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Dan Tague’s State Of Fear

I’m usually not a big fan of any type of art involving currency but these folded money pieces by Dan Tague get a pass for being playful and and working in abstraction into the mix in an interesting way.

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Guerrero Gallery

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With a fabulous inaugural exhibition under his belt, Andres Guerrero prepares to unleash another round of seriously fly to look at pieces tonight @ Guerrero Gallery! Just look at this handsome lineup he’s assembled; Adam Wallacavage, Albert Reyes, Alexis Mackenzie, Andy Diaz Hope, Brian Cooper, Chris Yormick, Cody Hoyt, Cody Hudson (above), Frohawk Two-Feathers, Greg Lamarche, Jacob Whibley, James Hopkins, James Marshall, Jay Howell, Jon Bocksel, KC Ortiz, Kelsey Brookes, Michael Rea, Michael Swaney, Mike Davis, Ryan Jaenke, Scott Anderson, Ted Pushinsky. Preview images below…..

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Artist Philip Haas Re-Imagines Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s Famous Food Face Portraits In Larger Than Life Sculptures

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Artist and filmmaker Philip Haas has taken 16th century paintings and brought them into modern day in the form of larger than life sculptures. Haas has created four busts of the paintings titled The Four Seasons by Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldo. The original paintings portray four busts cleverly formed from fruits, vegetables, and flora that represent each of the four seasons. The piece Autumn appropriately displays lush fruit making up the person’s plump cheeks, while Winter is revealed through bare twigs for hair and lumpy roots for the face. Haas’s sculptures are enormous and spectacular replicas of these paintings, down to every last plant that makes up the face of each character. The paintings as well as the sculptures portray and compare the never-ending cycle of life and unavoidable aging of humans in a beautiful and fascinating way.

What is absolutely amazing about the work being re-imagined and recreated as sculptures is that each of the works are fifteen feet high. Each intricate face completely engulfs the viewer in its interesting details, allowing you to examine every leaf, vegetable, and vine protruding from their facial features. Haas has given us a monumental series of works that shine a new light on the original masterpieces from the 1500’s. Haas’s sculptures have been shown all around the United States in a variety of unique venues including the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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Art Van Triest Creates Jigsaw Puzzles Out Of Illegal Weapons

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Dutch artist Art Van Triest plays a dangerous game. He encourages people to break the law, just by fitting a jigsaw puzzle piece together. After tracking down different weapons that are illegal to possess (Kalashnikov, Pistol, Machete), he uses a water cutter to splice them up into traditional jigsaw puzzle piece shapes.

For Triest it is important for the work to be made out of an actual weapon, and for the person solving the puzzle to be committing an illegal activity. He tells The Creator’s Project:

According to Dutch law, it is illegal to have any object that can be mistaken for a weapon, even when that weapon it is no longer useable… [to possess] a non-working gun-like object is already prosecutable. As an artist I think it is interesting to create work that embodies a kind of friction, an object that is at once a toy and a weapon. (Source)

Triest creates many different games and playful art pieces he wants the audience to interact with. He aims to change how people perceive everyday items they would normally avoid. In one piece (Dubbellloops / Shake Hands) he has welded two guns together and asks people to hold one trigger at the same time, as a method to ‘get to know each other’. In his installation Platoon, he places visitors looking directly down the barrel of a firing squad and has lasers following them around the space. Exploring the border between ‘object’ and ‘weapon’, Triest turns normally dangerous items into harmless, even playful ones.

Exploring turning other unsuitable objects into puzzles, Triest has a bright idea for his next project, that I’m sure will attract a lot of curious people wanting to solve it.

My next puzzle won’t be a weapon at all, I want to use a real human skull. (Source) (Via The Creator’s Project)

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Palatine- Trippy skulls

I don’t know why but after watching this video by Datdatdat I feel weird inside. There’s something about skulls getting wrapped in fabric that creeps me out.

Speaking of skulls check out our diamond skull shirt and our Skull pendant collaboration with Steven Shein. Somehow it’s all connected… creepy!

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Ariel Chiesa

Argentinian creative director Ariel Chiesa blends surreal imagery and geometrical patterns in her collage work.

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Having A Good Looking Website Makes A Difference For Artists

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We here at Beautiful/Decay see a lot of artist’s and designer’s websites and we know how important it is to have a great looking site. Making a good first impression is the difference between being featured on your favorite blog and getting your email chucked in the trash. That’s why we love Made With Color. Made With Color is an easy to use, affordable platform to build your website fast. You can try it free for 14 days, no credit card required, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can put your site together. You know you’ve been meaning to get around to building your site, and once you build it on Made With Color, you’ll wonder why you put it off for so long.

Try it today and get your mobile/tablet optimized site ready to share with your clients, fans, editors and collectors.

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aakash nihalani’s Taped Geometry

Aakash Nihalani’s outdoor geometric tape installations highlight the unexpected contours and elegant geometry of the city.

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