Sarah Moli Newton Applebaum (what a name!) creates meta-knitted sculptural installations that emphasize an overwhelming array color patterns using mostly knitted fabric and blankets. These bursting animated forms engulf and transform a space into a heavenly spectrum and in their geometric abstraction suggest a homey environment that you would only find in happy induced dreams. The costumes are inventive, creating imaginative and quirky characters that seem innocent enough to cuddle with but with a guarded stance that can be quite intimidating.
We interns went exploring/gallery hoppin’ this past week, as the Beautiful/Decay office resides conveniently in the heart of the Culver City Art District.
I was particularly charmed by “Seasonal Change,” a group exhibition which just opened at LeBasse Projects on June 20th. With a line-up featuring the talents of Edwin Ushiro, James Roper, and Tessar Lo, this exhibition just sounded so promising! Some pieces are ethereal with slightly serious undertones; others are blatantly whimsical and playfully riotous, but all seem to be on the brink of something explosive…on the verge of unleashing ear-splitting noise.
“Seasonal Change” runs until mid-July, I believe, so be sure to check it out before then!
Takashi Iwasaki definitely has a flair for the playful. Each piece is a kaleidoscopic explosion of all things optimistic and innocent, from vibrant colors to minimal, intimate shapes. Equally as amusing are the titles of these paintings, collages, and embroidery work, which consist of fragments of Japanese, English, other languages, and sounds.
The Bad Lab was brought to our attention by Eric Zelinski, who submitted them as a consideration to our “Submit your Artist” contest. Although we already chose a winner two weeks ago, we at Beautiful/Decay would like acknowledge Bad Lab’s fantastically fresh t-shirt line, prints, canvases, and posters.
I’m especially fond of the canvas work (see Set Speed and Sexagon) and how their hypnotic, rhythmic qualities entrance the viewer, pulling us into the loop.
I may be a little late on the band-wagon, but I couldn’t not post about Keith Tyson’s solo exhibition at the Blum & Poe gallery, it’s way too good. The buildings large brick structure and Tyson’s sizable work are the perfect combination. The height and natural lighting in the gallery space is awe-inspiring.
This exhibition includes three bodies of Tysons work: Nature Paintings, Operator Paintings and Studio Wall Drawings. All three projects explore the “paradoxes about the nature of being” and touch upon the overwhelming link between humans and the complex systems that are constantly surrounding us. My personal favorite is Tyson’s Operator Paintings. For this project he utilizes mathematical theories and cosmological systems as a basis for his illustration, calling attention to the limitations and differences between two disparate forms of communication: math and art.
Spotted this giant New York-city-as-a-pizza (aptly titled “Pizzatopia”) by The Bruce High Quality Foundation as a piece for the VOLTA show somewhere on the internet and suddenly became very hungry. There’s more pictures of it after the jump just because I feel like I am eating it vicariously through blog text ingestion.
Anyone who has been around me for approximately the last 96 hours will know that I am slowly becoming a CDL (Crazy Dog Lady) for my 12 week old puglet, Ziggy Stardust! He works hard for Beautiful/Decay each day as our unofficial office mascot! Anyways, here is a picture of him above modeling the collaborative sticker insert with Mat Brown that will go into each and every copy of Book 1! It’s pretty much a valient warrior riding a narwhal-unicorn cross breed into an apocalyptic sunset….yeah. More pictures below. Anyways, Book 1 is almost booked up for the July 1st ship date (woohoo!), so be sure to subscribe soon! (And tell me what you think about my dog, ha!)
Alright I’m doing it…We at Beautiful/Decay are sorry to see you go, Michael Jackson. And you will never know of the times I, personally, used to watch your music videos in VHS form on repeat while making PB&J sandwich towers while talking to myself, but you will live on forever in our hearts! And also in the form of a gold sculpture by Jeff Koons. This further proves my agreeing with the apocalypse taking place in 2012: Michael Jackson would definitely not stick around for that. The King of Pop also exists forever around in the form of wax figures that our lovely intern Greg posted about earlier (foreshadowing today’s events??). But you will no longer be able to purchase his memorabilia that was set to be auctioned off in April.
Despite my joking tone, I am truly sad- a certain part of me has died along with him : (.