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Studio Visit: Eddie Martinez

Eddie Martinez is hands down one of the best artists working today.  I’m not even going to qualify it by saying he’s one of my favorite artists, he’s a lot of artists’ favorite artist.  For visual people, being in front of Martinez’s work is like sitting down to a dinner where the food is so delicious you forget to say anything to each other.  If you count visual as a sense, it’s sensual.  I was very happy to get to visit his studio and report back to Beautiful/Decay with the goods.  Eddie had a big stack of drawings which had not been photographed before.  As I flipped through that rich pile of drawings my brain melted and the hair on my arms stood up.  So take a moment, picture your spirit animal, relax and enjoy this.  I feel like Morpheus, and you’re Neo, in that scene from the Matrix where Neo has to choose between the red pill and the blue pill.  Once you’ve seen things through Eddie’s eyes you can’t go back.

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Brendan Flanagan’s Twisted Paint

Brendan Flanagan paints twisting, twisted landscapes and figures that are at once growing and decaying.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Transformer Owl

Nature makes the best art. Check out this transformer owl for proof.

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Let Go

David Wilson directed this amazing illustrated animation music video of The Japanese Popstars, Let Go. Along with David, Keaton Henson and Andres Guzman were the illustrators behind these amazing stream of wacky, grotesque, and hypnotizing consciousness.

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Peter Ravn Contorted Business

Danish painter Peter Ravn successfully utilizes depth and color in his paintings.  I am especially intrigued by his series of business men contorted in obscure  positions.

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Steve Newberry Artificial Nature

Heavily inspired by the relationship between nature vs. artificial, artist Steve Newberry attempts to explore the questions of our society’s relationship with nature, and what our true intentions are in our attempt to replicate nature.

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Chajana denHarder’s Chopped Up Bodies

Chajana denHarder, an artist based over at Washington D.C., has assembled a very hypnotic series of digitally manipulated photographs that deals with the investigation of divergence and assimilation.

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Joe Diebes

Joe Diebes is one of those guys who is so smart you can feel the smartness coming off them in waves, like heat on blacktop. I don’t pretend to understand what he’s thinking, but like Potter Stewart explained hard core porno by saying “I know it when I see it,” it’s easy to see something intense happening in Diebes’ sound and video collage.  He created a recording of a musician, the cellist Rubin Kodheli, and then sort of collaged it back together using a mathematical algorithm.  One interesting conceptual aspect of this video, Scherzo, is that it never repeats.  And I don’t mean that it doesn’t repeat in this little one minute snippet, I mean that if you played it for one hundred years and sat there – it wouldn’t repeat the same sequence twice.  I told you, this guy’s smart.  You can see Scherzo at Paul Rodgers 9w gallery until December 2nd, and at the Liverpool Biennial until November 28th.

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