From Hidden Identities, Revealed Personalities (2013) by Vincent C.Y. Chen
David Jien (USA)
David Jien’s art takes visitors into a world filled with adventure, danger and sex. Old-fashioned romance simmers beneath the surfaces of the 30-year-old’s super-cool drawings, suffusing their action-packed dramas with unexpected tenderness. Artist’s works on paper tell his life story — not literally, like so much of the self-infatuated navel-gazing that digital technology makes possible, but with a more generous, user-friendly mix of poetic license, youthful excess, dreamy passion and labor-intensive devotion. Jien treats the facts of his biography — first-generation Taiwanese American, veteran tagger who spent time in jail and recent art school graduate — as raw material for the fantastic stories that unfold in his pictures. Inspired by such disparate sources as Nintendo, Persian miniatures, Chinese scrolls, Homer, Chaucer, Stanley Kubrick, Roald Dahl, Henry Darger and Trenton Doyle Hancock, Jien’s art brings far-flung elements into a form-savvy epic that is familiar and formidable and a thrill to get lost in. (see more: David Pagel reviews David Jien’s “The Plight of the Who” at Richard Heller Gallery)
© All images courtesy of the artist
Chocolat Lego by Akihiro Mizuuchi
The designer & illustrator Japanese Akihiro Mizuuchi had fun imagining a series of chocolate coins in the form of Lego bricks. An interesting idea, to require to let the chocolate cool, but also not to want to eat all the items.
courtesy of Eastation Gallery
Giant horse-dragon debuts in France
What do you call a horse with a dragon’s head?
A French artist combined the two and created a giant horse-dragon to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties between China and France.
You call it a fucking Longma. We have those. That’s right.
Where´s the video of this?
Made by the same people who made The Great Mechanical Elephant of Nantes!
Ancient Roman Folding Knife
The world’s first Swiss Army knife has been revealed - made 1,800 years before its modern counterpart.
An intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD, it is made from silver but has an iron blade.
The 3in x 6in (8cm x 15cm) knife was excavated from the Mediterranean area more than 20 years ago and was obtained by the Fitzwilliam Museum in 1991.
Read more: http://sword-site.com/thread/522/roman-folding-knife-utensils-circa#ixzz3ASkogBL7
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