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Graffiti by Hush: Tags, Kimono & Geisha

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Graffiti by Hush: Tags, Kimono & Geisha

This is my second post featuring graffiti by Hush. While Hush’s earlier works focused on imagery of girls from anime and manga, this image has been superseded in his later work by the image of the geisha. Like the anime girl, the geisha is an ideal; the mythical epitome of “oriental beauty” which exists only in the Western imagination.

Hush’s technique has also progressed. While his work still retains the detail and complexity of his collage-like images, his newer work is more painterly. Spray-painted tags are layered against traditional Japanese textile patterns, while a color palette of rich vermilion, turquoise and gold reflects the sumptuousness of embroidered silk.

Check out my earlier post: Graffiti by Hush: Doe-eyed Anime Girls

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Graffiti by Hush: Doe-eyed Anime Girls

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Graffiti by Hush: Doe-eyed Anime Girls

Hush‘s work seems more like collage than conventional graffiti. Appropiated images are densely layered so that doe-eyed anime girls mix with Grecian sculpture and seemingly random images. Typography also has a strong presence in the form of comic books sound effects, Japanese kanji and calligraphic tags. The result are richly layered works which frame his anime heroines within the larger history of art and popular culture, blurring the lines between the artistic and the pornographic.

Part 2 focusses on Hush’s newer work on the image of the Geisha.

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Monuments Gone to Waste: The Art of Ikeda Manabu

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Monuments Gone to Waste: The Art of Ikeda Manabu

Massive structures and piles of wreckage are the subject of Ikeda Manabu‘s work. His monumental images are filled with an incredible detail. The spires of a church and the slides of a waterpark alike are buried the debris of an overgrown civilization. It’s a dystopia reflecting the spectacle and excess of our own contemporary society.

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Sublime Tropics: The Art of Edwin Ushiro

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Sublime Tropics: The Art of Edwin Ushiro

Edwin Ushiro‘s works are the result of a unique mixed media approach. His works fuse digital and traditional techniques, combining paint, ink, iron transfers, and other materials to create works that have a distinctive luminosity.  Each image tells a story based on Ushiro’s childhood memories of his native Hawaii, as well as the islands’ own folktales and ghost stories. The result is a gorgeous mixture of realism with dreamlike nostalgia in sublime sun-drenched landscapes.

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Japanese Ghost Stories by Tomoko Kashiki

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Japanese Ghost Stories by Tomoko Kashiki

The work of Tomoko Kashiki both creepy and beautifully dreamlike. Strange stylized figures appear in empty landscapes that look like they’re inspired by Japanese myths and ghost stories. Enjoy.

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Spherical Dystopias by Sashie Masakatsu

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The work of Sashie Masakatsu presents surreal images of spherical cities, which float planet-like over an urban wasteland. Architectural details make these spheres recognizably Japanese, a metaphor for Tokyo itself, the largest metropolitan area in the world. But Tokyo also represents the ideal of a utopian metropolis, a failed dream replaced by social isolation and environmental degradation.

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Nippon Fantasy: Illustration by Yamamoto Nori

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Yamamoto Nori‘s illustration combines anime-style characters with traditional Japanese motifs. Swirling clouds of cherry blossoms, and girls in kimono with long dark hair mix alongside school uniforms in surreal and dream-like works. Enjoy.

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Candyfloss Pinups by Olivia De Berardinis

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Cotton candy boas, silk stockings, and pink satin bows are hallmarks of Olivia De Berardinis’ deliciously sweet pinups. Sheer fabrics play against naked skin in a visual striptease. It’s pure cheesecake: beautiful girl in the girliest of lingerie. Enjoy.

Check out my previous post on Olivia’s artworks of Bettie Page.

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Bettie Page by Olivia De Berardinis

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Olivia De Berardinis is a master (or should I say mistress?) of the classic retro pinup. And one of her favorite models is the Queen of Pinups, Bettie Page. Olivia captures Page in moods ranging from smiling to seductive, teasing and playful, full of the personality and charisma that made her an icon.

Look forward to Part 2 featuring more of Olivia’s work.

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“We Miss You Magic Land” a Fantastically Sweet Installation by Pip & Pop

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Artistic duo Pip & Pop, aka Nicole Andrijevic and Tanya Schultz, have answered all our childhood dreams with their recent installation “We Miss You Magic Land” at the Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane. A delirious magical candy-land formed out of incandescent sugar, it resembles a mysterious planet or coral reef, filled with intricate origami flowers, fungi gone wild, and tiny creatures.

The work is a rare representation of the intricate fantasy worlds of childhood, and attempts to reignite your childlike imagination and curiosity as you explore this Magic Land. You can also play with their interactive website.

Images via murmurmo, and QAGOMA.

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