CLICK TO COLLECT- AFFORDABLE ARTIST ORIGINALS Presents: Ben Tegel

Ben Tegel,  Helter Skelter 1, 2008
22″ x 30″,  ink on paper

Welcome to the second week of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s new campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. Our second featured artist is Ben Tegel whose gorgeously rendered drawings have graced the pages of our print publication, apparel, and website dozens of times. Ben’s iconic Helter Skelter drawing which depicts the faces of Charles manson through the ages was one of the most popular  Beautiful/Decay t-shirt graphics ever made. Now you can purchase the original piece and add it to your collection today! See the rest of the available work by Ben Tegel and read more about our Click To Collect project after the jump!


Artist Interview: Salão Coboi

Salão Coboi is not a singular artist like you’d assume from the sound of the name, but rather a collective of individuals based in Portugal. They hit major attention on the blogosphere in 2011 when they did a project named Generation H, in which they sculpted figures wearing clothes modeled after actual items by haute couture houses like Prada, Alexander Wang, and Junya Watanabe. And there’s just something charmingly unique and European about the characters Salão Coboi create, which really makes me feel the same positive energy I get whenever I look at the wonderful designs of The Yellow Submarine and Wallace & Gromit. However, Salão Coboi have taken that kind of work to the next level by making it not just for children, but also adults as well. Beautiful/Decay featured the work of Salão Coboi a lift bit ago HERE.

 

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The Happiest Street Art In The World

Who says street art has to be rough and tough? The good folks over at Eyebombing have made it their mission to spread the joyous and fun message of putting googly eyes on everyday objects and to bring smiles to random peoples faces. You can join their mission of laughter and joy by getting your own googly eye stickers and discovering the faces that start to emerge out of the mundane architecture that we pass by everyday.

Video Watch: Bye Bye Birdie Remix

21 year old French video editor Romain Loiseau recently set out to create a music video using a short extract of the movie Bye Bye Birdie which was recently seen in a Mad Men episode. The rules of the project were simple.

1.Do not take other sound than this are in the extract.
2. Do not use other software (like MAO software : Ableton live, logic…)
3. Do not use effect except the pticher  and the slow motion effect (in
order to harmonize )

The final product is a mesmerizing 3:35 minute music video created on Final Cut Pro 7 and made entirely out of a few seconds of footage and without any of the usual editing tricks you are so used to seeing.  Watch the full video after the jump.

Ward Roberts’ Billions

One may find the concepts explored in Ward Roberts’ Billions series confronting, given that the images within this series represent a fast-forming reality, predicted to be the dystopian future not so long ago. But the present is never perceived as the future we envisaged in the past. We move along the arrrow of time as stationary observers, watching the world transform before our very eyes, yet rarely aware of our transition into ‘the future’.

Billions removes us from this stationary reality for a brief moment, lifting us to the surface for air. From this detached place, these images allow us to see our world, yet we feel neither comfortable nor uncomfortable about it. We find the challenges of cognitive mapping, the loss of individualism, that theorists like Fredric Jameson were concerned with. But we seem not to feel alarm. Perhaps we have evolved along with our ideas, with our effects on the world and its dynamic entropy. Our minds have unconsciously integrated what was, through past eyes, a forecast of chaos. In our times, the concept of a billion no longer overwhelms us. As these photographs show us, we can stay solid and identify connectedness between floating transparencies. We now recognize a new kind of whole. It is a work that allows you to recognize your world and your place within it that is truly effective.

Jake Winiski

Jake Winiski creates blurry deconstructed alien worlds using 3d sets that are photographed and then drawn on top of with ink. His multimedia process opens the door for a free-associative exploration, which is directly drawn from contemporary folklore  laden with blurry photographs in which the human myth-building impulse has found Sasquatches, Chupacabras, aliens, and devils.By painting directly into the photographic print with an airbrush and India ink (aping the photographic surface) Jake explores the image as a shared space between the fabrication of the model, it’s expansion and metamorphosis behind the window of the photograph, and the free-associative manner in which internal fantasy can project itself into the world.

Frédéric Delangle’s Compost Abstractions

 

Channeling the ghost of Jackson Pollock’s organically composed (not composted!) abstractions, French artist Frédéric Delangle creates densley layered abstract photographs of the insides of compost bins. Part hippie chic and part  ab-ex, Delangle’s images take the eco-friendly and the familiar and transform it into piles of abstract goodness!