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ARTmonday: 15 Picks from Rise Art

Rise Art contacted me last month, drawn to the photography choices I made in my ARTmonday post, “Figures In the Landscape.” They asked me to curate a collection, which I worked on this weekend and they will publish later this week. My theme will be some sort of personal take on the impending spring.

Rise Art offers artwork for sale that is curated by its team, sourced from artists in graduate degree programs, galleries, and museums. You can browse freely, or take its art style quiz for guidance. For today’s post here, I chose 15 completely random artworks for Rise Art that caught my eye. I’ve included a mix of mediums (photography, collage, paper cuts) as well as genres (portraiture, landscape, abstract, still life). And I definitely found some artists I’ll focus on in more details in the coming months.

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Alma Haser, Paper Cranes, 2010
C-type print

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Natasha Bonner, Wonderer (Two), 2011
C-type gloss

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Clare Brewster,  We are Seeking the Source, 2012
Hand cut map, pins, foam board

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Paul Laidler, Roombeek 7, 2012
Light jet print on Kodak Endura paper mounted on aluminum
and bonded onto 5mm clear perspex acrylic.

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Laurent Baillet, Berlin, 2012
Gelatin silver print on dibond

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Nadège Druzkowski, Jökulsárlón, 2012

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Geoffrey Ansel Agrons, Catherine’s Choice, 2012
archival pigment print

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Dane B. Rock, Pool, 2012
concrete foto acrylic glass

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Ting-Ting Cheng, Russian Books, 2010
pearl photo paper Lambda Print

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Paulina Wanowska, Angela, 2006
Archival pigment print

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Takashi Murakami, Kansei Abstraction, 2012
Offset lithograph with cold foil stamp

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Delphine Lebourgeois, Muse, 2012
Museum archival quality giclée print

marilyns-door-by-sir-peter-blake

Sir Peter Blake, Marilyn’s Door, 2008
Silkscreen print

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Sarah Thomas, Sway, 2011, Archival pigment print

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Hormazd Naielwalla, Le Petit Echo de la Mode, 2013
Original tailoring patterns, coloured paper, archival double sided tape

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ARTmonday: Naomi Okubo

Naomi Okubo is a Japanese artist who is currently spending a few months in New York City. She is interested in the relationship between people in advanced cultures, like the U.S. and Japan, and their relationships with fashion and their appearance, since many do not have concerns about real necessities like housing and food. Certainly, her detailed portraits of girls in floral dresses lounging in homes and gardens with  Oriental rugs and boho-patterned pillows focus on the rich color and pattern of material goods.

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naomi-okubo-throw-pillows

naomi-okubo-floral-dress

naomi-okubo-scarf

naomi-okubo-under-cover

naomi-okubo-girls-scrunched

naomi-okubo-closeup

naomi-okubo-mountain-quilt

naomi-okubo-turkish-baths

naomi-okubo-black-dresses

naomi-okubo-collecting-flowers

naomi-okubo-floral-canopy

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ARTmonday: Jenny Prinn

I noticed last week that Jenny Prinn, who describes herself as “mommy, artist, and stylist,” started following StyleCarrot on Instagram. (I’ve been trying to beef up my account, so I hope you’ll give me a follow too.)  When I clicked through to Jenny Prinn’s Instagram, I was thrilled to discover that she’s a Maine artist whose work I’d admired on Serena & Lily

Jenny Prinn’s abstracts are colorful and uplifting. Some are truly abstract; others are abstracted landscapes. Her statement says she is “intrigued by the fleeting moments and feelings in life that are often overlooked or forgotten.” She creates “the small pulsing, transient moments and sensations that strike deep within our core for just a moment and then are gone.” She works in acrylic and mixed media on canvas.

The artwork is beautiful, and the prices accessible. Most of these are still (at the moment) available for purchase. (I may need one for the Delray Beach condo.)

