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Cat drawings by Midoro Yamada

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Chiba, Japan based artist Midoro Yamada knows cats. The pensive gaze from afar. The paws tucked tidily under the head. The full-body stretch and sigh. Yamada captures these classic feline stances and more in her series of cat drawings.

See much more of the artist’s work here.

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Miniature dioramas in makeup compacts and coin purses by Kendal Murray

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I like how artist Kendal Murray uses compact mirrors and coin purses as the foundation for building miniature dioramas. A jogger leading a herd of sheep across the grassy fields on top of a coin purse. A family outing at the beach inside an open makeup compact. Each piece tells a story which combines realism with the make-believe.

Murray told the ModernMet, “The idea of creating these miniature works came from dream states and how we are able to play with our own identity, to play with different roles we take on in our dream state. So the miniature works serve as a metaphor for intuitive thoughts.”

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Public installations of paper-cut art by Xin Song

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Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

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Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

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Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

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Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

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Work by Xin Song at Grand Central Station in NYC

Brooklyn based artist Xin Song brings the delicate craft of paper-cuts to the public through large-scale installations of her work in the New York City area.

Currently, Song has a piece on display at the Grand Central Station Terminal Dining Concourse (see the first set of images in this post). Slicing into black and white paper, the artist creates a stylized interpretation of the Grand Centrals’ dome-like architecture flanked by silhouettes of commuters.  “People spending their free time waiting for a train can have a relationship with it,” Song said in the NY Post. As part of the “ON PAPER/ Grand Central at 100” exhibit, Song’s work will be on display from September 2013 through September 2014.

Song has created public installations at several other locations in the NYC area, including the Bay Parkway Station in Brooklyn and the Flatiron Building in Manhattan. See images of these works below.

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Work by Xin Song at the Bay Parkway Station in Brooklyn

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Work by Xin Song at the Bay Parkway Station in Brooklyn

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Work by Xin Song at the Bay Parkway Station in Brooklyn

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Work by Xin Song at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan

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Work by Xin Song at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan

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Work by Xin Song at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan

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Work by Xin Song at the Flatiron Building in Manhattan

Abstract collages by Emily Gherard

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I like the movement and energy of these collages by Seattle based artist Emily Gherard.

Primarily a painter, Gerhard writes that her work “explores the idea that painting and drawing have the ability to present inanimate objects in ways that allow the viewer to empathize with them.”

See much more of the artist’s work on her website.

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Watercolor studies of heads and figures by Maximillian Quy

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Watercolor studies of heads and figures by Auckland, New Zealand based artist Maximillian Quy. Scrupulously applied layers with a spontaneous sketch-like approach, Quy captures the essence of the watercolor medium.

See much more of the artist’s work on his tumblr site.

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Photographic portraits of farm animals by Rob MacInnis

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Farm animals are the step-children of the animal kingdom. Rarely seen and underappreciated, they toil away their lives for our consumption. Through this moving series of photographic portraits, photographer Rob MacInnis hopes to elevate the status of these humble creatures. MacInnis said, “I began photographing farm animals because I was interested in using them as a metaphor for the fashion model. I wanted to draw parallels between literally consuming them, which we do everyday, and the way the photograph ‘consumes’ its subject.

Using a medium-format Hasselblad camera, MacInnis photographs his subjects under soft dreamy lighting like that used in fashion spreads. “I take the conventions from the fashion world and apply them to the underclass barnyard animal,” explained MacInnis.

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Figurative ceramic sculptures of humans encased in animals by Crystal Morey

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Oakland, California based artist Crystal Morey uses clay to build figurative sculptures of humans encased in animals. Using animals which are either extinct or endangered, Morey’s work makes a statement about the effects of human civilization on animals, as well as the dependencies between different species.

In her artist’s statement, Morey writes: “I am interested in how human advancements in technology, agriculture, and urbanization have imposed stress on natural ecosystems and the species that live within them. Through my sculptures I try to humanize these ideas and present them in a way that is accessible, interesting, and conversation provoking. I hope that the viewer comes away from my work thinking and asking questions about our role as humans on the earth and our relationship to other living beings. I hope to raise awareness of these urgent issues while also showing our humanity, ingenuity, and ability to be flexible and innovate as species.”

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Gigantic moth and butterfly sculptures created by embellished embroidered textiles by Yumi Okita

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Raleigh, North Carolina based artist Yumi Okita creates enormous textile sculptures of insects, some measuring nearly a foot wide. Using applique and embroidery techniques, Okita embellishes pieces of fabric to form the wings, bodies and faces of flying anthropods like moths and butterflies. Materials used include fabric, fake fur, fabric paint, embroidery thread, wire, and feathers.

See more of the artist’s work here.

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Street photography of San Francisco by Troy Holden

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Photographer Troy Holden captures San Francisco from the point-of-view of someone who sees it on a daily basis. The bleak weather, the plight of those living on the fringes, the everyday sojourns through the city streets.

In an interview with EmotionDaily, Holden says: “I prefer the definition of flâneur as it relates to photography: a person who walks the streets of a city in order to capture its essence. My photos are casual snapshots in that regard.”

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Owls in Chinese style paintings by Huang Yongyu

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Suspicious. Insolent. Wistful. Chinese artist Huang Yongyu captures all these varied stances of owls in his ink paintings. I like Huang’s bold take on traditional Chinese painting.

See more of the artist’s work here.

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