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RANDALL ROSENTHAL’s Solid Wood

Nope this isn’t all the subscription money i’ve been stuffing in my mattress for the last ten years. Rather it’s a trompe l’oeil sculpture by Randall Rosenthal. Each sculpture is hand carved from a single block of wood and then painstakingly painted for months. See more of Randall’s amazingly realistic wood sculptures after the jump.

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Dan Olsen

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Ohio-born and based artist Dan Olsen works with multiple mediums ranging from ballpoint-pen drawings to mixed media installations to stop motion animation. I particularly like the drawings, which recycle images from pop culture into freaky teenage collages. Note: the above image, entitled Weed Dogs, was a collaboration with fellow illustrator Grant LaValley.

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Chester Gould

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In late 1978, an exhibition of cartoonist Chester Gould‘s (d. 1985) art for his strip, Dick Tracy, was held at the Museum of Cartoon Art (now defunct) in Port Chester, NY. In the catalog published to coincide with the show, there is a massive appendix of 200 characters Gould created for the strip over the years. Now I’ve never read Dick Tracy as it was a bit before my time, but I had absolutely no idea it was so weird. The characters have bizarre appearances and names like Flattop, Nothing, and Vitamin Flintheart. Matt Masterson, the man who put the appendix together, says:

When I asked Chet Gould where he got the names for some of his characters, he told me he used to ride the train from his home in Woodstock, Illinois to his studio in Chicago and sketch various people he observed on the train. He would exaggerate upon certain features or characteristics. The name would follow, with he one exception being Flattop, whose name came from the popular aircraft carrier of World War II.

Some of my favorites are after the jump, but if you want to see the whole collection, click here.

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The Wayfarer’s Chapel

I will start this off by saying, I know it’s a bit cliche for a 25 year old woman to begin posting about wedding chapels on art blogs.  Regardless, I do have other things on the brain, like art!

Honestly, I feel like I never really appreciated the mighty, widely conferred “greatness” bestowed upon the behemoth architect Frank Lloyd Wright until seeing this 1948 Wayfarer’s Chapel. I know that’s like a musician “suddenly” getting the Beatles, but this is magestic and awe-inspiring! The setting itself looks like a wizard’s mighty abode; constructed entirely out of glass, towering redwoods act as the pilasters of the church itself. It’s like a living, breathing ancient relic from The Hobbit- can’t you just see the Elvin-Mortal weddings taking place here? Not to mention, it’s dedicated to Swedenborg,the mystic who wrote the canonical (later very influential on occultists, who blended the text with alchemy and divination) text “Heaven and Hell,” detailing all manner of demons and spirits that he purported to have witnessed himself. It’s quite a crystal ball, I feel the energy could channel some very supernatural thoughts indeed.

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Erik Parker Paints Subversive, Psychedelic Visions In B/D’s Magazine About The “Public Enemy”

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Erik Parker is a German-born, New York-based artist who paints mashed-up characters in psychedelic landscapes; from graffiti, to comic books, to hip-hop, his work represents a synthesis of subculture that has taken on a rebellious life of its own. His work is part of Beautiful/Decay’s Issue O: “…Is the Public Enemy,” a magazine dedicated to artists who critique—through different mediums—mainstream structures. Other featured artists include Anthony Hernandez, a photographer who documented over 40 years of marginalized people and disregarded places in Los Angeles, as well as Imaad Wasif, a singer-songwriter whose passionate, eclectic style traverses the realms of folk and psychedelic/postmodern rock.

Parker’s approach to the “public enemy”—normative society—is to animate cultural expressions of dissonance into grotesquely expressive beings. Order is twisted into madness; human bodies are melted into sensation-filled lava pools of eyeballs, mouths, and viscera; and playful, biomorphic shapes swell into the suggestively sexual. In true graffiti style, many of Parker’s works include words resonating with rebellion and discontent, such as “rize,” “torn,” and “sink/swim.” With their amorphous and infinitely unpredictable shapes, Parker’s paintings signify a fluid form of resistance that undermines structures of constraint.

To learn more about Parker, check out B/D’s Issue O, which includes a feature-length interview with the artist. Limited copies can be purchased in our shop.

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I Am Not An Artist

Designers Matthew Cooper and Johnny Kelly have started a new project titled I Am Not An Artist: “an animated gif paranoia about nonstop design workers.” I’m sure we’ve all felt like we’re being punched in the face (pixelated, sorry! Check their site for actual size) or being driven to insanity by tunneling computer screens. The layout of the site reminds me a bit of Sweet Gifs. Via Svarta

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New Beautiful/Decay holiday T-shirt release!

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Whoever said that the early bird gets the worm clearly did not know about the Beautiful/Decay online shop. So here we are, in the last fleeting days of 2010, announcing our newly released apparel for all you holiday procrastinators out there! What better way to bring in the new year than by joining the infamous cult of decay. We all know that fashion is a game of staying ahead, so why not update that decrepit looking closet of yours with a little bit of excitement.

And just to further reward all you late birds out there, we are now, through January 5th, 2011,offering free standard ground shipping on all orders to the Beautiful/Decay shop! Just use the discount code SECRETSHIP during checkout to save yourself some cash and worms for the holidays.



Pictures and descriptions of all the new styles after the jump!

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EPOS 257’s Giant Paint Cannon takes out Billboards

Street artist EPOS 257 built himself a giant paint cannon and decided to liberate some billboards. This thing looks like it could cause a lot of damage and be a lot of fun. EPOS 257 says about this project “this is not an attack on a particular advert but billboard as a medium in general, which in this context represents a painter`s canvas in the urban landscape.” More paint cannon fun after the jump! (via)

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