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2009 "A.V. WITH KNIFE AND RPG-7"


Sculptor, Thom Puckey has been in the game for some time now. His beautiful marble sculptures are breathtaking and his style is that of the iconic saying “sex, drugs, and classical greek sculptures?” YEAH. Pretty fun stuff.

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Rachel Perry Welty

Rachel Perry Welty reconstitutes supermarket labels and flyers, receipts, twist ties, fruit stickers, and many other products you’d find in the world of consumer junk to create obsessive photo installations.

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Mark Titchner

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Mark Titchner’s esoteric aura portraits, heavy tubular bells and subliminal messages. Magical works that subversively explore belief systems the imagery that surrounds them and the other side.

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Todd Knopke Turns Fabric Into Paint

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We posted Todd Knowpke’s work a while back but he has some new works on his site so it’s time to take a second look. When i first saw Todd’s work online I thought “wow these are funky shaped stretchers.” It took me a few minutes to realize that I was staring at massive, mind blowing, sewn pieces of fabric! What I love best is that Todd keeps all the various moves that most painters make  but makes them his own by introducing sewn fabric into the mix. The result is a collage like surface full of stitching, layered fabric, and awesome detail.

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Andres Guerrero

These are so great. Andres has a masterfull knack for adding depth to collage.(These ARE collaged right?) I wanna run around down there with the numbers….

 

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Toy Stories – Children With Their Most Prized Possessions

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Photographer Gabriele Galinberti‘s series Toy Stories is a simple concept revealing a complex story.  Over the course of 18 months the artist photographed children throughout the world with their most prized possessions.  He would often play with the toys along with the children prior to arranging them for the photographs.  It is surprising how much the toys can reveal about each child.  Often children would prize toys that reflected the occupations of their parents – a large collection of cars for the son of a taxi driver or rakes and shovels for the daughter of a farmer.  Also, Galinberti relates that poorer children’s play focused more on friends and activities rather than possessions.  He says:

“The richest children were more possessive. At the beginning, they wouldn’t want me to touch their toys, and I would need more time before they would let me play with them.  In poor countries, it was much easier. Even if they only had two or three toys, they didn’t really care. In Africa, the kids would mostly play with their friends outside.”

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Gregory Kloehn Is Transforming Trash Into Homes For The Homeless

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California-based artist Gregory Kloehn often repurposes the still completely-usable trash and street detritus that he finds in the streets. His ongoing project Homeless Homes takes this idea one step further, offering real aid by creating housing for the homeless in Oakland. Dubbed as “eclectic building materials for small but efficient mobile homes.” Kloehn and his volunteers recycle and reuse salvage to offer small, mobile house (they are on wheels), Mostly the size of a sofa or small room, these Homeless Homes offer a safe place and protection, and raise awareness to the needs of the homeless community. “Stuff people just throw away on the street can give someone a viable home,” Kloehn said in an interview with NBC News. “Does it have merit as a solution to homelessness? As far as giving people a shelter, yeah, definitely. Is it a solution to homelessness? It’s an answer. An attempt.”

Kloehn further describes his aims on the project’s website, “Our goal is to bring together imaginative people and discarded materials to make sturdy, innovative, mobile shelters for the homeless people. By sourcing our materials from illegal street dumping, commercial waste and excess household items, we strive to diminish money’s influence over the building process.”

If you are interested and able to help with the project, please contact Homeless Home Projects here. (via huffingtonpost)

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B/D “Submit Your Artist” Contest Winner!

We asked for your favorite artists, and we got them! Thanks to everyone who participated in our recent contest. In case you didn’t hear, we asked our readers to submit their favorite artist for a chance to win a Beautiful/Decay Apparel t-shirt and see their artist of choice on the blog!

We’re excited to announce the winner: Corey Thompson, who submitted the Portland based artist Mark Warren Jacques! We absolutely loved his poetically metaphysical triangulations. More of his images after the jump.

However, there were so many amazing entries, we decided to dole out some honorable mention blog spotlights- check back every day this week for some runners up!

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