Art meets commerce in this video directed by the legendary Joe Pytka. Pytka, a cinematographer, director and film maker was so inspired by New York-based artist Nate Lowman’s Just One Eye project with Converse he was inspired to create a short filmed that embodied the spirit of the project.
In the video, the viewer is welcomed into an enigmatic scene with a disembodied eyeball, blood and dimly lit hallways. Something sinister and grim is afoot and then we meet our one-eyed protagonist. It leaves the viewer thinking, just what is going on here? What’s going on is a collaboration between artist Nate Lowman and Converse to make a custom Chuck Taylor shoe. Lowman has cut one of his paintings (depicting a copy of Willem de Kooning’s 1954 portrait of Marilyn Monroe) into as many pairs of unique high-top Chuck Taylors as possible.
The great thing about these collaborations is that it exposes a whole new audience to art and allows them to incorporate it into their every day lives. Lowman’s work has been described by New York Times chief art critic as “down-and-out excursions into collage, graffiti and appropriation.” Lowman’s first critical acclaim came about as a result of a show with P.S.1. He has also collaborated with brands like Supreme to create exclusive products. Each pair of Chuck Taylors from the Just One Eye: Nate Lowman collaboration is a unique piece of art in and of itself, a fragment of a whole. Everyone who owns a pair of this collection will be part of this unique part of Converse history.
To celebrate Halloween Beautiful/Decay is putting our infamous “Seven Deadly Sins” book on sale for half price! That’s right now you can get 167 full color pages of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, and Envy at half the price. Remember every book is hand numbered in an edition of 1500 on the back cover and once sold out will never be reprinted. Just type in discount code “halloween2013″ during check out to save 50% off this book. Sale ends Monday November 4th. So get to it you ghouls and ghosts and get your hands on one of our beautifully designed books for a fraction of the price!
Read more about the book and check out some sample spreads after the jump.
We’ve teamed up with Website builder Made With Color to bring our faithful readers yet another exclusive artist feature. Each week we join forces to share some of our favorite creatives working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek website. All Made With Color sites are responsive and come with a built in mobile site, which means that your portfolio looks perfect no matter how it’s viewed- from desktops to smart phones. This week we are happy to present to you the incredible wall drawings/murals of Heeseop Yoon.
Korean born, NYC based Heeseop Yoon is not scared of scale. Her impressive wall drawings cover gallery walls in a manic entanglement of line and form, swaying back and forth between abstraction and representation. From afar the drawings resemble a mass of scribbles weaving through one another but as you get closer you realize that the dense drawings are actually layer upon layer of furniture, clothing, objects, and other household items. What’s even more impressive is that Yoon’s drawings are not created with paint or ink but are in fact “drawn” with hundreds of feet of black tape that are cut into pieces. Other murals are created with cut Mylar layered on top of each other to create ghostly images that resemble X-rays.
Yoon states about her work:
My work deals with memory and perception within cluttered spaces. I begin by photographing interiors such as basements, workshops, and storage spaces, places where everything is jumbled and time becomes ambiguous without the presence of people. From these photographs I construct a view and then I draw freehand without erasing. As I correct “mistakes” the work results in double or multiple lines, which reflect how my perception has changed over time and makes me question my initial perception. Paradoxically, greater concentration and more lines make the drawn objects less clear. The more I see, the less I believe in the accuracy or reality of the images I draw.
Christian Kraemer AKA Dome is a Karlsruhe, Germany based street artist with a knack for monochromatic murals. Not confining himself to the streets of Germany, the artist paints his massive black and white murals everywhere from Turkey to Poland. Focusing on surreal themes, Kraemer’s work taps into mysterious narratives that take place in familiar yet strange worlds full of elongated figures wearing animal heads upon their heads while playing music as they travel in unknown seas.
Website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay have teamed up this week to bring you an exclusive artist feature. Each week we join forces to showcase some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek website. All Made With Color sites are responsive and come with a built in mobile site, which means that your portfolio looks beautiful no matter how it’s viewed. This week we are excited to present the sculptures and drawings of Colin Roberts.
The work of Los Angeles based artist Colin Roberts are based on the uncanny. Robert’s work consists of sculpture, drawings, and installation that deal with the subject of psychic fragility. At times grotesque (see flesh book above) or humorous (see obese wooden figure above), his work is an exploration of the human condition which employs the tactics of both surrealism and abject art. The work evokes familiar imagery and obscures it in uncanny and fantastical ways. By using lexicons common to everyday life, the pieces have the ability to cross significant cultural, social and psychic boundaries.
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In just 30 years Future Shop has turned from a small one store electronics shop in Vancouver, BC to becoming Canada’s biggest retail and e-tailer of Electronics. So it should come as no surprise that Future Shop continually brings you some of the exciting and popular pieces of tech and electronics.
The above video by Future Shop showcases the Bose OE2i headphones which are some of the most lightweight yet durable headphones on the market. These headphones don’t have any of the bulk that you’re used to seeing on other premium headsets but they pack a powerful audio punch with advanced acoustic design that gives you surprising depth and clarity, adding further nuances, deeper lows and clearer highs to your favourite tunes. Best of all the Bose OE2i headphones are equipped with an inline remote and mic that’s compatible with most Apple products making it easy to control your device whether you’re in the studio painting all day or running around town.
I have to admit that one of my guilty pleasures is watching an occasional episode or all day marathon of the tv show Hoarders. Maybe it’s the fact that seeing the chaos in someone else’s life makes me feel better about my own never ending laundry pile. I admit it’s not my finest moment but hey at least it’s not the Jersey Shore.
Given the above confession it should come as no surprise that I was immediately captivated by the series The Art Of Keeping by Argentinian photographer Paula Salishchiker. Since 2011 Salishchiker has been working on this fascinating project documenting the homes of hoarders in the UK. (via feature shoot)
I photograph the houses of people who have difficulty in throwing things away. Their objects help them feel safe, they take their time, they require their care and are there for them. However, they also make their lives difficult, sometimes forcing them out of their own homes, suffocating them with their never ending expansion. – Paula Salishchiker