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New video by Jon Clark and Spencer Longo for Los Angeles band LA Vampires’ (in collab with Matrix Metals) catchy number “So Unreal” combines all the things I love most about 80s/90s video aesthetics: head wraps, odd mystic paraphernalia, soft glows, and of course a healthy helping of neon. Jon and Spencer sacrificed their living room to set up this dark lair for a whole month! Spencer Longo currently has an installation up at the Pacific Design Center as a part of MAN, SUCH AS WE KNOW HIM, IS A COMPUTER. Jon is currently working on completing a 30 minute short called ‘Spectrum Hunter’. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Ivan C.

cgMeet Ivan C. – a visual artist from Mexico. Although he works commercially, his work is conceptul, believing art should now be “Cosa Virtuale,” with technology not leading the ideas, but setting free all the visual possibilities for the interpretation of reality. Ivan releases his imagery through multiple mixed-media processes involving digital photography, digital collage and experimental graphic manipulations.

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The Cut Paper City Sculptures of Matthew Picton

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The work of Matthew Picton is something more than a map, even something more than a model city.  He meticulously builds cities from paper.  Each buildings wall is built from a strip of paper leaving its interior empty.  In a way his three dimensional maps get at the personality of a city.  Speaking about cartography Picton says,

“There is some intrinsic quality to cartography that goes beyond the scientific document – a beauty of form and detail, a record of past times and places, something that lives as a world in which imagination can flow; places to re-visit, places to re-imagine, a world to re-make itself in the imagination.”     [via]

Several of his pieces depict cities before and after a natural disaster or war.  The charred strips of paper mark burnt or crumbled buildings.  Pockets of burnt paper seem more like injuries than a cold record of a past fact.

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Joao MT

Joao MT’s playful ballpoint pen illustrations.

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Valerie Hegarty’s Paintings and Installations Literally Drip out of Their Frames

Mildewed dressers are way past their peak. Desks are chopped in half. Paintings overflow.

Diggin’ on Valerie Hegerty’s works on canvas that drip and melt their way to the floor, and across the gallery spaces in which they’re installed. She perfectly captures an acidic energy. And some of the artist’s use of overgrowth is really brilliant. These make you wonder- does everyone decay and die like this eventually? Are we all just waiting to lose control of our faculties? Hegerty’s work celebrates the losses that are just as integral to life as gains.  (via)

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Made With Color Presents: Marie Irmgard’s Gestural Paintings Sway Between Abstraction And Representation

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Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay have teamed up yet again to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create minimal and mobile/tablet responsive websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work of talented painter Marie Irmgard.

Berlin based artist Marie Irmgard’s paintings are a dizzying swirl of gesture, form, and abstraction. Each painting is suspended in a state between abstraction and depiction, ever fluctuating between now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t. Both the subject matter and the method of the paintings contains the tensions of contradiction – the paintings are created in an madman’s spontaneous loss of control and at the same time the precise brushstrokes and compositions shows extreme control.

There is something violent and dangerous about Irmgard’s paintings – her still-life flower paintings is in the borderline of beauty, death and decay and fluctuates between the repulsive and the seductive, objects decaying into abstraction.

Irmgard’s source material is combining history and story; autobiographical reminisces are put alongside with present day commercials. Pieces of a Delacroix painting are transformed into turbulent layers and swirls in a contradicting combination of eloquence and clumsiness. She uses trash form her studio, organic waste, broken mechanical objects to create a hybrid iconography that is full of melancholy but also hope. Irmgard uses acrylic and ink and will often leave her work in big jugs or bathtubs – so that both the wooden frame and the canvas are soaked in paint-water. Up to the point where both the wood and the cloth is almost decomposing – she will experiment in just how worn and ugly can you make a piece and still save it – how much can you kill a painting and still bring it back to life.

See more of Marie Irmgard’s paintings on her new site built on the Madewithcolor.com website building platform here.

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Peter Madden’s Meticulous Collages Suspended In Time

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Artist Peter Madden splices tiny elements to create large collages that are a dizzying combination of imagery. Using pictures extracted from encyclopedias, National Geographic magazines, and found photographs, he arranges all of the disparate pieces to form detailed compositions. The large groups are suspended on a transparent background, as if they are capture a moment in time before everything falls apart.

Madden’s collections create different narrative by virtue of the individual elements’ pairings. Some of the things included in his collages include: exotic birds, monkeys, the letter “m,” fishes, and clocks. They are often formed into some sort of larger shape, such as the outskirts of a giant hole, as if it’s surrounding the eye of a tornado.

The use of so many different pieces and the meticulously-constructed explosion-looking compositions feel as though we’re looking at windy, inclement weather that’s strong enough to make these pieces whip through the air. (via Inkult)

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Oak Thitayarak

Chicago based artist Oak Thitayarak is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer; a “jack of all trades” .  He recently created a gritty series of street portraits documenting the homeless.

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