Ladybug-by-Jenny-Prinn

Ladybug

Ebb-2-by-Jenny-Prinn

 Ebb 2

Sunday-Morning-3-by-Jenny-Prinn

 Sunday Morning 3

Bayview-1-by-Jenny-Prinn

Bayview 1

Dusk-5-by-Jenny-Prinn

Dusk 5

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1970

Confections-1-by-Jenny-Prinn

Confections 1

jenny-prinn-winters-mix

Winter’s Mix

Lily-by-Jenny-PrinnLily

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Confetti

Jenny Prinn Venetian Beads

Venetian Beads

Morning-Commute-1-by-Jenny-Prinn

Morning Commute

Little-Footsteps-2-by-Jenny-Prinn

Little Footsteps 2

jenny-prinn-studio

I’d love to visit Jenny Prinn’s studio.

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ARTmonday: Figures in the Landscape

I think we’ve already established that I’m enamored of images picturing women lying in a field, wading into water, curled up in a corner, or moodily attending to some undefined task. Today’s images are first and foremost, landscapes, then dotted with a single woman, man, or child, group, or crowd. The vistas range from grassy lawn to corn field and from rocky cliff to rubble. They all capture a mood; many peaceful or relaxed, at least one determined, another possible agitated, and others simply unbothered. I think the common thread here, is individuals carrying on with their lives, in outdoor settings. No more than that, than perhaps a certain aura they have, to me.

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David Drebin, Field of Dreams, 2012

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Grit Schwerdtfeger, Distanz: Badende, 2004

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Harry Benson, Andrew Wyeth, Benner Island, Maine, 1996

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Julie Blackmon, Lost Mitten, 2010

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Gulnara Kasmalieva & Muratbek Djumaliev, Untitled 1 (Spring), 2009

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 Anastasia Cazabon

carolyn-monastra-the-corn-field

Carolyn Monastra, The Corn Field, 2003

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Cig Harvey, Flood Tide, Self-portrait, Mangrove Bay, Bermuda, 2005

meghan-boody-my-young-lady-artsy

Meghan Boody,  2008
I requested my young lady to forego her ramble because I was certain of showers

dennis-marsico-summer-stock

Dennis Marsico, 2012
Summer Stock: Mature couple in search of single bi-fem

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Stephen Hughes, Beachy Head, England, 1996

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Tierney Gearon, published October 23, 2005, 2005
Actress Diane Keaton, from “Another Woman” 

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Kevin Muente, New Years Day

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Gregory Crewdson, Untitled, 2003

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Rhi Ellis

rachel-hulin-cape-flight

Rachel Hulin, Cape Flight, 2012

pieter-hugo-green-point-common-cape-town

Pieter Hugo, Green Point Common, Cape Town, 2013

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Stuart Hawkins, Convenient Location, 2010

massimo-vitali-greenwich-park

Massimo Vitali, Greenwich Park, 2012

evgenia-arbugaeva-tanya-and-the-balloon

 Evgenia Arubgaeva,Tanya and the Balloon, 2010-2011

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Tom Chambers, Late For Dinner, 2013

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Marcelo Tinoco, Sunset at Calton Hill (from the series Fotorama), 2009

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Doug Dubois, My Mother in the Backyard, Oldwick, NJ, 2000

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ARTmonday: Cig Harvey

Thanks to the Artsy newsletter, I discovered a new photographer last week who I love, love, love—Cig Harvey.  And she’s kind of local. Cig Harvey lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine. She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to “purely making things.” Good choice.

Her images are visually crisp, but the subject matter a bit mysterious and at times moody. She uses herself as the subject, as well as children (hers?). They’re right up my alley, and would have fit into numerous posts I’ve done, like “Girls at Play,” and runs in the same vein as women photographers I’ve highlighted, such as Anastasia Cazabon and Rhi Ellis.

The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, and the International Museum of Photography all have her work in its collections. She is represented by Robert Klein Gallery in Boston, Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland, Robin Rice Gallery in NYC, and Kopeikin Gallery in L.A. I hope my collection will include a Cig Harvey at some point oo.

