We’ve put it off for as long as possible but you can now follow me and see all the awesome, random, and random stuff I photograph all day long. I can’t promise a few occasional shots of the adorable B/D mascot Mr.Baxter but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. What you can expect is lots of art, design, street art, studio visits and more. So jump on your phone, ipad, and any other Instagram compatible device and follow your favorite art publication at @beautifuldecayofficial !
Austrian artist Anatlo Knotek is a self described visual poet who creates all his art with the help of the English alphabet. Knotek takes ordinary words and phrases and creates new visual puns and deconstructions. As words fall apart, come together, and reshuffle we see new meanings, poignant ideas, and revealed secret messages. (via)
Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’ works in a variety of media from scale models of hypothetical museums to performances involving a clinic that provides unexpected therapies. However out of all of his projects the one series that stands out is the Capula sculptures. Made out of steel and woven nylon, these incredible structures are part furniture, part clubhouse, and all awesome. The Capula provides an alternative to the conventional room. A selection of the Capula manifesto reads: “If a room has rigid walls the Capula shall be elastic, if the room is grounded, the Capula shall hover, If a room needs furniture the Capula will turn itself into furniture…etc.” (via)
More Capula pods after the jump!
Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights, and urban life.
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
Read more about the photographs in a great New York Times article written by Maurice Berger and visit the website of The Gordon Parks Foundation for more of Parks incredible images from one of the most important eras in American history.
Armed with only a razor blade and a big imagination Parisian artist Thomas Louis Jacques Schmitt AKA Thom Thom slices, cuts, and excavates public billboards and ads to create wonderous works that resemble tile mosaics. As Thom Thom cuts away a the layers of ads new messages, images, and faces appear showing us what was there all along but we could not see. (via)
The good folks at Burberry have gathered a great collection of musicians to create a brilliant campaign promoting their line of Aviator glasses. Comprised of British bands The Daydream Club, Life In Film, Marika Hackman, and One Night Only, each video is a classic stripped down, black and white music video that takes all the typical cliche gimmicks we’re used to seeing in music videos and focuses on what matters, the music. Each band has it’s own unique sound ranging from alt folk, garage rock, and classic rock but with a modern twist. Watch all the videos after the jump.
Cradle of Mankind is the newest series by Canadian-born photographer, Joey L. Shot in Ethiopia’s Omo Valley, and featuring portraits of the various tribes that inhabit the area. The photographs are a deeply moving, visual homage to the tribal peoples of Ethiopia, the birthplace of Homo sapiens.
The photographs from Cradle of Mankind, along with Joey L.’s documentary film, Faces of a Vanishing World (watch the trailer after the jump)– which first aired on Ovation TV in September 2010, chronicle the artist’s deep interest in Ethiopia, and the rapid transition of it’s oldest cultures. During his time in the country, Joey L. lived with various tribes in the region, learning the different customs of each while capturing individual portraits. Though these tribes may seem untouched by time, they are in fact in constant danger of disappearing forever. The artist states in a 2010 NPR interview that he is interested in anthropology and likes photographing different cultures, “but the ones I’ve been paying attention to lately are the, I suppose what you’d call vanishing ones, … the cultures that are on the verge of extinction, tribes that are threatened by progress and losing their language and losing their ways of life that they’ve sustained for thousands of years.”
See a selection of Cradle Of Mankind from June 21st-August 4th 2012 at Stephen Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles