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Mystery Installation At Uniqlo’s Flagship Store

Something big is happening at the 5th Avenue flagship Uniqlo store in New York City. We just watched this mysterious video that teases at a massive installation on the second floor of the store. The video shows a time-lapse of the second floor of the store being cleared out with massive lettering covering the walls spelling out SPRZ. We at B/D don’t have a clue as to what SPRZ could possibly mean but we’re intrigued! An outside shot shows a crazy cast of character working on the installation throughout the night. Not much clues in the video as to what they’re up to but we’re spotting T-Rex’s, giant bananas, and dancing chorus lines running around like crazy. Hopefully one of our NYC readers can go on a spy mission and fill us in on the details.

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Monica Cook Is The New Weird

Monica Cook’s paintings are weird, gross and somehow really delicate and pretty at the same time, I love it.

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Evan Gruzis

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Headed over to Brooklyn this morning to Evan Gruzis’s studio, and got to take some photos of his new work – which looks great.  Gruzis is on the Deitch Projects roster, and I asked him if he knows anything about Jeffrey Deitch’s plans for his New York operation and he gave me a flat “No,” but said that the people involved are having a meeting sometime next week.  Gruzis is known for his hyper-skillful use of ink, and his sardonic re-purposing of advertising’s seductive imagery.  In a recent interview he wrote about the work as being “… not product vehicles, but hollow gestures that create a feedback-loop between a familiar aesthetic and a desire for meaning.”  Gruzis has a show in Athens in April at Andreas Melas Presents.

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Detroit Rot City!


When I think of Detroit I think of decaying buildings and poverty but this insightful documentary by Palladium Boots (Hosted by Johnny Knoxville) has given me new hope and enthusiasm about Detroit. Follow Knoxville on this 4 part documentary through the city and meet the people who are working to bring creativity and excitement to this once great city. Watch part 2-4 after the jump.

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Disturbing Images from Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Transformed Into Abstract Mosaics

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ article on Photographer Daniele Buetti.

In his new series oh boy oh boy, photographer Daniele Buetti, utilizes existing documentary photos of terror, war, and conflicts, and transforms these troublesome scenes into abstractions reminiscent of mosaics and stained glass windows.

Through this work Buetti exposes the viewer to scenes such as those from Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo that many have become desensitized to through repeat and constant media exposure. He uses many different filters to distract and distance us from the original scene as he strips away large parts of original information in favor of an immediate beauty— thus presenting a new way for these images to be seen.

oh boy oh boy will be on view at Bernhard Knaus Fine Art from August 31, 2012 until September 20, 2012.

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Elif Varol Ergen

By now you know I have a soft spot for illustrators that delve into the dark side so it should be of no surprise that I’m posting the blood covered, head splitting, and eye popping drawings of turkish illustrator Elif Varol Ergen. Not only are these works delightfully grotesque but they are beautifully drawn with an iconic color palette of red, black, and baby blue for good measure.

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Paintings on Book Pages By Ekaterina Panikanova

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The work of St. Petersburg born artist Ekaterina Panikanova makes use of our complex relationships with books.  She mounts books on the gallery wall, splayed and aligned.  Panikanova use the collective surface of these books as her perculiar ‘canvas’.  Like the ink and paper filling the books’ pages, her paintings are often black and white.  In a way, the pieces carry an air similar to old books.  They have a subtle atmosphere of nostalgia, of a recording and remembering.  [via]

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