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Aeschleah deMartino

San Francisco based Aeschleah deMartino takes beautiful photos of beautiful people. See more of her work after the jump.

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KILIAN ENG’s Far-Off World Funkiness

As a result of Moebius‘ recent death, the interent has exploded with the man’s masterful works, and surely the sci-fi and art community is in need of great talents to fill this void. While not at Moebius’ level (which seems nearly unattainable), Kilian Eng is nonetheless incredibly imaginative and prolific, and it is certainly possible that he may one day too become a master of his own sort. He brings his own brand of funkiness to these far-off worlds, and each image holds either countless narrative avenues, or mind-clearing abstract pleasures. The future, his future, his futuristic future, is a bright and promising one (a past interview and a world of goods and greats).

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Daniel Albrigo

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Daniel Albrigo is a young New York based tattoo/visual artist. Mr. Albrigo has some serious talent in all facets of his art making, just check out these Genesis Breyer P-Orridge inspired paintings…

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GOLDEN SOURCE POWER THREE

Behold the “GOLDEN SOURCE POWER THREE”, a powerful union between Jesse Balmer, Niv Bavarsky, and Michael Olivo. The trio has been passing papyrus for a year now, resulting in over 50 drawings/paintings. If you are in the Bay Area you’ll be able to see this year’s work in the flesh at Needles & Pens. Stop in and observe these worlds of harmony and violence.

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Yasuaki Onishi’s Floating Mountain Made out of Plastic Sheeting & Hot Glue

In his installation, reverse of volume RG at the Rice Gallery in Houston Texas, Yasuaki Onishi uses the simplest materials — plastic sheeting and black hot glue — to create a monumental, mountainous form that appears to float in space. The process that he calls “casting the invisible” involves draping the plastic sheeting over stacked cardboard boxes, which are then removed to leave only their impressions. This process of “reversing” sculpture is Onishi’s meditation on the nature of the negative space, or void, left behind.
Onishi wanted to create an installation that would change as visitors approached and viewed it from outside of the glass wall to inside the gallery space. Seen through the glass, the undulating, exterior surface and dense layers of vertical black strands are primarily visible. At first glance, standing in the center of the gallery’s foyer, it appears to be a suspended, glowing mass whose exact depth is difficult to perceive. Upon entering the gallery and walking along the left or the right side, the installation transforms into an airy opening that can be entered. Almost like stepping into an inner sanctum or cave-like chamber, the semi-translucent plastic sheeting and wispy strands of hot glue envelop the viewer in a fragile, tent-like enclosure speckled with inky black marks. Visitors can walk in and out of the contemplative space, observing how the simplest qualities of light, shape, and line change. (via)

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Photographer Christian Tagliavini Painstakingly Recreates Paintings From The Medici Era

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Swiss-Italian photographer Christian Tagliavini’s contemporary antique photos blend fine arts and craftsmanship seamlessly into “1503,” his captivating portrait series. 1503 is the birth year of Agnolo Bronzino, an Italian court painter for the Medici family of Florence, whose realistic paintings had an enormous influence on portraiture.

Though Tagliavini’s photos may appear to be historically based oil paintings, they are more than just a literal translation of antiquated art through new technology. The clothes and body positioning echo Bronzino and the light in these portraits is tender and perfect, but it’s the details of the photos that emphasize the modernity of the work-the stylized outfits, exaggerated necks, translucent skin and clear directness of the models’ gazes. Unlike the bold colors of the paintings, the photographs are printed in pale, unsaturated tones, which work to make them feel more contemporary.

“Christian Tagliavini loves designing stories with open endings (requiring observer’s complicity) on unexplored themes or unusual concepts, featuring uncommon people with their lives and their thoughts made visible. This rich and exciting collision of circumstances results in photos as a final product.”

Tagliavini is impressively skilled-not only is he the photographer, he is also the costume designer, set builder, and casting director. He says, “I’m fascinated by the fact that I don’t simply release the shutter, but that the real fun for me is before I take the pictures. I say that I’m not really a photographer, but a workman of photography.”

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50% off All Beautiful/Decay Magazines All Week Long!

To celebrate the short work week we’re putting all our back issues of Beautiful/Decay magazine on sale for the rest of the week! Save 50 percent off all our magazines from now until Thursday May 31st midnight PST. Just use discount code  50magdiscount during checkout and get piles of magazines at a fraction of the cost!

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Floto+Warner Turn Brightly Colored Liquids Into “Floating Sculptural Events”

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Jeremy Floto and Cassandra Warner of New York-based photography studio Floto+Warner have created a fascinating series of photographs of colored liquids thrown into open landscapes. Titled “Colourant,” the series emerges out of the artists’ ongoing interest in vast environments, as well as the relationships between place, figure, and form. The images feature colored, environmentally-friendly water mixtures floating in the air like alien clouds or frozen waves. There is a palpable tension between motion and stillness, created by the clash between the rapid event and the peaceful backdrop of the Nevada desert. Incredibly, no Photoshop was used in the creation of this series. In a statement provided to Beautiful/Decay, Floto and Warner shared their method:

“We shoot with a high-speed shutter to freeze the action of the throw. Typically, our shutter was around 3200th of a second. Each photograph is set in the open landscape. We don’t stick to the rules of traditional landscape photography in this series. We choose instead to shoot under the harsh midday sun to amplify the adverse feeling of the scene. We use hard lighting and prefer atmospheric space to allow the sculptures space to breathe. For the preparation, we mix a small amount of non-toxic color by hand with a gallon of water and then literally throw it into the air.”

With their bright colors and dramatic forms, the “Colourant” images do an excellent job seizing our curiosity and attention. Floto and Warner call them “floating sculptural events,” or “short-lived anomalies that pass you by at an imperceptible flash.” Not only do they visually defy categories of “liquid” and “solid” matter, but they trouble the line between transience and eternity; captured by the camera, the airborne splashes seem as though they could exist forever, embedded in the landscape. “Colourant” also unveils our perceptual limitations, as such chaotic and beautiful forms cannot be seen without the intervention of technology; just as we cannot fully perceive the fleeting details of waves crashing onto the shore, Floto+Warner’s series remind us that there is more to nature and reality than meets the eye.

As exploratory images, “Colourant” will likely foster a variety of inspiring (and potentially conflicting) interpretations. When asked about how they viewed the series, Floto and Warner explained:

“We see this series as representing a clash between man and nature, [as] giant blobs taking over and obstructing the landscape. That said, we also feel they are quite ambiguous and let people enjoy them as if looking at clouds. Typically, when people see them, they react with a moment of joy, elation, or wonder (which we are happy with), but then there are a lot of people that see the stain. We love the duality of the image.”

Check out Floto+Warner’s website to see more of their works, including “Fume” (2009), the thematic precursor to “Colourant.” Be sure to follow their work and see what creative explorations of various landscapes they dream up next. (Via Honestly WTF)

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