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Robert Mapplethorpe’s Early Polaroids, 1970-1975

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Robert Mapplethorpe, the timelesss American photographer most active in the 1980’s, was mainly known for his highly stylized black and white flower series. However, his most iconic and prolific works, various series of photographs dealing with homoeroticism and sadomasochistic BSDM acts between men of diverse cultural backgrounds, fuelled national debate in the NSA over the public funding of controversial artworks.

Some of these photographs, made visible by The Mapplethorpe Foundation, were part of his first solo gallery exhibition, ‘Polaroids’, at the Light Gallery in 1973.

Mapplethorpe quickly found satisfaction taking Polaroid photographs in their own right and indeed few Polaroids actually appear in his mixed-media works. Two years after his Polaroids exhibition, he acquired a Hasselblad medium-format camera and began shooting his circle of friends and acquaintances—artists, musicians, socialites, pornographic film stars, and members of the S & M underground. He also worked on commercial projects, creating album cover art for Patti Smith and Television and a series of portraits and party pictures for Interview Magazine.

Polaroids © The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation (Via Vice and The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation)

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A’ Design Awards & Competition – Last Call For Entries

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Fashion: Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection

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Fashion: Improbable Journey Womenswear Collection

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Architecture: Green Hills Kindergarten

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Interior Design: Le Campus

International design competition A’ Design Awards provides creatives a unique opportunity to their artwork on a global stage. Not only do designers get recognition by their peers but  it also works as a powerful marketing campaign for the winners brand. Some categories that creatives can apply to compete in include  Good Industrial Design AwardGood Architecture Design Award,  Good Product Design Award, Good Communication Design Award, Good Service Design Award,  and Good Fashion Design Award. Entries will be judged by an international jury panel of academics, design professionals and press members who will look for groundbreaking design, innovation and out of the box thinking.  The deadline to register and submit your work is February 28th so make sure to apply today. You can do so here. Winning designs will be announced on the A’ Design Awards website and on Beautiful/Decay on April 15th. More winning designs after the jump.

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Mark Titchner

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Mark Titchner’s esoteric aura portraits, heavy tubular bells and subliminal messages. Magical works that subversively explore belief systems the imagery that surrounds them and the other side.

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Carly Waito is Crystal Clear

Carly Waito’s paintings are so crystal clear you have to look twice to make sure they’re not photos. They’re all oil paintings on panel and I’ve gotta say, this is one girl who has surely mastered her craft. She’s picked such interesting gems as subjects, and represents them flawlessly. I’m just as enamored with every new one I see as I was with the one before. She exhibits with Narwhal Art Projects in Toronto, Canada, if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, I’m sure they’re breathtaking in person. 

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Bushwick Schlacht

Picture 002If painting is your thing, there’s a very good pop-up group show up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  It’s only up for two days.  Hung from floor-to-ceiling, the paintings disperse across the space in the configuration of an explosion.  A bunch of artists who’ve been featured on B/D are in it: Tom Sanford, Jeremy Willis, Eddie Martinez, Aaron Johnson, and Eric Yahnker.  There’s a huge list of people in the show.

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Dynamic works Of Kinetic Art

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Kinetic art features movement that is dependent on motion for its effect.  It comes in multiple mediums including mobiles, machines and virtual movement or canvases that extend the viewer’s perspective.  Wind, a motor or the viewer generally drive moving parts or dynamic perception.

Kinetic Art has origins dating back to the late 1800s where Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Edouard Manet were the first to experiment with emphasizing the movement of the human figure on canvas.  In the early to mid 1900s artists began to create mobiles and other new forms of variable sculpture.  Individuals such as Max Bill, Alexander Rodchenko and Alexander Calder solidified and defined the style.

Today artists all over the world create kinetic art and sculpture.  Latin American artists Jesus Rafael Soto and Luis Tomasello both explore illusion, space and perception.  French artist Laurent Debraux experiments with magnets, metallic objects and other elements to create works dealing with surreal imagery.  South Korean artist U-Ram Choe likes to make kinetic works that mimic forms and motions found in nature.  Bob Potts creates sculptures that gracefully recreate the movement of flight or boats.  Anthony Howe employs wind to bring life to his massive sculptures.

Whether independently mobile, or reliant on a viewer’s perception to create an optical illusion, each of these artists and their works are inspired by a unique fascination with perception, movement and dynamism.

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Alicia Paz’s Mixed Media Color Explosions

Mexican artist Alicia Paz’s paintings are a cornucopia of fun. Each mixed media piece is literally exploding with glitter, fluorescent ribbons, sparkling jewels, and rainbow colored clouds with bright hight lights. Not one to shy away from attention, Paz’s in your face paintings draw you in and demand that you join in the party at least for a little while.

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David Oliveira’s Three Dimensional Wire Drawings

Portuguese artist David Oliveira’s work is technically a sculpture but I’d argue that It’s just as much a drawing. Using thin wires to carefully trace figures, Oliveira bends the wire at every bend, wrinkle and fold to create sculptures that have the looseness and spontenaioty of a fine figurative sketch. (via)

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