Art

David Schwen | Pantone Pairings

Bacon and eggs, cookies and milk, peanut butter and jelly — these are some of the food combinations that we've grown up with and love together. David Schwen has taken these and has recreated paired Pantone colour swatches — the standard language for colour communication — with commonly paired food items. A Minneapolis-based illustrator and art director, Schwen first had the idea of making Pantone chips out of real household objects, such as sponges, cardboard, and the like.

GIF-ITI

This is one of the best things we’ve seen in a while, and takes street art to another dimension. Created by artist (and designer) INSA, it’s a reflection of how the Internet has made street art so much more accessible. Yes, there is plenty of impressive street art in cities around the world, but a lot of them we wouldn’t usually get to see in person, and heck, some of it isn’t that unusual. This is where GIF-iti comes in. Not only does it bring worldwide art to your computer screen, seeing it that way actually makes it better.

ALAC | Psychedelics, Butt Funnels, and Cherry Bombs

California is the last stop on the classic American dream highway of freedom. With its 352 days of annual sun and 840 miles of awe-inspiring Pacific coast-line, California is the birth place of LSD, free love and medical marijuana. This is the place where myth counts most. The Golden State, governed by the last of the ageing action heroes of my youth. Where else can one’s ‘grand performances’ of the silver screen be traded straight across for political office? Or where fading stars can chauffeur their maids/mistresses up and down the Strip in solar-powered military-grade SUVs?

Sarita Mann | Valentine's Cards for Him+Him & Her+Her

With an interest in creating a dialogue to break the mould and represent all genders equally, Vancouver artist, Sarita Mann has designed non-traditional Valentine's cards. Mann's cards portray her own illustrations, and in this case, for her lesbian and gay Valentine's cards she has shown only the bottom half of the couple where you can only see their legs and feet.

Google Graffiti

Google’s ‘Street View’ may be useful at times, but the argument that it invades our privacy, especially those accidentally captured walking their dog, is forever valid. We prefer the “street ghosts” version by NYC based, Italian multimedia artist Paolo Cirio. Cirio has taken those blurred individuals, blown up their images into life-size posters and placed them around New York, London and Berlin, in exactly the same place they were captured by Google, turning them into graffiti street art.

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