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Linda Hall’s Beautifully Grim Textile Animal Sculptures Embody Pain, Healing, And Spiritual Hybridity

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Gallery Collage

Mamma Mask for Neglected Dog Across the Street

Mamma Mask for Neglected Dog Across the Street

Pink Stag

Pink Stag

Demon Family

Demon Family

Linda Hall is a Florida-based artist whose textile sculptures blur the boundaries between human and animal, innocence and the grotesque. Like a taxidermy studio of preserved fairy tale creatures, fox heads and bipedal bearskins hang ominously, eyeless and empty. Using un-dyed tissue paper, handmade quilts, and other textiles, Hall gives her pieces a “patchwork” quality, sculpting a mix of twisted and fantastical bodily features, inlcuding warped antlers, multiple ears, and eerie, human-like grins. Designed like masks, puppets, and full-body costumes, Hall’s works are “containers for the spirit” that seek to deconstruct the human/animal binary in pursuit of a more fluid understanding of identity—one that morphs beyond the corporeal boundaries of species (Source). As she explains in a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay:

“Like a sixteenth-century curiosity cabinet, my objects aim to provide evidence of another reality. Many of the sculptures, domestic and wild, are constructed from collected handmade quilts and other textiles. These materials have their own intimate history, yet they are repurposed into charged spaces where humans and animals occupy the same space. Many forms show evidence of life and life events, such as wounds and the mending.”

The stories of “wounds” and “mending” are embedded directly into the sculptures through Hall’s creative process. Embellished with paint, beads, and flowers, the pieces are, in many ways, objects of curious beauty; like toys drawn from a child’s costume chest, they radiate with an endearing, imaginative, and anthropomorphized sense of friendliness. However, in many cases, paint has been plastered overtop of these adornments, creating a caked-on and disfigured appearance that signifies the messy process of healing and the scars left behind. Beautiful, lonely, and repulsive all at once, Hall’s menagerie confronts us with the familiar-yet-otherworldly emotional spaces that humans and animals both share—as well as the damage and exploitation inflicted on the natural world, despite these deep interrelations.

Visit Hall’s website and blog to follow her beautiful work.

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Joseph Walsh’s Latest Installation Is A Swirling Symphony Of Ash Wood That Transforms From A Desk To A Shelf As It Takes Over An Entire Room

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Entering the studio of Joseph Walsh is like embarking on a vessel of imagination. His “Magnus Celestii” piece begins as a desk and then spirals upwards from the floor to the ceiling to end as a slender shelf. The great heaven; as the title of the piece translates in latin; is taking up the entire space, making the viewer the center of the sculpture wherever he is located in the room. Not only is the piece a beauty, but it’s also made out of ashes of wood. A detail that transports us to the premice of the creation, in the midst of nature, in a magical forest somewhere in Ireland, where the artist is from.

Regarding Joseph Walsh, the barrier between him being acknowledge as an artist or a designer is slim, almost inexistant. The fact that he is challenging the technical boundaries of wood carving demonstrates his talent and love for his passion.
He is a visionary redefining design as art. A piece of furniture created by his hands is a sculpture. He wishes to honor the collaboration man has had for decennies with the material of wood.

Once again through this sculpture he has our head swirling in a dream of wooden ribbons. Over the years, Joseph Walsh has created a language of curves, sensuatity and voluptuousness. There is not one way to appreciate his work. How the lines float and the silhouettes undulate leaves us in an eternal spin. No matter how many times we look at a piece, there will always be a new angle to discover it.The simplicity of the material and the complexicity of the lines are what makes his work so captivating.

Joseph Walsh has new work currently showing at Chatsworth House in Bakewell, Derbyshire, UK until October 2015. 

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The Futuristic And Visionary Super Yacht Designs Of Russian Architect Vasily Klyukin

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Vasily Klyukin is a business man, architect, charity supporter, space patron and now super-yacht designer, on a mission. After supporting commercial art initiatives and hosting art events for many years, the Russian powerhouse has turned his hand to the world of yachts. And just like his attitude to buildings, Klyukin believes yachts should be individualized, recognizable, and memorable. Luckily for us, his futuristic designs are exactly that.

Drafting up plans for yachts that look as surreal as they do expensive, the accomplished  designer will make you wish you could afford one just to see his ideas realized. He has come up with ideas like a floating Manhattan skyline, an over-sized Swan, a modern Mondrian homage, and a sleek ‘Red Shark’ design that will be sure to impress.

