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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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Ukiyo-e meets Anime: The Work of Lisa Alisa

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It’s hard to believe that the immaculate flat surfaces of Lisa Alisa‘s works are really painted. Inspired as much by anime as by the traditional motifs and minimalism of Japanese prints, her work combines old and new beautifully.

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Vogue Italia: The Poetic Spirit

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Paolo Roversi photographed Tiiu Kuik for this photo-shoot “The Poetic Spirit” for Vogue Italia, September 2003. More art photography than fashion spread, these decadent sepia images seem to recall romantic vintage postcards.

Pics via Fashion Spreads.

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Sculpture & Installations by Yoyoi Kusama

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This is second post featuring the work of the legendary polka-dot princess Yoyoi Kusama. While my previous post focused on her paintings this post features on her three-dimensional work: sculpture and installation. Yet there’s a wonderful harmony between Kuama’s painting and sculpture, it’s almost as if the decorative dots and lines of her painted work have expanded in her installations to create small universes of their own.

You can read more about Kusama in my previous post.

Pics via Poul Webb Art BlogARTBoom and Queensland Art Gallery.

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Dot Paintings by Yoyoi Kusama

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Yoyoi Kusama is the kind of artist who needs little introduction. Her distinctive visual style based on the repetition of dots has seen expression in every possible medium throughout a career lasting over sixty years. Over this time Kusama have both pioneered and embraced the changing art movements of pop art, surrealism, minimalism and conceptual art. At the same time Kusama has remained an outsider creating deeply personal work.

But this vivid inner world has been both an inspiration and a burden, and Kusama has struggled with mental illness throughout her life. Today she voluntarily resides in a mental institution in Japan. And yet despite this she’s created an incredible body of work, and is recognized internationally as one of the major artists of the 20th century.

This is Part One focussing on her dot paintings, Part Two, will feature her installations and sculpture.

Pics via Poul Webb Art Blog, ARTBoom and Queensland Art Gallery.

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