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High-Tech Emergency Shelter Looks Straight Out of Star Wars

One morning around 10 years ago, Michael McDaniel was preparing a cup of coffee when he had a creative breakthrough. It was days after Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding that socked New Orleans, and McDaniel, who grew up two hours north of the city, was aghast at what he was seeing on television. More than 700,000 people were displaced by the floods, and while many made their way to hotels and the homes of family and friends, thousands were stuck in the horrifying conditions at the Superdome and, later, in FEMA trailers. “It was kind of disgusting to see the…

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Dan Quintana “Diffused” @ Hashimoto Contemporary, SF

Dan Quintana is a great follow on Instagram. He just has a fantastic, detailed process that he documents, and you can watch as his paintings take on a life. On Saturday, August 29, Quintana is set to open a new solo show, “Diffused,” at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, featuring almost a dozen new oil paintings and several charcoal drawings on paper. We have a preview for you to check out today! From the gallery: Each piece focuses on a female figure, their deep gaze glows with intensity at the viewer as they collide with the abstractions around them. Fixating…

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A Wildly Detailed 100-Year Plan for Getting Humans to Mars

In the summer of 1986, Ron Jones was sitting on a beach in Oahu drawing lines in the sand. It was a few months after the space shuttle Challenger  exploded shortly after liftoff, and Jones was suddenly out of a job. He’d been working as an aerospace engineer at Vandenberg Air Force base, helping build out Space Launch Complex 6—the area the Air Force planned to use for launches before everything came to a screeching halt when NASA put the brakes on the shuttle program. For as long Jones could remember, he had spent his free time pondering the trajectory of space travel five,…

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Ella & Pitr just crushed the World’s Largest Mural for Nuart 2015

Holy. Ella & Pitr, who we have mentioned on this site before, just absolutely went big and bonkers in Norway for Nuart 2015 this past week. As Nuart told us, prior to our trip there, “the world’s largest outdoor mural has been completed in Klepp, Rogaland, in just four days! Backed by an army of volunteers, the French artists Ella & Pitr have worked at lightning-quick pace to cover the vast majority of Block Berge Bygg’s 21,000m2 roof on the outskirts of Stavanger and created a beautiful new addition to the Rogaland landscape.” They even got the Guinness Book of…

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The Overlooked Architecture That’s Hip Again in New Orleans

The shotgun home has been a fixture of New Orleans since the 1830s. The modest structure, so named because one could, if so inclined, fire a bullet clean through without hitting anything, first housed immigrant workers. It soon became the most common type of house in the lowest-lying areas of a city entirely below sea level. When the flood that followed Hurricane Katrina washed away great swaths of the city, it destroyed many of them. Although distinctive, the shotgun home has never embodied New Orleanian glamour and history like the neoclassical plantation homes of the Garden District. They are simple,…

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Scene Report: Los Angeles

Each week we feature updates on current graffiti scenes in a number of major U.S. cities with the help of a few select photographers. Walter Yetman aka The Harsh Truth Of The Camera Eye delivers this week’s Los Angeles Scene Report. See more photos from The Harsh Truth of the Camera Eye here and Follow him on Instagram.

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Gianluca Franzese “Reflective Radiation” @ K. Imperial, SF

On September 3rd, 2015, K. Imperial Fine Art will present, Reflective Radiation, a solo exhibition featuring Gianluca Franzese. Reflective Radiation will feature large-scale geometric paintings, which blend continuous patterns of color with dynamic metallic reflections. Reflective Radiation will be on view for the month of September with a reception for the artist, Thursday September 3rd From 5:30 -7:00pm. This will be Franzese’s first solo show at K. Imperial Fine Art. Franzese’s meticulous process incorporates traditional gilding techniques and a variety of mediums. Initially, Franzese covers the entire panel with aluminum, creating his blank canvas. With precision, Franzese engraves his geometric…

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The Lonely Island and Matt Ritchie “Bay Area Toile” @ Athen B. Gallery, Oakland

The Lonely Island will be presenting a one night solo exhibition “Bay Area Toile” by Matt Ritchie (aka Matt136) at Athens B. Gallery in Oakland, CA. For the show, The Lonely Island comissioned wallpaper that will pay tribute to the Bay Area. Inspired by a “Brooklyn Toile” created by Mike D of the Beastie Boys, the wallpaper will feature Alice Waters, Angela Davis, Joe Montana, E-40, Too $hort, Mac Dre and many more of your favorite Bay Area icons. The Lonely Island and Matt Ritchie were both featured in our January, 2014 “Imagination Issue” curated by Alex Pardee.  

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Björn Griesbach’s Hollow Children

German illustrator Björn Griesbach knows how to give you haunting dreams. One of his more recent series, “Hollow Children,” features grinning children with dark smudged faces that, to be honest, are pretty terrifying. Griesbach primarily works on commissioned illustration projects for novels and other literature but also finds time for personal projects when he can. via supersonic electronic

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