Paul Cherwick approaches his subtractive wooden sculptures with the spontaneity of drawings, treating them as quick, multi-sided one-offs. Employing a carving technique, he chooses an art that runs the gamut, unchanged between folk art material, and the stuff of priceless antiquities. Cherwick creates his figures as allegories, each with an absurd background story; they show the classical grace of the commoner, rather than his or her banality. His cast of personal folklores draws from Classical Greek mythology, in which individuals serve as tropes, created to personify human qualities in ways that are often very literal. Though he is drawn to wood for its classical nature and inherent morality, his translations of the material often verge on Pop.
Dutch artist Edwin Deen works in a wide array of materials and situations from sculpture to found object groupings but his rainbow sprinklers caught our eye immediately. Consisting of a simple garden sprinkler that can be found at your local hardware store, some paint, and a little ingenuity Deen transforms entire rooms in minutes with the help of some water. It would be interesting to see this done with food coloring and in an outdoor setting but for now we’ll enjoy these colorful installations and wait for Deen’s next project. More works by him after the jump! (via)
Portland, Oregon based artist Storm Tharp’s fluid figurative paintings mix ornate patterning with a delicate “happy accidents” style of brush work that make his striking figures seem to be in motion yet completely still. This playfulness of medium creates an unsettling state in the work making each piece psychological portraits of figures who could be real or completely out of the artists imagination.
Serbian designer Bratislav Milenkovic’s imagery sits at the intersection of typography and illustration usually combining the two to create cleaver and playful images. Morre Typography fun after the jump.
As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ post of work by Photographer Andreas Jakwerth.
Vienna based photographer Andreas Jakwerth set out to depict the evil beards of the world with One guy, 6 different beard styles, six villains and contemporary fashion!
The series ‘Beards of Evil’ combines the beard style of some of the more evil villains of mankinds history with contemporary, urban fashion. For us, it was interesting to see how nicely some of these styles would work with today’s fashion even though you cannot wear a beard like these nowadays.
I shot this series for the Austrian magazine thegap, which focuses on urban culture and music. One of their friends who had been growing a beard for about seven years, decided to finally get rid of it, so we jumped in and realized the series with the help of stylist Magdalena Vukovic and hairdresser Thomas Pavlidis. The model, a non-professional, changed his expression to fit perfectly with the style of beard he was wearing.
In the end the series never got published in the magazine because one of the fashion labels didn’t like the historical person we chose for their clothing.—Andreas Jakwerth
I have a massive library of artist books piled towards the sky and I’m always seeking the next artist monograph to add to my book collection so it was a special treat to get Erik Parker: Colorful Resistance in the mail last week.
Erik’s been a friend of Beautiful/Decay for a long time now, first appearing in a feature length interview in Beautiful/Decay Issue: O complete with cover art (Get your copy here). Since then we’ve kept in touch with Erik and followed his work as it continuously evolves, grows, and pushes forward into mind bending and candy coated directions. Colorful Resistance is the first retrospective look at Erik’s work with over 256 pages and 300 massive images of almost everything Erik has made since the 90′s to feast your eyeballs on. If that’s not enough Erik’s close friend Kaws did a fantastic interview with him at the end of the book where they discuss everything from collecting other young artists artworks to how flowers can look like genitals.
San Francisco based photographer Rob Prideaux’s exquisitely shot images of smoke and fire are a perfect example how a very simple subject manner can be pushed to a new level of creativity. Setting out to explore the aesthetics of smoke and fire Prideaux chose to minimally retouch the photos of fire and create heavily retouched patterned imagery out of the smoke. The result is triumph of aesthetic beauty, fires magnificence, and the intangible allure of smoke as it appears and disappears into the air in a matter of seconds. (via)