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August 21, 2013 5:19 AM   Subscribe


 
This is some of the most delightful, humorous, inventive, witty and creative contemporary art I've seen in a long time. I'm in love with this guy's work. Thanks so much for introducing me to it, Brandon.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:46 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Note: several of the images from the linked gallery appear in the Prima e Dopo (Before and After) gallery, which is an interesting glimpse of the artist's process.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:55 AM on August 21, 2013


Really great. Some images I just didn't get - took ages to twig to the playing card one. So intriguing!
posted by glasseyes at 6:06 AM on August 21, 2013


I like the dice. And now I have a new folksy idiom with which to embarrass my kids: "....would've scared the dots offa paradise."
posted by straight at 6:25 AM on August 21, 2013




clever stuff.... thanks!
posted by HuronBob at 6:28 AM on August 21, 2013


Reminds me of my dad giving people those silly electric corn cobs as gag gifts.
posted by straight at 6:32 AM on August 21, 2013


One part Rene Magrittte, one part, Gahan Wilson, one part Spencers Gifts.

Scattershot, but interesting. Thanks.
 
posted by Herodios at 6:44 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Broken :(
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:53 AM on August 21, 2013


It's still working for me.

This image is my favorite of the bunch, for the story it tells. Somewhere, a fern is struggling through the mean urban streets, trying to be back to the forest it only vaguely remembers.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 6:58 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


Owes a heavy debt to Jacques Carelman's work, down to the title (Catalogue d'objets introuvables, or Catalog of Unfindable Objects). Not accusing anybody of plagiarism here; once you get into the topic of mutating everyday things, you're mining a rich, albeit very small, vein of ore.
posted by ardgedee at 7:04 AM on August 21, 2013


Your "this" is my "Gahan Wilson", Brandon, and it's probably my favourite, too. But given the bedsheet-ladder, I prefer to visualize our hero leaving root-prints in the sand on the beach in Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
 
posted by Herodios at 7:25 AM on August 21, 2013


Cool stuff.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 8:44 AM on August 21, 2013


By gum, it's full of whimsy...

IOW I like it!
posted by Mister_A at 9:47 AM on August 21, 2013


I don't get this one - is he just saying it's not likely to get a hand that good?
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:15 AM on August 21, 2013


Yes, it's very unlikely that you'll get a royal flush in black hearts.
posted by forgetful snow at 10:20 AM on August 21, 2013 [2 favorites]


I would eat this. I would also eat chicken nugget, mashed potato, or lobster salad versions.
posted by Metroid Baby at 10:22 AM on August 21, 2013


these are amazing and a little disconcerting. I love it, thanks for posting.
posted by xbonesgt at 10:33 AM on August 21, 2013


black hearts

Oh, duh. Thanks.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:58 AM on August 21, 2013


black hearts

Black? If you look closely you'll see those are Vulcan playing cards.
posted by straight at 11:04 AM on August 21, 2013 [1 favorite]


In your defence Greg, I wouldn't have noticed it either if I hadn't coincidentally just switched tabs from this article.
posted by forgetful snow at 1:07 PM on August 21, 2013


These are great fun. I saw a few posted elsewhere, so thanks for the full gallery.

This one is totally just manicotti though!
posted by lucidium at 2:32 PM on August 21, 2013


(Also, I can almost hear the SCP articles about some of them.)
posted by lucidium at 2:36 PM on August 21, 2013


Aw, I was saving this up for an FPP about Jaime Pitarch, but I was waiting because his site got hacked and he took it down. At this point there's no telling when he'll put it back up, unfortunately, so just the images at that link are available. He has a lot in common with this guy - in particular the first piece I found by him, this sunglass, is a lot like the first image in the gallery up top.
posted by 23 at 8:00 PM on August 21, 2013


Good, fun, kitsch. But moar Weimaraners plz.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 8:30 PM on August 21, 2013


I don't get this one.
posted by infinitewindow at 10:28 PM on August 22, 2013


I'm performing a marriage that day.
posted by 23 at 12:39 AM on August 23, 2013


infinitewindow, in the days before personal calendars and PDAs, people used to tie a knot in their handkerchief to remind them to do something. I think the picture you're talking about is essentially "reminding oneself to remind oneself".
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:09 AM on August 23, 2013 [1 favorite]


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