#CSL01 Ships on Quarterly

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I just wanted to say a quick thanks to everyone who subscribed on Quarterly for my first shipment, #CSL01. The idea was based loosely around puzzles and we managed to obtain some killer prints of the maze that took seven years to draw, a translucent shark model, and some fun Kubix puzzles. We’re putting everything together for #CSL02 and you have two weeks left to subscribe.

Update: I’ve gotten a number of emails from people asking about the maze print. Unfortunately Quarterly doesn’t offer back issues, but you want to get your hands on a copy get in touch with Johnny Strategy.

The Fantastic Imagination of Illustrator Simón Prades

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Freelance illustrator and graphic designer Simón Prades says that he prefers to work with analog mediums such ink, pencil and watercolor to help express his fantastic imagination that explores ideas of nature, memory, and dreams. Prades lives and works in Saarbrücken, Germany and teaches illustration at the university of applied sciences in Trier. You can find more of his work over on Behance. If you liked this also check out the work of Pat Perry.

Translucent Hermit Shell Crabs Adorned with Architectural Cityscapes by Aki Inomata

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NYC / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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NYC / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Bangkok / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Zaanse Schans / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Zaanse Schans / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Tokyo / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Santorini / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Honfleur / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

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Installation view at Ai Kowada Gallery / © Aki Inomata courtesy of Ai Kowada Gallery

Created in 2009 by Japanese artist Aki Inomata, these fantastic little cityscapes atop hermit crab shells were part of a body of work titled “Why not hand over a shelter to hermit crabs?.” Keeping the welfare of the animal in mind, Inomata studied the needs of the hermit crab to select a compatible shell and used a CT scanner to image the interior of sea shells so she could adapt her own miniature sculptures into suitable homes. The small buildings and skylines were then designed atop the plastic shell forms to mimic the architecture of various cities including New York, Tokyo, Bangkok and elsewhere.

As hermit crabs outgrow their shells it becomes necessary to find a new, larger home. With this project Inomata hoped to draw a parallel to our own need as humans to migrate or find shelter in a new city. Photographs of the final works were on display at Ai Kowada Gallery. (via designboom)

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Humorous and Political Street Art by Escif

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Ne travaillez jamais (Besancon, France)

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Gentrification (Valencia, Spain)

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HELP (Praghe / Czech Republic)

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El rescate del euro (Niort, France)

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The Enlightened Vandalism (Vila-real, Spain)

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Lock (Montreal, Canada)

Spanish muralist and street artist Escif hails from Valencia, Spain but is actively globally with recent works popping up throughout Canada, Italy, and France. His use of subdued colors and simple lines helps the artist communicate his humorous and often direct commentary on capitalism, politics, the economy and other sensitive social issues. His work is much more about the message than style. In an interview with Unurth the artist shares:

Although sometimes is not easy to separate, I try to focus my work around concepts, not just shapes. I try to found my style like the consequences of my own ideas. I understand the painting as an exercise of reflection that can be shared with people. I’m not looking for decorative paintings, I try to wake up viewers minds.

Above is just a tiny fraction of Escif’s work over the last two years or so. You can see much more on his blog Street Against, on Facebook, or over on Flickr. (via arrested motion)

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Hypnotic Animated GIFs from Mat Lucas

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UK-based artist Mat Lucas works by day as a graphic designer and by night runs a Tumblr of experimental art called 89—A. Lucas tells me that many of his GIFs begin as a problem he’s facing while learning various graphics and video applications like Cinema4D, After Effects, and Photoshop. The byproduct of his experimentation are often ethereal geometric forms that pulsate, rotate and contract in various hypnotic patterns. Above are some of my favorite pieces but you can see much more here. If you liked this also check out the work of Matthew DiVito and Paolo Čerić.

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Behind a Little House Project: Dramatic Changes in Landscape Behind a Tiny House

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For his Behind a Little House Project Italian photographer Manuel Cosentino found an unsuspecting muse: a tiny nondescript house on an unexceptional hill. He returned to photograph the small building from the exact same location for nearly two years in order to capture the dramatic changes in weather and light that utterly changed the scenery just beyond the horizon. As part of a traveling exhibition the photos are mounted on a wall behind a book containing copies of a photo of the house against a white sky. Viewers are then invited to draw their own interpretation of what appears behind the little house. Via his artist statement:

The first photograph starts the series with a Big-Bang-like explosion and sets everything into motion, the last is a new beginning – it represents that piece of “carte blanche” that we are all given with our lives. By drawing in the book anyone is at the same time breathing life into it, keeping it alive page after page, and is also responsible for his or her contribution within a wider context.

The entire project is currently on view at Klompching Gallery in New York as part of their Annual Summer Show through August 10th. (via reddit)

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NASA Releases Photo of Earth Taken from the Dark Side of Saturn by the Cassini Spacecraft

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Yesterday NASA published a new photograph taken on July 19, 2013, by a wide-angle camera on the Cassini spacecraft that shows a view of Earth from the dark side of Saturn. In the photo Earth is 898 million miles away and the moon appears as just a tiny protrusion off to the right (you might need to see it up close). According to NASA this is only the third time that Earth has ever been photographed from the outer solar system.

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