He talks about the inspiration behind his aesthetic:

Even if you would build the largest yacht in the world, there always is the sea lover who is richer than you, and he would beat your record to have the biggest one. But he would be a champion only for a certain period of time. A couple of years more and the garland will float away on the new boat, bigger than the previous ones. I’m not captivated with such a competition. I do not want to compete at all. I just want a special yacht: one of a kind. I do not want its beauty to float away from me when somebody will build its copy. (Source)

Klykin has also put together a 300 page book with publishing house Skira showcasing 50 of his land-based designs. Called Designing Legends, it contains images and ideas for towers, opera houses, museums and office buildings. As an extension of his interest in architecture, Kylkin has also exhibited his first professional sculptural and fine art show in 2013. Be sure to check out his impressive resume and more design work. (Via The Creator’s Project)

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“Star Wars Bands”: Superfi Spoofs Popular Album Covers Using Star Wars Puns

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Lady JarJar – The Shame

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R2DMC feat. Aerosith – Ewok This Way

Taylor Sith - 1977

Taylor Sith – 1977

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Obi Wan Direction – Up All Knight

With the release of Star Wars Episode VII later this year, the bloggers at Superfi have used the escalating hype to create something rather amusing: “Star Wars Bands,” a series of iconic album covers twisted to match Star Wars-related puns. Lady Gaga’s face from The Fame is mutated into a grinning “Lady JarJar”; Chewbacca throws up Tupac’s “westside” on the cover of 2paca: all jediz on me. Other spoofs include the Sex Pistols, Run-D.M.C., and Green Day. Clever and good-humored, “Star Wars Bands” will amuse music and movie lovers alike.

Superfi’s brand of playful (and somewhat absurd) humor has manifested in a couple of other entertaining series, such as “Classic Beatles Album Covers Recreated by Apple,” “Desperate Movie Sequels” (my personal favorite being a hopeless reincarnation of The Matrix: “Turns out, there was a spoon”), as well as the “Hipster Album Generator.” Superfi encourages participation from their similarly humored audience, so if you have a music-related Star Wars pun of your own, hashtag it #StarWarsBands on Twitter for a chance to be featured.

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Sashiko Yuen’s Technicolor Nightmare: A Psychedelic Bubblegum Take On Violent Female Emotions

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Sashiko Yuen


Sashiko Yuen aka Wishcandy has created what she describes as “a sassy candy coated horror show”. Her series “Rise and Fall of the Sugar Brigade” places the female body at the junction of pulp violence and erotica which transports you through a technicolor nightmare. Her watercolor and graphite dreamscapes place girls of all different body types in candy filled landscapes, often displaying violent emotions accompanied by titles like “ Bring it”,“Tired of your shit” , and “ You don’t own me” brandishing butchers knives or baseball bats with tears running down their cheeks.

Rather than putting the female body on display, her work expresses angst, vengeance and rage through an unexpected use of color, the depiction of food not only as part of the background but also as a prop and the use of sex as a power over one’s womanhood. One of her pieces entitled “Escapism” features a girl with pink hair lounging on a giant pizza slice with an adamant look on her face. It is thought provoking in the sense that bright colors and girls are not often used associated with deeper, darker topics and emotions.

Upon first glance, Wishcandy’s work looks colorful and cute, but it runs much deeper. It is full of intricate details, colors, and shapes that create an edgy and unique depiction of female emotion. She confronts the viewer with blood, violence, and frustration while using the brightest colors reminiscent of early 1950s and does not shy away from the grotesque. You can really feel the female energy coursing through her work in a way that makes it seem like it should be cover art for an all girl rock band.

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Jim Darling Takes Us To The Sky In His Abstracted Views From An Airplane Window

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The view looking out of a window is often one filled with daydreaming and contemplation. Artist Jim Darling creates abstracted images inspired by the view of looking out of an airplane window. His brilliant, wispy use of color and impressionistic style perfectly breaks down the fleeting shapes and colors seen through the perspective from an airplane. His thick, impasto style depicts the aerial views just as they are seen in real life, swift and in motion. The abstract scenes seem to rush in and out of your view as you get a glimpse of the many wonderful colors lighting up the sky at different types of day.

