A Tribute to the King of Pop

Alright I’m doing it…We at Beautiful/Decay are sorry to see you go, Michael Jackson. And you will never know of the times I, personally, used to watch your music videos in VHS form on repeat while making PB&J sandwich towers while talking to myself, but you will live on forever in our hearts! And also in the form of a gold sculpture by Jeff Koons. This further proves my agreeing with the apocalypse taking place in 2012: Michael Jackson would definitely not stick around for that. The King of Pop also exists forever around in the form of wax figures that our lovely intern Greg posted about earlier (foreshadowing today’s events??). But you will no longer be able to purchase his memorabilia that was set to be auctioned off in April.

Despite my joking tone, I am truly sad- a certain part of me has died along with him : (.


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Vintage Issey Miyake

After graduating from Tama Art University in 1964, Issey Miyake worked in Paris and New York City before returning to Tokyo to establish the Miyake Design Studio.

In the late 80s, he began experimenting with new methods of pleating that would allow for a combination of technology, functionality and beauty. This ultimately jumpstarted a then-new technique called garment pleating, a technique with which we former pleated skirt-wearin’ school girls are totally familiar.

His vintage work reminds me of graceful moths from outer space (or from Star Wars)–and I mean that in the best way possible!

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Thom Puckey

British sculptor Thom Puckey creates work that interestingly treads between old aesthetic sensibilities and materials and new content.  Not unlike Renaissance sculptors, Puckey’s pieces are large, constructed out of marble, and often involve female nudes. Yet at the same time the objects presented in the sculptures are fiercely contemporary – his nudes are holding AK-47s, or are donning the hoods of Abu Ghraib prisoners (edit: of which likenesses Thom went back into the future to collect as the pieces existed before Abu Ghraib).

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Lee Mawdsley

Lee Mawdsley

Lee Mawdsley is a British photographer whose work spans the medium’s breadth- advertising, brand, editorial, he’s done it all! I love these shots from his “High speed test” series.

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Placer Deshacer


Not really sure what Placer Deshacer (it seems they are a musical group with an alter-presence) is about but these pictures remind me of educational videos from the 70s and 80s, or the vague way that conceptual art is photographed. I love how the absence of color makes the human body look so mysterious and full of knowledge…

 

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Philipp Herrman

 

Swiss designer Philipp Herrmann‘s “DIPLOM 2006” project was taken from the diploma catalogue of the graphic design class at University of Applied Arts in Zurich. I really like how, in the image above, the tape and camera angle beguile the eye to create a sense of depth on a flat surface. Very neat optical illusion!

 

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Bruno 9li

Most animated gifs are made by purely digital means but Bruno 9li shows how much more awesome it looks with the same effect applied to his painting. The flashing light band across is the eyes is genius! You can see more of his work after the jump but they look better on his site (they’re really wide).

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Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova

Francisco Infante-Arana & Nonna Gorunova

Gorgeous sculptures that uses mirrors to force nature into interrupting itself. I see tons of art on Flickr sites that do the same thing but with Photoshop and Googled nature images, (don’t get me wrong, I like those too) but this the real thing! I can’t find very much information on the artist duo- I’m assuming they were husband and wife or something… Wiki search rewarded me this: Francisco Infante-Arana formed an artists’ collective known as the Movement Group & continues to be one of the premier Russian avant-garde artists. “Nonna Gorunova” yielded me results only in the context of Francisco. It would be great if any of you readers can shed more light on them! You can find more of their work on this LiveJournal photo community.

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