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!! OMG, bend and snap: Grainne Quinlan photographs Tai Chi enthusiasts with hilarious results !!

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No, that’s not a new press photo for Daft Punk. It would be really hot if it was, but the music industry just hasn’t evolved to that level of glamour yet. The photo is actually from Irish, Hong-Kong based photographer, Grainne Quinlan‘s (pronounced Granny?) photo series White Crane Spread Wings which documents Tai Chi enthusiasts in Hong Kong.
I grew up in a part of a suburb that was populated mostly by new Hong Kong immigrants to Canada, so this photoseries is giving me crazy nostalgic vibes right now. I would see this on the steps of the library every morning on my way to school. I also like it because it’s like viewing an elderly version of Elle Woods’ “Bend and Snap”. Never a bad thing!
Check out the rest of Grainne‘s White Crane Spread Wings photoseries after the jump.
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!! OMG, she’s well fit: Artist Helga Wretman whips artists into shape while discussing their work !!


When you’re locked inside a dark studio, day-in-day-out, eating nothing but chickpeas and rice just so that you can afford to continue to making that new work — it’s particularly important for an artist to be able to keep fit and keep a clear mind. How else does one keep their creative juices flowing?
Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Helga Wretman has a solution! You may have spotted her first starring in Peaches‘ Franken-video “Relax”, but Helga’s new web-series, Fitness For Artists TV focuses on giving you a glimpse into the artist’s studio while setting up a healthy workout regime for them. Not only is she cute as a button, but she’s also lost her damn mind — What a hot combo!
Check out a burning new episode of Helga’s Fitness For Artists TV with artist, Aleksandra Domanović above, or get a glimpse of Helga’s more romantic side after the JUMP:

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!! OMG, putting his best SISY-PHUS forward: Mekele’s ‘Heaven’ !!

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Based on The Myth of Sisyphus, from his forthcoming album Monolith and directed by -Rad Hourani and J.W. Anderson collaborator- Melissa Matos, this is Montreal songbird Mekele’s video for “Heaven” [after the jump due to nude-tones].
Amongst the introductory sound of ascending tonal clicks Mekele appears shaved, pallid and naked; planking, or dead, or just very much asleep on the beach, waking as he cantillates his first line:

“You’ve a pretty face, I want you to know my name, maybe you can show me heaven, I think I’m gonna love this place”

…I don’t mind admitting, with the hissing suspension of this simple phrase a single sandy tear fell from my cross-eye.
As electronic tearing sounds and a wiry drone play -all nudie and exposed- Mekele takes the BIGGEST BLOOMING ROCK-PET I’ve ever layed my cross-eyes on for an arduous walk on the beach, needless to say Mr Rock isn’t doing any of the leg work.
‘Mongst the heather Mekele ventures, rock pet in stubborn tow, a short rest on a grassy knoll and as the digital didgeridoo blows in and the sun sets on their strenuous stroll, I think Mekele decides this is one rock-pet that can clean up it’s own PEBBLE POOPS, brush it’s own moss and take itself for a wiley windy walkies.

“The process brought up questions about persistence and what drives us to do the things we do,” __director Matos.

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!! OMG, TRANSCEN-DENTAL-WORK: Tommy Nease’s ‘Pure Gothic’ photo series !!

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Let’s face it, wearing black lip gloss, a pair of Doc Martins and a lace choker with a pentagram pendant does NOT make you a motherf*cking witch…it doesn’t make you a druid, hell girl it barely even makes you a goth…so beware of these cutsie little witchypoos because they are false and should be DROWNED IN THE WELL for crimes against subculture symbol stealing.
One artist who does -however- understand symbols from druidism, witchcraft and interstellar life-form theorems is North Carolina Photographer Tommy Nease. In his series Pure Gothic he explores his love of levitation, circles, and negative space as he uses the photograph as a meditative tool for understand his subconscious mind.

“If I were to give it a title I would say that I am a transcendentalist: I enjoy observing and documenting the reflection of the spiritual realm in nature.”

Click below to see several more from Nease’s series including some-fang, various levitation situations, and some of natures most glorious holes.

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!! OMG, RAISING THE ROOF: The New World of Lina Bo Bardi !!


Created by 
Architect Ouida Angelica Biddle
, Artist Nicolau Vergueiro and 
animated by Joao Rosa The New World of Lina Bo Bardi illustrates excerpts from late Italian/Brazilian Architect and Architectural Theorist Lina Bo Bardi’s Bela Criança ahead of a MoMA retrospective, supposedly in the works.
 
Described by the creators as a “commercial for the brain of Lina Bo Bardi” the video -beginning with a walking double-bum creature that EATS AND SHATS FARTITECTURE- illustrates cross-design-disciplinary Bo Bardi’s personification of Brazilian architecture as a child in need of nurturing and her aversion to cliché, routine and that misogynistic modernism that “[demoralizes] the spirit of new architecture.”

“She was unafraid to be childlike and vulgar, yet also unafraid to lead with boldness in a foreign country. Her work transcends institutional permission and speaks right to a space of fantasy.” __video creators Ouida Angelica Biddle & Nicolau Vergueiro.

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