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While combining realism and expressionism, Mao Yanyang new works surprises the observer with very audacious paintings. Using daily broadcasted images he appeals to the spectator’s collective and individual memory shaped true years of media confrontation.

But there’s a very big difference between those known images and Mao Yanyang’s Works. The audacity of the artist’s ideas is expressed true the constant presence of several microphones in every single one of his paintings. This presence might seem kind of irrelevant and surreal, certainly when the artist is depicting war scenes, but they symbolize in fact the transformation of our world into an image consuming universe.

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Ryder Ripps Paints A Distorted View Of A Popular Instagram Model

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In Ryder Ripps’ latest series he creates an emoticon character out of an instagram model who has 340k followers and the last name Ho. How funny. The paintings are digitally distorted versions of pix that appeared on the model’s popular social media site. In these pieces, Ripp captures our somewhat skewed vision of what’s important in life . Ho’s number of followers attest to the fact that people just want to vege out and watch an attractive person prance around in gym clothes. (She also has a casual clothing line.) Despite the subject matter, the canvases are well done and hold your attention. They peep into Francis Bacon’s distorted popes and powerful men sentiment. And despite a grotesque appeal offers a somewhat fresh perspective on the medium of painting.

Ryder is no stranger to interesting projects. One called “Art Whore” was especially riveting. For this piece he placed a Craigslist ad looking for sex workers. For their hourly rate he asked them to spend an hour with him in a room at New York’s Ace Hotel and draw. He chose a man and woman who both had very distinct but different results from the session. The woman produced abstract pictures which resembled feelings and emotions. The man created a literal essay in words and pictures of his life as a prostitute. Both enjoyed the experience immensely and the hotel known for its own funky art projects offered to promote it. (via wefindthewildness)

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The Ink of Liz Harris

Most know Liz Harris as the wonderfully effecting ambient/drone project that is Grouper, but the Portland artist has steadily begun to bring her visual work to the public as well. It makes sense that the source of Grouper’s haunting, rhythmic drive would also produce these meticulous, ghostly patterns and figures. Employing ink on paper, Harris provides images that suck the viewer into her world and spit them back out as quickly as they came. These drawings and prints on paper are concentrated visual doses of a Grouper album’s sonic power, yet maintain a presence all their own. It is clear that Harris has one vision, and is skilled enough to express this (strong) artistic inclination within multiple forms.

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Aaron Axelrod

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Aaron Axelrod is a Los Angeles based painter, who you should definitely keep your eye on.  He’s painted portraits of famous musicians from Madonna to Kanye West, for the Coachella Music Festival.  Axelrod exhibited paintings in Manifest Hope, an art show supporting Barack Obama’s movement (which featured the likes of Shepard Fairey and Ron English).  Lately Aaron has been scrambling everything from political imagery to pornography, probably even down to his eggs.  Believe it or not, the above image is a scrambled painting of Chris Matthews.  Aaron is represented by the David DeSanctis Gallery.

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Jiyong Lee Carves Fragmented, Geometric Glass Blocks That Represent Cell Division And Growth

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Jiyong Lee is an artist and educator based in Carbondale, Illinois, who works in the medium of glass art. In a series titled Segmentation, Lee has created fascinating, geometric glass blocks that metaphorically examine life science. Mirroring the processes of cell division and growth, each sculpture is divided into fragments that represent “cells, embryos, biological and molecular structures—each symbolizing the building blocks of life, as well as the starting point of life” (Source). As a whole, they are firm structures, much like the proverbial “building blocks”; but internally, they are irregular and segmented, symbolizing the varying growth rates and beautiful asymmetry of organic life.

The glass Lee has chosen to work with varies in its translucency, which is significant to his theme. Sometimes the fragments are see-through; in other places they are dense and clouded. For Lee, these conditions of visibility represent “what is known and unknown about life science” (Source), for although modern science seeks to fully comprehend the workings of life, there will always be an unreachable mystery within. The internal haze also represents an unknown future for cells as they live and continue to change.

Visit Lee’s website to view more.

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Jean-Baptiste Toussaint’s Framed Memories

Jean-Baptiste Toussaint‘s photography looks like lost frames of memories of people you’ve spent time with or things you’ve only looked at momentarily once in the past.

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Made With Color Presents: The Grotesque Paintings Of Christian Rex van Minnen


Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color  to bring you some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Made With Color allows you to create a website that is professional and easy to use with just a few clicks and no coding. This week we bring you the beautifully grotesque paintings of Christian Rex van Minnen whose clean and sleek website was built using the platform. See Minnen’s  solo show entitled “Welsh Rats” at Robischon Gallery in Denver Colorado running through May 4th 2013.

“Welsh Rats” is a complexly layered presentation of new and recent paintings by emerging, New York-based artist Christian Rex van Minnen. Extolling his lavishly ornamented personal vocabulary of subtle and outrageous grotesqueries, van Minnen’s unsettling and disfigured, yet comical portraits hang alongside still life paintings of twisted tulips and hyper-real glistening entrails. Equally tangential, the exhibition title of “Welsh Rats,” is the Anglicization of the German word ‘Weltschmerz’ a reference by John Steinbeck in “East of Eden” meaning “world pain.” This sincere yet somewhat naive American (mis)interpretation of weighty European concepts of the past, reflects the confusion of language and history which is crucial to van Minnen’s artistic stance. This extends not just to the artist’s perception of European culture and painting but, also to how Native American and other ancient histories are also assimilated through art. Likened to a modern Archimboldo, van Minnen states, “I find myself either suppressing or indulging of my own desire to associate personal narrative to the raw visual information inherent in the material and process. Construction, destruction and reconstruction are symbiotic elements in the creative process allowing the image to fluctuate between abstraction and representation, truth and illusion, personal and archetypal.”

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Anish Kapoor’s Minimal Maximus

Anish Kapoor is easily one of the greatest sculptors making work today. His work could be simply described as minimal but have you ever seen a minimal artist who continually creates objects that pack such a powerful punch? Each work trumps the next in size, location, illusion, and scale.

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