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Feng Zhengquan Paints A Contemporary Spin On Chinese Landscapes

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Feng Zhengquan, born in 1976, lives and works in China. His oil paintings place contemporary candy-like imagery of lipsticks, cosmetics, fruit, foliage, and creatures: all reminiscent of contemporary Asian pop culture, into old world spatial compositions– think Dong Yuan, to examine the abstraction of contemporary spaces or environments. How much of our own landscape history is virtual and how much is physical? The blurring of both is what draws us to these pieces regardless of nationality.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: !!!

I imagine the inspiration for !!!’s Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass video is 70’s porn set meets 2010 hip motion reel meets Miami pool party where a spontaneous performance piece by a recent MFA takes place.

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Skinner

skinnerBeautiful/Decay spent the last three days at the Pool Tradeshow in Las Vagas. Throughout our time, we met a lot of fun and interesting people. For me, the one person that stands out the most was probably the nicest. Sacramento Artist Skinner is one hell of a rad dude. His work is insane and his attention to detail is on point. Skinner continues to pump out amazing piece after piece and before you know it, this guy is going to blow up. Make sure to check out his site for some well priced pieces. Keep it up dude!

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It’s almost February and you’ve likely had “build a new website” on your to-do list for a while, but haven’t gotten around to it. Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with our friends at Made With Color to give you a friendly nudge to create your new site on their easy to use and sleek website building platform.  All you you have to do is enter code NEWYEARS2015 for a 29% discount off your first year with them.

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Lauren Everett’s Portrait Project Documents The Various Casts Of The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Corey as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Divine Decadence, Henderson, NV

Corey as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Divine Decadence, Henderson, NV

Chelsea as Columbia, Sins O' The Flesh, Saugus, CA

Chelsea as Columbia, Sins O’ The Flesh, Saugus, CA

Shannon as Magenta, Bawdy Caste, Half Moon Bay, CA

Shannon as Magenta, Bawdy Caste, Half Moon Bay, CA

Shawn as Rocky, The Home of Happiness, Hawthorne, NJ

Shawn as Rocky, The Home of Happiness, Hawthorne, NJ

There are few movies with the same enduring legacy as The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Since the film came out in 1975, it has become both the longest-running theatrical release in the history of cinema, and more significantly, it has remained a cultural cornerstone for progressive politics and identities. This year, the film celebrated its 40th anniversary, and to this day people continue to bring the characters to life by recreating the costumes and set designs.

Lauren Everett is a Portland-based photographer who wanted to document the world of these dedicated fans. She started a project titled People Like Us, a series of portraits featuring cast members from around the United States in full costume. What makes these images unique is the fact that Everett has taken them out of the theater, portraying these playful and expressive characters in everyday environments. The result is an exploration of the way the movie’s themes of creativity and personal freedom translate into real-life functionality. In the following statement from the project’s website, Everett explains her perspectives on the film’s long-standing importance and relevance:

“It’s an environment where bold sexual innuendos and puns are used freely with an almost innocent humor. There’s a accepting ‘anything goes’ atmosphere, and a sense of being in a place where the rules of ‘out there’ don’t apply. For regulars and casual aficionados alike, Rocky Horror is a safe-haven where people of all persuasions can go to have a good time and be accepted as they are.” (Source)

Everett ran an Indiegogo campaign to put together a book of the portraits, which includes a preface by scholar Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock and short write-ups from the cast members. The book is available here, and you can see more previews after the jump.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Good Man By Raphael Saadiq

Raphael Saadiq”s video for Good man is a great example of how to tell a story through music. So much music these days is just a bunch of nonsense with nothing behind it but Saadiq has hit a home run.I don’t even really like R&B and I love it!

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Wang Yuanling’s China

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Can’t find much info about Wang Yuanling online but I’m loving these bizarre photos. I wish I knew if they were all staged or not.

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Nicolas Deshayes’ Vaccum-Formed Plastic Sculptures

Nicolas Deshayes lives and works in France. He utilizes vacuum-formed plastic, anodized aluminum, and polystyrene to create textured abstractions. His compositions remain static until an area is covered in the formed plastic, the work then resembles flowing color fields. Like glimpses into another dimension his sculptures ebb and flow as colors swirl around the viewer.

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