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Chrome Face Masks and Hyperrealistic Oil Portraits by Kip Omolade
August 22, 2019

Chrome Face Masks and Hyperrealistic Oil Portraits by Kip Omolade



Diovadiova Chrome Karyn X, Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in. All images via Kip Omolade

Brooklyn-based artist Kip Omolade (previously) uses molding, casting, and painting techniques to create detailed masks and large-scale hyperrealistic portraits. Contrasted against vibrant backgrounds, each chrome face appears to rise from the canvas to meet the viewer. Continuing his Diovadiova Chrome series, Omolade’s recent work explores form, connections, and the basics of what makes us human.

Since we last featured his work in 2017, Kip Omolade’s portraits have evolved to include more than one subject. “In my paintings, I previously presented each mask as a singular portrait,” he told Colossal. “In my current work, the faces are now interacting with each other. They are arranged together on large canvases measuring 13-15 feet long. The masks have become mythological characters having conversations about humanity. I see them as deities pondering age old questions about birth, life, death, identity and love.”

He has also included his three children in his work for the first time. Their portraits, titled Diovadiova Chrome Triumph after a Wu-Tang song, represent “life’s ability to survive despite environmental and societal hardships. Reflections of Times Square New York City are captured within their portraits. In a seemingly eternal sleep, they are depicted with their eyes closed…still innocent to the world.”

Kip Omolade is opening a pop-up art show in New York City on September 9. Titled The Diovadiova – Avoid a Void, the show will be open to the public at 520 West 23rd Street. For more upcoming event news and progress shots of his work, give the artist a follow on Instagram.

Diovadiova Chrome Triumph work in progress

Diovadiova Chrome Triumph work in progress

Diovadiova Chrome Kip Triptych III detail, Oil on canvas, 74 x 36 in

Diovadiova Chrome Diana IV, Oil on canvas, 36 x 48 in

Diovadiova Chrome Trinity, Oil on canvas, 120 x 186 in

Diovadiova Chrome Tribunal work in progress

Diovadiova Chrome Tribunal, Oil on canvas, 120.5 x 156.5 in

Diovadiova Chrome Joyce IV detail, Oil on canvas, 72 x 34 in

Diovadiova Chrome Kip Triptych I detail, Oil on canvas, 74 x 36 in

Profiled in the video below by filmmaker Jesse Brass (previously), Omolade speaks about immortality, form, universal beauty, and what it means to be a diva.

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Chart-Like Composite Photographs by Dan Marker-Moore Show the Progression of the 2019 Solar Eclipse
August 22, 2019

Chart-Like Composite Photographs by Dan Marker-Moore Show the Progression of the 2019 Solar Eclipse

Los Angeles-based photographer Dan Marker-Moore (previously) flew south to document the solar eclipse that occurred in Chile on July 2, 2019. While many professional photographers also documented the event, most images capture the singular moment in one image. Marker-Moore decided to break out the progression in orderly chart-like designs. He shares with Colossal that he experimented with over one hundred different format variants before deciding on the final five. Each image contains between 26 and 425 photos of the sun. Read more about Marker-Moore’s trip and the equipment he used here, and find prints of his eclipse series in his online store. The photographer also shares new work on Instagram.

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There’s already a Company Developing Magic Mushroom Tea and Coffee in Denver
August 21, 2019

There’s already a Company Developing Magic Mushroom Tea and Coffee in Denver

Sträva Craft Coffee is taking Denver’s psilocybin decriminalization law to a whole new commercial level. But is it legal?

In May, Denver became the first US city to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Now, just a few months later, a coffee company in the Mile High City is already working on infusing psilocybin into its caffeinated beverages. What a way to start the day, eh?

Sträva Craft Coffee currently offers your typical fancy coffee selections, with ethically sourced beans and single-origin options. They even make CBD-infused coffees, so pushing forward on psilocybin-infused brews is a natural progression. 

“Just as cannabis has been misunderstood and controversial for decades, psilocybin from mushrooms has been equally polarizing, yet proponents of both suggest they each can contribute meaningfully to the human experience,” said Sträva’s CEO, Andrew Aamot, in a press release. “As research is proving, with measured consumption, cannabis and psilocybin can both promote physiological, mental, and spiritual health."

Sträva’s psilocybin-infused coffee and tea lines don’t exist yet. They’re still under development. And Sträva isn’t trying to get latte sippers to trip balls so hard that they’re caught in the throes of a mindblowing, divine experience. Instead, the company plans to microdose psilocybin into their coffees and teas.

What is microdosing, exactly? Scientists don’t entirely agree, but a microdose generally lands somewhere between 5 to 10 percent of a given drug’s recreational dose. In theory, a psilocybin microdose should be just enough to grant some of the fungi’s benefits without triggering a full-on psychedelic experience. Assuming, of course, that you stop at just one serving.

But is infusing psilocybin into beverages even legal? According to Denver’s mushroom decriminalization campaign, no, it’s not. At least, not right now.

Cindy Sovine and Kayvan Khalatbari, who both worked on the reform campaign, told MERRY JANE in May that Denver’s psilocybin bill, I-301, only defunded local authorities from investigating and prosecuting small-time mushroom offenders — in other words, people growing, using, or trading mushrooms for personal use, not for profit. Denver lawmakers and the Decriminalize Denver campaign coordinated the bill’s language so it did not create a licensing system for mushrooms sales, either.

“It’s not legal” to sell psilocybin, Sträva’s Aamot said during a phone call with MERRY JANE. “We are only doing research and development at the moment.” 

The company’s research goals not only include looking into the cognitive and health benefits of psilocybin, but also any potential risks associated with consuming psilocybin, too.

Aamot anticipates that psilocybin decriminalization will eventually pave the road to commercial legalization — just as Denver did with marijuana — but he doesn’t see psilocybin getting the licensing treatment until sometime after 2020.

“Some people feel that it’s reckless, that commercializing drugs is irresponsible,” Aamot continued. “At the same time, sugar, caffeine, and these other equivalencies of drugs permeate our society. We just want to shed some light on things that are commonly misunderstood, and to incorporate them into our thinking and studies.”

Original source : Merryjane.com

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