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Sebastien Wierinck's public furnitureSebastien Wierinck's public furniture

Phrased very well by BLDGBLOG as a possible scenario and usage of Sebastien Wierinck’s public furniture: “After a long day at work, then, you would walk into your house – which has no permanent furniture – and you’d see a shimmering mass of black tubes swaying in a slight evening breeze above your head…You’d push several buttons, and the system would begin to move, drooping down in long loops and turning back and forth in tight corners and curves, all laying out the forms of temporary furniture – bed, table – as you get ready for a quiet night at home.” I love the photo documentation- each set of furniture seems to have its own mood.

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B/D Business Card Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who entered the Beautiful/Decay Business Card Giveaway. We have now declared a winner….drumroll, please….

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…and it’s Mr. Colin Strandberg. Congratulations, Colin. You’ll be receiving 500 business cards courtesy of uPrinting.com.

Runners up are after the jump. Check em out!

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Online Exclusive for the holidays!

615_1228869505Beautiful/Decay has created an exclusive hoodie based on the best-selling “Throw Up” design by Skwak for the holidays. This t-shirt will only be sold on our online shop- you won’t find this anywhere else! This hurl-orific design displays a gargantuan monster barfing a cornucopia of microcosmic primordial rainbow critter sludge. Get it quick before they evolve into human life!

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Will Cotton Paints Katy Perry For New Exhibit at Mary Boone Gallery

Will Cotton’s new show at Mary Boone brings together the artists signature imagery of cotton candy and frosting with pop singer Katy Perry. This seems like nothing more than a cheap gimmick to sell a few paintings but I’m sure Mr.Cotton isn’t losing much sleep over my opinions of his hugely successful career. I wish that there was a moment of tension in these works or that they weren’t just pretty paintings of pretty things but for me the work falls flat. Each masterfully painted work looks like another precious thing to hang over your designer couch, and that’s not a good thing. Read the below press release and see additional images from Cotton’s Katy Perry paintings and decide for yourself. Is this interesting art or just extravagant illustrations of a mediocre pop star that will soon fade away?

“Conjuring his signature land of plentiful sweets, for the touchstone of this group of new works the Artist depicts Katy Perry (Cotton served as Artistic Director for her 2010 California Gurls music video) as the reluctant queen of an imagined Utopia. In Crown, she stands before a palisade of pastel cakes, holding the headpiece as if wary of its obligations and consequences, realizing that a reign of opulence and profusion will inevitably conclude in decline and decay.

Cotton evokes the memory of a time before this awareness in Candy Forest, an idyllic landscape that merits bright color but is instead painted in the monochromatic palette of an old sepia photograph. Yet even in that distant past this Utopia harbored an underside – a truth underscored in the paintings Landfill and Trash Pile. Here, doughnuts, pastry, and tarts are nothing but layers in a garbage heap, their allure diminished in a realm of infinite riches.”

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Beautiful/Decay Artist T-Shirt Collaboration With Blood Is The New Black

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Beautiful/Decay is returning to the art t-shirt game by collaborating with Blood is the New Black on a new line of limited edition tees featuring our favorite artists.

Beautiful/Decay hand picked each of the artists in this t-shirt series, they are available on the B/D shop for a limited time. Once they are gone, they are gone forever!  See the complete lineup after the jump.

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Progress Photos Of Large Murals in Boston from Os Gemeos

Renowned Brazilian brothers/collaborators Os Gemeos, known for their huge street art murals featuring vivid colors and strange, yellow dudes, just opened a show at Boston’s ICA. While the bros are in town, they’re getting up with two large pieces that are starting to look like some of their best work yet. If your grandmother still thinks that public art is a nuisance, then show her these gorgeous process photos. And if you’re on the east coast, a road trip may be in order before the summer’s out. The show at ICA/Boston runs until November, 25.

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Yorgo Alexopoulos’ Multi-Monitored Video Installations

Transmigrations, Cristin Tierney Gallery, 2012

Transmigrations, Cristin Tierney Gallery, 2012

Transmigrations, Cristin Tierney Gallery, 2012

Transmigrations, Cristin Tierney Gallery, 2012

Transmigrations, Cristin Tierney Gallery, 2012

Yorgo Alexopoulos is a New York-based artist who creatively uses media to construct immense installations and artworks.  He combines his paintings, drawings, photographs and films with digital animation and sound to generate works that often comment on transcendental themes.  Generally using multiple monitors or projections, Alexopoulos’ installations have a life to them that relies on rhythm, synchronization and movement.  For instance, at Norman Foster’s Bow Building in Calgary, Alberta, Alexopulos created a 27 channel video installation that is otherworldly and stunningly beautiful (even just in images).

For his last solo show at Cristin Tierney gallery in New York, Transmigrations, Alexopoulos was inspired by his early paintings.  Using the Constructivist movement formed in Russia in the early 20th century as his point of departure, Alexopoulos investigated a narrative based on folklore, magic and spirituality.  Alexopoulos incorporated images, videos and paintings to create an animated journey.  Part Moholy-Nagy kinetic sculpture, Jennifer Bartlett’s Rhapsody, and early landscape painting, Transmigrations is, as stated in the press release for the exhibition, a “contemplation and reverence of nature and all aspects of our universe that are beyond comprehension.”

Alexopoulos recently completed a permanent video installation for Chicago’s IBM building that is equally engaging and mesmerizing.

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Paul Parker’s Incredible Living Map Of Birds In Flight

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Paul Parker‘s video “Seagull Skytrails” shows a living map of bird flight, charting their paths like free-wheeling weather patterns or miniature time-lapsed jet planes. In some parts of “Seagull Skytrails,” the birds almost look like patterns on a zoetrope or frames of some life-sized GIF. The effect is playful, as though we’ve been allowed to look behind the scenes.
Parker also uses After Effect, a piece of video editing software, to blur the birds’ paths into pulsing dark ribbons, looking almost like ocean currents transposed onto the sky. These “skytrails” offer us a peek into the transit system of another world: the freeway of birds.

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