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B/D Contest: Plywerk Your Work
Beautiful/Decay is calling all artist and designers! We are teaming up with Plywerk to offer one talented person the opportunity to get their own artwork printed and mounted on a 12″ X 12″ environmentally friendly bamboo Plywerk panel worth $63.

Submit your artwork to our B/D Flickr Pic Pool (become a member first) and after all the artwork as been submitted, we will choose the most interesting piece as the winner. Artwork may be submitted in any medium, so long as it is scanned or in some digital format.

Deadline: August 25th, 2009 @ 6:00pm PST

Guidelines:

  • Join the B/D Flickr group if you haven’t already and submit to our Flickr group pool
  • Title your work with “Plywerk Contest Art” after uploading it so we will know to count it for the contest
  • Any genre of artwork is acceptable but it must be in some digital format (scanned or photographed)

Good luck to all! We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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Alexander Harding Creates Ethereal Spaces Using Sunlight As His Subject

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One of the most integral aspects of photography is the utilization of light. For his series, “Visible Light,” photographer Alexander Harding uses this vital resource as his subject. Harding manipulates natural sunlight, refracting it to create ethereal spaces filled with the soft luminescence of the sun’s rays.  Harding says,

Whether it is acknowledged or not, we all have a strong relationship with the sun. Its light enables our visual perception and at times, shapes our emotions. Although the sun affects how we feel, its light remains mysterious and ephemeral. We can feel it on our skin and in our eyes, but it seems intangible to us. We cannot hold or preserve it.

 

Through my work I explore the sun’s physical presence and quantitative character, attempting to give sunlight an environment to travel within and record its behaviors. I primarily use photography to make my work as its apparatus promotes a very critical and literal type of visual perception and it is processes are controlled by light itself.

Harding’s work asks viewers to consider the centrality and importance of sunlight, and to think of this primary energy source as an art object in and of itself. (via lens scratch)

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Pseudo Nippon in Cosmic Evan

 

Video and performance artist Kevin Gaffney directed this trippy music video for a Japanese popstar figure Pseudo Nippon that is almost all equal parts Snoop Dog’s “Sexual Seduction”, Gunther’s “Ding Dong Song” and “Vermillion Pleasure Night” (sort of a Japanese version of MadTV or Saturday Night Live… but more fantastical). Feel free to Google any of these listed, you won’t be disappointed.

 

I think I heard Pseudo Nippon sing this chorus in his song: “If you want war, I’ll eat your family. If you want peace I’ll still eat your family”….ummm…epic!!

 

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Frederic Fluery’s Playful & Grotesque Drawings

Frederic Fluery lives and works in Dunkirk, France. His work remains playfull while dealing with zombies, human insides, and destruction. Fluery renders simplified characters in awkward situations.Like Daniel Clowes, his style slightly changes as his narratives shift. Frederic doesn’t hold on to a cast of characters for too long before switching gears which makes for an invigorating variety of characters and story lines.

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iPhone Puppet Drawings

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Kara Jansson Kacev aka “Cloudbuiler” created these creepy iPhone drawings on the app  Sculptmaster 3D. Blinking and grinning in the depths of the Uncanny Valley. The future looks weird.

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Shu Yong’s Creates The Worlds Weirdest Waterfall Out Of Toilets, Sinks And Urinals

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Chinese artist Shu Yong created an atypical waterfall using upwards of 10,000 recycled toilets, sinks and urinals.  The project took two months for Shu Young and his team to complete and covers a wall 100 meters long and 5 meters high.  Originally designed for the Foshan Pottery and Porcelain Festival, a porcelain product tradeshow, the piece is now installed as a permanent piece of public art.  Each toilet was connected to a tap so that they could be flushed—the point being to give a viewer an idea of just how much water is used in a city as large as Foshan.

Shu Yong typically works in many mediums, ranging from painting, photography, sculpture and performance, always interested in “bubbles.”  For Shu, bubbles are not just a symbol, they’re also a concept.  Shu says, “I use various methods to deduce bubble, making it a totem in both conception and form.”  Alongside the Toilet Waterfall Shu installed one of his “Bubble Women,” a sculpture of ballooning women’s breasts.  A seemingly unusual pairing, Shu uses the Bubble Women as a reflection of the motivations and interests of modern day society.  Juxtaposing the two works makes for a bizarre, yet strangely effective, commentary on contemporary culture.  Shu believes in using such provocative work to address cultural mythology, politics and contemporary anxiety in China, or as he calls it, “his laboratory.”  (via amusingplanet)

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The Year In Pictures 2

The second collection of images from 2011 once again brought us nature at its full force with floods, drought, wild fires, tornadoes and spectacular images of volcanic eruptions. The death of Osama bin Laden, the attack on an island in Norway by a lone gunman, continued fighting in Libya, and protests around the globe were a few of the news events dominating the headlines. —Lloyd Young (Via Boston Globe)

A leopard attacks a forest guard July 19 at Prakash Nagar village near Salugara, on the outskirts of Siliguri, India. The leopard strayed into the village area and mauled several villagers, including three guards, before being caught by forest officials. The leopard, which suffered injuries caused by knives and batons, died later in the evening at a veterinary center. The forest guard being attacked was injured. (Associated Press)

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B/D Button Pack

The talents of James Callahan, Tommy Ruets, and James Quigley are now available on 3 wildly colorful 1″ buttons. These mini treats, complete with custom full-color packaging, are ready to adorn your clothing and other accessories–take B/D wherever you go! Visit our apparel shop to order your own button pack today at the button-size price of $2.95.

For these new additions to our shop, we worked with Six Cent Press (located in Vancouver, Canada), and were extremely happy with the results!  We highly recommend their work, as they quickly prepare and ship buttons to clients worldwide. These buttons are great as promotional tools for bands, portfolio take-aways for artists, et cetera!

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