The images of photographer Martin Kilmas are created by dropping porcelain figures at heights of 10 feet. The sound of the figurines hitting the floor triggers the shutter of the camera. The results are razor sharp images of disturbing beauty-temporary sculptures made visible to the human eye by high speed technology. (via io9)
Anonymous Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus has installed their latest public interventionist project, “Consumerist Christmas Tree”, as part of Lumiere, a citywide celebration of light that takes place in Durham, England. To construct this 9 meter high tree, the group asked people to donate their plastic bags in exchange for cloth ones, resulting in a donation of around 4,000 bags. In addition to the tree, Luzinterruptus created strands of garland by installing lights in leftover bags and hanging them across streets. According to the artists, the tree “is an installation that will help to raise awareness of the excessive use of plastic bags and the consequences that this consumption has on the environment…We thought about a grand Christmas tree, built of the bags used during the period prior to Christmas, the dates in which their use dramatically increases.” (via unknown editors)
Megan Leonard has a nice variety of photographs on her Flickr page but I keep going back to these images of the above model. At first I thought that this was Megan herself but looks like it’s not. Perhaps it’s Megan’s BFF, a favorite model, or even a muse. Either way I was drawn to the blank expression in all the shots.
Come Clean is… a tulip scented soap by Wieki Somers. “A juxtaposition of forms which represent the old and new Holland…the traditional image disappears (soap) and the reality appears (porcelain).” Via wiekisomers.com I’m assuming these wouldn’t work as well as wooden clogs and wheels of cheese.
Yi-Hsin Tzeng uses various mediums to construct and communicate her sense of black humor and outside viewpoint. Her recent series on defacing and appropriating public images (magazines, political figures, fashion, etc.) is an attempt at regaining some control over the surreal absurdity that comes with the fake, posed, and plastic nature of public images.
This past week we’ve been getting bombarded with orders as the holiday season kicks it into full gear. Yesterday I managed to ship orders all over the globe with books and shirts going to Portland, New Mexico, Nebraska, NYC, Philly, Alberta Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, and France and our very own Los Angeles. Needless to say, but The Cult Of Decay is growing by the thousands! Also, those of you who placed your orders this week will be in for a treat when you see our brand new Cult Of Decay Seal on your shipments. Once you receive your package, hold it up face-level and make direct eye contact with our sacred seal. After a couple of seconds, the initiation will be over and you will then be a full fledged, official cult member. This ain’t no mickey mouse club folks! All cult member are sworn in for life to defend and honor our secrets forever. You must do anything and everything to promote creativity, spread our message, and crush all boring art that lies in your path.
Wondering how you leave the Cult of Decay? Well lets just say it involves a toads foot, a scolding pot of the B/D secret potion, and a strand of Basquiat’s dreadlocks.
Flicking through Colin Crane‘s photography is like playing a game of hide and seek. It’s joyful, light-hearted, flirty, a bit adventurous, and will make you smile. Crane has the knack for capturing the happiness in his subjects and images. It may sound so simple, but the effect is not to be underestimated. His photographs are like a celebration of many different aspects of life, but mostly about curiosity, enjoyment, wonder and inhibition (or lack of).
Crane’s series Dreaming In Color is a collection of intimate, dreamy moments caught on camera. Coquettish girls lie basking in a meadow, zoned out in a blissful state. A grown adult is engrossed in a pair of binoculars as if they were discovering them for the very first time. We see a figure mysteriously emerging from colored lights placed in a forest – and can only dream about what they are up to – where they have come from and why. Adventurous faces are captured, ready to create another memorable experience that they will no doubt tell around the next campfire. Friends are profiled in surreal light, flares, and orbs, sharing something magical with each other.
Crane has a naivety to his work – but most certainly not in a negative way. It’s almost as if he is experiencing the world for the first time, with virgin eyes, and we get to share in his astonishment. His work has titles like Life Is Elsewhere, A Dream That Could Come True, and Nicaraguan Afternoon – and it certainly feels like we have entered a fictional, surreal reality when we enter the world of this young talented photographer.