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CMYK Puzzle

December 21st, 2014

CMYK Puzzle by Clemens Habicht. More on thaeger.com.

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Digital Art by XiaoJi

Digital Art by XiaoJi

December 21st, 2014

Digital portraits by Chinese artist XiaoJi. More inspirations

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Mahjong

Mahjong Character

December 20th, 2014

在「將子求財」這個線上麻將遊戲中,我承接了麻將的角色設計工作。 客戶想要呈現出的角色形象是無厘頭的、搞笑的、惡搞的, 雖然和自己的風格不同,但設計時還是覺得非常有趣。 …

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Fantasy Illustrations by Dogan Oztel

Fantasy Illustrations by Dogan Oztel

December 19th, 2014

Set of inspiring fantasy illustrations by Dogan Oztel, an artist from France. Visit Dogan Oztel

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Eyes Shut Tight by Josephine Cardin

Eyes Shut Tight by Josephine Cardin

December 19th, 2014

Female portrait photography by Rochester, New York based artist Josephine Cardin. Visit Josephine Cardin

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Floating

Is it possible to view space without positioning humans in it? Humans – that is ourselves. Can we look at space in its purity without instinctively projecting human situations, relations onto it? Looking at the artworks, one might get the impression that the series examines the relationship between mankind and space given that the pictures depict solitary figures floating in vast spans of space. But as the concept of solitude describes the relationship between the individual and the outside world – i.e. the first person singular and them -, so do the figures in the pictures depict the relation between the individual and the outside world rather than that of mankind and space. Physical space is merely a segment of the world but the backgrounds depicted symbolise the outside world in a much broader sense.

All the photographs show humans in an artificial, man-built environment, which offers a number of possible associations: man versus building as small versus large, temporary versus permanent, living versus lifeless. The spacious buildings shown in the pictures provide the background to social relationships. Serving as social settings, they inherently require a certain set of behavioural patterns, a degree of self-control and adaptation of man, which will – in all cases – be coupled with a certain level of sacrifice. This is particularly true of the old buildings, whose venerable elegance, monumental character invoking ancient times and ancestors enhance the sense of pressure to display behaviour that is considered acceptable and desirable. Spaces thus become symbols of these restrictive conditions of belonging to a community, barriers of self-expression and self-assertion, and limitation on our independence. The figures depicted in the photographs are physically detached from every single corner of the given building serving as backgrounds as if freeing themselves from barriers of communal existence. Their relaxed posture, however, tells about their loneliness being a more deliberate and calm introversion, a kind of self-imposed temporary solitude rather than hopeless and aggressive isolation. They seem to be floating in a surreal freedom of their own making.

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Michael Dachstein

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