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)
Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, and Envy have been explored—and challenged—for centuries by artists, scholars, and writers. In this issue of Beautiful/Decay, you’ll find artists who explore these themes through a contemporary lens, either by explicitly calling out those deemed guilty of committing one of the Seven Deadly Sins, or by turning the sweeping notion of sin right on its head.
James Gobel tackles Pride through felt portraits of colorfully clad, sexually charged, plus-size bears, and continuing the exploration of Lust, we have the raw and lascivious Polaroids of Jeremy Kost. View Tom Littleson’s bloody portraiture drawings and their relationship with Wrath. See how cover artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster’s adept use of personified garbage channels Gluttony. Libby Black’s paint-and-paper sculptures replicate Envy-inducing luxury brand goods, while paintings and drawings from Brendan Danielsson address the social and physical epidemic of Sloth. Finally, Greed lies at the center of Ghost of a Dream’s hypnotic sculptural art and immersive installations. We’ve also invited international artists, illustrators, and designers to create original pieces for our Project Pages based on all seven sins.
Other featured artists: Carolyn Janssen, Okay Mountain, Colette Robbins, Cleon Peterson, Micah Ganske, Zoe Charlton, Penelope Gottlieb, Paul Mullins, Keith Puccinelli, Travis Somerville, Kara Maria, Aideen Barry, Travis Collinson, Geoffrey Chasedy, John Knuth.
Each copy of Beautiful/Decay: The Seven Deadly Sins comes blind packed with either a zine by Terence Hannum or Heather Benjamin or a limited edition silk screen print by Paul Nudd!
“This spot is in a highway ghost town about three minutes from my house. I only ever go there to check the post office box or to waste my money on expensive petrol. The bag on the ground at the start of ledge has about a hundred tea candles in it. I had to use about fifteen of them before I was sliding at all. The wall is really rough and it’s a lot closer than it looks. The challenge was more to not cut my hand on the jagged bits of concrete poking out than to do the noseslide. The ledge is full of cracks and holes and isn’t really the easiest thing to skate. All those blurry yellowy/orange areas along the ground are leaves. Lots of little piles of dried out winter leaves; perfect for landing in and rolling through. The shot is taken not more than five meters from the edge of a road that happens to be the Pacific Highway – the segment of Highway 1 that joins Brisbane to Sydney and is thus a pretty intimidating audience of bikers, truck drivers and travellers to perform in front of.
But what I dig about this photo is that none of that is apparent.
The ledge appears smooth and seems to slide, the wall looks harmless, the leaves are more shimmering puddles of gold than they are crunchy yellow landing hazards and the composition isn’t concerned with the hundreds of people that would’ve driven past while we were skating there. I don’t usually like photos or videos of myself skating. It’s so easy to criticize yourself. But this photo has a lot more going on that just the trick…I love this photo.”
These photos were shot by Isaac’s brother, Gabe Roxburgh, with the new Lensbaby Spark. Lensbaby is running a photo story contest called Show and Tell over on their Facebook page. Check it out here to see more photo stories, and share your own for a chance to win.