Created from acrylic paint, aerosol, and woodwork, the artist constructs the frame of each piece to appear just like the window in an airplane would, with the window shade and all. He depicts purple mountains, cool, blue skies, a bustling cityscape, and even a wing of an airplane in his scenes from above. Darling takes us on a journey through the sky through different ecological forms, environments, and cities. Because the scenes are abstracted, we cannot tell exactly where his window views are taking us. Even the city is not specific to one exact location. This allows everyone to insert their own memories of travel into the paintings so that we can feel a connection to his work. Darling evokes strong emotions of nostalgia of travel and adventure, as many of us feel while we are aboard a flight.

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Masterpiece On The Runway- Viktor & Rolf Create Dresses That Are Made Out Of Framed Paintings

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A runway of living masterpieces was the idea behind the couture “Wearable Art” collection.
Viktor & Rolf had models walk around wearing human size canvases for their Fall 2015 couture show. The girls were coming out wearing a denim apron and a framed canvas at first white and then punctuated by paintings inspired by Dutch golden age painter Jan Asselijn. As the show went on, both designers appeared on stage to undress a model out of three, delicately taking off the painting they were wearing as a dress and hanging it on a hook off a wall.

The show was held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, a location known for it’s contemporary art and where designers have previously held their show. (Rick Owens, Phillip Lim and Maison Rabih Kayrouz to name a few). Viktor & Rolf gave an updated version of a fashion show, instead of having regular models strutting up and down the runway, the designers gave a performance. Trying to get as close to an art performance, blending art and fashion and demonstrating once again their genius in pattern making. Watching the video (see below) will make it much more clearer that this has nothing to do with fashion per say.

The designers are experimenting wearable art. Instead of trying to prove that fashion is art they are subtely implying that fashion is inspired by the excellence of art. By taking the clothes off the models and hanging up the garments they are claiming that fashion is humble and vulnerable compared to art. There is something naive and touching about this show. Fashion designers following the footsteps of art performers, clearly inspired and admirative of the art world.

By the end of the show, art collector Han Nefkens acquired one of the pieces to donate to the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in The Netherlands (via Dezeen).

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Ave Pildas’ Nostalgic Photographs Capture The Lively Characters Of Hollywood Boulevard During The 1970s

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Bus Bench – Teenagers ©1974

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Halloween – Trannies ©1974

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People on Stars – Sundance Massage ©1973

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Halloween – KKK ©1974

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Bus Bench – Jesus ©1974

In a series of black-and-white photographs taken between the years of 1973 and 1975, Ave Pildas provides a fascinating glimpse into how, over the span of four decades, the streets and people of Hollywood Boulevard have both changed and remained curiously the same. Pildas moved from Ohio to Los Angeles in 1971, when Capitol Records hired him to design album covers and take pictures of talent. After 6 months, Pildas left to begin his own design company called Plug In and embark on his Hollywood Boulevard project.

“This place is incredible,” Pildas said when we spoke over the phone. “People escaping the winter [and] US tourists lean towards the west — and all the nuts roll towards the west as well, stopping short of the ocean in Hollywood.” Intrigued by these people who came seeking adventure (and perhaps fame in movies and music), Pildas began to collect their portraits. “My style is to interact with people,” he said, explaining his approach. He would wait until an unknown person would walk into the light, engage with them, and then request to take their picture. Some people would pose and smile, and others would hold up their hands in rejection. “For the most part, I was treated well,” Pildas said in good humor.

Among the images you will see a whole cast of characters posing excitedly (or reluctantly) for the camera. There are apathetic teenagers at the bus stop, suave fashionistas, a chef, and, rather controversially, two people dressed up as KKK members for Halloween. In comparison to present-day street photography, which favors strong contrasts, Pildas would minimize shadows by shooting on overcast days. The result is a collection of images that are nostalgic as well as beautifully muted and almost surreal in appearance.

While some of the images look a bit dated (such as the cavalier and inappropriate attitudes of the KKK Halloween-goers), they also show how some things haven’t changed. “The costumes have changed,” Pildas observed, referring to how the fashion has inevitably shifted over the decades — but many things persist. He talked about what could still be seen: the Broadway Building, as well as the variety of restaurants, head shops, trashy lingerie stores, Scientologists, and street people hanging out. What has remained fundamentally the same is the adventurous and eclectic spirit that characterizes Hollywood Boulevard.

In an exhibition titled Hollywood Boulevard: The 70s — which opened at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) on July 1st and runs until September 13th — Pildas has compiled an exciting collection of 51 photographs from the series. The images are made from scans of the original negatives, some of which hadn’t been seen in forty years and required repair. By opening the images to the public, Pildas offers a delightful journey into the lively history of Hollywood Boulevard and its people. Check out his website and Facebook page to learn more.

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