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Axel Engström’s Etherial Elegance

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Beautiful fashion photography with a dark, experimental edge by Swedish photographer Axel Engström.

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Bram Vanhaeren’s Daily Typographic Treatment

Belgium designer Bram Vanhaeren recently challenged himself to create a typography treatment everyday. How long will this project go on for is not clear but Bram’s goal is to make interesting quotes fun to read and remember. Not only has Bram been cranking out the designs on the daily but he has employed high-end printing services to make the prints available to you all!

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Ana Bidart’s Amazing Paper Roll Sculptures

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Ana Bidart‘s sculptures resemble small geological models.  She wears away layers and layers of paper to create each piece.  Reminiscent of rolls of receipt paper or even toilet paper, her medium in this series usually has a particularly utilitarian purpose.  Her sculptures emphasize the objects’ more poetic characteristics.  Though solid and consistent in appearance Bidart exposes the many layers that form the whole.  Her work easily lends itself to various metaphors.

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Precariously Perched Concrete Blocks By Fabrice Le Nezet

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Artist and designer Fabrice Le Nezet‘s series Measure precariously positions concrete blocks.  Using metal tubing, Le Nezet supports the concrete in way that makes the industrial materials seem nearly organic.  The brightly colored pipes cling to the concrete like webs.  His intention with the work was to make the materials and its weight easily felt.  He says:

“I worked here on a physical representation of the idea of measure. The objective was to ‘materialize’ tension in a sense, to make the notions of weight, distance and angle palpable…This work lies in the context of my search for purification around raw materials such as concrete and metal. This is why I played with simple shapes which catch light and transcend the volume structure.”

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E. V. Day

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When I walk down the aisle someday, I don’t think I would mind my constricting, and stuffy wedding dress to blow up like a grenade… just like the installation of artist E.V. Day has put together. E.V. enjoys using delicate, fragile materials and transforming them into visions of war, sex, and violence. An act towards the exploding of sexual stereotypes.

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A Day In Decay- What’s In The Mail Box

Everytime we go to the mailbox a new treasure awaits. Usually it’s an invitation from a gallery, or postcards promoting an illustrator or a discount card for Staples ( I love office supplies!). However every once in a while i’ll get something that catches my eye.  Mograg Magazine (pictured above) is a themed magazine from Tokyo. It’s almost all in Japanese but from what I can tell they select a different theme for each issue (like b/d) and feature artists working in a wide variety of media. It leans heavy on the illustration side of things but there’s some good stuff inside.

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Mess Lab Interviews Amir Fallah

 

 

Mess Lab recently caught up with founder/Creative Director/main man Amir at Pool tradeshow. Watch Amir discuss the Beautiful/Decay brand, and give advice for anyone looking to get into the art/fashion/design fields!

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Unbelievably Realistic ‘Painted’ Fish By Keng Lye

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It may surprise you to know that these are not real animals – they’re probably most accurately called paintings.  Artist Keng Lye brings these aquatic creatures to life by creating layers of resin and alternating them with acrylic paint.  Coupled with his expert play of perspective, the fish (and other creatures) seem ultra realistic.  Keng Lye has since added three dimensional portions to his ‘paintings’ as can be seen in these first four images, making them seem even more unbelievably alive and real.   [via]

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