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Theo Jemison & Kiel Johnson

 

While Kiel Johnson constructed an entire magnified twin lens camera out of cardboard (which actually works, amazingly but not surprisingly), Theo Jemison artfully captured the endeavor on another medium, film. It’s more than just a time-lapse video, it’s beautiful and captures the fun and tediousness that was involved in making this gigantor camera. Click here to see photographs the camera actually took! They’re eerie and gorgeous, just in time for Halloween.

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Will Hutnick’s Colorful Compositions

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Will Hutnick is a Brooklyn-based artist who works in painting, sculpture and installation.  Incorporating acrylic, oil, ink, spray paint, tape and found objects into his work Hutnick creates works on paper that oscillate between being two dimensional and three dimensional.  Using conventional materials in unconventional ways Hutnick changes the rules of painting.  Using tape as his paint and paint as his sculpture, Hutnick manages to muddy materials while maintaining brilliance in color.  Indeed, Hutnick has an amazing eye for color.  And he uses it to generate narritive.  With titles like, Marble Madness, Not So Secret Garden, and What Do You Call Those Things With The Wooden Beads And The Crazy Tracks?, Hutnick’s explosions of color become stories, emotions and sensations.

There is a fun to Hutnick’s works as well.  The paintings are bright and beautiful, but there is a sense of humor to his work.  His “balancing works,” involve late night sessions at the studio stacking any found object to the point of instability.  Eventually, the ephemeral sculptures topple to the ground.  Often, Hutnick was the only one to witness their existence at all.

Hutnick just closed a solo show, He Chutes He Scores, in Bedminster, NJ, and an artist in residence on Governors Island.  He’s curating a show called Spin? Art at Loft 594 in Bushwick opening October 5th  

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Documentary Watch: Being Elmo

You’re probably thinking “Why is Beautiful/Decay posting about children’s puppets?” Well that’s a good question. Usually we leave Sesame Street for the toddler and mommy blogs but over the weekend I happened to watch  Being Elmo, a documentary about Kevin Clash, the long time voice and puppeteer of Elmo. Since the age of 10 (check out the above image of young Kevin performing for local kids in 1975) all Kevin wanted to do was to be a puppeteer. With tons of ambition, hard work, and creativity Kevin not only became a professional puppeteer but also one of the most famous and iconic figures in the field right along his life long idol Jim Henson.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story but I will say that every artist, designer, and creative person should watch this documentary. You will be touched, inspired, and moved to work harder, push the limits of your craft, and to never give up on your dreams. Watch the trailer for the documentary after the jump and run out and go out and buy the DVD. It will be the best money you’ll spend all week.

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Charlotte Mann’s Expansivly Detailed Marker Murals

British artist Charlotte Mann is known for her elaborate wall drawings and drawn room installations. These densely detailed 1:1 scale drawings of rooms in rooms are invariably made with thick black marker pen on a white ground. The medium may be simple but Mann’s obsessive attention to detail pushes her work into a new realm creating dizzying installations that make you take a second look at your surroundings.(via)

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Shirin Sahba’s Exquisitely-Detailed Paintings Highlight Solitary Journeys

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Artist Shirin Sahba’s exquisite works are ripe with tiny details and beautiful, fresh color. The grandiose compositions feature large skies and cross-sectioned grounds that reveal petals, flowers, and patterns rather than dirt or grass. Gradients of pinks, purples, blues, and greens fill the in-between spaces in a dreamy, hazy sort of a way.

Aside from the repetitive symbols and drawings, Sahba’s work is minimal. Her images feature one or two people as the subject, and we aren’t given much visual context clues. Sometimes, there’s a tree swaying in an imaginary breeze or an elephant giving two lucky people a ride.

Born in India, Sahba spent her adolescence surrounded by “the pristine azures of the Mediterranean in Israel,” and she visited 25 countries before she was 16. Her paintings speak of her upbringing as well as her love old cinema and traditional roots steeped in the Old Persian art of miniature. “I have often repeated the narrative of solitary characters traveling with no specific destination, allowing the journey itself to carry more importance,” she writes in an artist statement. “I have also concentrated on the simplifications of the traditional landscape into an abstract picture plane of colour and textures, while including figurative miniature characters and architectural elements, unifying the abstract with the representational. The characters are allowed to freely traverse a surreal landscape of floating colour planes.” (Via Art Hound)

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Sako Kojima’s Cute And Cuddly Pain

Sako Kojima’s sculptures channel all the pain, suffering, and heartbreak of the human species into the bodies of cute and cuddly creatures. Here is a description of the artists work in his own words:

“I use a variety of medium including sculpture, performance, photography and drawing to explore the people of modern society. At present I’m interested in the psychology of diseased human psychology for the civilized world, because it’ s the same as my pain. Humans are animals, therefore we  get tired, sad, and go mad.  I want to become a small animal, because they don’ t meditate, they aren’t thinking deep. All of my works are rather optimistic than gloomy. At first sight, the works appear unique and cute but after time the works show a sense of irony, pain, and sadness of the individual human experience.”

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Banksy Sucks?

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We received an email today with the subject line: “anonymity is knowing everybody that knows of you” and the mysterious URL in the body: banksysucks.com. Followed the link to find the not-so-subtle .gif splash page above with a cheery midi rendition of the Cheers tune. (Presumably for its hook, “where everyone knows your name.”) Someone doesn’t like Bansky, I take it. Whether you love him or loathe him, Banksy has been the closest thing to this decade’s controversial Warholian art star. The site above clearly takes a jab at the fact that the identity of the internationally-famous British street artist is still “unknown.” Is Banksy still anonymous and “street” when the likes of Jude law and Brangelina shell out cool millions on his work? What do you think?

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