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cig-harvey-watering-can
cig-harvey-velvet-settee
cig-harvey-surf-trip
cig-harvey-the-palm-tree
cig-harvey-the-cleat
cig-harvey-deep-bay
cig-harvey-syd-cookie
cig-harvey-girl-with-white-twel
cig-harvey-the-instinct
cig-harvey-portlands-diner
cig-harvey-picked-petals
cig-harvey-hope-chest
cig-harey-goldfish
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ARTmonday: 15 Bicycle Artworks

No deep thoughts today, or even particularly serious artwork. Just some fun images of bicycles. Over the weekend it was almost warm enough, by Boston standards (and by that I mean it was over 40 degrees and sunny), to think about getting my bike down from its hanging place and going for a ride on the Esplanade. I settled for a walk It’s wet and muddy, with dirty, frozen mounds of snow still scattered, but I’m hopeful. For now (unless I become a different person and hit the new Soul Cycle),  I’ll just enjoy these 15 bicycle artworks.

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Bicycle Yellow Acrylic Print

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Kelly Nicolaisen  •  Show Off

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 Ed Pullela  •  Bicycle

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Elizabeth Graeber  •  Bicycle

ride-in-bicycle-art

Cecilia Vassolo  •  Ride In Bicycle

bicycle-pose-gabriel-winter

Gabriel Winter  •  Bicycle Pose

bikes-matt-furie

 Matt Furie  •  Bikes

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Run4It  •  Fashionable Hipster Deer

bike-chick-VassiSlavova-etsy

Vassi Slavova  •  Bike Chick

bike-going-to-see-my-baby-blue-uncommon-goods

Allison Glancey & Craig Seder  •  Going to See My Baby Blue

bicycle-and-the-bee-chris-whittaker

Chris Whittaker  •  The Bicycle and the Bee

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Ashley Percival  •  Cat and Owl on Bike

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Erin Wallace  •  Cycling

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Jessica Abbott  •  Red Bicycle

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Walter Bibikow  •  Bicycle Display at Swiss Transport Museum

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ARTmonday: Viviane Sassen

With my usual inclination for loving photographic images of moody/affected/obscured women (Anastacia Cazabon, Rhi Ellis, Ye Rin Mok, and Lissy Elle) and more specifically, women in water, the first image here, of the girl in the pink sweater passed out half in and half out of a swimming pool, immediately spoke to me. I clicked through to learn that it’s the work of Dutch fashion photographer Viviane Sassen.

In addition to the editorials and ad campaigns, Sassen shows a more documentary style in galleries, including a series shot in Africa. She spent several years spent in Kenya as a child. In this  Guardian article, Sassen says, ”Documentary and fashion are like the two sides of my personality,” she says. “Both are intuitive, but my personal work is more introverted and reflective.”

Sassen studied fashion at the Royal Academy in Arnhem and did a stint as a model, and then earned a degree in photography  in 1992. Her inspiration includes Nan Goldin (one of my favorites since seeing “I’ll be Your Mirror,” the mid-career survey at the Whitney in 1996), and others who “make intimate documentary work about their own life on small cameras with great energy.”

The images here come from We Folk, the photographic agency that represents Sassen in London. In addition to the pool photo, I really love the Stella McCartney x Adidas campaign; the pastel hues and geometric shapes are reflective of what’s been happening in style, decor, and art right now. Plus, they’d look great on my wall in Delray Beach.

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Double Magazine

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Double Magazine

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Double Magazine

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Double Magazine

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Another Magazine

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Un Studio

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Numero

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Acne AW13

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viviane-sassen-stella-mccartney-for-adidas-orange

viviane-sassen-stella-mccartney-for-adidas-mats

 Stella McCartney x Adidas

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Another Magazine

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Acne

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Another Magazine

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ARTmonday: 15 Colorful, Organic Sculptures

I spent yesterday afternoon cleaning up my Pinterest boards (I’m sure you’re all relieved). I found myself really drawn to the sculptures, particularly colorful sculptures with organic forms. There’s something soothing about a lot of them, even the ones with more writhing shapes. They’re quite tactile, from the obviously smooth ceramic pieces to the one that reminds me of my results playing with Play-Doh and the Fuzzy Pumper Barber Shop as a kid. Some are pristine, others almost crude, but they all seem to work together for me. I hope you enjoy them too.

