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ART THOUGHTZ: How To Be A Successful Black Artist

Hennesy Youngman dropping knowledge while wearing a fly hat! The part about Kehinde Whiley made me fall out of my seat…. wow!

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Interview: Ryan Colditz

fleetfoxes03_webThough the medium of stereoscopic optics have been blowing minds (and crossing eyes) since the late 1800’s, artist and designer Ryan Colditz takes the media to surprising new ends. Colditz plays with this dazzling visual trope to breath new life (and dimension) to graphic design and photography, creating a startling new aesthetic that literally manages to pop off the page. Beautiful/Decay recently discussed Ryan’s home made 3-D camera, process, inspiration, and beyond- read more after the jump!

 

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Ethan Murrow’s Large Scale Drawings

Ethan Murrow’s obsessively rendred drawings based on collaborative performances. Read his artist statement and view more works after the jump.

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Mark Tuschman’s Powerful Photographs Documents The Lives Of Women Living In High-Risk Situations

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Photographer Mark Tuschman’s book, Faces of Courage: Intimate Portraits of Women on the Edge, documents women living in high-risk living situations. He photographs moments that encourage an aura of strength, capturing the true resilience women have. Many of these women face potential life threatening situations on a daily basis, such as arranged child marriages, forced pregnancies, domestic violence, human trafficking, and the denial of education. These are situations that often lead to serious mental and physical health issues — most of which are treatable given access to the correct facilities. Tuschman has been able to work in collaboration with NGOs, foundations, and UN agencies with the hopes to help both educate and empower women. His work documents efforts of grassroots organizations providing basic medical care, recovery surgery from injuries caused by young pregnancies, HIV/AIDS treatment, and shelter ensuring safety. These organizations also offer mentoring and educational programs that help women to learn various skills such as family planning, sexual education, as well as skills to help become business owners and gain financial independence.

His photographs capture moments from three continents, spanning between seventeen countries including; India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador and Trinidad. Mark Tuschman has been an international photographer for over 35 years and has actively been an advocate of global health and human rights for women. His work has received various awards and has been featured during multiple international health conferences. He is hoping to raise additional funds through book sales in order to donate copies to high school libraries with the aim to “inspire a new generation of activists, and to motivate those already working toward equality, to continue empowering women and girls.”

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AARON SHUNGA

SF-based Aaron Shunga sums up his funky comics with this very long sentence, “TAKING STRICT DIRECTION FROM NO-WAVE PUNK, DAVID LYNCHSUEHIRO MARUO, DAN CLOWESEC COMICS, KATSUHIRO OTOMO, THE SUPPLANTED IMPULSES FOUND IN THE FLAVORLESS PULP OF AMERICANA, POST-WAR JAPAN, AND THE ART OF PSYCHEDELIC SHOCK SCHIZOPHRENIA, HIS AMBTIONS CARVE AWAY NEW BOUNDARIES IN POP-NIHILISM.Couldn’t put it any better myself. Really loving the kid’s book layout vibe, too. Ingest.

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Photographing the Yakuza Crime Family

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Greta Rybus’ interview with Photographer Anton Kusters.

Anton Kusters is a Belgium-based photographer specializing in long-term projects. In 2011, he published his first photobook on the Yakuza, the Japanese organized crime families, that he photographed for two years.

Tell us about your Yakuza project.
‘YAKUZA is a personal visual account of the life inside an inaccessible subculture: A traditional Japanese crime family that controls the streets of Kabukicho, in the heart of Tokyo, Japan. Through 10 months of negotiations with the Shinseikai, my brother Malik and I became one of the only Westerners ever to be granted this kind of access to the closed world of Japanese organized crime.

‘With a mix of photography, film, writing and graphic design, I try to share not only their complex relationship to Japanese society, but also the personal struggle of being forced to live in two different worlds at the same time; worlds that often have conflicting morals and values. It turns out not to be a simple black versus white relationship, but most definitely one with many, many, many shades of grey.’

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B/D Featured Artist: Winnie Truong’s Piles Of Hair

Winnie Truong’s magical colored pencil drawings are things of wonder. Her work simultaneously reads as beautiful, grotesque, and bizarrely funny. We can’t get enough of Winnie’s work and we hope you can’t either. If these 6 images aren’t enough to quench your thirst then hop over to the B/D shop and get your hands on our latest book Beautiful/Decay: Class Clowns where we feature an in-depth 12 page interview with Winnie with over a dozen full color images for you to feast your eyes on!

 

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Johann Bouche-Billon’s Cathartic Process Of Documenting His Grandfather’s Death

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Johann Bouche-Billon’s photo-series Photos of my Grandfather Dying is daring in its intimacy and complete honesty. When his grandfather was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Johann used his artwork in an attempt to wrap his head around what was going on. Of all his grandparents, he was closest with this grandfather, and had never experienced a death so close in his family. Although death is a reality of life, many if not all of us have difficulty accepting it, and Johann experienced anxiety attacks and confusion at the fact of his grandfather passing. The series provides an opportunity for healing and understanding, not only for Johann, but presumably anyone experience the death of a loved one. Originally, Johann was nervous that people would take offence at such a personal subject, but has said that the series has been received well.

His photo-series is extremely revealing, and it requires a great deal of bravery to show it to an audience. The photos show his grandfather at various stages of his deterioration, with loved ones or alone, but there are also a great deal of what you could call b-roll interspersed in between. The b-roll – consisting of photos of a food spread, a television, a painting of jesus, etc. – allows moments of contemplation or rest, for the viewer and probably for Johann himself. It makes the process seem more natural, instead of only presenting chronological photos of his grandfather, he lets you breath and wander through traces of his family and the scenes surrounding the events. The series itself is 107 photographs, and so the selection of images I’ve curated for this article is disproportionately weighted towards photographs of Johann’s grandfather. In the end, he is the subject of greatest importance, but I highly recommend checking out the entire series here, it’s extremely moving. (Via Vice)

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