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Sharon Moody’s Photorealist Comic Book Paintings

Sharon Moody’s gorgeously painted trompe l’oeil paintings of comic books freeze the page turning excitement of comic books and build suspense for what super heroic feats will take place with the advancement of each page.

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Joris Kuipers’ Visceral Installations Inspired By MRI Scans

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Joris Kuipers - Installation

Joris Kuipers‘ installations are meant to be experienced viscerally. Inspired by bodily cross-sections from MRI scans, CT scans, and even botany, Kuipers’ artwork is alien yet immediately familiar. We are intimately familiar with the vascular bends and twists of his pieces, as well as the palette of reds and purples and blues.

Blown up to the size of huge wall reliefs, these biological artforms are also a little unsettling, particularly because they’ve been deconstructed, unmade, and re-formed into startling configurations. Organic deconstruction, after all, is just a hop skip away from decomposition. Of these twin concepts, Kuipers says: “Loveliness and morbidity; both Eros and Thanatos flow through my red lines.”

In some collections, Kuipers steps away from the blatantly macabre. “Letting Go” contains a brightly colored installation that looks like dreamy clouds or floating alien flowers. Other pieces in the collection involve splashes of color amidst a staid black background and plays with light, flashing and blinking at the touch of a switch. This too recalls the cathode ray tubes and autopsy scans of Kuipers’ other work, but from a subtler angle.

Subtler or not, Kuipers work is, as always, intended to be evocative. “I hope that my work will initially be experienced ‘from the abdomen’,” Kuipers says in an artist’s statement, “to gradually make itself felt in the mind of the visitor.”

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Marc Da Cunha Lopes’ Vertebrata

When the world ends will our bones rise from our graves to take over the world? French photographer Marc Da Cunha Lopes seems to think so.

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Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Photo by Zia Anger.

Photo by Zia Anger.

Singer Angel Olsen is back with a new album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness released earlier this month on Jagjaguwar. I featured Angel here on Beautiful Decay early last year with her incredibly haunting sophomore record, Half Way Home. She has one of those unique voices that clearly stands on its own and with this new record she brings some of it with an edgier, harder sound.

The record starts simply enough with the opening track, “Unfucktheworld” where she sings about a broken heart and then lets loose with the next track, “Forgiven/Forgotten“. It’s truly a beautiful record from start to finish and quite different than both her debut, Strange Cacti and Half Way Home, but her voice is still the star of the show.

Angel is about to embark on a massive three month tour of the US and Europe so you have plenty of chances to see her live. You can catch her this coming Sunday, March 2nd at the Echoplex in Los Angeles, March 3rd at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall, and Friday March 7th at Barboza in Seattle. She’ll also be playing at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin as well as at Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. Check out all of her tour dates here and check out her new video for, “Hi-Five” directed by her frequent collaborator, Zia Anger.

 

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The Battered Body And Vibrant Soul Of Jason Bard Yarmosky’s Grandparents

Jason Bard Yarmosky’s Elder Kinder pays homage to the idea that age is not a deterrent to living fully, but rather a springboard for exploration. His  paintings examine the relationship between the limitations of social norms and the freedom to explore, particularly the juxtaposition between the young and old. The carefree nature that is associated with youth often gives way to borders and boundaries placed on adult behavior. As we transition from adult to elderly, these raw freedoms often reemerge. As a child you learn to walk; later in life we learn to unwalk, literally and metaphorically. However, the dreams of the young, often sublimated by the years, never really disappear.

“I choose to explore this theme with two people very close to me, my eighty-four year old grandparents. The process of aging has always intrigued me. The lack of permanence in life and the inevitability of aging has always been on my mind growing up. I am also interested in how people, in both mind and body, respond to the passage of time. As Madeleine L’Engle 
said, “The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

The resulting paintings capture the intersection of the battered body and the vibrant soul. The images in this series can be seen as either humiliating or empowering. The pessimist sees the images through the lens of shame and vulnerability, weighed down by social convention. The optimist sees a sense of liberation, where an adolescent’s playfulness and the freedom to dream complement the wisdom of old age.”

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Put on your Photobooth face forward

Mark Pernice

Artist Mark Pernice has turned our ultimate Photobooth fantasy into reality. Using Apple’s Photo Booth application as inspiration, the idea was to take the 2D image that it manipulated and create a tangible face in a real environment, then in turn bring it back into a 2D image. Using Photo Booth on the mask itself may create some sort of paradoxical shift where the artist ceases to exist.

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Bubi Canal’s Magical Wishes

 

Bubi Canal is a Spanish visual artist living in New York City. Bubi teleports us to impossible worlds full of emotions and mysterious and intriguing characters. His work combines different types of media and artistic methods including photography, video and sculpture and deals with the recurring themes of human wishes, dreams, magic and love.

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