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alvaro villarrubia’s Robot Fashion

Gorgeous, futuristic, and a bit dark, Spanish fashion photographer Alvaro Villarrubia does not disappoint. Enter his world of beauty, robots, the grotesque, and the sexy after the jump.

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The Gruesome Artwork Of Sarah Best Will Give You Goosebumps

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The artist Sarah Best creates astounding replicas of the female body, using it as a symbol that tracks the human desire for connection and intimacy; severed from the rest of the body, her sculpted hands and a cut-out collaged breasts take on a life of their own, worming their way up walls and pages and sometimes tracking blood in the process. The work, though sometimes gruesome, maintains a pulsating beauty; as if with clear intentions, her vital sculptures navigate space, dangling from hooks and exploring piles of cloth.

From both a feminist and an aesthetic standpoint, Best’s work operates in a miraculous, subversive manner; the feminist philosopher Susan Bordo, for example, writes that the body, coded female, is often seen as passive and lacking in intellect, explaining that therefore the body alone has the power to challenge those sexist ideas. Positioning parts of the body within cubistic collages and arresting installations, Best allows it to transcend societal definitions. Rather than figuring as part of a whole to be admired and objectified, limbs actively seek out understanding of the outside world, touching and feeling everything in their paths.

Wonderfully vulnerable yet undeniably powerful, female arm bears Christ-like stigmata, and the physical body searches for spiritual meaning. The oppressive boundaries between the corporeal self— too often considered to be unintelligent, immoral, and “feminine—” and the elevated metaphysical self are effectively shattered, and a new kind of humanity begins to emerge, one to which we can all relate, one that is beautifully desirous, yearning, and sometimes lonesome.

I got the amazing chance to speak with Best, and when I asked what advice she’d give to aspiring artists, she simply said, “Keep your integrity. You will only count, for yourself and in your art, to the extend that you keep your integrity.” Take a look.

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“Thingamajigs” Exhibition

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The upcoming exhibition Thingamajigs, curated by Meenakshi Thirukode brings together individuals whose creative practice cannot be categorized under traditional tags. The show features a plethora of artists who push the boundaries of their practice, including prior B/D featured experimental group Lucky Dragons, B/D staff writer Colleen Asper, and B/D’s own Amir H. Fallah! A bevvy of Beautiful/Decay articles of history and memorabilia (including some of the first ever, hand-photocopied ‘zine versions) will be on display, alongside Amir’s painting. If you find yourself on a spiritual or artistic journey to India, be sure to check out this exhibition at Gallery Open Eye Dreams.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Reds

 

Want to see what kind of music video a bit of creativity and $200,a two car garage,  soldering iron, handmade clay molds, christmas lights, and no CGI can produce? If so watch this great promo video for  Reds by Houses directed by LAMAR+NIK after the jump!

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20,000 LEGO’s Descending A Staircase

I absolutely love it when architecture thinks outside the box. That’s why the work of I-Beam Design on this NYC loft is so brilliant. The home owners wanted to bring a bit of their 10 year old sons personality into the lofts design so what better way than with staircase built out of 20,000 LEGO’s! Collaborating with LEGO master Sean Kenney the staircase is inspired by the paintings of Mondrian with the artists signature colors cheme and cut out holes with a flow of intensifying color going up and down the staircase. (via intralld)

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Brion Nuda Rosch

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Brion Nuda Rosch creates what I can best describe as collage-interventions that complicate the “reading” of every day photographs, paint, found objects and magazine spreads. Through the simplest of gestures, Rosch construes new layers and meanings within the context of his images. Above, an elegant blue dot over the face of a dog renders the portrait surreal and anonymous, the blob of paint simultaneously transforming to some kind of bizarre mask or humorous joke-shop clown nose. Rosch currently has some works in the Baer Ridgway exhibition “Hot & Cold” which is up for few more days if you happen to be in SF.

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Fred Eerdekens’ Shadow Typography Art

Fred Eerdekens’ work combines shadows and and typography to create experimental artworks that lie somewhere between installation and sculpture. Each piece relies on the perfectly lit gallery space to create the visual tricks and the process of the work is revealed as viewers walk around and interact with the work. Not restricted by one material Eerdekens uses everything from artificial cloud formations (pictured above) that spell out “neo deo” to food boxes (after the jump) that are arranged to cast the shadow “Come Home”.

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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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