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Installation As Poetic Monument

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Christopher Lavery’s sculptures and installations work as poetic monuments– stretching beyond one particular brand or medium, and focusing, instead, on the art of humanity in relation to our natural state of dreaming.

For instance, Cloudscape (top image above), a collection of representational clouds, stands as tall as 42 feet and hovers alongside Pena Blvd. in Denver, Colorado. Each piece, made of steel, solar panels, polygal, and LED lighting, allows us to reconsider our own relationship with the sky– how a cloud is a talisman or connector: nature’s billboard, ephemerally reminding us to look up and inward.

Big Gold Word Bubble (plan and model, 2nd and 3rd image above), his latest endeavor, after completion, will stand 14’ tall and examine this idea of how, parallel to the clouds, language is both concrete and abstract: a beautifully harmonized collective word bubble and diversely individualized journey of interpretation. To help support its construction and transit to Art in the Park at Elm Park in Worcester, MA, click here. To view more Cloudscape installation shots, scroll down after the jump.

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Beautiful/Decay Presents…5 Reasons to Subscribe

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The last reason in our hand-painted, illustrated subscribe series by C.W. Moss is….because you will find a magical map that shows you where the Fountain of Youth is. You can take this at face value, or interpret this as a metaphor for the sheer potential for discovery, exploration, and the limitlessly unbounded power of contempotary art! Subscribe to Beautiful/Decay today!

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Taizo Yamamoto’s Drawings Of Homeless Shopping Carts

Taizo Yamamoto‘s shopping carts are familiar images we’ve all seen before. Crammed into  alleyways or left abandoned in the streets, these shopping carts are part of the scenery of a city. Yamamoto uses graphite and colored pencils to illustrate the carts in great detail, highlighting their contents and the strange collections contained within. By choosing to exclude the people who use these carts, Yamamato is bringing all the focus to the carts themselves. There’s a sense of an anthropological study here, like these carts and the collections they contain are specimen meant to be studied.

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Peter Zander

New York based lifestyle photographer Peter Zander takes intimate and emotional photographs. We’re especially enjoying his Senior series.

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Bradley Harms’ Man Vs. Machine

Bradley Harms’ paintings are heavily influenced by digital art, geometric art, and technology but  painstakingly created  by hand one brush stroke at a time.

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Made With Color Presents: Frank Ryan’s Paintings Investigate The Everyday With A Psychological Twist

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Frank Ryan Painting

Frank Ryan Painting

It’s Tuesday and time once again for our exclusive artist feature in partnership with premiere website building platform Made With Color. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most compelling artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and elegant websites. MWC is helping artists everywhere build beautiful looking websites without any coding, helping every artist get the maximum exposure for their work. This week we are happy to share the film noir influenced paintings of Frank Ryan.

Most of us walk past billboards, drive through city tunnels on our way to work, and don’t think twice about our messy bed that we just can’t seem to make in the morning. However  Los Angeles based painter Frank Ryan see’s these mundane scenes as incredible moments to freeze in time through the magic of painting.

Focusing on the everyday, Ryan wields his brush and elevates the mundane to new heights in his psychologically charged and sometimes somber images. Using a direct style of painting Ryan’s process is economical, maximizing the effect of each brush stroke to create dreamlike states for us to get lost in and contemplate.

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Johan Andersson’s Hyperreal Paintings Subvert Mainstream Representations Of Beauty

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Swedish artist Johan Andersson creates hyperrealistic oil paintings that depict subjects who are socially vulnerable, be it politically, economically, or physically. These subjects are often largely dismissed or ignored, rendered almost invisible by mainstream society and culture. Andersson’s portraits capture the beauty and strength borne from this vulnerability, asking the viewer to question representations and relationships of identity across a spectrum of marginalization. Andersson currently lives in Los Angeles.

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Lisa Hanawalt

Lisa Hanawalt just may be my new favorite artist.  She is a cartoonist and illustrator living in Brooklyn, New York.  I love how she takes the mundane and puts a grotesque spin on it.

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