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
Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay have teamed up yet again to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create minimal and mobile/tablet responsive websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work of talented painter Marie Irmgard.
Berlin based artist Marie Irmgard’s paintings are a dizzying swirl of gesture, form, and abstraction. Each painting is suspended in a state between abstraction and depiction, ever fluctuating between now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t. Both the subject matter and the method of the paintings contains the tensions of contradiction – the paintings are created in an madman’s spontaneous loss of control and at the same time the precise brushstrokes and compositions shows extreme control.
There is something violent and dangerous about Irmgard’s paintings – her still-life flower paintings is in the borderline of beauty, death and decay and fluctuates between the repulsive and the seductive, objects decaying into abstraction.
Irmgard’s source material is combining history and story; autobiographical reminisces are put alongside with present day commercials. Pieces of a Delacroix painting are transformed into turbulent layers and swirls in a contradicting combination of eloquence and clumsiness. She uses trash form her studio, organic waste, broken mechanical objects to create a hybrid iconography that is full of melancholy but also hope. Irmgard uses acrylic and ink and will often leave her work in big jugs or bathtubs – so that both the wooden frame and the canvas are soaked in paint-water. Up to the point where both the wood and the cloth is almost decomposing – she will experiment in just how worn and ugly can you make a piece and still save it – how much can you kill a painting and still bring it back to life.
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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color helps makers build their artists space on the web. Every Made With Color site comes with a built-in mobile site and is totally responsive for smart phones and tablets. This week we’re happy to bring you the work and website of photographer Morgynn Hanner.
Morgynn Hanner’s captivating black and white images are inspired by feminine beauty, the dark and strange, and eras long since past. Combining darkroom experiments and digital alterations, Hanner combines a variety of media from polaroids to large format photographs to create haunting yet delicate photographs of a cast of young girls who could be models in edgy european fashion magazines or teen girls up at night blasting loud music and playing pretend. The result is a unique glimpse into a larger narrative with no end about beauty, youth, freedom, and the unknown.
Tsherin Sherpa, born in Kathmandu Nepal, originally trained as a traditional Tibetan thangka painter with his father Master Urgen Dorje. From the age of twelve, he underwent six years of intensive training before travelling to Taiwan to study Mandarin and computer science. Since then he has returned to thangka painting but has added a contemporary twist to the traditional paintings leaving behind the traditional confines of the age old practice. His work now mixes the techniques and imagery of thangka with contemporary subject matter.
When asked about breaking from tradition Sherpa states:
“Sometimes if one gets too obsessed with the rules, there’s a danger of getting entangled in that very obsession. We then become more concerned about not breaking the rule. Because of that, from the traditional art’s point of view, the contemporary work with Buddhist imagery may even get categorized as sacriligious. I am working with some of the images that are viewed as the ultimate portrayal of certain deity. And to manipulate it, is obviously taboo.
However, if we scratch the layer a little deeper, and analyze these Buddhist images, one will find that they are a means to develop a practitioner’s (Buddhist) goal towards enlightenment, which means that the images are not the ultimate goal but rather a vehicle. A representation of a Buddha in 2- or 3-dimensional form is not the actual Buddha. It is a mere representation. And to fall into the trap of perceiving them to be the ultimate, is actually getting oneself entangled with the rules.”
It’s not everyday that you come across a giant submarine surfacing through the historic city streets of Milan. No this isn’t some bizarre new piece of technology gone wrong but in fact an incredibly elaborate installation that’s part of an elaborate marketing campaign imagined by advertising agency M&C Saatchi Milano for insurance group Europ Assistance IT as part of a new campaign called “Protect Your Life” which promotes the importance of safeguarding your possessions through insurance. This may seem a bit over the top to promote something as dull as insurance but this imaginative stunt surely stopped everyone in their tracks as they rushed through the city to work.
The installation also included a large scale performance complete with fireman and police officers rescuing the crew of the submarine. Watch footage from the performance in the short video above. (via designboom)
Photographer Tommy Kha, a 2013 graduate of Yale’s MFA program, will not kiss you back. In his project, Return to Sender, Kha documents himself receiving a kiss from strangers, friends, lovers, acquaintances, and not returning it. To what do we owe this visual pleasure and physical discomfort? These images of Kha’s bewildered, open eyes while his malleable body is taken, touched, and grabbed at another’s whim conjures up an amalgam of emotions, the least of which is our own discomfort.
Why? The photographer knows: “While my passive character mirrors stereotypes of the Asian men—almost always depicted as neutered, asexual, or submissive within media—it is my transgression as the photographer that undermines this passivity. Coupled with the other participants’ control over their own representation through their kiss, these images intend to question and confuse the role of the photographer and sitter, protagonist and supporting character, self-portrait and performance.” We recently found out more from Kha.
Why did you choose kissing as the method for self-portraiture as it is in effect here?
“I approach the picture making to explore desire, through intimacy, but it doesn’t necessarily look intimate in the photographs. It has to do with the desire to see oneself reflected. With kissing (on the lips), there’s something very expected about doing that act. I like to be surprised by photography since my work lies within the terrains of self-portrait, performance, and staged photography. Even in making these photographs, it’s not really about the kiss as an act itself but how each kiss is different.”
This week we’re bringing you another talented artist as part of our partnership with premiere website building platform Made With Color. Each week we bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who are using Made With Color to create clean and sleek websites that are optimized for desktop, mobile, and tablet. Made With Color sites aren’t just good looking, they also feature powerful yet simple backend which allows anyone to create a professional site with just a few clicks.This week we are excited to share the detailed paintings of Scott Greenwalt.
Oakland based painter Scott Greenwalt’s dense paintings sway back and forth between abstraction and representation in a nervous frenzy. With references to cosmic galaxies and the human nervous system, his otherworldly paintings weave both the familiar and the unknown through one another creating ornate futuristic worlds.
“Scott Greenwalt presents images that illustrate with an uncanny precision the palpable horror of our physical situation. And like the alchemists of old, he instills in the work an element of the mysterious, a fantastical imagining of our souls and bodies transformed in matter and energy.
The result is landscapes and portraits populated and magnetized by cloudy æther, sinewy, degraded and corporeal fragile forms, fine filaments of hair and flesh transmutated by rays of energy streaming from eyes and orifices. The work captures a moment of profound fantastical physical change and refer to a thing larger than that what we can see with our own eyes, a nightmarish dimension of the alchemist’s gaze made manifest in all its magnificent terror.” – weekend
Beautiful/Decay is excited to bring you our exclusive artist feature in partnership with Made With Color, the premiere platform for artist websites. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting creatives working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek sites. All Made With Color sites not only work beautifully on your computer but also come optimized for mobile and tablet users making sure that your portfolio looks professional no matter how you view it. For this weeks artist spotlight we bring you the paintings of Julia Schwartz.
Julia Schwartz’s paintings are inspired by anything and everything around her. Flooded studios, homes in various cities, disappearing icebergs, california light and relationships all are put through her (mostly) abstract painting process to create work that is intuitive and contemplative all at once. Our favorite pieces in her “State Of Being” series has to be the brutally honest text based paintings that display messages of catharsis and artistic despair.
On her website Schwartz states the following about her painting process:
I have something like a virtual rolodex in my mind which contains not names and numbers, but years of study, reading, looking, shadows, dreams, art, and world events. Like a receptacle of experiences, my unconscious unfurls into a painting in the same way described by chaos theory, with one small seemingly unrelated movement having an impact on the piece as a whole.