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Anthony Lepore’s New Wilderness

Interesting series of photographs by Anthony Lepore of visitor centers, rest stops, and information centers found at the edge of wilderness.

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Made With Color Presents: Garrett Haye’s Odd Altars To Everything And Nothing

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Garrett Hayes sculpture

Garrett Hayes sculpture

Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color  to bring you some of the most exciting contemporary art work today. Made With Color allows you to build a website that is professional and easy to use with just a few clicks and no coding. It’s so easy, you can start a website and finish it in one afternoon. So if you’re thinking about a website redesign or building a new website, get started on your free trial today. This week we bring you the mixed media sculptures of LA artist Garrett Hayes.

No material is safe when it comes to the dynamic and inventive sculptures of Garrett Hayes. Trained originally as a ceramist, Hayes takes the technical know-how of the world of ceramics and combines it with both found and hand made objects to create shrine like sculptures that are full of disparate materials, surfaces, and textures. His work is a collage of the odd and the ordinary, becoming totemic shrines to anything and nothing in particular.

About his use of materials Hayes states:

These things have all become relics: remnants from time, nature and life, now united in sculpture.  They are collected specifically for my desire to see that artifact live on in the new context of my choosing.  I consider myself the savior of these things.  Without me, they would sit hidden on shelves, end up in the dump, rot away completely, or some other variation on the fate of discarded objects.  So, I collect; cut, burn, suspend, stain, paint, sand, wax and sometimes I do nothing.  I stack, attach, drape, stretch and alter.  I make the pieces that blend in and stick out.  Putting on display things that never were intended to be displayed the way they now exist. 

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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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Austin Irving’s Photographs of Portals

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Austin Irving’s current exhibit, Portals, at Curio by AFN truly lives up to its name. Her pictures taken on medium and large format cameras seem like entranceways to secret headquarters or the opening images to an epic film. And no piece emitted that cinematic feeling more, then one taken right in the middle of a natural cave formation that was mounted onto a light-box. The color and shading of the rocks, which was amplified by the backlight, made the work seem 3 dimensional. It was almost like you could walk inside of the piece and hear the water actually dripping from the stalactites onto the floor. My advice is to start collecting Austin’s work now, before it’s totally out of reach.

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Between

Strange and luring, this video is amazing. The seamless transitions and mind blowing effects draw you in as the story unfolds. From Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Editor: Tim Bollinger, Cinematographer: Daniel Meinl, and Sounddesign: Michael Fakesch.

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Konst & Teknik/ Trace a Face with Jonathan Puckey

“13 fellow artist and designers—1:2:3, Europa, Fageta, Florian Ludwig, Harm van den Dorpel, Kristina Brusa, Laurenz Brunner, Martijn Hendriks, Martin Ström, NODE Berlin Oslo, Ola Persson, Stefan Narancic and Åbäke—were asked to trace a face using the Delaunay Raster, a custom-written image vectorization tool for Adobe Illustrator.

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Jonathan Schipper’s Sculptures Slowly Destroy One Another

Jonathan Schipper‘s work is slowly self destructing.  Very slowly self destructing.  In this first series of photos, To Dust, two classical sculptures hang upside down from one mechanism.  The mechanism slowly grinds the sculptures together.  A pile of fine dust gathers beneath the sculptures as they wear each other away.  Over the course of several years the sculptures are expected to eventually destroy each other.

Slow self destruction unfolds in another series pictured in this post, Slow Inevitable Death of American Muscle Slow Motion Car Crash.  A head on collision is almost painfully stretched out over six days.  Two cars set on a track slowly advance toward each other simulating an ultra-slow car wreck.  Schipper transforms destruction that was once dangerous into a harmless act – a perverse spectacle into a near boring and slow non-drama.

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