Get Surreal With It: Opening Ceremony X Rene Magritte

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A few weeks ago, Opening Ceremony released a quick flash of a collaboration: the renowned fashion makers “collaborated” with surrealist painter Rene Magritte to create a very tiny collection of wild clothing items. The items are extremely limited edition and seem to have been wiped from the brand’s website—but they still can be celebrated for being a brilliant mashing of art and fashion.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

April 9, 2014 / By

Gregory Hayes Paints Detailed Microcosms

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Gregory Hayes can make an entire artistic galaxy with a small smudge of paint. He is a hyper-pointilist who makes work that consists of small painted dots. The little parts work together to make a bigger image or movement—and each part has its own beauty. Unlike pointillism practitioners who dabbed a single color at a time to a canvas, Hayes’ “dots” features dazzling, bright marbling. His paintings require a closer look.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

April 8, 2014 / By

Zack Dougherty’s Tech Art Reflexive GIFs

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Of course the best way to comment on the current state of art and technology has to be through a GIF. What other form could it take? A website? A painting? No: a GIF. (Or perhaps a single channel video on a flat television, a la Brian Bress?) Portland artist Zack Dougherty is colliding classical art with very forward focused technologies that come together in retro future GIFs. They’re mesmerizing and dark, perhaps admonishing the dwindling talents of contemporary artists.

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KYLE FITZPATRICK

April 7, 2014 / By

Hyper Light Drifter is the Next Stylish Indie Game to Have on Your Radar

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Last week Bobby covered Firewatch, an upcoming indie game backed by a ‘holy trinity’ of game development. It’s sure-to-be-gorgeous-design reminded me of another beautiful up & coming game that I’ve had on my radar: Hyper Light Drifter. Video games are a huge passion of mine, and I’m not quick to gush over a title (especially one that I haven’t had the opportunity to play). Yet, here I am, gushing. In a world of increasingly creative and imaginative indie games, Heart Machine’s Hyper Light Drifter already stands out as one of the shining pillars of gameplay, art direction, and design.

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Nick Partyka

March 26, 2014 / By

Geoff McFetridge presents ‘Meditallucination’, a new show in Copenhagen

 Geoff McFetridge presents 'Meditallucination'

Last Friday Geoff McFetridge’s new show Meditallucination opened at V1 Gallery in Copenhagen, 13 new paintings that continue to expand his simplified style. The works are impressive, showing a fine balance in information, just enough detail to get his point across, which most of the team is a sort of clever unrealness. As he explains below the show is meant to mess with your pre-conceived notions.

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Bobby Solomon

March 25, 2014 / By

Reality Meets The Surreal in Hugo Barros’ Trippy Collages

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Portuguese artist Hugo Barros has a gift when it comes to the art of collage. His hand-crafted works create fantastic compositions that are filled with cosmic imagery and surreal sights. He shows skyscrapers that burst from desert dunes and waterfalls that cut away to reveal giant volcanic clouds below. A trip through his portfolio is a journey into a strange and magical place and it’s a journey that comes highly recommended.

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Philip Kennedy

March 24, 2014 / By

Mondo’s Disney Exhibition Brings Art Back into the Movie Poster

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Editor’s note: I work for Disney and the division that helped create the art show, but I had no part in this post, nor was there any money or funny business involved. Just saying.

The movie poster is dead. Remember the times of hand-drawn studio posters that possessed a creativity rivaling that of the films they represented? Neither do I. Or at least these would be the words I’d be spouting if not for Austin based Mondo. Last week, in collaboration with Oh My Disney, Mondo unveiled their most recent exhibition, Nothing’s Impossible! A homage to the beloved Disney classics we all cherished growing up (or, most likely, still do). Their gallery was filled with works inspired by the films and characters of Disney, featuring Mondo’s most talented recurring artists.

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Nick Partyka

March 19, 2014 / By

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