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Brooklyn artist Graham Caldwell explores the concept of visual perception and the way we perceive and distort the world around us by creating multi-faceted surfaces that crumple and distort vision using steel, mirrors, blown glass, epoxy, and a myriad of other materials. His works evoke the idea that human sight is intrinsically elastic – our own psychological differences play a part in the construction of what we perceive and understand our surroundings. His exploration also delves into the past, to encompass and include the connection between vision and glass – how the eye peers through windows, lenses, and mirrors, and how we translate that into experience.

Much of my work focuses on glass as a conduit or modulating agent for light and its parallel in the functionality of the human eye: using a lens to flip an image of the world, upside down and backwards, into the brain where it is reassembled, through illusion and forensics.

To learn more about his work, visit his website.

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American glass artist Shayna Leib’s fascination with glassblowing started at the early age of seven years old, when she was first introduced to the practice at a local university. Since then, she’s grown and developed an incredible amount of skill in the art of glassworks, having studied at California Polytechnic State University and the University of Wisonsin-Madison, and focusing on the study of sculptural objects and the vessel.

“I use glass, not for its mimetic quality to capture the look of stone or plastic, but for its most unique properties; the inclination to flow, the capacity to freeze a moment in time, and its ability to manipulate optics.”

Aquatic-inspired forms and the beautiful otherworldly lines and colour qualities they possess, comprise the bulk of her work, as she redefines the use of glass to create an intelligent design aesthetic – almost lifelike in the way the forms coalesce, and how they work together when confined in rigidly-structured geometric boxes to create a gorgeous sense of style.

Visit her website to see more of her incredible work.

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Curitiba, Brazil is the home of Butcher Billy, an uber talented graphic designer who employs his love of his musical influences with the cartoon superheroes of his childhood. Deeply steeped in nostalgia, he combines the two to create a whole new generation of iconic themes. The intertwining of dramatically revolutionary music that is driven by emotion, and the superhuman qualities of comic book superheroes, amounts to a different level of perfection. It gives the characters a deeper level of human pathos – flawed and corruptible, they take on a whole new form of sincerity and become more human.

The Superhero Media Crossover Project can be viewed here.

Check out his page on Society6 to purchase prints and other fun items.

He’s also on Behance – check out his page there too!

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Hailing from Nice, France, Flow is one of the awesomest graffiti artists, specializing in really gorgeous portraits of popular icons. Not much is known, other than the fact that he is a member of the popular TWE crew. Let’s keep it that way. 😉

Check out his artist page on Fat Cap.

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Oregon’s Opie Snow continually redefines the context of femininity in her explorations of the feminine form in her gorgeously textured multi-media paintings. Having departed from a previous obsession with florals, she now delves into the evolution of feminine mythology, and the essence of power, demonization, sexuality, as well as the stark juxtaposition between oppression and liberation.

Her works convey a deep sense of beauty and otherworldliness in an often dark and brooding atmospheric quality, and each figure’s movements convey the simultaneous expression of tension and release. Combining the paradigms of her youth in the deep forests of Oregon, with the harshness of the street art style of the New York urban landscape in which she now lives, she lends a powerful visceral emotion to her figures – they carry themselves like queens, empowered by their tortured existence, and defiant in the face of the banal.

Currently she is working on a collaboration with Micah Blacklight in Brooklyn, New York that combines fine art, haute couture fashion and multi-media, entitled BlackSnow.

To learn more about Opie Snow, visit her website.

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