Made With Color Presents: Asad Faulwell’s Ornate Political Paintings

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asad faulwell painting

asad faulwell painting

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 doesn’t just help artists create gorgeous websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code. This week we’re happy to bring you the work and site of Los Angeles painter Asad Faulwell.

At first glance, Asad Faulwell’s heavily embellished and ornate works may call to mind middle eastern tapestries but upon deeper inspection you discover that in fact they are deeply rooted in both politics and art history. His current body of work depicts female combatants from the Algerian War of Independence.  Inspired by Gillo Pontecorvo’s “The Battle of Algiers” these pieces attempt to show how these women were both aggressors and victims, victimized by both their French adversaries and their male Algerian comrades.  All works in this series are titled “Les Femmes D’Alger” in reference to the series by Delacroix and Picasso.  While the anonymous women in the Delacroix and Picasso works were depicted as sexual objects in an Orientalist scene, the women in  Faulwell’s  work defy simple classification and are depicted as saints, criminals, aggressors and victims.

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Stunning, Abstract Aerial Photos Of A Beta Carotene Farm In Western Australia

Steve Back Photography

Steve Back Photography

Steve Back Photography

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing this article by Carolyn Rauch on Steve Back.

The most intriguing part of Australian photographer Steve Back’s gorgeously graphic series Hutt Lagoon is that the bright pink-colored water is all natural. “The images are not manipulated for color,” said Back. “I was commissioned to shoot some abstract landscape shots of Western Australia for a big Perth hotel. I chartered a light aircraft to explore shooting some islands off the coast of Northern WA. I had noticed these lakes on the map and Google Earth, and decided that they were worth a look. From the ground, the pink coloring is not so evident and a bit unimpressive, yet from the air, it looks fantastic. These are natural landscapes but the coloring is out of this world. And at first sight it is not easy to tell whether they are close up or far away.”

Hutt Lagoon is the world’s largest Beta Carotene farm (produced by naturally occurring algae in the water). In the middle of the lagoon are a series of manmade ponds that form the fundamental composition elements of Back’s images.

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Sponsored Video: Land Rover Inspires Parkour Performers

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Land Rover has always married the love of the outdoors with high-end performance. So it should come as no surprise that they would team up with a group of talented Parkour athletes for their latest video. If you’ve ever seen any of the impressive wall jumping videos on Youtube, the moves of these four Parkour athletes will look familiar. In the latest Land Rover commercial these four Parkour athletes use their skills to conquer the great outdoors, scaling the same terrain that Land Rover is known for maneuvering.  The athletes scale boulders, flip over rivers and complete rolling flips off the edge of cliffs with grace and seeming weightlessness in unison. With much the same fluidity that you might see a prima ballerina execute her dance moves on the stage, these four athletes glide through the woods, over the rocks and in between blades of tall grasses- effectively turning the outdoors into their own stage.The Parkour athletes’ fluid movements and feats of balance echo Land Rover’s ability to navigate any terrain from the gritty urban streets to the country and beyond.

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Sponsored Video: Cornetto’s Tasty Cupidity Film Series

Practically everyone can remember a time in his or her childhood when they got to eat a Cornetto ice cream cone, it starts out with an ice cream and topping swirl and ends in a tasty burst of chocolate. Cornetto took the same approach in creating their new series of short films called Cupidity. Each film is highly cinematic and like the Cornetto cones themselves, reveal something new in every act. The films take us around the globe in Istanbul, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles, showing off a beautifully filmed vignette showcasing each city.

The Cupidity series of short films Cornetto created are tales of love from a teenager’s perspective- a time when love is grandiose and mysterious, the stuff of fairy tales. The film featured here is called Kismet Diner and is set in a cozy, fifties style diner. The story revolves around Laura, the adorably shy waitress with a gift for singing. The story reveals itself in four acts, each act getting the viewer closer to the “choclately burst” at the end. The whimsical story and storybook setting calls to mind the charm of movies like Amelie.

Cupidity is an interesting project for an ice cream company to take on and certainly one that is blurring the lines between advertising and content. We solute Cornetto for pushing the boundaries of their ad campaigns and adding a creative bend to how they market their brand.

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Harvard Scientist Creates Incredible Microscopic Crystal Flowers In A Beaker

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Science never ceases to amaze us with its bizarre, powerful and sometimes even beautiful. Wim L. Noorduin, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences has managed to create tiny flower like sculptures out of crystals. Now crystals are commonly known for having hard jagged edges. However Noorduin’s crystals buck convention with their organic shapes that were created by manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid through a chemical reaction between Barium Chloride and Sodium Silicate. (via)

“For at least 200 years, people have been intrigued by how complex shapes could have evolved in nature. This work helps to demonstrate what’s possible just through environmental, chemical changes.” -Wim L. Noorduin as told to Caroline Perry

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Made With Color Presents: Roya Falahi’s Performative And Psychological Self Portraits

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It’s Tuesday and time once again for our exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website building platform Made With Color. 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. Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create gorgeous websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are excited to share the mysterious and surreal photographs of Roya Falahi.

Using the realism of large-format photography, Roya Falahi captures surreal imagery – finely crafted portraits, and narrative ‘tableaux’- that often explore disguise and veiling within the context of recent geopolitical events.  With an emphasis on self portraits, Falahi’s works are resonant with visual and psychological impact, layering multiple references to create new and complex connotations.

Informed by her Iranian-American heritage, popular culture and style, as well as hard-rock music, Falahi’s work comprises a compelling investigation into contemporary issues surrounding identity and culture.

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Patricia Piccinini’s Incredible Skywhale Hot Air Balloon

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Floating high above the sky Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale hot air balloon is a thing of wonder. Commissioned by The Centenary Of Canberra the massive flying sculpture that is a cross between a turtle, breasts and prehistoric fish will be making the rounds in Australia during 2013.

Here’s what creative director of the COC had to say about this project:

“Observing Canberra’s continuing love of the spectacle of hot air balloons , each autumn gracing the airspace over the national capital, I wanted to offer this highly visible ‘canvas’ to an Australian artist as a Centenary of Canberra commission. Patricia Piccinini is one of Australia’s most successful ‘sculptors’, her work seen in major collections in Australia, and a survey show broke all attendance records for the Tasmanian Museum and Gallery: she has had recent exhibitions in Nashville, Istanbul and London. Her highly imaginative work invites us every time to think about the human condition, and it was this relationship with the very concept of ‘life on Earth’ that made me think of her. Many special shape balloons have started to replicate characters or animals, but they are mostly caricatures and in the realm of kitsch, rather than art.

To my delight, Patricia was immediately responsive to the idea of her work in a new form, and insisted that it would not be a novelty, but a continuation of her ouevre and its years of investigation into the way life has evolved. This is exactly what the new work is, and we are so proud to have been able to find the resources to help this great artist make it happen. That Patricia was educated in Canberra, also makes this a celebration of the fine talent that the national capital has, and continues to produce.” (via)

Watch three fantastic videos with the artist in her studio as well as footage of the Skywhale in flight after the jump!

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