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Best Of 2011: Jennifer Maestre’s Prickly Pencil Creatures

We’ve all used hundreds of pencils in our lives since we were kids. Jennifer Maestre uses pencils too, but not the way most of us do, or even the ways most artists do. These imaginative creatures use pencils to showcase the contrast between lifelike forms and industrially produced materials. They were inspired by the texture of the sea urchin, which she has been exploring in many materials for several years.

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B/D + Mr.Chiizu Giveaway- And the winner is….

 

Beautiful/Decay  and Mr. Chiizu would like to thank all of you who entered our giveway. We wish we could give away products to all of you but in the end only one lucky person made the cut! A big round of congratulations to our winner  Irit Caspi who won our Skwak prize pack complete with a B/D Skwak shirt, artist print, and a copy of our Archive book!

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Irkus M. Zeberio

I don’t know much about Irkus M. Zeberio, but his work caught my eye as I was tumbling through this. Directly pasted, his bio states, “Irkus M. Zeberio born in Donostia-San Sebastian, down by the Pyrenees near the Atlatinc Ocean at the land of the Basques . I came to Barcelona nine years ago. As the years went by I became an illustrator by a mutation process of my cells.” Besides being intrigued by his inclination to use the landscape format over the portrait format, I’ve always been fond of the stringy word balloon, which he uses very effectively, wrapping his drawings tightly in words. Additionally, simple color palettes on top of scratchy lines can never be wrong. Basque in it…

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BEST OF 2011: Christina Mrozik’s Animal Instincts

Michigan based artist Christina Mrozik’s sculptures and drawings focus on  stories of migration, self awareness, shelter, and mating.

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BEST OF 2011: Colin Chillag’s Deconstructed Portraits

I love these ultra detailed, goopy portraits by Colin Chillag!

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Best of 2011: Brent Birnbaum Is Ice Ice Maybe

Brent Birnbaum is an artist with one hell of a sense of humor. To commemorate the 2o year anniversary of Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby single (the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts) Brent created the alter ego Ice Ice Maybe. Find a recap of the performance and his recreation after the jump.

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The Sound Of Decay: Alpine- Hands

I’m loving this completely bizarre music video by Luci Schroder for Melbourne based electronic group Alpine where young girls make out with axes, themselves, the tv, watermelons, fish in swimming pools, and eat ice cream floats in jacuzzis. Watch the full vid after the jump.

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Best of 2011: Jo Hamilton’s Crochet Heads

It’s not everyday that we post an artist who works with yarn but Jo Hamilton’s crochet portraits are really interesting. I’m really happy that Jo decided to not over finish these and left them without a background and with the yarn hanging down. Sort of looks like paint drips and adds another dimension to the work that you don’t see often in crochet.

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