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Sarah Stitkin creates amazing art on DrawSomething

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Thursday 24 May 2012

There are people who play DrawSomething and then there are creative geniuses like Sarah Sitkin who use the app to create works of art that should be published in a graphic novel. Here’s a look at some of Sitkin’s creations. Be prepared to feel inferior.

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Hyper realistic sculptures by Duane Hanson

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Thursday 10 May 2012

Hyper Realism seems to be a growing area of art these days, but no work compares to the father of Hyper Realism Sculpture, Duane Hanson. Hanson’s work went beyond replicating the human form by creating vulnerable scenes of sloth and gluttony, showcasing mundane citizens chasing the American Dream.

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Paintings of vintage items by Robert Townsend

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Los Angeles-based pop realist painter, Robert Townsend, is a sucker for vintage items. And he paints suckers, too. Vintage matchbooks, postcards and moments of wanderlust play reoccurring themes in his work, along with sweets like cupcakes and lollipops. Sprinkled in the mix are glimpses of his sense of humor, like his 72×48 inch oil painting of a used car salesman named Bill Connor.

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Remarkable cake sculptures by Debbie Goard

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Wednesday 9 May 2012

Debbie Goard isn’t a baker, she’s a cake sculptor. If you’ve ever wanted to nom an edible spray can or chihuahua, this San Fran 3D cake artist can make it happen.

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Dancing with Invisible Light series made with Microsoft Kinect

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Friday 4 May 2012

Artist Audrey Penven’s Dancing with Invisible Light series is out of this world. She used Microsoft Kinect to cover her subjects with celestial dots: something that everyone is going to want to try now.

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Fuck You World, I’m Out: solo art show by Wasted Rita

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By Jena Ardell in New Events on Friday 4 May 2012

Wasted Rita is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Portugal who describes herself as a ‘rough mix between Jesus Christ and punk-rock’. Rita is having her second-ever solo show, Fuck You World. I’m Out, between April 28 and May 24 at Ó! Galeria in Porto. And, yes, her artwork contains a healthy amount of obscenities.

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Linoleum block prints by Dave Leftner

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By Jena Ardell in Video on Friday 4 May 2012

Artist Dave Leftner uses a 1950s technique known as reduction linoleum block printing to create one-of-a-kind prints of iconic, vintage signage, storefronts and architecture in Los Angeles. He also lives in a pretty bitchin’ loft.

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Polaroid double exposure self-portraits

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By Jena Ardell in New Photography on Friday 4 May 2012

I’m part-time traveler, part-time photographer who specializes in retro photography. My Polaroid double exposure self portraits are an on-going series, created in camera, no post editing. I’ve been working with Polaroids for over five years. I like the rush of shooting self portraits with instant film. It’s a mild adrenalin: equivalent to almost missing a bus. Once I set the self timer, I have 12-seconds to jump in front of the camera and become another person. Instant film, instant acting.

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Surveillance photos taken by Czech secret police in 70s, 80s

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By Jena Ardell in New Art on Wednesday 2 May 2012

Surveillance photographs taken by the communist secret police in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 80s. Voyeurism at its finest. Here, average citizens were caught on hidden cameras by spies hoping to make arrests. [via Vice]

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