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Nini Baseema

Nini is a self-proclaimed Social Media Whore, living and working in Germany. Her main profession lies in the conventional corporate media world, but she's certainly come around, having worked for several online music mags, with a number of photographers, and for record labels such as the iconic LA-based Southern Lord Records.

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Simon Schubert makes art by folding and unfolding paper

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Thursday 12 July 2012

Some people paint, others do origami. What Simon Schubert does, might best be called ‘something right between the two’. The German artist folds and unfolds paper until a ‘ghost image’ appears. His recent work includes a collection of more than 100 pictures resembling different views on the interior of a villa. I have no clue how someone can think of an idea like that, but it is surely marvelous.

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Beautiful and haunting series by Gonzalo Bénard

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By Nini Baseema in New Photography on Wednesday 11 July 2012

Gonzalo Bénard is one of my favourite contemporary photographers. I particularly like his self-portraits as they are of an intimidating quality, ignoring common beauty ideals and stereotypes. In his recent series of pictures, he focuses on capturing people in their vulnerable, intimate, nude, private, and lonely moments, telling their story from the perspective of a stranger. It’s a beautiful and haunting series.

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Deenesh Ghyczy’s fragmented portraits

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Tuesday 10 July 2012

Deenesh Ghyczy is a German-Hungarian artist currently residing in Berlin. He has come up with a series of portraits capturing people as if they were seen through patterned glass. ‘For a long time now, we ceased having a core identity, as such. We are many people, with different identities and different personalities’, he says. The paintings are currently exhibited in Istanbul, Ankara and Cologne.

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Photorealistic oil paintings by Philip Barlow

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Tuesday 10 July 2012

I love bokeh photography. There is something about the out-of-focus perspective that I find very soothing. Naturally, I am a big fan of the photorealistic oil paintings of Philip Barlow, who plays with the bokeh effect on an oil canvas.

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Home: the new single from Russell Swallow and the Wolf

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By Nini Baseema in New Music on Saturday 23 June 2012

What does it take to become a successful singer-songwriter? I don’t know, but a lovely voice, beautiful melodies, and a face that’s easy to look at certainly won’t hurt. Russell Swallow from England fulfills all of the aforementioned criteria. The first outtake of his upcoming album, Sunrise Mountain, is Home, a beautiful track that can be downloaded for free from his website. The video […]

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Real people turned into still life paintings

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Take a close look: ‘This is clearly a painting’. That’s what you’ll most likely expect, wouldn’t you? Now, take a further look and imagine that these are real life people with paint on them. ‘Wow’, right? Alexa Meade, from D.C, has created a new art form it seems. She likes to blend people into her creations in a pretty unusual way. With her aesthetic, she manages to play around skillfully combing paint, portraiture, photography and performance.

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Bertil Nillson photographs bodies in movement

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By Nini Baseema in New Photography on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Being a dancer and into photography myself, I know how challenging it can be to capture people in movement. I really appreciate the art of Bertil Nillson. The Swedish photographer and filmmaker, who is currently residing in London, focusses on dancers and circus people with his work. His creative output is full of life and energy, celebrating the human body in its grace.

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Graphic design series by Luke Thornhill

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By Nini Baseema in New Design on Wednesday 6 June 2012

Luke Thornhill is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator who loves haribo and 0.05 fine liner pens a little too much. One of his recent works includes a series for NxtCh I find pretty heartwarming. NxtCh is a young peoples’ charity that helps those aged up to 19 with either abuse at home or being homeless.

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The Archipelago of the Azores: a lost paradise

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By Nini Baseema in Cool Travel on Friday 25 May 2012

I spent the past two weeks in one of the most amazing travel destinations I have ever been to. The Archipelago of the Azores is composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1,500 km (930 mi) west from the European coast, and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from the east coast of North America.

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Portraits made from string by Pamela Campagna

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Wednesday 23 May 2012

Pamela Campagna is a graphic designer from Italy who has come up with a series of portraits that is truly innovative. Mainly consisting of threads and nails, her works are a symbolic expression for the networks she has created with the motifs they display – mainly of people she knows, like friends and family.

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Brilliant one line drawing series by Eemz

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By Nini Baseema in New Illustration on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Eemz is an illustrator and mixed-media artist from Cairo. She has recently come up with a one line drawing series that I find quite adorable. Lots of her motifs look like minimalist doodling interpretations of characters from the Arabian Nights or the Pharaonic period. I would really love to see these turned into t shirt motifs or printed on postcards, so I can send them around to my friends.

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Fragmented photography art by Michael Mapes

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Tuesday 8 May 2012

Michael Mapes is a mixed-media artist from New York. By dissecting portrait photographs and compartmentalizing individual fragments within plastic bags, glass vials, magnifiers, in gelatin capsules and on insect pins, he creates intriguing pieces of art.

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Unnamed sound sculpture by Daniel Franke

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By Nini Baseema in New Film on Monday 7 May 2012

Daniel Franke has created an amazing new kind of art. He calls it a sound sculpture. It is based on the recorded motion data of a dancer shot with three depth cameras, a complex procedure that resulted in a beautifully moving digital body, consisting of 22,000 points. The closer we look, the more abstract the sculpture becomes.

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Fighting Kind: new single from Melbourne’s Ainslie Wills

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By Nini Baseema in New Music on Thursday 3 May 2012

Who is this girl and why haven’t I heard of her before? These were my exact thoughts when I saw this video popping up on one of my friend’s pages the other day. Apparently Fighting Kind is the first single from Melbourne musician, Ainslie Wills. Her forthcoming album is titled You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine, and if it keeps what the first outtake is promising, then I’ll have to own a copy. The video for Fighting Kind was directed by Jem Selig, who shot it over two days in a small darkroom.

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Beautiful collage art by Sander Steins

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By Nini Baseema in New Art on Wednesday 25 April 2012

Sander Steins is a self taught artist from Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He’s extremely versatile: a true creative soul that finds inspiration anywhere and in all kinds of art types. I particularly like his recent mixed media collage series. I want to buy and re-decorate my living room with them!

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