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alice leorabriggs - surface and surfaceBeautifully dark sgraffito drawing by Alice Leora Briggs for the book ‘Dreamland: The Way Out of Juarez’ by Charles Bowden. I heard the story behind ‘Dreamland’ on the always enlightening radio show ‘This American Life’ during the week.Well worth a listen, the least you’ll get is a grounding reality check from a story of tortured, murder and revenge.

www.aliceleorabriggs.com

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Candylab Toys - surface and surface 01I would have loved these when I was a kid. Great looking Kickstarter by Vlad Dragusin + Candylab Toys. ‘Heirloom wood toy cars, inspired by mid-century American design and car culture.’ Pretty impressive the about amount of work that goes into brining a toy to market. Follow the link below to support Candlab’s Kickstarter and watch the video.

www.kickstarter.com

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Dana Schutz - surface and surfaceWe ran a competition for BLOW photo magazine last month and the winner chose Dana Schutz’s ‘The Sneeze’ as their favorite portrait.

‘Sneeze does everything a portrait shouldn’t: contorted and unflattering, Schutz sets up the serene stillness of memento just to interrupt it with high-velocity drool and repulsive gobs of snot. It’s a comic take on painting that’s just fundamentally wrong. More akin to an unfortunate photographic snapshot than honoured art tradition, Schutz uses her medium to embellish the horror of embarrassment, exaggerating a moment of inopportune affliction to a permanent monument of public ridicule.’ The Saatchi Gallery

More of her work below. WARNING, pretty gruesome birthing image at the end of the post.

www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/dana_schutz

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