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B/D’s Spring 2010 Apparel Line in the News!

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To celebrate the launch of our latest Spring 2010 apparel line, we organized a weekend fashion shoot, on our very own rooftop of the B/D offices here in beautiful downtown LA. The result was our Spring 2010 lookbook, which has been getting some great reviews amongst our fellow bloggers! So, we’ve decided to round them up here and send some of the love back for all the great things they’ve been saying. Check out some quotes after the jump!

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A Rubber Coated Basketball Court That Looks Like An Eye Popping Piet Mondrian Painting

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A recent project set into motion by a group of creatives in Paris, namely Vincent Le Thuy, the brand Pigalle and a group of creative from Ill Studio combines sports, art, and design in this recent project. The Duperré playground has stood fully renovated in the 9th Arrondissement since July 1st and its presence brings a splash of color and light to the classical grey architecture of Paris.

The court is made from “noise absorbing recycled rubber’ which gives it plus points in both the realms of noise complaints and the environment. The floor and the walls of the court, which is wedged between two buildings, are made of this material, which adds to the surreal aspect of the place. The use of color blocking as well as square and rectangular shapes in the design are also artistic on a deeper level in the sense that they are visually reminiscent of the work of Piet Mondrian.

This basketball court is a true trans medium work of art in the sense that it transcends the conceptual aspects of sports and design and brings it all home by being more than a concept and by being both an aesthetic and urban improvement. The technical aspects of the court eliminate noise pollution while the bright primary colors bring a splash of sunlight the Parisian urban décor.

Photos by Sebastien Michelini & Kevin Couliau

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Last Chance To Save! Our Holiday Sale Ends January 2nd 2013 Midnight PST!

Only two more days left to take advantage of our massive sale. We’re slashing prices to help you start your year right with 50% off all books, magazines, shirts, and accessories on the B/D shop from now until January 2nd 2013 Midnight PST. Just use DISCOUNT CODE: CREATIVE50 during check out and give the gift of creativity and artistic expression this holiday season!

 

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Christina Mrozik’s Animal Instincts

Michigan based artist Christina Mrozik’s sculptures and drawings focus on  stories of migration, self awareness, shelter, and mating.

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Kandace Wilson: living canvas photography project

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I don’t particularly consider myself an artist and certainly not a painter. But last week, I had the opportunity to be both when photographer & fashion designer Kandace Wilson invited me to participate as a collaborator in her ongoing horse painting project. Kandace grew up at the track, always around horses -the  underlying inspiration behind building this body of work. The end products are a portfolio of stellar images of the painted horse, textiles created from the painted imagery, and fashion designs using those textiles. There were a host of constraints and challenges in the process that make the experience one-of-a-kind: time is your biggest challenge as you’re working with a large furry animal that gets bored quickly and requires both entertainment and breaks; the fur, in both color and texture provides a challenging canvas to work on; working on location requires a certain degree of spontaneity and creativity… but beyond the challenges came some sweet and unexpected rewards both in the finished product that begins to take on a living, breathing life of its own, and in the experience of working with this majestic animal. Kandace continues to search for, and looks forward to connecting with willing participants, artists (and horses) of any variety who would be interested in future horse-painting collaborations.

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Website Builder Made With Color Presents Liz Carney’s Frosted Paintings

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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color helps artists create gorgeous websites without having to touch a line of code. This week we’re happy to bring you the work and website of Los Angeles painter Liz Carney. Her paintings are lathered in frosting-like abstraction that will make you hungry for cake and art alike.

Liz Carney’s paintings incorporate architectural and decorative home elements like Spanish tiles and decorative building facades to create thick colorful abstractions that could easily have been made by the finest frosted cupcake factory in the world. Using various paint spackling and squeezing methods Carney’s creations are strewn with neon detail, pattern, and movement that is just as much about deconstruction as they are about ornamentation. The result is a frosted and gooey synthetic world that is influenced by traditional architecture tropes but with the chaos and complexity of nature.

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HAMIDOU MAIGA

Hamidou Maiga’s career as a photographer was launched in the early 1950s when he purchased his first camera, a medium format Souflex. At the age of twenty he learnt the rudiments of photography and printing through photojournalism, and in 1958 Maiga opened his first studio in N’Gouma. For two years he traced the route of the River Niger developing a clientele for his distinctive outdoor studio portraits. In 1960 he returned to Timbuktu with a successful business.

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Yuni Kim Lang’s Hair Affair

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Twisted, tangled and braided to perfection, the knots in sculptural artist Yuni Kim Lang’s work are drawn from folktales about hair. Fueled by a curiosity for superstition and magic, Lang’s work creates a space for itself between the real and the surreal, showing us how we can separate, expand and re-imagine parts of the self.

By considering the human connection to hair, she uses the sculptural medium to full effect, twisting intricate knots and braids into a discussion about the cultural significance of one’s appearance, tangled up with notions of perfection, beauty, stereotype and personal identity. Lang is currently completing the MFA program in Metals at Cranbrook.

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