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Jose Lerma

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Jose Lerma is a  New York based painter and professor. Drop out of law school and paint! Delightfully humongous. Just in case you may not have seen the almighty Book 2. More after the jump….

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DALeast’s Unraveling Street Art

Chinese street artist DALeast studied sculpture at the Institute of Fine Arts and began doing art on public space at 2004 under the alias DAL. He is inspired by the way the material world revolves, how the spiritual world unfolds, life’s emotions and the infinite space around us. His massive murals resemble thousands of strands of yarn or thread that are continuously unraveling and coming together to create incredible sweeping imagery. (via)

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Albert Reyes’ Never Dies the Dream at Mastodon Mesa TOMORROW!

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Mastodon Mesa, an on-going project at the Pacific Design Center curated by Graham Kolbeins and Mya Stark, invites you to lose yourself in the twists and turns of Albert Reyes’ vast handbuilt maze. Comprised of re-purposed wood discarded on the streets of L.A., this stunning installation has been under construction for more than four years, hidden away from the world in Reyes’ back yard—until now. Albert Reyes is a Los Angeles-based artist whose hyper-realistic yet dreamlike drawings address themes both personal and cultural. His canvas has ranged from recycled hardcover book covers to public sidewalks, where his beer spit drawings drew national media attention along with original illustrations and prints by Reyes are also on display. Check out more images from his maze as well as a video shot by Graham when the maze was still in its original habitat.

Thursday, May 20th from 5-8pm
Mastodon Mesa, Suite B210
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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James Roper

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Recently featured in the “Seasonal Changes” show at nearby LeBasse Projects, Mancunian artist James Roper is an up-and-coming painter and sculptor creating some beautiful work. Roper writes that,

The construction of each painting fuses disparate images from a variety of sources such as fashion magazines, animation stills, comics, the Internet as well as my own photos and drawings. I predominantly choose images and try to create forms which I feel register a visual ‘peak shift’, a term given to the phenomena of ‘neurological attraction’ that appears in both humans and animals to an extreme characterisation of an object.

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Andrew Lewicki’s Extreme Transition

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LA sculptor Andrew Lewicki built this bad ass half pipe for a skateboarding themed group show at the Torrance Art Museum. Check out a few more skating themed works as well as a oreo cookie manhole and gold color crayon gold bar sculptures after the jump.

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World’s Smallest 3D Pen Lets You Write And Draw In The Air

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The latest in handheld 3D printing, Lix is the smallest 3D printing pen in the world. This device allows you to write and draw in the air, without using paper. Lightweight (around 1.5 ounces) and easy to use, the pen fits the hand more comfortably than other, larger handheld 3D printers, allowing for more intricate details and designs. Even better, the tool can be powered by a wall charger or a USB port. The biggest challenge for the designers has been the reduction of the mechanical parts to fit into the 12mm diameter aluminum tube.

Though it was exceeded the amount of requested funding, Lix still has a Kickstarter campaign in the works, and you can check out even more information on their website. The pen is currently available for $155, including 5 bags of mixed colored plastic. (via colossal)

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Matt W Moore’s Graphic Marvels

Maine-based artist Matt W Moore is a favorite of mine, and here’s why. For one thing, this guy is into a little bit of everything. The multi-talented, multimedia artist founded and runs MWM Graphics, a studio specializing in illustration and graphic design. More recently, he started Core Deco, a brand that lets him bring his signature style to more functional design objects. But that’s all business – let’s talk more about that signature style. From large aerosol murals in Brazil or France to brightly colored, boldly patterned digital illustrations in a style the artist calls “vectorfunk,” the mark of Moore is instantly recognizable. Sculptural installations – like those done for his ‘Sun Ray Ricochet’ solo show in Moscow – are similarly characterized by well-placed angles and lines, as well as vibrant colors. Lately, it seems that Moore has been moving away from the strictures of more formal geometry and embracing a more organic, flowing style. I’m definitely liking the results so far. Check out more of his works after the jump!

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Goodbye, Fearless Intern Corinna Loo!

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Thankfully, we didn’t trick fearless intern Miss Corinna Nicole Loo into thinking that the photo above we took of her, hard at work in the B/D offices, was for anything other than public consumption. (Apologies on tricking you for your ‘goodbye post’, Greg.) And yet, the smiles are all real my friends! Corinna can attest to the fact that slaving away night and day for the greater good of Beautiful/Decay is quite fun! During her stay here, she’s done some great design work, blog posts (you can view her ouevre, as ze French say, here), humorous anecdotes about her two kitties (wearing sombreros) and of course titillating data entry….well, maybe that wasn’t so titillating for her, but, nonetheless! Thank you for all your hard work and contributions to the B/D team, we know you will have a great impact both at UCLA and the design world….so, the start of another school year will wrest you from our firmly clenched claws, Miss Loo, but of course we hope you will return to us again soon. Some of Corinna’s personal work after the jump!

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