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Brooding Cityscapes Painted with Oils by Jeremy Mann

January 21, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Mann executes these sublime, moody cityscapes using oil paints. To create each work he relies on a wide range of techniques including surface staining, the use of solvents to wipe away paint, and the application of broad, gritty marks with an ink brayer. The resulting paintings are dark and atmospheric, urban streets seemingly drenched in rain and mystery. Mann’s work is in no way limited to cityscapes, he also paints the human figure, still lifes, and landscapes. He currently has work at John Pence Gallery and you can see many more of his cityscapes here. (via my darkened eyes)

 

 



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Mentalgassi Transforms Urban Fixtures into Urban Hilarity

December 31, 2012

Christopher Jobson

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Berlin-based art collective Mentalgassi just put up two new pieces (top two images) for Getxo Photo 2012, an annual photography festival in Spain. Mentalgassi is known for their use of large photographs pasted onto outdoor objects, most commonly the use of portraits. You can also follow them on Facebook. (via arrested motion)

 

 



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Blurry Nightlife Oil Paintings by Alexandra Pacula

February 15, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Brookyln-based painter Alexandra Pacula is fascinated by nightlife, and in her words, “a world of visual intoxication.” She paints very large canvases that look like blurry long-exposure photographs of hectic urban scenes, the photos you might capture accidentally on your digital camera while using the wrong setting (or probably that’s just me). See much more of her work here.

 

 



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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)

 

 



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Street Artist EVOL Creates Towering Residential Skyscrapers out of Concrete Slabs

October 6, 2011

Christopher Jobson

EVOL (previously) just published photos of a fantastic new piece, a crumbling hunk of cement slabs that he’s converted into one of his trademark urban residences using spraypaint and stencils. I envy the people who discover his work in the wild without any knowledge of the artist. How fun would it be to stumble onto this?

 

 



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Incredible Time-lapse Capturing Exterior Painting of Sprawling Russian Industrial Plant

October 1, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Moscow-based filmmaker Sasha Aleksandrov captured this dramatic exterior paint job of what appears to be a cold-war era industrial plant. Aleksandrov shot everything by hand over a period of two months without the use of a steadicam or camera track slider&em;meaning he would move the camera and tripod every few feet, capture some footage, repeat 50 times, then used software to stabilize the final shots. The film takes what must have been a grueling physical process involving countless workers and makes it look almost fun.

 

 



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Urban City by EVOL

July 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

German street artist EVOL has constructed this urban “X” in a field outside of Hamburg as part of the upcoming MS Dockville music and art festival. The structure took eight days to dig and construct and you can see an annotated photo series showing the process here. How unbelievably fun is this? Although I’m sure eight days is enough work, I can’t help but imagine what it would be like to scale this even larger into an entire network of entrenched skyscrapers. (via unurth)