Loyal B/D reader, please enjoy the majestic spectacle of Simmons & Burke. Los Angeles based collaborators Case Simmons and Andrew Burke make highly intricate digital collages that will have your brain spinning in circles. If that wasn’t enough, the duo also compose unique audio clips to accompany each piece, creating a complete sensory overload. Go to their website, or the artist page at Kohn Gallery for a taste of the madness.
Jeff Antebi is a photojournalist & essayist. His world portraits make me wonder: how would we perceive our place in this world, had we more familiar access to both the phenomenal beauty and the utter chaos that exists? Jeff’s Antebi captures both with finesse and power .
Recently, a completely fantastical portal of swirling stars and lights dazzled thousands of Norwegians who happened to witness this astrological phenomena. The spectacle was, for lack of other words, divinely unreal. Calls flooded the Norwegian Astrological Society shorty later…what was it? Of course, the media called it a “failed Russian missile launch,” which was never confirmed, (the best “rationalization” of this irrational event was by CBS: watch here) leaving me filled with wonder at the potentialities of our forever amazing infite universe. Was it a portal opening to take us back to the mothership? The unexplainable beyond materialized? Black hole? Worm hole? Are we just tiny sea monkeys swimming in a crystal-skulled reptilian-humanoid’s fish tank? Was this him tapping on the glass of our little bowl for amusement, to watch us scurry about? Are we just dust in the wind? Who knows. Check out videos of the phenomena after the jump…careful, it’ll probably blow your mind.
We’ve been posting alot of amazing illustrators from the UK, and Jon Owen is yet another within this category. You can difinitely detect a common stylistic thread from piece to piece, yet, Jon also has a strength for mixing things up and keeping his work fresh. I’m personally fond of his limited color splashes & muted palette, which only increases my curiosity to explore the details of these narratives.
Above: Jesse Wiedel in his Studio; Below: Jesse Wiedel "Frozen F", 2010
Today’s featured “Art Works Every Time” artist is Jesse Wiedel. Wiedel describes his unique blend of metaphysical trailer-park angst as “trashy yet mystical;” Wiedel finds the complexity in actions taken out of context and placed within a cheap motel, the dialectical meaning in the iconography of the van, the spiritual gesture of a face-shoving match, the hostility in a complacent family vacation portrait. His works are uncannily American, displaying a David Lynch-like curiosity in society’s two-faced duplicity, its simultaneous suburban superficiality and seedy underbelly. At once dark and humorous, Wiedel’s works startle and shock through their sheer familiarity.
Max Hamilton is a photographer based in London. He has a knack for photographing cultures and their beauty – from skateboarding to the industrialization of China. His shots create an honest narrative that resonates beyond a simple, timely image; his work is a testament to this era.
Nir Adar, "Octopussy", 2005
Beautiful/Decay decided to do a three-part series of posts on artists who never listened to their mother’s advice….. not to play with their food! Food itself is an art form, its creation and consumption can be as much a feast for the senses and expression of emotion as any other type of creation. However, this collection of artists were not merely seeking to create a meal (in fact most of these works should be regarded as wholly inedible). In experimenting with squishing, flinging, melting, and otherwise manipulating food in all manners of ways, these artists were able to use food as a medium to comment about everything: from rising levels of obesity, to our perceptions of ethnicity and class. Read on to check out our first three artists!
Nick Ruechel is a photographer with an interest in confrontation and history. His images are timely, prudent, and worth ingraining in your memory.