Todd Knopke weaves strange and wonderful quilts with heavy titles like “A Powerful Force,” “Stoner,” and “Conservation and Revelation (A Certain Solidity).” What?! I love the top image, of shrouded woodland mystics proffering ancient staffs and unknown orbs in the midst of whitelight/white heat/energy. I want to wrap my (technically) unborn black metal son in it while I sing him Sabbath to sleep! Who says quilting bees are just for fussy old ladies! Knopke’s sewn tableuxs shred! (Literally!)
Ahh….fame and fortune, who doesn’t need the extra wads of cash and bragging rights? Only a few more weeks to win both for Beautiful/Decay and Talenthouse’s – shirt competition! There have been some great entries so far- so keep ‘em comin!
May I remind you that the winner receives a whopping $1000 cash prize and the fame of having their design featured & promoted on Talenthouse.com and printed on a T-shirt!
The design is completely open to your interpretation and can be as creative as possible, as long as it includes the Talenthouse logo in some way. You can create any style of graphic of your choosing—the logo can be either a small element within the overall design, or you can focus on the logo in a new creative way.
This is a chance to have your design be seen and worn around the world! More details after the jump!
DEADLINE (COMIN’ UP!): NOVEMBER 5, 2009
Susan Anderson creates terrifying photographs that document the bizarre world of child beauty pagents. Adult female beauty paraphernalia like veneers, fake nails, false eye lashes, lip gloss and pounds of make-up are applied to these little tykes, making them appear like tiny moms from middle America. They all have this extremely coached, extremely posed quality that teeters between demonic and sexual. Seeing all this beauty regime regalia applied out of context in this way sort of makes me realize how ridiculous it all is anyways…Her exhibition, if you are in Los Angeles, will be opening at Kopeikin Gallery on Saturday, October 24th.
Mark King creates photographs that document every day life in his hometown of Barbados. What I am particularly drawn to within the works is their overarching sense of point-and-shoot honesty, as well as their glossy/gritty vibe that could almost be high fashion editorial Vice essay- its sort of like a candid, William Eggleston approach meets Terry Richardson. Mark’s work seems to capture the culture around him and highlight them in new, surreal and fascinating ways. Discoered on the Beautiful/Decay Creative Pic Pool- be sure to upload your work there today and it may just end up on the B/D blog!
Cristopher Cichocki creates odd interventions with the environment around him, often times using the simple gesture of coating items, taxidermy, dead animals with enamel and then photographing the works. Cichocki works out of the Salton Sea, whose unique environmental qualities and geographic location serves as his muse- he often recontextualizes the bizarre dead wildlife and abandoned, encrusted structures around him into surreal new viastas. Reminiscent of Robert Smithson’s earth works, but for a nuclear, toxic waste, environmental hazard-acclimatized generation.
For anyone who has received one of Facebook’s virtual gifts from a lover, or a sultry, romantically-inclined message from a high school crush via Myspace, check out the upcoming exhibition “My Lover The Server” at the Concrete Store, Amsterdam. Digital artists Champagne Valentine, above, have created a series of looping animated wallpapers that explore the notion of internet romance, drawing on real digital communications with web stalkers, strangers and actual lovers, inviting the public to remotely interact with the artwork. The exhibition, as Carrie from Sex and The City might type onto her 90′s Mac, can’t help but wonder…..Are .gifs the new bouquet of Roses?
“My Lover the Server” opens October 16th next week, and runs until October 31st.
Amir H. Fallah
Beautiful/Decay’s own Creative Director Amir H. Fallah will be exhibiting new work, alongside artists Clark Goolsby, Jessalyn Haggenjos, Stella Lai, Jason Redwood, Mark Schoening and Mike Swaney, in POV Evolving‘s “Pop of Colors” show. The show is based around artists who use vibrant, Pop Art colors in a new way, either conceptually or as a decorative tool within their works. If you are not familiar with each of these artists, I’ve included an example of their work after the jump. If you are in town this Friday, October 9th, from 6-10, be sure check out this not-to-be-missed round up of LA’s best & brightest young artists! (And I really just ain’t sayin’ this ’cause Amir’s my boss- check out the works after the jump if you don’t believe me!)
Brion Nuda Rosch creates what I can best describe as collage-interventions that complicate the “reading” of every day photographs, paint, found objects and magazine spreads. Through the simplest of gestures, Rosch construes new layers and meanings within the context of his images. Above, an elegant blue dot over the face of a dog renders the portrait surreal and anonymous, the blob of paint simultaneously transforming to some kind of bizarre mask or humorous joke-shop clown nose. Rosch currently has some works in the Baer Ridgway exhibition “Hot & Cold” which is up for few more days if you happen to be in SF.