Interview: Deb Sokolow

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Deb Sokolow creates a vertiginous world of invented narratives. Her large-scale, ink on paper installations are hung in a kind of methodized-madness that call to mind police investigations bulletin boards, a mad scientist’s chaotic formulas and revelations, or the bedroom of an obsessive-compulsive conspiracy-obsessed fanatic. Sokolow leads viewers into the tangled web of an information-saturated schematic, leaving viewers at once disoriented and exhilarated. Sokolow talked to us about her creative process and sent us a bunch of behind-the-scenes shots, including her “research binders” detailing subjects such as “Ghosts, Email Scams, Pigeons & Squirrels.” Full interview after the jump.

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Grizzly Bear Video

Sean Pecknold aka Granchildren recently sent me this lovely video he did for the song “While You Wait for the Others” by Grizzly Bear, an interesting trip through a theater of the absurd, and as the title implies, seems to loosely be based around ideas of the passage of time.


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Tue Greenfort’s Bio-Works

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Tue Greenfort is a Swedish artist who questions the changing nature of….nature. Sort of the timeless question of the human within this strange biosphere-sphere we call earth. I like the above piece, “enclosed biosphere” for its simplicity- reminds me of the mosquito-attracting never-clean the fishbowl “experiments” I did as a kid, much to the chagrin of my parents. I really love the “bio-morphic sausage” strata encased in glass, after the jump- sort of a delicious Physical ¬†Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living riff? Anyways, be sure to check out the link, many of his works kind of require deeper explanation as far as exactly what’s going on (yellow tape sweetened with sugar water that leads armies of ants through a museum, a Coca-Cola condensation cube, a contraption that uses frozen fruit juice to cool water brought up from the point from the gallery’s infrastructure where it enters…..)

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Judy Fox’s Tromp L’oeils

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Judy Fox creates these bizarre, and stunning life-like sculptures that re-create figures from ancient world mythology and historical depictions. Isolated from their typically mystical surroundings, they become somehow both more and less magical, if that is possible. What amazes me most about them is that Fox creates these entirely out of terra cotta(!)- sort of a fitting material, used to depict Osiris from Egypt, legions of warriors at Qin Shi Huang, Indian gods and goddesses- you get the idea. There is something universally biblical in their man-fashioned-from-clay likenesses…oh and then they are painted over in oils! Some process shots as well for the sculpture of a Satyr above below the jump- all kind of looking like relics from Indiana Jones.

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Simon Schubert’s Eery Elegance

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Simon Schubert creates an austere brand of hauntingly elegant forms that remind me of the creepy twin scenes from The Shining, minus the oceans of blood-bath (though somehow, is simltaneously implied.) They straddle the realms of design, human and esoteric form, at home either in some avant-garde London hotel for millionaires or some strange fun house carnival.

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Interactive Music Video by Champagne Valentine

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Champagne Valentine, an Amsterdam based digital new media creative boutique, recently created this amazing interactive music video for Placebo’s “The Never-Ending Why.” The video takes viewers on a fanciful, creature-filled trip. Sort of a mix between Tibetan-mandalic psychedelia and French turn of the century daguerreotypes. Stunning! And the best part is that you can control the scenery and monsters by pointing and clicking your mouse! I am constantly amazed by the breaking of boundaries between viewer/media, and I feel like this video bridges the gap in a playful fashion….fitting for the performative aspect of a rock band. Click here to interact with the video- some stills after the jump!
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Interview: Jeff Eisenberg

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Jeff Eisenberg creates almost Rorschach-like images that hover somewhere between structural vector flights of futuristic fancy and strange biomorphic organisms. Conducted on multiple layers of mylar, they could almost be strange architectural blueprints for a sci-fi movie. He also works in the less common medium of sound installation. All inspired by automatic-writing creative exercises, the works have a strange, abstracted linguistic impulse. Read the full interview detailing Jeff’s studio practice, sources of inspiration and his unique brainstorming process.

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Fresh Perspectives

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As a sneak peek to the knock-out exhibition “Fresh Perspectives” at Mark Moore Gallery surveying a selection of young, emerging artist¬†opening September 12th, Beautiful/Decay conducted an exhibition preview extravaganza. Read an interview with Catlin Moore about her process of selecting artists, putting the exhibition together and more, as well as five mini interviews with each of the featured artists. In keeping with the theme “Fresh Perspectives,” we gave each artist the same three questions- with surprisingly different answers from each artist! Full article after the jump!

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