Dallas Clayton’s “An Awesome Book” is something I wish I had when I was a little girl. I probably would’ve died for the cluster of multicolored prismatic rocket powered unicorns. I would’ve dreamed of riding them into Candyland castle playgrounds filled with cabbage patch doll knights with Queen playin’ on My First Sony! Maybe I’ll have a kid so I can do that all over again. Anyways… his fanciful illustrations are playful and imaginative and can be enjoyed young and old, yesterday and tomorrow, ten years ago and one hundred from now…
Starting today I’ll be posting interviews I’ve conducted with artists participating in the live video/performance art show I am curating, presenting itself in it’s entirety and in REAL LIFE 3D SPACE this weekend. Not only are the videos colliding, so are the performers- meeting minds from Berlin, Canada, Colorado, the 310, 818, and 323, holler! This will also give me a great opportunity to showcase (you should really you know… come to the event) everyone’s work because it’s an awesome roster of young artists crazy enough to come and do this. I also want to thank Megan, my partner in this comedy duo, and all the artists as well.
Paul Sloan‘s simple marker drawings seem all the more intimate as a result of minimalism – as if they’d been ripped from the pages of Sloan’s personal sketchbook. They have an unfettered ease about them that suggests they went from conception to paper in a matter of moments, preserving Sloan’s original ideas without editing or alteration.
Yi-Hsin Tzeng uses various mediums to construct and communicate her sense of black humor and outside viewpoint. Her recent series on defacing and appropriating public images (magazines, political figures, fashion, etc.) is an attempt at regaining some control over the surreal absurdity that comes with the fake, posed, and plastic nature of public images.
Klaus Pichler’s One Third project explores the wasteful nature of food consumption. Rotting food, arranged into elaborate still life’s, portrays an abstract picture of wastage of food. According to the UN one third of the world’s food goes to waste- the largest part thereof in the industrialized nations of the global north. Equally, 925 million people around the world are threatened by starvation. Pichler’s series describeds the connection between individual wastage of food and globalized food production. Now that’s food for thought. (via feature shoot)
The Loaded Woman 2009, acrylic on linen, 76 x 65 images via LaViolaBank Gallery
The works of Helle Mardahl vary in medium with paintings, sculpture and collaged photographs addressing human fallacies and inventive absurdities. The artist’s background in fashion is demonstrated by the precise coordination and arrangement of shape and color embodying the figures. They don exaggerated features and contorted body parts and are masked to the point of sheer spectacle and wonderment. The artist’s interest in bedazzlement and burdened woe is a convincing combination of Rembrandt’s hobo drawings and Nick Cave’s soundsuits.
Caitie, throughout your stay here at Beautiful/Decay, we have shared so many heavy and introspective philosophical conversations revolving around alien life, true paranormal ghost photos, and calorie counting. Who will I share my innermost feelings of awe and wonderment at the universe and its production of such things as…..diet sodas? Is life really that strange and magical? From the bottom of all our hearts here at Beautiful/Decay (and in Ziggy’s case, his stomach) we’d like to wish you a big THANK YOU for all of your positive energy and hard work. We are really going to miss you (and in Ziggy’s case, your blue “lap top bag” aka his bed.) You’re officially in our intern superstar hall of fame.
Caitie is also an extremely talented illustrator- check out her bright & bold illustrations after the jump. They are all laced with Caitie’s characteristic sense of wit, style and irreverence. Check her portfolio, hire her, and keep an eye out for her because she is destined for great things!