“uS is the pseudonym for the Conceptual/ Outsider Art duo of Brent Bumgarner and Chris Johnson. Brent, a blind quadriplegic from an automobile accident in 1999, uses an usb pen with his mouth to draw, trace, type, and paint. Chris collaborates in a technical advisor capacity.
The childhood friends formed uS in 2005 from a convalescent home in Asheville, NC after an argument while trying to write an email with speech recognition software. Since then they\’ve created hundreds of works, published a book, and started a non-profit organization to support stem cell research.”
Good luck finding this guy on the web. Heres a hint: he’s NOT John Mooney the blues guitarist. Aren’t these oil paintings great though? His shows covered Scotland, Helsinki, London and Poland, Contemporary Art Society, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish Arts Council and Dundee Art Gallery.
Clara Terne is currently a Stockholm based illustrator and designer, inspired by “the bottom of the ocean, the edge of space, and everything in-between. The mundane and the magic.” Her works can perhaps best be described as a kind of playful conceptualism–approaching heavy ideas through light forms. She recently designed three Beautiful/Decay Apparel shirts, “When the Lights go Out,” “Super Nova,” and “Elevation.” Read the full interview below!
Human Empire is a multidisciplinary design collective that creates playful and iconic works. Beautiful/Decay recently interviewed them about how their collective was started, their influences, and recent projects.
Erin of Design for Mankind has just released a new version of her hand-crafted online magazine, filled to the brim with creative inspiration and beyond. In particular I loved the interview with fellow LA based brand Poketo! Fun spreads, and fun sentiments stamped with Erin’s unique design and creative sensibility throughout. The nice thing is that its digital, so if you find an artist or musician that peaks your interest, click on their name and voila! You are at their site. There’s even a video letter from the editor! Visit her site to pick up a copy.