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Ridley Howard

The subjects of Ridley Howard’s paintings dwell within a dreamy, still world that seems frozen in time. His figures are executed in simple but believable form; rounded at the edges and in soft focus, they are flawless characters suggestive of stylized CGI on the precipice of the uncanny valley. The scale of his paintings range dramatically, but regardless of size, his work feels intimate and yet enveloping. Abstract nooks of color takes form in between background corners – a crevice painted powder blue behind a man’s neck, a patch of yellow between two lover’s embracing. These details might initially go unnoticed, but the mood they provoke resounds.

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Hot Rotor Magazine

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Here are some scans from the short lived Hot Rotor Magazine, which as far as I can tell was a promotional item issued by the turbine/rocket engine company Turbonique. The images, helpfully scanned by Jason Torchinsky, convey a playful sense of futurist optimism which was all too common in 1960s America, yet we can still clearly see that Turbonique’s vision of the future is very much steeped in 1960s industrial design and culture.

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Perfect Faces And Bodies Evanescing Into Rough Pastel Brushstrokes

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Among abstract, disarrayed brushstrokes; faces emerge. Meredith Marsone depicts pure and flawless bodies and faces. The characters, calm and haggard; holding onto impalpable silhouettes are merely looking at us. The expressions on their faces translate deep and intense feelings.

New Zealand based artist Meredith Marsone uses oil paint to blend irregular lines and portraits onto a board. The features are perfectly detailed and their skin is softened, giving her subjects a subtle glow. The palette of colors is comprised of pastel tones. Rose, ochre, washed out browns, the shades coalesce with the nudes of the bodies.

The evanescent stream of flesh disappearing into the layers of paint are reminiscing of Klimt’s art. An influential source of inspiration to Meredith Marsone’s work.
The feelings encountered when looking at the paintings come close to sadness and melancholy. In the ‘Loveloss’ series, a woman and a man are holding each other, as if they only had few seconds before they being a part. We are looking in ’Intimate Series’ at snapshots of a woman’s delicate expressions. Her eyelashes, lips and look confer a strange aura to the whole picture. She seems to be out of this time, not present. We are drawn into her soul, terribly attracted to the moment she’s in, wondering what she could be thinking about and what could possibly bring her back to us.

Meredith Marsone’s series will be displayed as part of group shows at Haven Gallery in Northport NY until December 23rd 2015. And at Smash Gallery in San Francisco until January 2nd 2015. (Via INAG)

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Video Watch: Motivational PSAs by JIMMYnADI

Art duo JIMMYnADI (composed of Jimmy Marble and Adi Goodrich) teamed up to make a series of motivational PSAs promoting optimism. Watch them and live today without fear.

“JIMMYnADI are a creative duo living, dreaming and hustling in Los Angeles. Today is tough, creative people are working really fucking hard and making wonderful things but as stated, it gets rough.  These Motivational Public Service Announcements geared towards creative minded people are to motivate people to keep going, have a clear mind and to constantly do your best. It’s tough out there, but we’ll all be okay if we stick together.” – JIMMYnAdi. (via)

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Matt Hoyle’s BarnumVillians

Gorgeous black and white portraits of circus/sideshow performers by Matt Hoyle.

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A Magical 3D Laser That Projects Images And Text Into Thin Air

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The technological wizards at Burton Inc. have developed a 3D laser display that can project images onto thin air. By focusing laser beams onto a single spot and firing the lasers in bursts of 100 times per second, images appear out of nowhere like 21st century pointillist magic. So far, the images are rudimentary, looking for the most part like simple sketches in .GIF form. But it’s still a fantastic advancement of the technology.

“This is the only device that can show text and pictures in mid-air, without using a screen,” says Akira Asano, Burton Inc.’s director and head researcher. The first and foremost application of the technology has been for emergency warnings — such as in a tsunami scenario — or as signals in pedestrian-heavy areas, such as at a crosswalk.

Not only does Burton Inc. hope to see this technology implemented in public spaces but also in people’s personal cars, thereby transforming even civilian vehicles into portable 3D displays. (via This Is Colossal)

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Design Luxury Within Reach

EQUINOX fitness clubs
Eyes, we all have them. And they’re attached to the body that we have to take to the gym, so why not go to a gym that’s good looking? Take EQUINOX fitness clubs for example. The décor is zen-spa inspired. The yoga room has relaxing lighting, it’s oval shaped with bamboo floors and every mat is neatly tucked away in its place.

Everywhere you turn it’s another tasteful sign, piece of furniture or gleaming surface- a far cry from the usual garish colors and cluttered ambiance of other gyms. The treadmills even have a place to plug in your iPod and charge it, if that isn’t attention to detail, I don’t know what is.

Beautiful/Decay readers, we know you’re a discerning bunch, and you appreciate thoughtful design and great aesthetics, so get yourself over to Equinox for a 3 day trial and soak up the good-looking atmosphere for yourself.

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The Haunting Paintings of Maja Ruznic

Artist Maja Ruznic paints what she remembers.  Ruznic acts in a literal way on the idea that remembering is a creative process.  Painting from experience and filling in the unknown, her paintings feel like their plucked directly from the middle of a narrative.  Speaking of the way past experience plays into her creative process Ruznic says:

“Sometimes I am drawn to someone’s hands, to one’s rhythm of speech, to one’s constant checking of their cell phone.  This interest usually serves as an incentive to begin a painting.”

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