The random experimentation happening at Data Driven Decision Making just keeps getting more random and more experimental. I didn’t really know if it was possible but I have been proven wrong as the psychedelic rabbit hole seems to just keep stretching out even further every time I check back. Wild but oh so good.

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Artist and illustrator Alex Lukas has a fascinating portfolio that mixes all kinds of strange things like apocalyptic art collages and comic book style art and illustration. Just when you think you might have figured him out you click on something else and voila, more talent is exposed. You can also purchase some of his prints at Cantab Publishing.

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“From the Latin “venter” meaning belly.

Ventral is fifty percent of the visual cortex, associated with object recognition and form representation. Connected to the brains’ limbic system, it elicits emotive stimulation throughout the body.

For all the times you get that feeling of warm, golden uncertainty in your belly.”

Ventral is an artist currently based in Leeds. You can view work via the Ventral website, Flickr or the blog.

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I can’t exactly tell you what all is going on at Data Driven Decision Makin because the ‘about’ section leaves you so confused you might just end up in the middle of an acid flashback. What I can tell you, is that there is some fantastic psychedelic-pop collage happening that is very fun to look at and totally trippy.

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Here is what artist Alexis Anne Mackenzie has to say about her work:
“All of my collages are composed by hand – cut from books I’ve been collecting for years, and painstakingly pieced together as seamlessly as possible. They create themselves through a process beginning with a loose concept, followed by a series of trials and errors, subtle maneuvers, selection/elimination, harmonious unions, and happy accidents. It is a meditative process, and there is a lot of decision-making behind each element involved.

My general intent, throughout all my work, is to portray the world as a flawed thing of beauty – a place that shines brightly, but has a dark side to match.

You can view her ‘typographic collages’ at both her website and see some of her more recent efforts at the POVevolving Gallery.

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Danish artist Anders Clausen is currently exhibiting an interesting set of collage works at Hotel about the influence of operations systems and interfaces. He is particularly interested in the notion of scrolling which I can easily identify with and would imagine you can too considering the fact you are currently reading a blog.

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Illustrator Jonas Bergstrand has been busy since I last dropped in and he has updated recently with some beautiful illustration work that shows an enormous attention to detail.

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Joe Andreas’ colorful abstract collages are just plain fun to look at and would probably make for some great conversation if hung on a wall in a set. You can see them in his Flickr-folio.

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French design studio PNTS has updated with both a new website and added several new works to their collective portfolio.

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Jenkins is a mixed media artist and illustrator living in the U.K. He is responsible for some very compelling imagery that communicates a very raw and tactile quality. It’s hard not to like and I would imagine his work would look great hanging on a wall. You can also check his more regularly updated Flickr pages.

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I am personally starting to tire a little of the hipster collage trend but I had to reconsider that notion yet again after being notified about the work of artist Patrick Tvillum. He has some pieces in his portfolio that definitely rekindled my interest.

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Finnish illustrator Antti Uotila has been busy lately and wrote in to let us know he has updated with both a new website and new neon colored collage-style work.

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Leeds-based art house Kraffhics has been busy since I last dropped in. As far as I can tell, they updated some time ago with a new website and have a few new projects up. It looks as though they have been collaborating a lot with other creatives and agencies as well.

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Barcelonian graphic designer Máximo Tuja works as a graphic designer and tries his best to create an imaginary world from torn pieces of the ‘real’ world.

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It’s been a very long time since I last wrote about designer and illustrator Leslie David and with some recent additions to the David portfolio, it’s worth another browse.

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Designer Joel Evey has updated again with a few new examples of his minimal and considered work. He is definitely drawing a bridge between art and design.

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Aaron Maurer sits around his apartment making some pretty wild collages.

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I was recently browsing a local book store downtown here in Denver and picked up a publication (sorry I can’t recall what it was) that had Rex Ray’s retro-inspired art on the cover. I picked it up immediately and had to know who was responsible for the imagery. Needless to say, after visiting his website, you can call me a fan of his work.

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