For over 25 years, Woods Davy has worked with natural materials (primarily stone) as his medium of choice. In an incredible balancing act, he places the stones in fascinating formations that intrigue the mind. With his work with stones, he became one of the first “green” Postmodern artists. Even artists go green! You can catch Woods Davy’s exhibit at the Craig Krull Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA until October 9th.
Swiss photographer Fabien Nissels’ “Block” series is a playful body of work (pun intended) that takes the human figure and chops it up into multiple views. The playful photos were achieved by photographing a friends body parts in four views. Each limb was individually photographed and then affixed to a polystyrene block creating a blocky 3D view of the subject. From there it was out into the world to bring the blocks to life and achieve the wonderfully bizarre series of images (no photoshop was used) you have before you. (via)
For her series Natura Morta, the Russian photographer Maria Ionova-Gribina gives burials to dead animals. Much like fellow artist Emma Kiesel, she finds her deceased subjects abandoned on roadsides. Biking to the sea in summer, she was confronted with roadkill and creatures who had died of natural causes.
Where most might avert their eyes, she examined the called bodies, adorning them with fresh blossoms tenderly picked from her own garden or nearby flower beds. Yet she does not remove or bury the remains; instead, she allows the process of photographing them to stand in for funerary rites, poignantly preserving them in her lens instead of in the earth.
After having these powerful post-mortem portraits taken, the animals are once again vulnerable to the decay and ravages of death, but in this single magnificent instant, their humble yet miraculous existences are celebrated and revered. Juxtaposed against bloodied muzzles, open wounds and limbed stiffened by death are ripe, vibrant flowers symbolizing life and rebirth. On these breathtaking beds of pink, blue, and deep red hues, the creatures appear to be simply sleeping.
Over these dead bodies, we are invited to mourn the individual as well as the fact of our own lost innocence. The series itself is inspired by Ionova-Gribina’s childhood, when she and her brother would bury dead animals they discovered in their paths. Where the adult gaze scans over reminders of death, perhaps the child’s engages with them, and grieves the inevitable hold of mortality. Take a look. (via Feature Shoot)
Kevin Christy lives and works in Los Angeles. He utilizes unyielding iconography to present allegories about the world we inhabit. Christy seems to have a firm grasp on popular culture and historical events and uses it to mock and enlighten. From a strikingly humorous depiction of Adolf Hitler slipping on a banana peel to an extended tee shirt adorned with the American Flag Christy channels the present and the past in his satirical depictions.
Beijing based fraternal pair Gao Brothers have been collaborating on nstallation, performance, sculpture, photography works and writing now for three decades and shocking museums around the world with their guerrilla tactic art, one such featuring an apologetic Chairman Mao on his knees with a detachable head. Exhibitions by the Gao brothers, whose work the authorities find politically challenging, have been shut down in the past, and their studio has been raided. So they keep the head of Mao hidden in a separate location — reuniting it with its body only on special occasions to show friends and colleagues. Normally, the body of the statue remains headless, unidentifiable and nonthreatening.
Dilok Lak’s recent series “The rabbit ears” is the graphic designer’s respite from everyday tedium and a retreat into imaginative play. Drawing on children’s books and the trope of the talking animal, he imbues his illustrations with a minimalist innocence and charm. The title of the work harkens back to whimsical fables, but it also applies to the artist’s own persona, as he was born in the zodiac year of the rabbit. The work lightheartedly examines the existential questions of a young human mind: the caption for a few images reads, “Why is life so boring?”
Placed starkly against a white and pale pink backdrop like murals on a child’s bedroom wall, furry friends perform unlikely feats. Some of the illustrations are brilliantly nonsensical; in a sort of modern Dadaist exploration, Lak combines a vintage photograph of a young girl with a high-resolution duck and collaged orange. Collaged creatures appear to wander in and out of his frame of their own free will, teetering on its edges and leaving empty space in their wake.
“The rabbit ears” is a childlike ode to the imagination, bringing with it hints of critical self-parody. The brilliantly ironic series reads like a 21st century kind of pop art, using commercial graphic design techniques to satirize human behaviors and pretensions. An absurd cat sips on a cappuccino and sports classic hipster-style glasses; an erudite bunny proudly displays a portrait of himself in a suit. A bored kitty chews on bubble gum. In Lak’s delightful world, animals play as humans and humans play as rabbits, and ultimately, all our everyday worries seem a little less serious, and life feels a lot more fun. (via iGNANT)
This past week we’ve been getting bombarded with orders as the holiday season kicks it into full gear. Yesterday I managed to ship orders all over the globe with books and shirts going to Portland, New Mexico, Nebraska, NYC, Philly, Alberta Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal, and France and our very own Los Angeles. Needless to say, but The Cult Of Decay is growing by the thousands! Also, those of you who placed your orders this week will be in for a treat when you see our brand new Cult Of Decay Seal on your shipments. Once you receive your package, hold it up face-level and make direct eye contact with our sacred seal. After a couple of seconds, the initiation will be over and you will then be a full fledged, official cult member. This ain’t no mickey mouse club folks! All cult member are sworn in for life to defend and honor our secrets forever. You must do anything and everything to promote creativity, spread our message, and crush all boring art that lies in your path.
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