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Patrick Strzelec
rubber

sculpture-jaime-angelopoulos

Jaime AngelopoulosUnconditional Love, 2012,
pâpier mâché, paint, fabric, plaster, balloon, foam, rebar, cardboard

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Franz West

sculpture-jun-kaneko

Jun Kkaneko

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Jonathan Callan book sculpture

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John Oliver Lewis, Big Diet Pink, 2009
ceramic, acrylic

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Laura Lasheras

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Nick Renshaw, Panoply (Roze), 2008
High and multiple fired ceramic, glaze, and sinter engobe

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Stephen Ormandy

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Rachel Beach, Long Standing series, Buoy, 2013
Oil and acrylic on plywood

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Ron Nagle

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Stacey Fisher, Yellow and Grey Sculpture on Wood, 2011
Hydrocal, burlap, wire mesh, latex paint and wood

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Nathan Prouty, Tomorrow’s Teef, 2009
White earthenware, underglaze, glaze, paint, wood, acrylic

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Fabienne LasserreOperator, 2012
Felt, acrylic polymer, steel wire, vinyl, linen, acrylic paint, pvc pipe, masonite, plywood

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Nina Else

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ARTmonday: Joël Penkman

Although I don’t really recognize Valentine’s Day (just seems silly to me), I am going to take advantage of the “holiday” to post artwork and recipes for sweets, heart-shaped home furnishings, and pink rooms. To start the week, let’s look at the artwork of New Zealand-born artist and graphic designer Joël Penkman, who now lives and works in the U.K. They evoke the work American painter Wayne Thiebaud, don’t you think?

Joel Penkman paints simple still-life studies. He sets them on a clean backgrounds in order to facilitate a connection between the individual and the subject, since food, like music and fragrance, “triggers memories and emotion.” Penkman works in egg tempera, which he concocts himself.

Here are ten paintings of his that I think are the sweetest.

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Krispy Kreme Dozen

joel-penkman-blancmange

Blancmange

joel-penkman-cream-biscuits

Cream Biscuits

joel-penkman-flying-saucers

Flying Saucers

joel-penkman-milk-truck

Milk Truck

joel-penkman-pink-wafers

Pink Wafers

joel-penkman-iced-gems

Iced Gems

joel-penkman-blackpool-rock

Blackpool Rock

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Fabs

joel-penkman-nobbly-bobblysNobbly Bobblys

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ARTmonday: Sydney Licht

Artist Sydney Lichtrepresented by Kathryn Markel Fine Arts in New York City and Bridgehampton, paints still life  subjects as geometric, flat forms that appear abstract, and somewhat architectural. She portrays not just the items, but the packaging, shopping bags, boxes, and inevitable detritus in which they are sold and purchased. She says, “I am interested in updating the conventions of still life by picturing items that reflect the way we currently live.” The colors are soft and alluring; she works with restricted palettes, and has at times limited herself to only four or five colors per work, and avoids using black completely. Licht attended Smith College, earned her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago, and currently lives in New York City.

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Blue Crush

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Untitled, watercolor on paper, 2013

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Still Life with Pasta, oil on board, 2010

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Still Life with Two Bundles, oil on linen, 2010

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Still Life with Open  Box #1, oil on linen, 2006

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Still Life with Artificial Sweeteners, oil on board, 2010

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Still Life with Sweet and Low #1, oil on linen, 2010

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Yaddo Lunches, watercolor

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Yaddo Lunches, watercolor

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Still Life with Bundles, oil on linen, 2011

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Up and Over, oil on panel, 2013

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Still Life with Coffee and Tea, oil on board, 2010

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Still Life with Espresso Bag #1, oil on linen, 2008

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Still Life With Three Bundles, oil on linen, 2012

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Still Life With Common Objects

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Untitled, mixed media on paper, 2013

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