Photographer Paul Kooiker has a creepy little voyeuristic collection of work that is not only unnerving, but quite beautiful all at the same time. In this way, his work really stands out to me, it is observation perfected – maybe even surpasses to intrusive. This terrifying, and talented photographer doesn’t need gore to freak you out. He just needs the eerie-calm and the psychological imprint he leaves behind that has you suspicious of just who is standing behind you. I am going to have some weird dreams tonight…
If you’re like my best friend Agnes, who is such a germaphobe that she brings with her cleaning equipment on any of our vacation trips, then this post will disturb your very soul. Presenting the Seattle Gum Wall! Falling in 2nd place (after Ireland’s Blarney Stone) as voted by Tripadvisor to be one of the world’s most germ infested tourist attractions. The Gum Wall came to be in the early 1990’s when people, waiting in line to purchase theater tickets, started to stick their chewing gum to the wall to pass the time. You may be wondering why hasn’t anyone tried to clean this up in the first place, well the theater attendants have – twice! They gave up in 1999 when the wall became an official Seattle tourist attraction. I (being a notorious gum addict) must visit this wall to contribute… with Agnes and her endless stock of Purell.
I am in love with Dimitri Tsykalov’s series of fruit and veggie skulls. So intricately carved into accurate representations! He seems to take an interest in unorthodox sculpture materials… as he used meat to create war weapons as a commentary on the exposed soldier inside a butchering.
Beacon, NY based sculpturist Emil Alzamora enjoys exploring the human form through his artwork. He focuses on ideas like what it actually means to inhabit the human body occur throughout his work in one shape or another.
Yi-Hsin Tzeng uses various mediums to construct and communicate her sense of black humor and outside viewpoint. Her recent series on defacing and appropriating public images (magazines, political figures, fashion, etc.) is an attempt at regaining some control over the surreal absurdity that comes with the fake, posed, and plastic nature of public images.
Leonard Greco has a way of portraying people in his portraits, defiantly capturing each person’s personality in a mindful way. He has already built quite a portfolio, working with the Arctic Monkeys and Yeasayer to name a few. He currently works in New York.
Beautiful/Decay wants to wish intern superstar Jennifer Razo a big thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all her hard work and help over these last 3 months! Jennifer is a prolific creative….from design, photography, illustration and beyond. Check out her work on her Flickr account and blog! We are looking forward to all your future creative endeavors!
Loyal B/D reader, let me introduce you to Erik Beehn, a supremely talented painter, photographer, printmaker, and all around excellent artist. Erik’s work tends to focus on spaces, and the details that define those spaces. Says Erik, “It is the small details within a space, such as the lighting, textures, shadows, and even the balance of negative space between objects that grasps my attention. My work investigates the use of emptiness within a space, and its relationship to either its viewer, or its occupant.” Erik recently moved his studio to Las Vegas, and has been working like mad on several different projects, while always keeping his eyes open to the subtleties of the american landscape. I caught up with Erik the other day, and asked him some questions about his former life as a master printer, his unusual painting techniques, and his new life in Sin City.