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Chris Agnew’s Etchings Of Belief Systems

British artist Chris Agnew Predominantly works with drawing and a self-developed technique of etching into panels with oil painted details. Agnew’s practice is focused upon the cultivation of belief systems through legends, mythologies and actual events. The works take the form of intricate and highly-detailed examinations of specific locations where the origin or destiny of particular events are/will be played out.

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Jeff Sonhouse

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Jeff Sonhouse creates the most tripped out jester-saint psychedelic pimps who are all standing on the verge of getting it on. Fly tinted shades, canary top hats, tight pin stripes, righteous afros, bow ties, fox pelt stoles…you get the idea!

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Fabian Oefner’s Spirals of Flying Paint

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Artist Fabian Oefner has a strange way of painting.  For this series a rod is covered in various colors of acrylic paint.  The rods is connected to an electric drill which in turn is connected to a sensor that activates a camera flash lasting only 1/40,000 of a second.  The moment the paint begins to be flung in all directions off the rod (according to Oefner, one millisecond, to be exact, after the rod begins spinning) is caught by the carefully timed flash.  An instantaneous hurricane of color is frozen in midair capturing a structure that only exists for a fraction of a second.  [via]

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Celebration! Shirts on Sale + B/D give you…FREE SHIRTS!

shirtsonsaleTo celebrate the launch of our brand new shiny Beautiful/Decay apparel website, we teamed up with one of our favorite shirt websites, Shirts on Sale! Eden herself has done a lovely job writing up the event at SoS here, but let me recap for ya.

 

Upload a photo of you wearing a B/D shirt to our brand new B/D community flickr pool, and if we like the photo, we upload it to our Community section and send you another B/D shirt, free of charge- just our way of saying thanks for being involved with beautifuldecayapparel.com and being a loyal fan! Deadline: February 20th. (If you miss the deadline, feel free to continue using our Flickr pool and we’ll still give you your five seconds of fame in our community gallery.)

 

Shirts on Sale also devised a way to hook their loyal readers up with shirts for free- just submit your best artork representing your love for SoS, and they’ll foot the bill for a free t-shirt as well!

 

Hope to see all of your shiny faces in our community section in the future.

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Designer Fashion Transformed Into Grotesque Consumerism Critique

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The artwork Andrea Hasler if nothing else is a critique of consumerism. Her Burdens of Excess series resemble the strange blend of designer fashion and a slaughterhouse.  Fleshy blobs bulge between straps and buttons nearly turning the high fashion accessories into bizarre creatures.  Zippers and stitching even begin to seem like biological features. Still, our “natural” biological sides as human is a jarring contrast to ideas as contrived as fashion, luxury, even money.

The press release from her recent show at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles states:

“Hasler’s work focuses on constructions of identity and collective desires, and is characterized by a tension between attraction and repulsion. The works in the Desire series, in particular, focus on the obsession of projections of affluence and glamor. Reworking designer bags, shoes, and accessories into organ-resemblant sculptures, Hasler’s works engage with the psychological aspects of consumerism, blurring the lines between what you are and what you must have.

Through the transformation of GUSFORD’s Melrose Avenue gallery space into an indulgent, glamorous shop, Hasler’s installation embodies the epitome of luxurious excess, and looks to a dystopic future, where branded organs may one day be the ultimate fashion accessory.”

Watch a video of her installation at Gusford Gallery as well as a short interview with the artist after the jump.

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Caboodle Kitty Ranch

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Attention feline shoppers…tuna is on sale at the Wal-Mart? What is this? Caboodle Ranch is a sprawling 30 acre village that over 600 cats call home, replete with mini City Halls, shopping centers, housing and more. Please, please, someone make a pug village.

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Spaghettis Burger Dress

Andres Salaff serves up a steaming sub sandwich of revolution in his latest animation, Spaghettis Burger Dress.  Word around the campfire is that he plans to make a whole series of these animated paintings.  Salaff’s films have played in festivals around the world and now they’re available online.  Check out Andres’s videos on his YouTube channel.

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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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