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Jeff Baij

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A cursory viewing of the work of artist Jeff Baij leaves me baffled and deeply entertained. Frankly, the strongest impulse I have is to not have an opinion. Like, staidly not have an opinion. His work is either the least pretentious or the most pretentious and I honestly don’t want to know which it is because I’m enjoying myself.

His work has flavors of “just fucking go for it” and performance art. I may also be imagining the performance art bit, but that’s part of the appeal from my end- the is-this-for-real element (which,well, it must be on some level.) However, I may be picking this up as the effect of his efforts to maintain levels of shittyness as: “…naturally the longer i make art the less genuinely shitty looking it is and the more i have to fake the shitty”

In the end I concede to his own self-assessment as “unfuckwithable” because I cannot begin to really approach this guy.

“if memory serves, this is the exact color of ur nipples”

To the artist: I’ve noticed you’ve noticed you’ve made it back into the curriculum since 2011 and I hope these posts are everything you could have hoped.

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September 24th, 2013 at 3:12 am

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Noah Scalin

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Artist Noah Scalin is a living human being from Richmond, Virginia who has a Wikipedia article, which never fails to impress me. Along with himself, his design and creative consulting firm is based in Richmond.

Noah Scalin’s best known work is an impressive exercise in somehow not repeating oneself (often), pursued over the majority of 2007, in which he made a skull a day for 365 (.25) days. The website for Scalin’s Skull-A-Day project is well worth visiting a number of times. The archive of the original 365 skulls (and bonus skull) alone can be explored at length, containing a wealth of surprising and creative approaches to visual production (not to mention the puns.)

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The project is an inspiring one, an amazing example of the driving force of arbitrary parameters. The single subject, set timeframe for production, and sheer volume of works the project required be made invites innovation and extension outside of an artist’s given comfort zone. With that much momentum, something brilliant is bound to happen (which in this case would be the entire project).

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September 10th, 2013 at 2:05 am

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Let’s be honest here.

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possibly the bestProbably the best Photoshop art ever.

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August 31st, 2013 at 5:41 pm

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