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Philippe Jarrigeon’s Deconstructed Fashion Photography

Philippe Jarrigeon‘s amazing photography is as inspired by fashion as it is interested in its deconstruction.The mannequins, absurd poses, identity collages, clothes filled with sticks– his photography is smart and hilarious and stuffed with visual pleasure. What more could you want?

“For the 10-year anniversary of the Elans de Mode, the ICONORAMA exhibition proposed by the French Womens Ready to Wear Federation relates the story of this last decade French fashion design, through a selection of photographic works by Philippe Jarrigeon.” – Cavalier Bleu (w/r/t the photographs in color. The bottom two are from another fashion-inspired series)

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Default State Network

Default State NetworkAlex Dodge, Chris Duncan, Elise Ferguson, Glen Baldridge, Will Yackulic, Joseph Hart, Andrew Schoultz, Leslie Shows,Ryan Wallace

After a full day at the studio last Saturday I popped into the opening for Default State Network, a new show opening at Raid Projects curated by NYC based artist Ryan Wallace. I’m always a fan of artist curated shows and DSN does not disappoint with a great mix of painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture that will excite anyone looking for a mix of craft and concept.

The show features young and upcoming artists Alex Dodge, Chris Duncan, Elise Ferguson, Glen Baldridge, Will Yackulic, Joseph Hart, Andrew Schoultz, Leslie Shows, and Ryan Wallace himself. The Alex Dodge sculpture (detail pictured above) was by far my favorite work being playful and erie at once. DNS will be up until February 27th so make sure to stop by and check it out if you’re in the LA area.

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The Art Of The Steal

This is a must see documentary for anyone interested in the art world. I walked out of the theater shaking my head in disbelief!

The Art of the Steal follows the struggle for control of Dr. Albert C. Barnes’ 25 billion dollar collection of modern and post-impressionist art collection of, a treasury of works by Renoir (181 of them), Cezanne (69), Van Gogh (7), Seurat (6), Picasso (46) and Matisse (59), to name just a few, all of it tucked away in the Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion in a Paul Cret-designed villa Barnes built for it in 1924. The collection contains some of the key works of early Modernism, including Cezanne’s Nudes in a Landscape and The Card Players, Seurat’s Models and Matisse’s The Joy of Life, jewel in the crown of his fauve period.

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A Human Ant-Farm by Snarkitecture

The architecture and Art team Snarkitecture have been in the art news lately for their installation at the entrance of the Design Miami Pavilion 2012.  Dig is an earlier installation from the team featured here.  Often  mixing elements of architecture  design, art, and performance, Dig was at once an installation and a performance.

The team filled the Storefront for Art and Architecture with solid architectural foam.  The artists then excavated a network of tunnels through the foam and inhabited them for the following month.  The performance was an artful investigation of contemporary architecture based on excavating rather than building, as well as building for necessity.

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B/D Apparel at Agenda Tradeshow January 22nd-24th

Twice a year the entire streetwear/action sports community converges in San Diego for the ASR trade show. Each year ASR becomes more water downed than the next attracting cheesy corporate lines created to make a quick buck and outdated swim suit lines.

Fortunately the Agenda trade show has been making headway in San Diego over the last 5 years, growing its impressive line up of brands with each show. Championing the independent, DIY spirit of the brands which the action sport/streetwear community was built on, a diverse group of brands such as Incase, The Hundreds, Imaginary Foundation, 10 Deep and of course Beautiful/Decay will be exhibiting.

Agenda will once again take place at the San Diego Concourse from January 22nd-24th.
Stop by our booth and get a preview of our Spring and Summer 09 line.

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Mikie Poland: Do What You Love


Mikie Poland does what he wants, and that is awesome.  Some might read this and think that it’s juvenile, but in a world where most people play a passive role in their own lives – I’m truly inspired by someone who is willing to pursue their passions with everything they have at their disposal.  Poland is on the road about half the year touring with one of the two bands he plays in (Giving Up or State Champion), and spends much of his remaining time working odd jobs and helping to promote Sophomore Lounge Records in whatever way he can.  As the web manager, primary art director, and right-hand-man of the label’s creator (Ryan Davis) you might wonder where he finds time to do much else.  As it turns out, there is a good amount of “downtime” in the van in between gigs, and Poland often spends this time productively.  Whether he is drawing posters for upcoming shows or clever illustrations referencing everything from Jazz to Dracula – Poland stays busy.

The nature of his practice could force a comparison to Raymond Pettibon, but Poland’s aesthetic is very much his own.  There is certainly a gritty quality to the work, but his quick wit and keen understanding of texture and mark making have an intentionality to them that belies the crude manor in which many of his illustrations are fashioned.  Having a fine arts degree from a conceptually oriented school like the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (where Poland received his undergraduate degree) often leads one down a path of pretention that can be hard to escape, but Poland manages to keep things in perspective.  His observations are honest, the tone is real, and I enjoy looking at the work.  If you scroll through these drawings and at least one of them doesn’t put a smile on your face I think it might be time to re-evaluate how seriously you take yourself.  Giving Up will be on an east coast tour this June, and if you like what you see below I encourage you to check out their shows and pick up one of Poland’s expansive zines at the merch booth.

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Artist Update: Dave Tada captures ‘Art Works Every Time’


A few weeks ago we featured LA photographer Dave Tada and his collection of analog images. Well, last Saturday night, Dave showed up with his Fuji Intax camera at Beautiful/Decay’s Art Works Every Time opening to capture the happenings! Between the live music, the art-adorned walls, the free ice cream, free t-shirts and plenty of free Colt 45, there was plenty of silliness to be had –  particularly towards the end of the evening. Thanks for the pics Dave.

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Interview with Delicious Storm

NYC based architect Si-Yeon Min, who received training from the University of Michigan and the prestigious GSAPP at Columbia University recently published an interesting limited edition book on creativity. Compiled from his work in a creative field, his book documents how off-the-wall thinking can lead to genuine discovery. The book strikes a chord with the print-lover in me, as each cover design features a different color. Just 25 copies published by Allied Operations.

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