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Culinary (Visual) Art From Hong Yi

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Artist and architect Hong Yi emphasizes ‘art’ in culinary art.  Her simple white dishes are plated with food.  However, this is more than a simple meal.  Only using these white dishes and food ingredients, Hong Yi recreates famous works of art, light hearted scenes, and pop culture icons.  The project began as 31 days of creativity in March – an exercise she began to encourage more creativity every day.  Each day Hong Yi would create a new piece and post it on instagram.    [via]

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Chris Gray

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Readers of this blog may already be familiar with Chris Gray whether they’re aware of it or not. This is because he’s designed a couple shirts for Beautiful/Decay Apparel: Sex and Casual Apple. Based in the UK, Mr. Gray has been going off with some seriously good design and illustration work since graduating in 2007. His work is simple and crisp, evoking a certain playfulness through bold fills.

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The Rape of Europa

Another great documentary to add to your Netflix queue. This time we go to Nazi Germany to see how Adolf Hitlers obsession with art drove him to attack and pillage some of the best museums and galleries of the world.

 

 

 

The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and World War II.

 

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Canada’s Patrick Watson Returns To Los Angeles For Church Sessions

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I’ll admit I have a soft spot for Montreal, Quebec since many of my favorite bands call this place home… Arcade Fire, The Dears, Plants and Animals and of course who doesn’t miss Wolf Parade and the Stills, I sure do. Luckily, Patrick Watson is still making beautiful music and has made many fans over the years wether it’s performing with the Cinematic Orchestra or now with his own band also called Patrick Watson.

Their fourth album, Adventures in Your Own Backyard was released earlier this year on Domino Records and now they are back to play the First Unitarian Church in Los Angeles this Wednesday, November 21st. I recently saw Lost in the Trees there and let me tell you it’s a wonderful place to see live music. Tickets are still available via Ticketfly and apparently if you bring some canned goods or non perishables to the show you’ll get a nifty Patrick Watson poster. Check out the video for Into Giants and I’ll see you at the show!

 

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Scott Jarvie

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Scott Jarvie is an artist and designer whose works are unique in material and in concept. Jarvie runs a multi-disciplinary design consultancy, and most of the projects presented on his website involve furniture design with special attention paid to materials. The piece above, entitled ‘Clutch’, is a chair made from 10,000 drinking straws, a research piece commenting on our disposable culture. Jarvie’s work is fantastic, make sure you check him out.

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It’s The Freakin Weekend….

 

It’s the weekend. Rip off your pants and enjoy. Courtesy of Problem Solverz

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Help Us Get Into A Bookstore Near You!

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Alright B/D fans! Many of you have been asking us to get more shops in our stockist list so we thought it would be appropriate to have you suggest some good shops in your area that would be a good fit for B/D. Please suggest shops that carry art or design books or boutiques that carry other similar publications. It would be helpful if you could give us the shop name, website(if they have one), and location/phone number. If you want to go one step further run into your favorite bookstore/shop and demand that they carry Beautiful/Decay! You can have them email contactbd@beautifuldecay.com to get wholesale info. With your help we’ll get the books in a quality shop near you!

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A Sculpture That Breathes- John Grade’s Weather-Reactive ‘Capacitor’

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John Grade’s Capacitor is a site-specific installation which reacts to the climate of the site it inhabits. Located within the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, this enormous coil is roughly 40′ x 20′ x 20′ and slowly reacts to the changing wind directions and temperatures of the outside environment. Physically behaving according to statistics collected outside the institution, a mechanized controller within the installation powers the enormous coil’s shape. According to Grade, “the whole of the sculpture will appear to be very slowly breathing”. Capacitor also changes the brightness of the lights within the construct, giving an entire reaction to outside elements. (contemporist and artist’s site)

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