Straight out of Rutger’s MFA Painting program, Paul DeMuro is creating some wildly thick paintings. The first time I ever saw his work was at Jolie Laide’s Tri-State show, and he flat-out stole the show. These paintings are way too physically powerful for the internet to capture any of the ka-pow they possess, but you can still get a general feel for these high-energy works. Unfortunately, he just finished up a two-man show with Alex Da Corte at Jolie Laide, entitled BLEACH, but I’m sure he’ll have plenty of future shows so you can get a chance to check out his work in its proper environment (a primer).
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Hailing from Singapore K-NARF covers galleries, streets, and anything else he can get his hands on with his deconstructed Photograffiti images. Pulling inspiration from old amusement parks, childhood nostalgia, and street life imagery, K-NARF installations both indoors and out have a carefree and experimental bend that we at Beautiful/Decay can certainly appreciate.
Ink & Paper is the tale of one of LA’s oldest letterpress printshops Aardvark Press and Los Angeles’ oldest artist paper distributor McManus & Morgan Paper. These two shops were once part of the thriving printing community but with the advancement of cheap (and poor quality) digital presses and inferior low price paper they have lost the booming business that they once had. Hear how these two historic Los Angeles landmarks stay in business and help one another survive in this era of “Cheap Is Better” and If you’re in the Los Angeles area make sure to stop by and support them! Watch the full documentary by Ben Proudfoot after the jump!
Matt Rota‘s illustrations seem to mix reality and myth — equal parts Bosch and Ernst. Rota’s sensitive lines add a surreal approach to morality and belief systems and how we respond to them. Also they just look really cool (nod to you, Krampus).
Greg Mamczak’s painted worlds are fascinating storybooks with a creepy calm air. I’m completely drawn in to see the different parts of his scenes, and explore the eerie feeling they exude. Each painting has so much in it, but still leaves ample room for imagination. His scenes range from people participating in what looks like cult worship, to every day scenes centered around exploration and discovery. Whatever is behind these creations, it’s peaked my curiosity. Have a look…
SF-based Shalo P manhandles the space occupied by figurative pop references, and slices up the time it takes for skin and blood to drip out of frames inside of frames. It’s heaps of muscles, genitals, childhood idols, and crushed steel, for the eyes to get sloppy with. I especially enjoy what he has been doing with his coloring method, which has a lo-fi Photoshop (MS Paint aspirations) collage feel. He must be, he just has to be, having a great time. You can go deeper in this Fecal Face interview, catch his latest tumbles, or flick it, and no matter what path you choose you are bound to get excited about this guy’s work. To get physical, pick up DEATH TRIP, a collaborative zine with Peter Gray Hurley, put out by Drippy Bones Books.
Justin Clifford Rhody is the proprietor of Friends and Relatives Records, a Ypsilanti, Michigan-based music and zine label. I first became acquainted with Rhody through Smut, his powerviolence band, and through his eponymous acoustic project. He currently plays in (D)(B)(H) but has turned most of his creative energy toward photography. His photos capture the melancholy of declinist America; the decaying Fords in the moldering suburbs of the Rust Belt, the plastic-casts of statuary standing sentry over the overgrown lawn – the physical forms of our economic and spiritual malaise.
2012 looks to be busy for Rhody: a book of his photography, Sliding Glass Door, is slated to be published this spring by Bathetic Records, a solo exhibition of Rhody’s photography opens at Skylab Gallery this March in Columbus, Ohio, and Rhody has an exhibit with the painter Peter Shear planned for the summer in Bloomington, Indiana.
In the meantime, Rhody plans to continue touring the states with his slideshow and to revisit Guatemala, the setting of a few of the photographs found after the jump.