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McHargue Sculptures

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Hey! Remember that interview with Keegan McHargue that we posted not too long ago? He mentioned that he was doing some sculpture work and I asked him what they look like. They look like this. Pre Teen.

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Documentary Watch: Stronger

Following David Patterson, a personal trainer and competitive regional bodybuilder, this documentary delves into the sport of bodybuilding. We are guided into the world where only the strongest survive and the only the committed make it. With many, many wins under his belt over 34 years David discusses how building a body with weight training is both an art and a sport. Watch the full documentary after the jump.

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B/D Book 2 Release Party This Saturday!

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Beautiful/Decay and Synchronicity Gallery are teaming up to present a one of a kind book release party & silent art auction! Join us as we celebrate the release of Book 2: “What a Mess,” and Synchronicity’s first year in business! This will be your first chance to buy Book 2, as well as pick up unique Beautiful/Decay holiday gift packages for the art lover in your life! We’ll be offering special discounts as well as free gift wrapping. 100’s of other works of art will be on display and for sale during the event. Live performances and music as well!

Date: Saturday, December 19th 2009
Time: 7PM – 12AM
Location: 4306 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA 90029

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Allen Crawford’s Gorgeously Illustrated Version Of Walt Whitman’s “Song Of Myself”

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Designer and illustrator Allen Crawford has just released a beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered book version of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” an iconic poem included in the collection, Leaves of Grass. Inspired by his friend Matt Kish who illustrated each page of Moby Dick, Crawford completed this project over the course of 1 year in his basement. Crawford didn’t plan his illustrations for the poem he calls “an expression of primal joy”; he improvised each one by letting Whitman’s own words speak through him to create a tangible, visceral, and immediate visual interpretation of Whitman’s classic poem in keeping with the author’s sensibility. From Philadelphia, where Whitman spent his last decades, Crawford is intimately familiar with the settings and places Whitman describes in his work – this connection partly fuels Crawford’s affinity for the author’s writing. Because of Leaves of Grass’ status as a sacred American text that is inspired by Biblical verse, Crawford feels that a transcription of “Song of Myself” through illustrations and hand-lettering is fitting.

In his book’s introduction, Crawford writes, “I try to treat the poem as almost a landscape, in the sense that I’m exploring this unknown territory and I’m taking field notes from the mind of Whitman. He treats ‘Song of Myself’ as this broad, epic sweeping poem where he’s trying to include everything about American life he’s experienced. So it is a kind of landscape, a kind of world. It is a kind of continent in itself. And as you’re travelling through it, you have different impressions, your style will change, the type will change, sometimes the type will take the fore and you’ll get a very pictorial sort of a interpretation, or a symbolic one. Sometimes the image doesn’t necessarily jive, and isn’t depicting something that’s actually in the poem. I’m trying to provide a parallel narrative to Whitman’s in visual form.”

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The Curious Color Weaved Lands And Human Studies Of Chris Fowler

Chris Fowler‘s work is curious and complex with depth and brightly interwoven colors.  His portfolio demonstrates two primary focuses; people and surreal landscapes.  His  non-descriptive unusual lands are captivating to me purely by his color choices and how he adds zigzag courses, nooks, and abstract crevasses that lead only to the imagination.  I am a big fan of The Human Project he created of little long-limbed creatures finding there way into orbs, slightly reminding me of something you would see under a microscope.  Check out more of Mr. Fowler’s work after the jump.

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Damian Oretga’s Dismantled and Dissected Installations

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The installations of Damian Ortega reflect a curiosity that is at once childlike and serious.  His dismantled, dissected, carefully arranged pieces often hang from the ceiling prepared for inspection.  Ortega’s installations encourage viewers to think about relationships between the parts and its whole, between individuals items and the group.  It’s easy to see how these ideas can expand to wider topics.  In a way, Ortega not only takes apart a Volkswagen physically, but also socially.  He deconstructs ideas in a playfully literal way.

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Chris Garcia’s Graphic Chrome

Chris Garcia‘s paintings are inspired by his love of cars and bicycles, and the relationship between people and objects. His graphic compositions and carefully rendered contrasting textures make his paintings especially striking.

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Nick Sheehy’s Imagination Runs Wild In His Quirky Animal Inspired Illustrations

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Australian born and now London based artist Nick Sheehy illustrates awesome quirky, street art inspired scenes of fantastical hybrid characters. His work marries ideas from both aspects of low and high brow art; the playfulness and sort of dark humor moments of skeletons and overwhelming string that is reminiscent of veins (or, perhaps they are veins that are reminiscent of string?) winks to the aesthetic from both graffiti and comic book culture. Yet, there is a true classic beauty within each drawing, highlighting Sheehy’s talent and admiration for traditionalist draftsmanship. It is clear from his work that his attention to detail and disciplined drawing style has been developed from an intense labour of love, employing master technique and classic methods. Sheehy originally studied bronze sculpture “in the wilds of Tasmania,” (perhaps giving him the inspiration for such inventive animal-creature centered work!). He then “gave up on art only to re-discover his love for drawing whilst living in London.” Each of his pieces is unique to his practice and full of imagination, cleverness, and sophistication. Sheehy‘s work, he notes, “explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination.”

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