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Ah, nostalgic Pyromania…

If you smoke like I smoke…then you miss the good ol’ days of decorative matchbooks. James Lileks has put together an impressive gallery of retro matchbook covers.

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Alexander Alekseenko

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I feel like I’m breaking the rules looking at Ukrainian photographer Alexander Alekseenko’s work in the office. Between the girl-on-girl action and the shirtless marauding men, I can’t help but blush. Alekseenko told Mint Magazine “I love spontaneous shots, stories and mostly all of my works are pretty much spontaneous.” Wait, if this is the kind of stuff that just happens in the Ukraine, I think we’ve found the next spring break hotspot.  And it looks a whole lot classier than Cabo.

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A Human Ant-Farm by Snarkitecture

The architecture and Art team Snarkitecture have been in the art news lately for their installation at the entrance of the Design Miami Pavilion 2012.  Dig is an earlier installation from the team featured here.  Often  mixing elements of architecture  design, art, and performance, Dig was at once an installation and a performance.

The team filled the Storefront for Art and Architecture with solid architectural foam.  The artists then excavated a network of tunnels through the foam and inhabited them for the following month.  The performance was an artful investigation of contemporary architecture based on excavating rather than building, as well as building for necessity.

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The Wonderful WTF World of Anthea Hamilton

London-based artist Anthea Hamilton‘s installations are wild, kinetic mix of acid tripping and high school yearbook scrapbooking. Oh, and cassette tape mixing– the awesome ones from Junior year with “Summer Jamz” scribbled in Sharpie marker. Her installations, crafted of cardboard cutouts, screen prints, hanging costumes, wacky props, and chroma key paint, are tongue-in-cheek fun that pulsates with an early 80s disco energy and, however outrageous, is far from flippant: Hamilton’s absurdity is pointed. (Her leg chair, for example, features flexed legs of perspex… and a crotch made out of a rice cake.)

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Polixeni Papapetrou’s Absurdist Children Fairytales

In Polixeni Papapetrou’s work there is identification with the world of children that is rare and remarkable. She sees children themselves as ‘between worlds’, between infancy and adulthood. Yet she does more than identify, creating fantastical worlds that only adults can truly understand and relate to.

“Like fairy stories, Papapetrou uses absurdity to make symbolic sense of the world she struggles to understand. It’s that careful balance of autobiography, collective anxiety mixed up with wonderful and almost carefree fantasy that reverberates throughout the series and the combination makes for bold and unsettling works. “ Susan Bright – Between Worlds catalogue essay  (via)

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Gisene Marwedel Transforms The Nude Human Body Into Surreal Works Of Art

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nude human body Gisene Marwedel

Gisene Marwedel

Using the natural shapes and contours of the body, German artist Gisene Marwedel transforms the human body into a living, breathing work of art. Marwedel paints finely detailed images, ranging from animals to landscapes to abstraction. She first learned the art of body painting while in India, where she began painting with henna. This skill evolved into a full-time hobby (she has a day job as a speech therapist). Her work depicts scenes of movement and grace with a hauntingly surreal aesthetic. (via mirror)

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5 New B/D Prints And Restocks!

Attention all boring and drab homes! Beautiful/Decay has just released 6 new prints to help you add a splash of color and inspiration to your walls. All of our posters are printed on heavy-weight, archival quality paper and are guaranteed to make your wall look less boring. The new prints, “Neapolitan,” “Hyperspectrum,” “B/D Or Die,” and “Brick by Brick ” are a fresh blend of the strikingly bold and unique imagery that you’ve grown to expect from B/D. So make sure you get a daily diet of creativity and cruise over to the shop. Your walls will thank you!

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Emily Nachison

Working from the philosophical theory that all things–living and inanimate hold life, and therefore are universally related, Emily Nachison constructs grand geologic environments from the man-made synthetics.

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