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Natalie Ryan’s Mysterious Blue Velvet Taxidermy

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Animal sculptures by Australian artist Natalie Ryan are inspired by taxidermy. While conventional taxidermy practices dictate that she preserve the skin/fur of the animal she is preparing, Ryan instead uses synthetic materials to cover casts of squirrels, bears, and monkeys. Her current portfolio cloaks these animals entirely in blue velvet.

While Ryan’s web presence is limited, her gallery representation, Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne writes about Ryan’s latest exhibition, Evanescere, stating:

Continuing to explore notions of the cadaver as a secondary form, a shadow of it’s living self, these works depict the internals of animals stripped of their dermis and identifying features. Evanescere looks at the body in a suspended state of disappearing. In conjunction with this, these works also explore the idea of the animal cadaver on display and museology as a resting place. These works combine bodies and elements of the landscape that reference the paradigm of Natural History Museum displays. They seek to question the role the body plays in the Museum and the loss of the individual as it becomes a subject to represent an entire species.

Ryan’s decision to color her work bright blue introduces a contemporary aesthetic to taxidermy. It references the trends of home decor over the past few years, in which loud, unnatural colors are applied to natural objects. When thinking about traditional taxidermy and how it uses real feathers and fur, the artist makes a statement about craft and preservation. The prevailing attitude of culture champions innovation and exploration of the new. Ryan is stripping this practice of its ritual, simply using foam casts and not real animals. She’s chosen a color and material that’s more en vogue. We are drawn to this work because it’s a twist on an old practice. She makes taxidermy fresh rather than just feeling old.

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Jason Vivona

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Jason Vivona is a California based artist whose colorful work brightens your day. His abstract work follows a unique technique which combines different mediums to create one image. His work is intriguing, mysterious, and alluring which draws me to it. You can also find his work in a in a line of skateboards he designed for WE RIDE AT NIGHT….

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Collaborative Photography Duo Aorta

Aorta is the name of a collaborative project between photographers kristian kraen and marco grizelj. since 1998 the two swedes have been working as a creative team in the most diverse photographic areas. the range of aorta includes people, fashion and still life photography for advertising, editorial and artistic purposes. kraen and grizelj are characterized by a playful use of film elements and a mode of expression that includes pathos and mysticism, as well as a fair allowance of profound humor which gives their photographic scenarios an unmistakable emotional concentration.

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Claire Sherman’s Landscape Paintings

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Claire Sherman paints some of the juiciest landscape paintings around. These images really don’t do her work justice as the paintings have a rich texture and color to them that is hard to capture in reproductions. If you’re a fan of Tomory Dodge or Cecily Brown then make sure to visit Claire’s site or the Kavi Gupta Gallery site for more images.

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Guillaume Reymond

This stop-motion animation of Tetris is just one part of French-Swiss artist Guillaume Reymond‘s project Game Over. Guillaume has also directed Space Invaders, and Pong! I haven’t heard anyone mention Pong in a long time.

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Daniel Almeroth

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Through his series, “The Birth of Feminism,” Daniel Almeroth shows the symbolic events that occurred before and after this political movement. In each piece he is trying to portray the way women were controlled by men through many different aspects of society and the path women of this time took to gain equality among men.  I really enjoy his use of colors for this subject matter. The color palette is unexpected and I feel he could have taken a much different approach to such a serious political movement in our history, but I love the path he chose to take for this series.

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B/D Book: 1 Los Angeles Release Party This Saturday!!!

Only two more days until the release party for Book 1. Come out and get your customized copy of Beautiful/Decay!

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Join us in celebration of the highly anticipated release for Book 1: Supernaturalism, Saturday July 25th, 2009 at Gallery Nucleus. Don’t miss artist Kyle Thomas, who will be signing and taking requests for custom, one of a kind covers for each attendee. Works by Kyle as well as featured artists Ben Tegel, David Jien and Seth Curcio will also be on display until August 3rd. Artists from the book as well as the entire Beautiful/Decay team will also be in attendance.This is a rare opportunity to get a hold of a completely customized, original copy of the limited edition Book 1! Details after the jump.

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Sex, Drugs, Murder And General Debauchery Staged And Shot In A Beijing Motel Room

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As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Amanda Gorence’s article on Chi Lei.

Red Star Motel is the clever, action-packed series by Beijing photographer Chi Lei, “Chili”, that reads like an unraveling drama brimming with sex, drugs, murder and chaos. Each scene is set in an identical divey Beijing motel room where Chili supplies us with plenty of voyeuristic moments to witness. The images are linked together through subtle visual clues that have been woven throughout, encouraging the viewer to take part and piece together the story.

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