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Sanda Anderlon’s Chaotic Panoramic Collages Reveal Intimate Details About Civilizations

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It’s all in the little details for artist Sanda Anderlon. Her illustrated collages and animations use the things that make up our personal, social and public lives to create portraits that tell stories through objects which give clues to the person. Similar to an archeological dig which reveals intimate details about a community or civilization her panoramic illustrations speak through a cluttered and chaotic aesthetic but once you take a closer look they become interesting clues into someone else’s existence.
Through basic titles such as fashionista, neighborhood, party and at the beach we’re given an overload of things which describe life as a human in the 21st century. In fashionista we see the materialistic excess of the fashion conscious. The dozens of shoes, clothes and wigs become an interesting survey into what some deem important. In neighborhood and party Anderlon comprises an exhaustive survey of the people and things which make up both. It takes on historical significance since the artist uses images from various time periods to complete her picture. Adding some depth to her work are animated versions which take on a different perspective. These move through the works as a timeline and offers a documentary style aesthetic.

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Tom Hovey’s Watercolor Odyssey

English artist Tom Hovey creates beautiful raw illustrations with watercolor.

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Susan Anderson’s Tiny Beauty Queens

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Susan Anderson creates terrifying photographs that document the bizarre world of child beauty pagents. Adult female beauty paraphernalia like veneers, fake nails, false eye lashes, lip gloss and pounds of make-up are applied to these little tykes, making them appear like tiny moms from middle America. They all have this extremely coached, extremely posed quality that teeters between demonic and sexual. Seeing all this beauty regime regalia applied out of context in this way sort of makes me realize how ridiculous it all is anyways…Her exhibition, if you are in Los Angeles, will be opening at Kopeikin Gallery on Saturday, October 24th.

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Sepe

A number of new mixed media illustrations by Polish street artist Sepe out of Warsaw who just exhibited with Intoxicated Demons.

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Shoprise-B/D Mystery Pack Shirt and Magazine Mega Sale!

For one week only we’re slashing our already discounted Mystery Packs for both magazines and t-shirts. This is your chance to save a bundle of cash, get a killer surprise package in the mail, and have fun all at once. It’s like Beautiful/Decay throwing you a surprise party and giving you the best gift ever!

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Takayuki Hori X-Rays Origami Animals To Highlight Pollution In Japan

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Origami is both impressive in its folded construction as well as its ability to signify the need for change by urging us to look beyond the paper forms. Animals are no doubt the most popular subject, and Japanese artist Takayuki Hori has a twist on the conventional foldings. He crafts these animals to appear as victims of Japan’s urban pollution, and the pieces expose the sad truths of what happens to these creatures. Hori showcases garbage in their insides using X-ray-like detail. If you look closely, you can see tiny bottles and other trash within the stomachs and ribcages.

These works appear in Hori’s exhibition Oritsunagumono (which means “things folded and connected”) which critiques the polluted coastal waterways and the effects they have on its inhabitants. Images are printed onto translucent sheets of paper and later folded into their origami shapes. The result are a ghostly tribute and haunting reminder of our impact on the environment. (Via Fast Co. Design)

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Alexis Semtner

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Oil and Acrylic on Linen

Alexis Semtner’s abstract paintings utilize optical illusion to distort the viewers spatial awareness. According to Semtner, her use of visual falsity is used to denote perception and draw attention to how ubiquitous the notion of hallucination is in the human mind. I like the comforting and almost calming colors juxtaposed to the disconcerting Escher-esque environments, I think that the combination works well to create a world of constantly changing perceptions.

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Magnetic Liquid Makes For Very Creepy Video

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Compressed is a series of video work from artist Kim Pimmel.  The videos all utilize macro lenses, time lapse photography, and magnetism.  However, for Compressed 02 we find Pimmel’s mix as liquid.  The video is filled with a simple landscape of soap bubbles and punctuated with red dye.  A strange black liquid seems to navigate the network bubbles of its own accord, like black blood travelling through invisible capillaries.  This black liquid is an exotic ferrofluid – a magnetic liquid.  The ferrofluid travels the most efficient paths through the field of bubbles toward its invisible magnetic attraction.

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