As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Jennifer Kaye’s article on John Mdgley.
Cosmetic giant MAC put their in-store makeup artists to the test this Halloween to create the most compelling looks. Artists from stores in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York will be judged by MAC’s facebook followers for their annual “Halloween Face-Off.” The portraits, which range from glamorous to macabre, were shot by photographer John Midgley. “The passion of each of the artists was a lot of fun, and it was infectious,” says John. They lived for it—they lived for the look. They lived to have their picture taken. It took it back to the simplest form of photography, which is flattery and escapism.”
Freya Jobbins’ repurposes doll parts and plastic figurines to create disturbingly beautiful busts made out of thousands of tiny body parts. Influenced by Ron Mueck’s sculptures and Guiseppe Archimboldo’s fruit & veggie paintings these provocative objects both delight and disturb the viewer all at once.
“My work explores the relationship between consumerist fetishism and the emerging recycling culture within the visual arts. Due to our society’s overspending on children’s plastic toys, especially dolls, the materials for my assemblages are very accessible.”
See more of Freya’s work after the jump including a special Darth Vader piece in honor of Lucas Films being sold to Disney! (via)
Italian street art duo Sten Lex are considered as pioneers in their use of the stencil in Italy. Starting their career in their hometown of Rome in 2001, they rapidly acquired an international reputation. Their work consists of portraits of anonymous characters that they photograph as well as portraits from album covers from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Moving between op art and stencil work STEN LEX is based on a technical finesse and unprecedented accuracy in their remarkable art. Their technique, which they named “Hole School”, is a meticulous hand cut stencil process. They make a thin frame consisting of thousands of paper lines. From the contrast of the black and white lines, the portrait emerges. The visual illusion of the stencil is thus part of the work. The walls on which the stencils are pasted up and the eventual evolution of the paper are hence an equal part of the artwork. Watch a video of their labor intensive process after the jump.
Montreal based artist Shelley Miller challenges the rough and gritty world of graffiti with her cake icing graffiti. Instead of the usual tags and throw ups Miller brings to the streets a delicate floral touch more likely to be found on triple decker wedding cake from the victorian era.
What makes Miller’s work even more interesting is that her pieces don’t just look like cake frosting but actually are cake frosting! This adds another layer of interest as these intensely ornate pieces disappear and melt off the walls almost as fast as they go up. See more of her works below and check out this great blog post documenting one of her more elaborate pieces as it fades away due to the elements. (via)
Welcome to the hyper colored world of Australian artist and designer Nick Thomm where neon covers everything, digital altered photos are the norm, and everything is just a bit surreal. From neon text pieces to altered scanned images nothing is safe from Thomm’s neo-psychedelic touch!
If you remember a while back we posted the incredible photos of Seth Casteel last year and it was one of our most popular posts of the year. Thousands of BD fans responded and shared his fantastic underwater dog photography, so we’re excited to share 10 new photos from his latest series on underwater dog photos.
To celebrate the launch of his new book “Underwater Dogs” Seth has generously given us a signed copy of the book as well as a signed 8×10 print of the photo that graces the cover of the book (pictured above) to giveaway to one of our lucky US readers . All you have to do is complete two very easy steps and win big. Just use the widget below to enter and you’re all set. The winner will be announced next Tuesday November 6th.
Laurent Chéhère’s photo series of floating buildings and homes takes these once permanent structures and shoots them off into the sky like a light weight balloon fill with helium. Inspired by the French film The Red Balloon, these playful and whimsical photographs are at once powerful surreal images and a masterful blend of analog photography and digital wizardry. (via)
Using two underpasses at Commerce Street and Houston Street Installation artist Bill FitzGibbons’Light Channels illuminates a visual barrier between San Antonio’s Convention Center and a shopping center that had minimal foot traffic with a neon hyperspectrum of light. Light Channels encourages visitors to cross under the highway, through the barrier, opening a new flow of customers moving through the usually dark and uninviting underpass. (via)