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Jackie K. Seo’s Hyper Realism

Jackie K. Seo’s hyper realistic figurative sculptures are painstakingly created to depict every hair, skin blemish, and spot on the figures bodies. Jackie says about her work, ” In each of my pieces I like to show a moment where we feel the need to repair something in our lives and how we deal with it. I think the style of hyper-realism is a good way of showing the minute subtleties of the challenges of life, in a sculptural form.

I can show things like the wetness of tears in the eyes, the flushing of skin or the story that the fine lines and wrinkles of the face tell. The biggest challenge is balancing the overall feel of the piece without getting lost in the details.”

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Interview: Eric Shaw

Eric Shaw doodles obsessively, delving into the space where all things psychedelic thrive. Utilizing gouache and ink, he seems to reference Hinduism, Mayan and Native American creation myths, and hippie subculture in his wildly disorienting patterns. Beautiful/Decay recently interviewed Eric about his customized t-shirt line, artistic inspirations, painting techniques, and more. Full interview and images after the jump!

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Zeesy Powers’ superb sense of humor

Canadian artist Zeesy Powers makes work that I could most accurately describe as performative inter(net)-personal that’s sort of like a fortune teller at a school carnival except without the scam. She Will Tell You Exactly What I Think Of You For $5 is exactly what the title says, for The Zeesy Powers Grant, she gave $1000 to someone who actually deserved it, aaaaand she also became someone’s 3 Minute Girlfriend. Whoa.

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Vibrant Collages Mirror The Artist’s Oakland Surroundings

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Inspired by her Oakland surroundings and the mysterious life of collected objects (from homeless shopping carts to a public disposal & recycling area), Amy Wilson Faville collages her own drawings in with an assortment of vibrant materials such as old mattress fabric, file folders, vintage wallpaper, and other scraps. Comparable to quilt-making, Faville’s compositions incorporate consistent patterns with eclectic pops of color, conceptually mirroring her subject matter.

Speaking on her Carts series specifically, Faville states, “My goal was to use the power of beauty to transform images of squalor into splendor.”

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P4rty Food 4 at Synchronicity Tonight

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Tonight marks the Los Angeles debut of the fourth (and greatest) chapter in the PARTY FOOD performance art series, P4RTY FOOD 4 by Joseph Gillette at Synchronicity Space LA. This performance contains all our favorite things: poop jokes, puppetry, bad puns, politics, people, and liiiiittle piggies. It’ll be a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY event so don’t miss out. Duh.

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Hengki Koentjoro

Born in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, Hengki Koentjoro studied film and photography at California’s Brooks Institute. Now once again residing in Indonesia, this fine art photographer’s careful captures reflect the essence of his homeland. His black-and-white images perfectly showcase the natural beauty of the landscape, from its cloud-rimmed cinder cones to its wave-roiled seas.

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The Magnetism Behind Danielle Nelson Mourning’s Photography

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If you take a peek at Danielle Nelson Mourning’s blog, you will find wonderfully candid observations about places, things, or people she’s encountered and how they influence her creative perspective. For instance, there is a post about Marchus who has Stargardt, a rare eye condition. Mourning writes about his desire to experience more smells in artwork, specifically, “leaves in a forest which change constantly depending on light.” Then, there is Tod Papageorge’s brave encounter with Garry Winogrand which leads to a lifelong art-filled friendship. Mourning talks about this pair with honest admiration.

Each quick note or meditation brings us back to Mourning’s own body of work– drawing us deeper into the magnetism which aids in cultivating her own quietly powerful narratives. It’s an appreciation for the human condition and all its ephemeral passions. Although Mourning started out in the commercial world, it’s clear her heart transcends that superficial artifice.

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Sergio Membrillas

Whimsical, folky, and cuddly illustrations by  Sergio Membrillas.

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