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Digital Design Collective eBoy Discusses their Limited Edition BD Apparel Shirt “Jerk”

The digital design collective eBoy, comprised of Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr recently sat down with Beautiful/Decay to answer a few questions about their recent limited edition shirt, “Jerk.” eBoy’s design was one of our most technical cut and sews ever, taking months to produce! Only 250 of these exclusive shirts were produced and are selling out fast- visit our Online Shop to purchase one!

Read on to garner some of eBoy’s pixellated points of interest and inspiration behind their work and Beautiful/Decay Apparel design.

BD: Can you talk a little bit about your design collective and how it got started?

eBoy: We started in 1998 with eboy.com. The concept was to only show our free projects and art. The first feature about eBoy was in a Japanese book, from there the level of awareness for eBoy grew steadily.

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eBoy design

BD: Can you describe your aesthetic, how you became interested in the pixel-by-pixel look, and what you think it says about the current visual digital climate today?

eBoy: One of our previous projects was a digital picture book series called Ogdig(c)’s, which was distributed on diskettes. It was that project that made us start to work for the screen only and use pixels as the technique of choice. When we went online with eBoy.com it was justnatural to go on using this technique.

eBoy work for Coke

eBoy work for Coke

BD: What are some of your inspirations, whether visual, musical, ideological…?

eBoy: ffffound.com … TV Shows like The Wire, Sopranos …

BD: What was the inspiration behind creating the Eboy shirt?

eBoy: Northern Irish murals!

Example of Northern Irish propaganda Mural

BD: What was the process like of creating your artwork in a t-shirt form, what were the most enjoyable parts, or most challenging?

eBoy: We were thinking of the T-shirt as a house with awkward window positions.

To learn more about eBoy, visit their B/D Artist Profile or the eBoy website.

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Michael Rea – New Work

Last Friday, Mike Rea flexed his art muscle again here in Chicago with what might be his gnarliest feat yet, a thirty something foot super gun named Benita. More photos after the jump…

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Sink Into Jake Fried’s Psychedelic Animations Made With Coffee

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Jake Fried - animation

We are big fans of artist Jake Fried here at Beautiful/Decay (original post here), and yet he continues to impress us. He is a prolific drawer/painter/animator, creating epically complicated short clips that he calls “hand drawn experimental animations”. Watching these pieces is quite the experience. His style is so complex, and each frame packed with so many textures and details, you must be careful to blink at the right time, so as not to miss anything!

Even more impressively, he creates such hypnotizing animations from the simplest materials – coffee, water, ink, gouache, and white-out. With titles like Brain Lapse, Head Space, Down Into Nothing, The Deep End, Fried is inviting us into his own mind, and we soon see just how dense it is inside there. Layers of mathematical lines build into a background scene and reveal a head peering out from behind them. This then transforms into some other domestic space, or rather a non-space, where objects appear and disappear into the jungle of lines and cross hatching. Eyes, hands, heads, plants, moons, triangles, and landscapes feature heavily in Fried’s work. He says of his own work:

‘Raw Data’ took about four months from the first drawing to the final film. My work is not truly narrative – the medium is the message – but for this piece I knew I wanted to experiment with metallic-gouache, technological imagery and sustained head-on portraiture. I would say it’s generally about man vs. tech and a sense that the animation watches you as you watch it. My work is not really pre-planned; it becomes itself through the process of making. I fundamentally believe that art making should be a “discovery” process; otherwise I’d have no interest. Rather than just executing a plan, I want to learn something new or follow some unknown path. (Source)

And we are enjoying following him on that path.

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Sculptures Remix Modern Art And Native American Tradition

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Artist Jeffrey Gibson blends art histories and cultures with seeming effortlessness.  His work isn’t the pastiche of past decades, a witty pairing of disparate influences.  Rather, Gibson’s work appears more to be rooted in contemporary remix culture.  Portions of modern and contemporary art styles inhabit art pieces along traditional Native American artwork with an inclusiveness that’s refreshing.  Interestingly, the gallery statement of his latest exhibit at Shoshana Wayne Gallery notes:

“This mash-up of visual and cultural references comes from the artist’s Choctaw and Cherokee heritage, moving frequently during his childhood—to Germany, Korea and the East Coast of the U.S. , and his early exposure to rave and club cultures of the 1980s and 1990s. Gibson cites that the sense of inclusiveness and acceptance, the celebratory melding of subcultures and an idealistic promise of unity all galvanized by the DJ’s power to literally move an audience to dance to his beat, continues to serve as a primary inspiration for his inter-disciplinary practice.”

Still, the way in which the Native American styling especially stands out makes the Native American artists largley left out from the discourse of modern art history conspicuous.  The gallery statement continues about this relationship: “The paintings are done on elk rawhide stretched over wood panels. Gibson arrived at this format after years of looking at painting techniques found in various non-Western art histories, of paintings on shields, drums and parfleche containers (animal hides wrapped around varying goods). The paintings also read within a modern and contemporary art context whereas artists from the 1950s and 1960s were looking towards traditions such as Native American and Oceanic art to create ideals of spirituality, animism and purity.  One can infer artistic influences from Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Donald Judd.”

It’s in this way that Gibson inserts himself and his heritage into art history: by this smart mixing and remixing, and an artist’s eye at the past.

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A Free Little Library On The Streets By Stereotank

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This curious little structure is one of ten Free Little Library “branches”.  Ten designer were chosen for the Free Little Library project – each designing and constructing a little library to place in Manhattan.  This is the design created by the firm known as Stereotank.  In the New York neighborhood of Nolita, the little library offers books and a bit of shelter to anyone passing by.  Small portholes allow visitors to peek inside for a preview before being drawn inside.  You can find Stereotank’s Free Little Library at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral School in Nolita through September of this year.   [via]

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Deep Fried Gadgets; Photo Series from Henry Hargreaves

 

Deep Fried Gadgets is a recent series from Brooklyn photographer Henry Hargreaves. For the shoot, Hargreaves fried foam reproductions of popular tech gadgets like Ipads and Gameboys. Aside from drawing on the perverse joy of destroying expensive things, the series provides a nice commentary on sustenance, technology, and our current value system. Tasty. Click past the jump to see more Deep Fried Gadgets. (via)

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