According to Gawker‘s Seth Abramovitch a public monument to the Soviet Armed Forces in Sofia, Bulgaria was vandalized spectacularly over the weekend. The statues of the Second World War soldiers were painted to resemble such candy-colored figures of capitalist iconography as Superman, Ronald McDonald, Santa Claus, Captain America and The Joker. The spray-painted writing beneath it says the hack now puts the statue “in step with the times!”
Today, Bulgarian Minister of Culture Vezhdi Rashidov denounced the act as “vandalism…We are the only ones led by some kind of destructive force when it comes to monuments of socialism.” The kid in red on the skateboard just thinks it’s awesome. [sofiaecho.com, photo via AP]
At first glance you might write off Gerald Davis as another pervert painting his sick thoughts on canvas but this LA based artist has some serious painting and drawing chops. I recently saw his work in person and was blown away with the richness of his work and his glowing use of light. Gerald is a serious artist taking our funny and dirty thoughts and creating bold and imaginative works out of them.
As if being Mr. Universe, an interantional action film star, The Governator, and your favorite old ladies babies daddy wasn’t enough Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger is now making his breakthrough in music with this collabo with Luke Million. What’s next Arnold? Are you going to become a firefighter and an astronaut? Get pumped up and watch the full video after the jump!
Ione Rucquoi’s visceral portraits capture a world of lost innocence and sexual awakening, exploring the disowned, unconscious aspects of the self and highlighting the primal instincts of the human character and the beast within. Rucquoi’s affinity with Jung’s psychological concept of ‘The Shadow’ allows her to move effortlessly among the symbolic and darker characteristics of the psyche. Driven by the motivation to make emotion visible through the physical, she explores fundamental elements of human existence and experience: birth,death, loss and change, and brings the hidden and taboo to the forefront.
Bayo’s work depicts cheerless and melancholic worlds, where the main character is the psyque, as an epicenter of implosion and confrontation among the diverse layers of the subconscious level. Sometimes euphoric, sometimes epic, sometimes psychotic, his draw denotes such a trajectory where we are constantly infected with the deepest anxiety. His characters tend to avoid frontal sight, just like whoever notices contact as a mere exposition of his/her own fragility. Just as much as the arbitrariness of his forms allow us to see that he pays no devotion to the statutes of reason. His pieces travel throughout the harshness of obsessive details, the vagueness of repetition, and the sudden outbreak of movement. All of this in order to express the architecture of his emotions, with such a complexity that can”t be put as subtle.”
Beautiful/Decay is pleased to announce to release of 8 brand new prints from our ever-growing poster series. Each poster is printed on full, heavy-weight, archival quality paper. The new prints, “Darkness,” “Bathead,” “Satellite,” and “Space” are a bold cocktail of the amazing and beautiful images you’ve come to expect from us. And if owning Issue: K and Issue: T weren’t enough, now you can have the mind-bending cover art of Alex Trochut and Aya Kato. So what are you waiting for? Pop on over to the shop and legitimize your walls already!