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MATHEW WEIR

Matthew Weir’s paintings inject painted figurines into dark and surreal narratives to discuss issues of slavery, mental illness, death and racism.

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Sponsored Post: Republic Wireless Gives You Filet Mignon At Bacon Prices

Everyone is on a smart phone these days and most of use are probably paying a small fortune. Republic Wireless proposes we stop paying “filet mignon prices” for bacon. Republic Wireless offers unlimited Data, talk and text for $19- that’s about a quarter of what we here at the B/D offices pay a month for our smart phones. Depending on who you’re with your “unlimited data” can mean your data gets slowed down at the end of the month when you’ve used too much, which can be really annoying. Republic Wireless offers a straightforward solution to your cell phone needs- no contracts, no overages, no hidden agendas.

Republic Wireless pioneered a thing called Hybrid Calling technology. That means your phone works on both Wi-Fi networks AND cell—so it’s double the coverage of other networks.

But that’s not the only advantage. Calls, texts, and data over Wi-Fi cost very little. They have kicked off their service with the Motorola DEFY XT that works with their Wi-Fi Hybrid calling technology, so iPhone users will have to wait to save bundles of money. But we’re really excited to see Republic Wireless offer an alternative in the smart phone world that’s actually affordable for everyone!

 

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Jack Henry’s Discarded Waste Monuments

Jack Henry lives and works in New York. Using resin, cement, and found objects he creates cast pillars of discarded debris surrounded by swirls of color. In his own words: “I appropriate discarded objects seen by the roadside to create monuments to post-industrial America. The selection process is focused on man-made objects and structures such as: dilapidated houses, roadside memorials, tattered billboards, and other discarded materials. Each object is reinterpreted and presented as an artifact or a natural history museum model of something pulled from the contemporary landscape.The purpose is to evoke a sense of wonder from the banal byproducts of our failed but once successful modern society. Instead of merely pushing these man-made items into the peripheral of our everyday routine, I recreate the curiosities that happen when they depart from contact with people to move, decay, and harbor with other items to create monuments to cultural disaffection. “

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Sean Norvet Binges The Imagination With Humorously Gross Mash-Ups Of Food And Flesh

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Sean Norvet is an LA-based artist who paints grotesquely amusing mash-ups that represent the mania and excess of contemporary culture. Food and flesh are his two main ingredients; shattered jawbones, melting eyes, raw meat, and fast food collide in unholy, humanoid altars. Norvet punctuates his pieces with eroticized body parts, mixing desire and beauty ideals with mass consumption. Despite the gruesome subject matter, his work is surprisingly humorous—and there’s a lot to digest.

In an Artist Perspective video with the Stay Gallery, Norvet describes today’s technology-saturated world as an all-you-can eat buffet. From dawn until dusk, we are inundated with arbitrary connections and information—whether we consent to them or not. With intense talent and keen social observations, his paintings reveal this cultural chaos in shameless and visceral ways, provoking self-reflection through imagery that is fun, insightful, and revolting.

To view more of Norvet’s work, visit his website and Instagram.

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Studio Visit: Taylor McKimens

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Taylor McKimens is one of my favorite artists, ever since finding his comic book “The Drips,” his work has been on my radar.  So, using my new blogging gig here at Beautiful/Decay as a good reason to see his studio – I went over to Taylor’s studio at Deitch Projects in New York.  I had to ask the perfunctory question about what was happening with Deitch Projects, and he said things depended on several variables – and didn’t go into any details.  His work in progress completely blew me out of the water, and I walked around with my mouth open like a tween at a Jonas Brothers concert.

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alice anderson Monumental Installations Made Of Doll Hair

Alice Anderson’s giant installations created out thousands of feet of red colored doll hair are a thing of wonder. Selected for its relationship to her own bright red hair, Anderson selected the material to refer to her childhood where she invented rituals based around her hair to calm her anxieties when left home alone. Draped over buildings, walls, and every imaginable surface, Anderson’s work is just as much about reinterpreting an everyday material as it is about coming to terms with the ghosts of her youth. (via)

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Ela Zubrowska

Ela Zubrowska, a freelance graphic designer and photographer, brings us a powerful series of work inspired by the relationship between water and humans.

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Daydreams And Dark Wanderings: The Hazily Beautiful Photography Of Lunakhods

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Lunakhods is an art collective comprising two Toronto-based photographers. Drenched in color and filled with a luminescent haze, their images resemble daydreams experienced beneath the heat of a midday sun. With a touch of surrealism, otherwise familiar landscapes are made unearthly: glowing wells appear in deserts at twilight, and eerie fogs cloud out distant views of mountains and trees. There is a competing sense drowsiness and vitality, transcending consciousness and materializing an alternative reality.

Lunakhod’s photography conveys an emotional and almost cinematic experience of the world. Human behavior is turned into a bizarre and deeply metaphorical reflection of itself; like muses of our solitary, dream-wandering selves, masked figures haunt dark roadsides and rooftops. Elsewhere, someone holds aloft a garden flamingo in an act of both absurdity and reverie. Time is suspended; past and present collide in images aged with dust. In the world of dreams that Lunakhods creates, temporality and concrete meaning become irrelevant — instead, their images explore the spirit, eternity, and subjectivity of a semi-lucid moment.

Visit Lunakhods’ website, Facebook, and Tumblr to view more of their sensorial images. Their work will also be on display at The Keystone Gallery’s exhibition Less is More in Toronto starting June 5th.

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