Dines

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London based Dines is a graphic, type and interactive mono-named designer. Whether his designs are destined for commercial industry or for more personal musings, his bright, active voice rings loud, yet harmonious, through each project- a stamp of his personal design style. You can catch up with his freshest work and news via his blog.

A Letter from the Editor…

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Dear Beautiful/Decay Readers-

We’ve had some exciting news as of late- we’ve recently wrapped up Book 3, which was quite a task, compiling hundreds of reader submissions from around the globe. Book 1 has already sold out, and Book 2 is nearly there. This month, we also released our latest apparel line for Spring 2010 , of which many styles are already sold out. We’ve also watched our online readership more than triple in under a year. So, whether you are a B/D subscriber, B/D Apparel t-shirt wearer, or avid B/D blog reader, we’d like to thank you for your support of Beautiful/Decay!

We’d also like to take a minute to encourage you to subscribe to Beautiful/Decay. It’s one of the best ways to stay up to date with the creative world, for inspiration, and in return support us and the emerging artist community! By now, you’ve seen the quality, attention to detail & design that the new and improved B/D book has to offer. You know that every book in the limited edition series is lovingly hand-numbered, and stocked full of special artist giveaways and personal touches. From hand-drawn covers to signed silkscreen poster inserts, we strive to make each and every copy of Beautiful/Decay a unique, collectable art & design sourcebook.

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Liz Craft @ Patrick Painter

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"Candy Colored Clown (Lemon Eye Zig Zag Teeth)"

I never was too good at crafts. The little “easy loom” knit-a-kitten sets always came out looking surprisingly like Liz Craft’s sculpture, above…a mess of plaster-cast, jumbo yarn, pea-pod plastic dishes forming some sort of  goofy-grin. Or at least, I wished they came out like her work. In her recent fifth solo exhibition, “Death of a Clown” that just finished up at Patrick Painter, Liz Craft examines, in part, the culture of Regretsy…(Etsy + Regret). Macrame-mishaps and craft-catastrophes are elevated to objects d’art. At once humorous and fresh, Craft’s odd string-beards, tears, and thrift store nick-nacks don’t disappoint.

B/D Apparel Artist Interview: Ryan Riss

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The second installment in our Monday B/D Apparel Artist Interview series is with artist Ryan Riss.  Ryan designed the mind-bending head-scarfed hippie with a melting face graphic (literally), entitled Acid Trip.

If you think we’re way off on a peyote-trip describing Ryan’s works as residing in another dimension- you’d be surprised to hear what he has to say. “I like the idea of relating simple graphics to things like mandalas and other spiritual energy hippie training tee-pee type stuff.” Read the rest of the interview to find out what else makes Ryan’s third eye blink.

Surprise in the Mail!

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I was pleasantly surprised last week to receive a poster tube in the mail, which, when the plastic-stopper was popped off, revealed a lovely hand-signed print by Mark Warren Jacques. He has some lovely mystical transfigurations on his website- see more of his mandalic works after the jump.

Is the Imagination more Active in Darkness than Light?

Alexander Brodsky, "Settlement"

Alexander Brodsky, "Settlement"

Kant, in “The End of All Things,” suggested that the imagination is more active in the dark than in the light. The current exhibition at Matthew Bown gallery explores this concept for its current group exhibition. Taking its title from Baudelaire’s description of his Creole lover, “noire et pourtant lumineuse,” (black and yet luminous), Matthew Bown literally “turns the lights off” in the gallery, shrouding it in total darkness, to present a group of artists who explore concepts of lightness/darkness within their work. Alexander Brodsky, above, creates an organ griding machine that plays the Beatles, and encases a lit-up city in the murky depths of an tank aquarium tank. Gunda Forster’s work consists of  a wedge of intensely bright light, shining through a crack between the door and the floor- referencing the great divine mystery of that which lies beyond. The exhibition runs until May 25 in Berlin.

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.

Studio Visit: Ryan Schneider

ryan schneider top imageRyan Schneider was making some cool paintings when I stopped by his studio.