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Denimu

A love of traveling, art, and denim saw this Brit native mix them all up. The result was art crafted from denim and a new home in Sweden. Even though he once lived in Australia and never rode a wave, Denimu is only slightly better with a keyboard and likes to write about the things he has seen on his travels and the people he meets along the way.

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Spencer Keeton Cunningham’s native American Indian themed street art

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By Denimu in New Art on Tuesday 30 April 2013

Spencer Keeton Cunningham is a talented guy. I’m not sure if it’s his illustrations, murals or photography I like the best. Playing with the overly romanticized notion of North American Indian culture as a series of icons, sketches or markers, Cunningham is able to speak to the viewer through short, graphic strokes that hit hard. […]

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Bryan Cunningham makes art with pop tops

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By Denimu in New Art on Tuesday 30 April 2013

Next time you open a can of coke and throw away the pop tops, spare a thought for Bryan Cunningham who collects hundreds of them to make these amazing pieces on canvas that are held on and stretched using them. You can see an inspiration drawn from his hometown of New Orleans as he uses […]

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Tom Haney’s mechanical sculptures

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By Denimu in New Products on Monday 29 April 2013

Tom Haney produces animatronic figurines that gesticulate on their own; the creation, of which, requires an unique assortment of skills like sculpting, carpentry, and mechanical prowess. Although some see his work as a reaction to today’s throwaway society, he sees it as a way to reconnect with the past. ‘I cherish traditions, not trends. I […]

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Adam Wallacavage’s Octopus-inspired chandeliers

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By Denimu in New Art on Monday 29 April 2013

Living in the home country of IKEA, it is always nice to see something original, hand crafted, and AWESOME. Adam Wallacavage’s chandeliers are just that. Creating the chandelier from epoxy clay, spray paint and ‘secret sauce to give it that classy glassy look,’ Wallacavage creates extravagant ornamental sculptures crafted in a myriad of colours and […]

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Hugh MacLeod’s Gaping Void illustrations

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By Denimu in New Illustration on Friday 29 March 2013

For a guy whose fame came from doodles on the back of business cards, Hugh MacLeod’s latest showing is a logical extension. The cartoonist of ‘Gaping Void’ fame was recently recruited to lend his unique characters to bestselling author Brian Solis’ newest book, WTF, or What’s the Future of Business. It is a refreshing approach […]

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Threading graffiti by Laura Ortiz Vega

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By Denimu in New Art on Thursday 28 March 2013

Look closely, this is not spray paint. Mexican artist, Laura Ortiz Vega, takes things made of stone and paint, things aggressive and chaotic, and transforms them into something delicate and beautiful using the traditional techniques of the Huichol people – ‘Painting‘ the surface of her panel with colourful threads glued with a natural bees wax […]

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Rubble Kings: the story of NYC’s gang subculture influence on hip hop

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By Denimu in New Film on Saturday 2 March 2013

‘We believe this story is too important to go untold!’ Rubble Kings is a feature length documentary by Shan Nicholson about the New York city street gangs of the late ‘60s & ‘70s and their influence on hip-hop. From 1968 to 1975, gangs ruled New York City. Beyond the idealistic hopes of the civil rights […]

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Miniaturist graphite drawings by Jason D’Aquino

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By Denimu in New Illustration on Wednesday 27 February 2013

Jason D’Aquino refers to himself as a miniaturist and no one can doubt that when you see the size of his detailed graphite drawings of icons of pop culture, common objects, and his own creations that are only a inch or so in size which he creates with high powered magnifiers. He chooses to work […]

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‘Marble’ sculptures made from recycled paper-based material

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By Denimu in New Art on Thursday 10 January 2013

At first view, it looks like a normal marble sculpture. However, Long-Bin Chen uses books, newspapers, magazines, and other material that have been discarded as the medium for creating his sculptures. This act of recycling paper-based material informs Chen’s work and the figures he creates are of an odd and extraordinary beauty. Buddha faces, Aztec and Chinese warriors, the human figure, land maps, and entire rooms are magically created out of discards from our ‘paper society’. One of the most interesting sights during Art Basel Week.

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Asif Farooq handmakes 300 guns out of cardboard

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By Denimu in New Art on Tuesday 8 January 2013

While trying to find a bar one night in Miami, we stumbled across one of the most amazing sights: ‘Asif’s Gun’s’, a pop up gun store created by Asif Farooq. Exhibiting more than 300 guns he handcrafted from found cardboard, painstakingly reproducing the size, shape and individual components, from snub-nosed revolvers to M16 assault rifles.

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Christian Faur’s crayon art

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By Denimu in New Illustration on Saturday 29 December 2012

Christian Faur’s crayon art exemplifies a unique and exciting new technique. Instead of utilizing traditional medium Faur turns to a material from our childhood: the crayon. He uses individually hand cast wax crayons to explore the complexity of the pixel in digital photography. Using each crayon like a pixel, he arranges thousands upon thousands of colorful handmade crayons into beautiful and elaborate works of art that allude to aspects of Pointillism and digital photography.

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Seung Mo Park’s wire mesh portraits

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By Denimu in New Art on Saturday 29 December 2012

Just when you thought every material had been used to create an amazing piece of art, here is Korean artist Seung Mo Park who cuts layer upon layer of wire mesh to create a portrait. He starts with a photograph then superimposes it over layers of wire with a projector, and then starts snipping away. I saw them at Scope in Miami and they are incredible, and certainly one of the top pieces of what I saw during the Basel week.

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Sophia Collier’s water sculptures

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By Denimu in New Art on Friday 28 December 2012

One day Sophia Collier was walking across a bridge and wished she could just reach down into the water and pick up a piece of that shining surface and keep it forever. She wondered how to recreate it, and from her day job in finance, she knew it was possible to develop software to model vast, turbulent, nonlinear data sets like money ‘and also, maybe, water in motion.’

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Amazing acrylic paintings by Daniel Melim

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By Denimu in New Art on Tuesday 16 October 2012

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Daniel Melim and seeing his amazing acrylic paintings on a transparent acrylic membrane. The intense blue contrasting against rich vibrant colours becomes clear when realizing that it is actually a painting, of a painting. Melim first paints on fabrics and places them in ‘contact with nature: hills and irregular volumes of stamped cloths that seem to dance in the wind under a blue sky that resembles the Summer clear sky’.

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Sculptures of everyday objects by Michael Johansson

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By Denimu in New Art on Thursday 11 October 2012

As a child, Michael Johansson was fascinated building models. Of his own work as a sculptural artist, he says: ‘Everyday objects from mid-20th century housewives are taken apart, sorted, and repacked in an equally outdated boydream esthetics. These two worlds are merged together and the objects are frozen in their new shape – while the function is displayed, the functionality is taken away’. He also applies the same treatment to bikes, boats and gardening appliances.

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