A Love Letter For You is the name of the current project by NYC graffiti artist Steve Powers, aka ESPO. A recent recipient of a Fulbright grant, Powers is using the money to make these beautiful murals around Philadelphia with the help of local teenagers. The murals, which are clearly very heavily inspired by 20th century American sign painting/vernacular graphic design, are some of my favorite pieces of street art I’ve seen in a while.
AIDS-3D is a collaboration between two American artists, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas, both of whom were born in 1986. Their work, and the documentation of it, is about as cryptic and brash as their mysterious name. Their influences are clear – low brow 1990s cyber-culture, space mysticism, aliens, etc, etc – but the work revolving around said themes can be quite clever and subversive.
Inka Järvinen is an illustrator/designer from Helsinki. Järvinen works mostly in detailed collage’s, her output is dark, as she draws inspiration from the old sci-fi aesthetic of the future in the 1960’s and 1970’s. I love her illustrations and simple use of color.
In a series entitled “Paper Mountains,” NY-based photographer Brendan Austin shoots crumbled paper in an abstracted, decontextualized way as to create the appearance of mountains. It reminds me of when I was a child and I would look at the natural folds, hills, and canyons created by my bedspread and imagine they were gigantic landscapes.
I’ll be the first to admit that I know absolutely nothing about dance, especially when it comes to ballet. I am, however, a huge Fall fan, which led me to these videos of choreography by Michael Clark, a British dancer who famously shook up the modern dance world by staging avant-garde productions often set to experimental or post-punk music. These clips come from a 1988 ballet called “I Am Curious, Orange” which was scored entirely by The Fall. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been much proper documentation done of this work, but these YouTube clips, taken from Charles Atlas’ long out of print film Hail the New Puritan will have to suffice.
Peter Buchanan-Smith is a New York-based graphic designer whose clients include Isaac MIzrahi, Paper Magazine, Brian Eno & David Byrne, and more. I particularly enjoy his clever book covers. He also inexplicably runs a company called Best Made Co. which exclusively produces $300 painted axes.
I’m loving these carved magazines by artist Nate Page . Page uses methods of drawing and assemblage to create these paper landscapes. It’s such a simple and powerful idea! I’m a big fan of this series, but some here at Beautiful/Decay think it looks like “bad sand art…” but I’d have to disagree, at the very least it’s ‘cool’ sand art.