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The Surrealism of Everyday Life with @vinicius_eneas

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(This interview was conducted in Portuguese.)

“It does not have to be a rhinoceros crossing the street,” says the 25-year-old advertising copywriter Vinícius Enéas (@vinicius_eneas) about capturing what he calls the “surrealism of everyday life” in his photographs. Vinícius is interested in documenting the unusual aspects of everyday life that are often overlooked. “These details catch my attention, whether they are beautiful, sad or eccentric,” he says. Vinícius, who has spent nearly a decade in the Brazilian city of Natal, famous for its postcard scenery of sand dunes and pristine beaches, challenges himself to show other sides of the city. “Most people see Natal as paradise, and for a tourist, it definitely is. But living here is different, so it’s good to be able to show other perspectives, which are just as real, perhaps even more so.”

EXISTENTIAL 

[adjective] 

1. pertaining to existence. 

2. of, relating to, or characteristic of existentialism: a philosophical attitude associated especially with Heidegger, Jaspers, Marcel, and Sartre, and opposed to rationalism and empiricism, that stresses the individual’s unique position as a self-determining agent responsible for the authenticity of his or her choices.

Etymology: Late Latin existentiālis, relating to existing, from Latin exsistere, “come into being”, from ex-, “out” + sistere, “take a stand”. 

[Gil Bruvel]

New York based artist Mike Lee draws tiny, typical urban places that seem to float in negative space. We previously covered his graphite drawings here, mostly portraying an aerial view of a dollhouse-like world. Lee’s latest series, currently on view at Giant Robot’s GR gallery in Los Angeles, pushes the peculiarity of his artworks a little bit further. They still contain simplified spaces populated by chubby Lego-like urbanites, but have been spliced up to a more abstract effect.

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Pablo Picasso. Masque I (Laurent de Venasque), Masque II (Comte de Sault), Grotesque Barbu (Etienne Fage), Grotesque (René Mazon), Tête de Cheval, Book Cover. Illustrations to Les Transparents by René Char. 1967.

Cardboard cuts on BFK Rives paper and extra suite on Chine bound in; fine binding in brown and tan calfskin, a tanned and stretched toad nailed to onlay panel of each cover. (via)