This video reminded me of my 5th grade teacher who told my mom that If I kept listening to Metallica and Anthrax, and continued to skateboard that I would turn into a devil worshipping drug addict. Her nut job predictions didn’t come true since I became an atheist drug free vegan. Go figure. Watch the full video after the jump.
Beautiful/Decay Book 5 is officially in the building and we’re stuffing subscriptions as we speak. You have until midnight tonight to take advantage of our Biannual subscription sale and save some cash on your favorite Art & Design Book Series.
For those of you who want to start your subscription with Book 4 we can send you both books. Just put a note in the comment box when you check out saying whether you want your subscription to start with book 4 or book 5. After midnight all subscriptions will begin automatically with book 5.
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.
I’m more interested in Holton Rower’s process of creating these abstract paintings than the final result. Sure the end result is beautiful but you’ll see what I mean once you watch the process video after the jump. It’s a simple technique that packs a lot of punch!
Aaron Storck’s paintings of piled up debris and excess junk will have your eyeballs jumping from one corner of his paintings to the next in a game of visual ping pong. The paintings are covered in literally hundreds of patterns, textures, logos, and other delicately painted details. He also does some installation and video work that you can check out on his site. A word of caution his site has a ton of audio and videos that start once you click on a link so if that sort of thing drives you nuts you might want to click on the mute button.
Andreas Laszlo Konrath‘s beautiful photographs of youth gone wild.
Last Summer Evan Gruzis openned up his studio for a visit with B/D. His work struck a chord with me. It’s the way he takes “cheesy” tourist imagery, 80′s nostalgia, and advertisements; and then intellectually flips-that-shit to create paintings that deal with death, infinity, and desire. It was like he was reading my mind, because those are the first three things that occur to me when looking at an add for a cruise ship or a Caribbean resort. His work interested another website, sightunseen, and there’s a new studio visit where they get into creativity and the aspects of hallucinogenic perception.