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New Blurred Cityscapes by Valerio D’Ospina

April 28, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Cattedrale di Milano (2014). Oil on canvas, 40 x 40in.

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Manhattan (2013). Oil on panel, 35 x 48in.

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Driving on Madison Avenue (2013). Oil on panel, 48 x 24in.

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Broadway and West 25th (2013). Oil on panel, 24 x 16.5in.

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Duomo di Milano (2012) Oil on linen, 39 x 56in. / Facade (2012). Oil on panel, 24 x 30in.

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Bivio (2011). Oil on panel, 40 x 24in.

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La Strada (2014). Oil on panel, 48 x 40in.

It’s hard not to get lost in these dramatically blurred architectural renderings and cityscapes of New York and Italy by Italian painter Valerio D’Ospina (previously). The Pennsylvania-based artist most recently had a show last year at Mason Murer, and you can now follow him on Facebook and Instagram. (This Isn’t Happiness)

 

 



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Gritty New Cityscapes by Jeremy Mann

April 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Rooftops in the Snow

Times Square Lights

Times Square Lights

7th Avenue Night

7th Ave. Night

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen

Manhattan Nights

Manhattan Nights

The City Tempest

The City Tempest

The Last Light of San Francisco

The Last Light of San Francisco

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The Market Street Steamvent

It’s almost impossible for me to select a favorite piece when looking at paintings by San Francisco painter Jeremy Mann (previously). Each of his works seems so wholly genuine, a mix of mystery and grit that brings a sublime light to iconic cities like New York and San Francisco. Above are a selection of paintings from the last two years or so, and you should also check out his recent Figures series. (via one of my favorite new art Tumblrs, Anita Leocadia)

 

 



Photography

A Breathtaking Aerial View of the Chicago Skyline as Reflected on Lake Michigan

March 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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While on approach to Chicago O’Hare International Airport last week after a business trip, amateur photographer Mark Hersch glanced out his window at the setting sun and decided to pull out his iPhone to take a photo. Right then the plane banked for a 180-degree left turn over Lake Michigan for a final westward approach when an unexpected play of light occurred: the entire skyline of Chicago was suddenly projected in shadow from underneath the cover of clouds. It’s safe to say this is textbook definition of a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Photo courtesy Mark Hersch. (via Twisted Sifter)

 

 



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Photographs Made from Woven Film Strips by Seung Hoon Park

February 6, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Part collage, part photography, part tapestry, these fragmented interpretations of iconic buildings and landmarks by Seung Hoon Park (previously) are truly something to ponder over. Each image begins with 8mm or 16mm camera film strips which he lays down in rows to create a larger surface that effectively acts as a single piece of film. Park then exposes two images in a large format 8×10″ camera using sets of vertical and horizontal strips which are woven together to create a final print. The photographer has traveled to locations around the world including Rome, Milan, Venice and Prague to shoot images for this ongoing series titled Textus. Several limited edition prints are available through Susan Spiritus Gallery.

 

 



Photography

Vortograph by Simon Gardiner

October 22, 2011

Christopher Jobson

The vortograph is an abstract form of photography that creates kaleidoscopic repetitions by photographing objects through a triangular arrangement of three mirrors. The process dates back to the work of Alvin Langdon Coburn who is credited for inventing the method in 1917. Photographer Simon Gardiner decided to give it a try and created this stunning, Inception-esque urban vortex. More like this, please. See also the music video for Eskmo’s We Got More. (via dark silence in suburbia)

 

 



Photography

Twisted Architecture by Nicholas Kennedy Sitton

October 7, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Though I’m enjoying numerous photos by Nicholas Kennedy Sitton, these three twisty architectural shots really jumped out at me. (via fasels suppe)

 

 



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Jiang Pengyi’s Miniature Decaying Urban Landscapes

September 12, 2011

Christopher Jobson


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When checking out the Blindspot Gallery site I almost skipped right over these photographs by Jiang Pengyi thinking they were nothing more than ruin porn, but a closer glance revealed something quite different. Amongst the filthy detritus in Pengyi’s photographs, entire miniature cities emerge from the shadows, as if the evolution of cockroaches had dramatically accelerated resulting in the construction of bug-sized skyscrapers and transit systems. Though the photos aren’t meant as commentary on wildlife, but rather the excessive urbanization, redevelopment and demolition in the city of Beijing. Many more images here.