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B/D Button Pack

The talents of James Callahan, Tommy Ruets, and James Quigley are now available on 3 wildly colorful 1″ buttons. These mini treats, complete with custom full-color packaging, are ready to adorn your clothing and other accessories–take B/D wherever you go! Visit our apparel shop to order your own button pack today at the button-size price of $2.95.

For these new additions to our shop, we worked with Six Cent Press (located in Vancouver, Canada), and were extremely happy with the results!  We highly recommend their work, as they quickly prepare and ship buttons to clients worldwide. These buttons are great as promotional tools for bands, portfolio take-aways for artists, et cetera!

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Thousands Of Metal Disks Come Together To Form Valay Shende’s Moving Political Sculpture

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For over 4 years, Indian artist Valay Shende put together his politically-loaded sculpture, now on show as a part of the group exhibition Migrating Histories of Molecular Identities at the Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Mumbai. Transit is a life size truck with 22 people standing on the back of it and has intensity to it, with a very moving back story. The structure is an intricate piece, made up out of thousands of metal disks all soldered together, and printed with the faces of the farmers who committed suicide from the Vidharba region and their families on them. The wing mirrors on either side of the cab have video footage of London, Mumbai and Dubai playing, to give the impression the truck is literally in transit. Shende says:

It gives a feeling that the truck is moving, but the people are actually not going anywhere, just like in real life. (Source)

Aimed at raising awareness of the increase in farmer suicide and starting a conversation about the larger political issues in India, Shende has created a powerful visual statement. This social awareness is the backbone of his practice.

Valay’s works are in subtle ways, his attempts to question the maladies afflicting urban societies and humans today. He is a keen and sensitive observer of his surroundings and is concerned about the common’s mans trials and tribulations of day-to-day life. He feels an artists owes a responsibility to the society and firmly believes an ideal world can be re-created. He wishes the audience to reflect upon the social issues plaguing man today. (Source)

(Via This Is Colossal)

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Grant Hamilton

Grant Hamilton

Grant Hamilton has this amazing polaroid series aptly titled “Geometries.” I’m totally loving his clean, simple, and clever compositions.

 

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Luis Camnitzer’s Witty Conceptual Work

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Luis Camnitzer  - sculpture

Luis Camnitzer is a German-born Uruguayan artist who currently lives in New York.  A conceptual artist, working mainly in printmaking, sculpture and installation, Camnitzer’s work explores subjects such as social injustice, repression and institutional critique.  His work is often witty, if not biting, and generally has political undertones punctuated by the use of language.

With beginnings in the Conceptual tradition of the 1960s and 70s, much of Camnitzer’s earlier works are text-based.  Though he has lived in New York for many years, Camnitzer’s work also deals largely with ideas tied to his native homeland.  His Uruguayan Torture Series from the early 80s demonstrate his interest in social and political issues regarding an individual in society.  Camnitzer juxtaposes images with text containing connotations of violence.  Subtle, Camnitzer leaves the viewer to decide his or her role as a spectator to the “disappeared” in Latin America.  Leftovers, 1970, consists of several boxes stacked against a gallery wall.  Each individually bandaged and stained with red paint, the word “leftovers” is stenciled on the sides.  The piece evokes the idea of dismembered body parts and the work as a whole represents the political turbulence and violence that was happening in Uruguay and other Latin American countries during that time.

Some have written about Camnitzer’s work as a kind of poetry whereby Camnitzer has explored the way words function visually rather than verbally.  Though Camnitzer denies this interpretation, there is an undoubted rhythm to his work that feels like prose with or without the inclusion of text.  His 2001-02 installation of real books cemented into place feels completely lyrical in nature.  The books are fortified in place, protected for all time.  This piece embodies the part pessimistic, part romantic aspect that runs through much of Camnitzer’s work.

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Sam Green Fills In The Void

Sam Green’s portfolio of drawings are full of fluid movement, interesting perspectives, and realistic rendering mixed with just the right amount of abstraction. He’s worked for a wide variety of clients creating images for everything from brochures to animations for a giant Zeotrope

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Last Day to get 20% off All Prints!

Today is the last day to take advantage of this sale!

Beautiful/Decay is happy to announce new sizing for our artist prints. You can now buy each of our gorgeous prints, designed by a whose-who cast of international designers, at a new small size of 8″ x 10.6″. Each print is produced on a heavy, high quality, archival stock that’s ready for framing. To celebrate our new small size we are giving all of our prints an extra small price! All prints in all sizes are 20% off until Sunday September 4th at Midnight (PST). Just use discount code “coveryourwalls” during check out and start decorating your home, office, and walls today!

 

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Slinkachu Reminds Us Of The Little Things In Life In His Photos Of A Miniature World

Slinkachu - Digital Photograph

Slinkachu - Digital Photograph

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A person’s a person, no matter how small! Creating work under the name “Slinkachu,” this artist reminds us to pay attention to the little things in life in his miniature scenes. Photographed in London, Slinkachu constructs clever and irresistibly tiny scenes of people living their lives in the cracks of urban life. One small girl is swinging from a bent weed while other little people are diving off a Popsicle stick to swim in its melting juices. These photographs seem to capture a secret, pocket-sized world that exists right under our noses, reminding us to stop a while and take in our surroundings. This series also includes photographs of the little scenes in its real surroundings, giving it a sense of scale, revealing how small they really are.

These inch-high people are somewhat like the normal-sized urbanite, living in the shadows of tall buildings, just as Slinkachu’s people live in shadow. They are playing, swimming, and horseback riding in a concrete jungle, commenting on our own detachment from nature. However, this does not deter us from searching for it. We create our own nature in the form of city parks, just as Slinkachu’s playful little people find nature in a spilled soda pop, which they hop over like a pond. These hopeful scenes of miniature realities might criticize our separation from the natural world, but humorously point out our optimism and resourcefulness.

An exhibition of Slinkachu’s photographs titled Miniaturesque will be opening March 13th at Andipa Contemporary, located in London.

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Pae White’s Typographic Yarn Installations Inspired By Insomnia

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Los Angeles-based artist Pae White merges art, design, craft and architecture through site specific installations and individual works which defy our expectations of a variety of techniques and media. For her South London Gallery exhibition she creates a mesmerising installation in which vast quantities of coloured yarn span and criss-cross the room to create supergraphics spelling out words that can only be deciphered by navigating the space. Inspired by a period of insomnia and consequent reflection on the transience of our existence, the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience. (via)

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