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Dreams of jellyfish painted by 周范 Zhou Fan

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Chinese artist Zhou Fan has created this series of paintings based on dreams he had as a child of jellyfish floating in the sky. In these dreams some of the jellyfish fell to the ground on parachutes and became mushrooms. Zhou does a masterful job of visually recreating his childhood reveries in vivid detail . . . → Read More: Dreams of jellyfish painted by 周范 Zhou Fan

“China Undercurrents” photographs of life in a lesser known China by Ian Teh

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London based photojournalist Ian Teh explores some of the lesser known areas of China in his series “China Undercurrents.” Cities tainted by rapid industrialization. Workers congregating at bars outside their coal power stations and steel plants. Life along the China-Russia and China-North Korea borders in areas mandated by the government . . . → Read More: “China Undercurrents” photographs of life in a lesser known China by Ian Teh

Installations of giant zippers in public spaces by Jun Kitagawa

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This year at the Rokko Meets Art Festival in Japan, Jun Kitagawa presented a series of 3-dimensional zippers in various public spaces. On a wall. Across a river. Across the ceiling, sides, and floor of a room. What does this all mean? We can only guess (assuming you, like me, can’t read Kitaawa’s . . . → Read More: Installations of giant zippers in public spaces by Jun Kitagawa

“Bang” an installation at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 by Ai Weiwei

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Ai Weiwei, “Bang” 2010-2013, 886 antique stools, installation view, 2013; image © Roman Mensing

If an installation artist were to do a gestural drawing this is something I imagine he/she might come up with: 886 three-legged wooden stools strewn throughout an expansive three-dimensional space. The featured work entitled “Bang” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei . . . → Read More: “Bang” an installation at the Venice Art Biennale 2013 by Ai Weiwei

Mobile photography by Masakadu Makiyama

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I found these lovely shots by Hokkaido, Japan based photographer Masakadu Makiyama on Instagram. In these painterly images, Makiyama captures the fast-pace of life in urban Japan.

You can see more of this photographer’s work on Instagram, Facebook or flickr.

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“Vertical Horizon” photographs of Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

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What happens when there is no more land to grow a city upon? It grows higher and higher. Like in Hong Kong, whose population continues to expand. Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captures this phenomenon in his dizzying series called “Vertical Horizon“ which explores Hong Kong’s vertical growth into the sky.

Jacquet-Lagreze writes that his series . . . → Read More: “Vertical Horizon” photographs of Hong Kong by Romain Jacquet-Lagreze

Aerial views of cramped apartments in Hong Kong

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Maybe it was the years of residing in dorms and studio apartments, storing my cooking utensils in plastic bins piled on top of books, because I am fascinated by living in small spaces. I see these living quarters as compelling portraits of the people themselves, as well as the society that produces such habitats.

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“A Day in India” a short film by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine

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(A Day in India from The Perennial Plate on Vimeo)

India has got to be one of the most sensory-overloaded places I have ever visited. In the short film “A Day in India,” Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine compressed their three week stay in India into one very fast-paced day. Given that . . . → Read More: “A Day in India” a short film by Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine

“Tokyo Living” a time-lapse video by Masaya Sugimura

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Tokyo Living from MasayaSugimura on Vimeo.

Tokyo. A mixture of the young/old, modern/traditional, East/West. And it all flows together seamlessly in this time-lapse video by Masaya Sugimura. Enjoy!

“Carry On” by Ferris Plock at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco

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I always look forward to seeing a new show by San Francisco artist Ferris Plock. On the one hand, I know what to expect because his signature style of modernized mischievous characters depicted in the style of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblocks is so unique. On the other hand, Plock always manages to add enough twists and . . . → Read More: “Carry On” by Ferris Plock at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco