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Inodoro Design

Inodoro Design is a collective based in Cebu City, Philippines that cranks out bold design, packaging, illustration, and web related projects.

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Interview: Nick Cave

 

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Nick Cave combines free-spirited motion exploratory modern dance with ostentatious sculptural detail to breath new life into contemporary art. In many ways, Nick’s work function within the vein of African art/costuming in the sense that they are intended to be “danced,” and enlivened within the context of performance and dance to illustrate and reflect upon societal mores and the cultural landscape. With references to haute couture, sculpture, performance, African American culture, costume, masquerade and beyond, Nick’s “Sound Suits” defy categorization. Beautiful/Decay recently had the opportunity to interview Nick Cave to discuss his background, inspiration and ideology behind the suits. Nick Cave is currently showing his latest works at Jack Shainman Gallery, until Feb 7, 2009. 

 

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max boufathal’s The Fighting Solar Bros

Max Boufathal’s gorgeous sculptures. The Fighting Solar Bros pictured above.

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An Imaginary Ferocious Tale Of Brave And Hopeful Little Girls Is The Magnificent Story Of Author Henry Darger

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Henri Darger left 15,000 pages of stories and more than 700 pages of illustrations created in the dark. A fantasy tale blending horrific scenes of war and colorful innocent boys and girls all drawn with penises as the main characters. A world full of meanings and feelings where the silver lining is survival.

In order to understand the illustrations painted by Henry Darger, we need to understand his story. His mother died while giving birth and his father sent him to an asylum where he was allegedly abused at an early age and from where he escaped at age sixteen. He spent the rest of his life working at Catholic institutions by day, secluded in his room by night where he would secretly enter his imaginary make-believe world, a pen in his hand. A self-taught man, he learned how to draw by collecting advertisements, newspaper illustrations. He made collages, layering and tracing the outlines of his precious characters. 

The interpretation of the drawings, lets us inside of Henry Darger’s inner turmoil. The heroines are the Vivian girls, blond cute little girls defying furiously and heroically adults, the Glandelinians. They appear dressed up with colorful outfits or naked with a penis. They lead armies, hide, and spy on their opponents; crossing fields of strangled, disemboweled and dismembered children’s corpses.
Suffocation and awkwardness emerges from the scenes and let us feel a glimpse of the strong harsh almost cruel and unbearable emotional state the author endured.

Henry Darger says in his autobiography, In the Realms of the Unreal that he hated the perspective to watch himself become an adult. He never wanted to to grow up. The chaos of his narrative, combined with his violent drawings all turned against adults are the terrifying trace of his past. Never able to recover, he chose to shut down this part of his spirit to any kind of other human beings only to let it come to life as pure art.
He demonstrates the powerful reason to be of art: to express with any kind of means the distress trapped in a human’s soul into something beautiful.

Henry Darger’s illustrations are currently shown at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris until October 2015.
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Bruce Ingram

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Bruce Ingram’s sculptures feel both natural and fantastic. Like discovering a new cave system or a perfectly preserved dead hummingbird in your garage (which really happened to me; the bird thing not the cave thing). I’ve always felt like one of the signs of “good” art is that you kind of forget that someone had to make it. Ingram’s work feels like it manifested itself–like the world meant for it to be.

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Made With Color Presents: Brian Irving’s Neo-Psychedelic “Eye’s Wide” Video

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Beautiful/Decay and premiere website building platform Made With Color  have joined forces once again to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. This week we’re excited to bring you the mind-altering and dreamlike music video by Brian Irving.

“Eyes Wide” is the new single and video from Brian Irving, aka Brian Brater, the co-founder of the legendary Rawkus Records (Black Star, Talib Kweli, Pharoah Monch, Company Flow, Big L and more) and responsible for developing artists like Frank Ocean collaborator Om’mas Keith, Dr. Luke and for starting the media network and website Uproxx.com.

Irving’s first release is a lush conscious neo-psychedelic experience, drawing comparisons to Tame Impala and Pink Floyd. His debut album Radiant Things is set for a July 16 release date featuring cover art by one of our favorite painters Wendell Gladstone. The video, produced by Los Angeles design agency Something In The Universe is inspired by the psychedelic energy of Captain Murphy and Tampa Impala videos as well as the imagery and style of assume vivid astro focus and London’s 14 Hour Technicolor Dream.

Irving has to say this about his new video, “The ‘Eyes Wide’ animation and drawings have a beautiful lucid dream-like quality, like an amazing planetarium light show, or an assume vivid astro focus video or installation.  The song beautifully complements the video:  both the imagery and music are soaked with delays and reverb-like quality – the symbolic imagery of open spaces, one-eyed fantasy, and psychedelic big fish perfectly reflect the “wet” yet dynamic sound of my guitar/synth processing  and pulsing electric bass lines.”

 

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Sisters of the Black Moon

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Sisters of the Black Moon are like a sartorial witch’s coven that has astrally projected itself to infinitum to the dark side of the rainbow. I know that technically, they’re an eBay shop hawk(wind)ing mystically beautiful vintage pieces- but I love that they have taken that to a whole new interstellar dimension. With amazing photography by Alexandra Valenti, they are a dark force to be reckoned with. Reminiscent of Frank Zappa’s GTO’s, or an extremely heshin’ sorcery-inspired proto-metal band, these gals will have you sayin’ come to the sabbath in no time!

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Manny G

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Although we aren’t hiring here at Beautiful/Decay, we wanted to share Manny G‘s portfolio with you all. Navigating through media seamlessly, this recent CalArts graduate pretty much does it all. Whether it’s transforming a found book inside and out, illustrating Chewbacca with only one intense image-making technique, or revealing the cuter (?!) side of sex, Manny G delivers visual feasts. 

 

 

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