vixen to Rudolph: Fame is Sexy

The image above was taken from the Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass’s 1964 classic film  ”Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. You may have heard it before.  The doe ( female deer) with the long lashes and pretty bow is actually named Clarice and is not Vixen at all, as the title of this particular blog suggests, but thats really besides the point. While this classic which was inspired by the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and the coloring book “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, has a good message and a happy ending, it is the song that is sung, which has no relation in particular to the movie, that I have issue with. [ Continue Reading ]

Crystals and corpses: David Altmejd

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December 19th, 2009

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David Altmejd is a Montreal-born installation artist now residing in New York. At first glance his work can be disturbing, even horrifying: decomposing bodies, matted fur, organs covered in mold. In short, not your run-of-the-mill Disney fare. But upon closer observation, the pieces exude a colourful optimism.

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No Pictures Please!: Grasping Photography

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December 14th, 2009

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The power of photography: It’s been written about  here before. It has also been written how much one picture can convey with just a still frame. No one understands this better than National Geographic whose pictures alone warrant it a “best magazine ever” title even if it is I who just now arbitrarily bestowed it. The image above of a Mandrill – a monkey-like creature with tangerine eyes, accompanied an article in the March 2001 issue and was also its cover story. [ Continue Reading ]

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