Garrett Pruter constructs architecutral wonders with collage and drawing techniques. He combines graphite and acrylic on top of collage to create mini villages on the page. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were mini civilizations occupying his turn-of-the-century cityscapes. He is currently studying Illustration at Parsons School of Design.
C. Owen is a Chicago-based artist who creates eerie, black-and-white portraits of insects and animals — particularly those that have died or have been resurrected as taxidermied objects. The series featured here, titled Ordinary Overlooked, explores the alien beauty of dead insects that Owen finds outside or in the corners and windowsills of her house. With a strange alertness and intimacy, the images capture with startling detail the characteristics of each tiny body — such as the hairy legs, segmented antennae, and compound eyes — that otherwise go unnoticed. What was once creepy and “ordinary” becomes familiar and nuanced. In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, Owen explains:
The insect world is something the average human rarely pays any close attention to — that is, unless they are invading your home. Something ordinary as a moth, housefly, or ant can easily be overlooked and considered a pest. For me, they have opened my eyes to a tiny new world. […] The more I photograph these insects, the stronger my curiosity grows.
What makes Owen’s images especially uncanny are the states of limbo they portray. Floating in surreal, nocturnal worlds, each insect carries the illusion of life while curled in the postures of death. As manifestations of uncertainty and ephemerality, they are transformed through the camera’s gaze into sentient ghosts, lost in purgatory; “taken in one hair at a time, the images are suspended somewhere between metamorphosis and reincarnation,” Owen writes. The result is a series of contemplative photographs that provide both the time and focus in which to foster respect while exploring the beauty of alternate, living worlds.
Visit Owen’s website to view more of her work, including Trophies, a haunting portraiture series of taxidermied animals who likewise trouble us with the indistinctness between life and death.
We here at B/D think product design is an important aspect of the design and art spectrum because product designers create the objects we live with every day. Artfully designed objects can make your life easier, or in this case brighter, and look good doing it. At first glance this looks like your classic metal pendant lamp, but it’s made of rubber that you can squish! This unexpected element and the bright colors are why we love this Pendant lamp by Form Us With Love for Muuto, if you love it too, it’s available at A+R, click here.
Based out of England, Marc Kremers is a designer/net-artist who manages to incorporate the same sense of schizophrenic randomness apparent in his works to all facets of his internet persona. The website itself is a long scrolling photo-dump of projects (flash clips, audio files, etc) and more or less half-formed thoughts. Personally, I think his website is really clever, it transforms the monotonous text and image portfolio into something more resembling a museum and Marc, posited as the curator.
Gestural fluid abstraction and geometric patterns usually don’t well together but Kent Michael Smith has figured out a way to make them live harmoniously on the same surface. By using resin inbetween layers of paint he manages to combine these two disparate forms of mark making that reference Nascar color schematics, hunting gear, camouflage, and graffiti.
If you happen to be in or around Amsterdam next week, Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht (only 30 minutes away) should be on your must do list. The DIY festival has only been around since 2007, but has grown each year with some of the hottest indie acts around. The festival takes place in various indoor venues around the city which I recently experienced at the Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik and loved it!
Le Guess Who? takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 2, 2012 and features acts like DIIV, Destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, Ultraista, Beak>, Deerhoof, Nick Waterhouse, and many more… see full lineup here. Tickets are still available via the Le Guess Who? festival website. If I only had some extra time and money to go (hint hint), anyone want to take me? Check out their Spotify playlist and tell me all about it if you’re lucky enough to be there.
Shannon Richardson‘s photographs have a “presented without comment” feel to them, documenting the signage and structures of American countryside with the intent to preserve. In addition to the observational and timeless sights of Texas, Richardson’s book, Route 66 American Icon, is a compilation of scenes from along the historic Route 66 highway.Richardson is an Amarillo, Texas-based photographer.
Jesse Fillingham is an emerging illustrator who holds burgers, mythology, and unicorns close to his heart. His work holds a lot of energy, humor, and powerful storytelling. I especially love his series on mythological hunters.