Dont Shop ‘Til You Drop

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In honor of Black Friday, here are some electric shopping slogans and abstracted commodities by Sylvie Fleury. What will you shop for today? Or not? Shoes. Ohmigod Shoes. Let’s get some shoes.

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Akira Kurosawa’s Far Out Dreams

Many know seminal Japanese director Akira Kurosawa for his acclaimed Seven Samurai, but recently I stumbled across “Dreams,” surreal vignettes based off of his dreams. I like the idea of filming dreams- a little peak into his subconscious mind. Haunting, beautiful, bizarre.

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Amy Dicke

"Passive Drifter"

Amie Dicke creates bizarre voodoo ancient magical totems of infinitely suffering souls.

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Pinball Wizard!

While you’re with your family yawning over Triptophan-turkey food comas slumped into your pumpkin pie, why not surprise everyone and inject your holiday with a little ROCK! Maybe try jumping on the table and singing “Pinball Wizard” from The Who’s “Tommy.” Really, nothing beats Elton John as a pinball-hat, giant glasses, stilted piano-playing wizard battling a satin-chained Roger Daltry.

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Eric Lebofsky

ericlebofsky3Somethin’ weird and awkward about Eric Lebofsky’s drawings and paintings. I like his descriptions for the series he creates too: “A selection of drawing work from the earlier to middle part of this decade. Topics broached: systems of measure, schadenfraude, genetics, underwear, psychoanalysis, prison tattoos, man-shaped ice cream sandwiches, solipsism, violent rainbows, intercourse (sexual and verbal,) Arthur C. Clarke, C.S. Lewis, Ashkenazic DJ’s, The Upper East Side, and more.”

 

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Satan’s Mask

Satan as a headless-masquerade holding ghost on an abandoned island floating in the deep, dark void of space creating life from clay and striking them down, all in front of tiny children. Yes! Amazing excerpt from a stop motion version of Mark Twain’s Mysterious Stranger, by Will Vinton. Censored from many TV stations. Yes!

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Cordy Ryman Behind-The-Scenes Interview

Cordy Ryman at Mark Moore Gallery

Cordy Ryman at work at Mark Moore Gallery

Beautiful/Decay recently had the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes at Mark Moore Gallery while artist Cordy Ryman was installing his latest exhibition, “Hail to the Grid.” As the show title implues, Ryman both riffs off the conceptual  frameworks of minimalism and abstraction, and simultaneously playfully transgresses some of the movements’ core philosopies. While minimalism delights in the precision and rationality of its more reductivist tendencies,  at the very core of Ryman’s sensibility is an opposing sense of spontaneity and free-form creation. Many of his works are self-referential, responding to their own materials or processes as sources of inspiration and thematic vocabulary. For instance, the cast off remnants of Velcro used to install a piece to the wall are later integrated into a grid-like abstracted collage, which, in turn, becomes the subject matter for a painting.  Ryman delights in the elegance of distilled form, though instills a sense of sincerity in their physicality: hand-cutting, painting and fashioning his constituent parts with an affectionate hand. While a minimalist like Stella, for example, savored the steely finality of his imposing black paintings, Ryman in contrast frequently re-works his pieces, allowing chance and flexibility to enter into the work at any time. Even the installation of works are constantly in flux–shortly after Beautiful/Decay snapped up photographs of Ryman’s installation in process, Ryman called to inform us that one of the pieces was now on the wall and the entire exhibition looked different! Be sure to visit Ryman’s exhibition, opening this Saturday and running until Dec. 21 to see the final results!  Full interview with Ryman, including his process for creating works, installation and outlook on art, below.

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Alexandra Newmark

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Alexandra Newmark weaves mohair, the silky soft stuff of holiday caps and scarves into  into these horribly creepy characters. Their forms are a little bit frightening, sort of contradicting the nature of the material being used.

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