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Damon Casarez’s Poignant-Yet-Hopeful Photos Of Moving Back Home After College Because Of Debt

Mikey Billings, 29, Statesville, N.C. Degree: B.A., Film studies, Full Sail University Career Goal: Film or music industry Current Job: Working part time at a malt shop Student Loans: $80,000

Mikey Billings, 29, Statesville, N.C.
Degree: B.A., Film studies, Full Sail University
Career Goal: Film or music industry
Current Job: Working part time at a malt shop
Student Loans: $80,000

Annie Kasinecz, 27, Downers Grove, Ill. Degree: B.A., Advertising and public relations, Loyola University, Chicago Student Loans: $75,000

Annie Kasinecz, 27, Downers Grove, Ill.
Degree: B.A., Advertising and public relations, Loyola University, Chicago
Student Loans: $75,000

Monica Navarro, 24, Escondido, Calif. Degree: B.A., Literature and writing, University of California, San Diego.  Career Goal: Librarian  Current Job: Library volunteer, Home Depot Worker Student Loans: $44,000

Monica Navarro, 24, Escondido, Calif.
Degree: B.A., Literature and writing, University of California, San Diego.
Career Goal: Librarian
Current Job: Library volunteer, Home Depot Worker
Student Loans: $44,000

Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, Suffern, N.Y. Degree: B.F.A., Graphic design, School of Visual Arts Career goal: Graphic designer Current job: Graphic designer and production assistant Student Loans: $130,000

Gabriel Gonzalez, 22, Suffern, N.Y.
Degree: B.F.A., Graphic design, School of Visual Arts
Career goal: Graphic designer
Current job: Graphic designer and production assistant
Student Loans: $130,000

In today’s economy, it’s not uncommon for recent college graduates to move back home with their parents. According to The New York Times Magazine, 1 in 5 people in their 20’s and early 30’s find themselves in this particular situation. The phenomena is fodder for photographer Damon Casarez’s recent series Boomerang Kids, which was shot in eight states and over 14 cities. His poignant images paint portraits not of people who are lazy, but those who have massive student debt, or see their current situation as a means to achieving their own American Dream. They exist in a strange limbo where they’ve grown up but still aren’t entirely self-sufficient adults.

Even for those not living at home, this series might resonate with you on some level. Student loans and a general high cost of living can make anyone feel like it’s hard to make the ends meet. After all the possibilities offered in college, the real world is generally not as kind. But, these images don’t feel hopeless; they feel hopeful and demonstrate the changing landscape of growing up. (Via Feature Shoot)

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Amie Luczkowski Gibson Sculpts Mystical Characters Into Ceramic Planters, Cups, And More

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Multi Eye Cup

Amie Luczkowski Gibson is an Australian artist who creates unique, otherworldly characters in the form of planters, cups, sculptures, and necklaces. Each piece is uniquely molded with its own bizarre facial features and expressions. Recurrent throughout the works are organic shapes and multiplicities, with numerous faces sprouting from the same head or clusters of eyes rippling across ceramic skin. Most of the faces appear contemplative, as if lost in a dream or seeing into another world, emanating a sense of neutrality, wisdom, and intangible mysticism. In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, Amie explained the main sources of inspiration for her imagery:

I love how different everyone looks and how there is such beauty in that. Beauty in difference. I get inspired by people’s face shapes, lines, scars — I make my pieces to be as unique as people are. I also get really inspired by the vibe and aura a person gives off more than anything. […] I don’t know how I would describe my work, really. Weird, ugly, and interesting is what most people say about it. Each work is usually based on someone I have seen or met, or just some people’s general energy.

Artists like Amie remind us of the importance of supporting independent artists. As a one-woman show, Amie spends an incredible amount of resources crafting her designs, which — given the time it takes to fire the ceramics — is a  process that can last days. Despite the tendency of our consumerist society to rely on and purchase mass-produced goods, Amie is working hard to produce art lovingly crafted by her own hands and individual vision.

Amie has recently relaunched her online shop, which can be visited here. You can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

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Andrew Holder

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By creating a style akin to The Very Hungry Caterpillar for grown-ups, Andrew Holder has snagged some big clients, including Roxy and Urban Outfitters. His intricate patterns, clever compositions, and often bold color choices make Holder’s pieces buzz with visual interest.

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Allison Krumwiede IS A MASTER OF EVERY MEDIUM

I first saw Allison Krumwiede’s art at the LA Zine Fest and still can’t believe she isn’t like the biggest most important artist ever. Her pop culture work is incredible and her talent literally spans across every medium – from digital rendering to needlepoint. Whereas most artists spend their entire lives trying to perfect one thing like pen and ink drawings, she can easily switch between a brush and a needle like a civilian trades forks for knives at a dinner table. So, it’s rare that someone like Allison comes around, extremely freaking rare! She is definitely a talent to watch out for, especially considering she’s already done commercial work for some of the country’s media bigwigs like The New York Times and The Village Voice within a year of graduating from Art Center.

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Zachary Stadel’s Painted Sculptural Paintings

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Zachary Stadel covers unexpected objects with globular and surprisingly tactile dobs of paint, laying bare paint as pigment and object, and throwing its use to create illusionist realism out the window. His objects sort of remind me of Allison Schulnik’s work in their beyond-impasto application of paint. These sculptures somehow transform paint into sculpture, and sculptures into paintings…inhabiting a lovely middle-realm of shape-shifting.

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Olivier Ratsi’s What You See Is Not What You Get

French artist Olivier Ratsi’s alterations of high rise structures reexamines ideas of preception and deconstructs the familiar.

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B/D Apparel Artist Interview: Ryan Riss

Ryan Riss

The second installment in our Monday B/D Apparel Artist Interview series is with artist Ryan Riss.  Ryan designed the mind-bending head-scarfed hippie with a melting face graphic (literally), entitled Acid Trip.

If you think we’re way off on a peyote-trip describing Ryan’s works as residing in another dimension- you’d be surprised to hear what he has to say. “I like the idea of relating simple graphics to things like mandalas and other spiritual energy hippie training tee-pee type stuff.” Read the rest of the interview to find out what else makes Ryan’s third eye blink.

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Marita Contreras’ Victims

Marita contreras photography (1)Marita Contreras’ photographs depict images of victimization, and images that indicate an abuse of power and status in relationships that are inherently unbalanced. The work incorporates religious and cultural images that are characteristic of Peruvian society and also contains spanish phrases and allusions to magical realism.

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