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Guy Overfelt’s Raucous Installations

Guy Overfelt is a conceptual artist based in San Francisco. His work spans multiple mediums and defies easy classification. Whether it is fluorescent light fixtures in the shape of a pentagram mirrored into infinity or wallpaper made from re appropriated punk iconography his projects explore pop culture in a sardonic way. Car culture is another reoccurring theme in his work. One series utilizes a 1977 Pontiac Trans AM as a printmaking tool. Works are made by “burning out” over canvas and paper. These monographs resemble gloomy landscapes. Overfelt has even recreated the Trans AM using inflated nylon to comment on large scale manufacturing and our quest for the “American Dream”.

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Chris Wood’s Dazzling Circular Mandala Installations Made With Coloured Glass

Chris Wood - dichroic glass

Chris Wood - dichroic glass

Chris Wood - dichroic glass

Chris Wood - dichroic glass

Artist Chris Wood likes to exploit the magic of light, and more particularly, the light that passes through glass. Working specifically with Dichroic glass (meaning two color), she installs pieces or shards of the material on walls at different angles, allowing the different color and reflections to play off each other. Arranging the glass in usually geometric, or circular forms, they take on the appearance of futuristic mandalas, or some complex physics experiment. The installations are wildly varied in color, at times the glass is completely transparent and subtle, or can be densely rainbow colored, or even entirely opaque and metallic.

Dichroic glass was actually developed by NASA in the late fifties to protect against harmful effects of direct sunlight and cosmic radiation, and is a very unique material. Due to it’s unique nature, it is a captivating material to work with with unlimited potential. Wood says of her interest in it:

Glass is a material which allows me to exploit the aesthetic potential of light. Minimal structures, support simple arrangements of glass, which interact with light to create complex patterns of light and shade, which change depending upon the position of the viewer and the angle of the light source. (Source)

Wood also works with the Dichroic glass outdoors, setting up quiet installations that play off the reflections and colors of the environment. Favoring water and greenery, she is able to make us look twice at the nature we take for granted around us.

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Photographer Documents The Many Objects Her Husband’s Beard Will Hold

Red Poppy Photos by Stacy Thiot

Red Poppy Photos by Stacy Thiot

Red Poppy Photos by Stacy Thiot

Red Poppy Photos by Stacy Thiot

Pierce Thiot and his wife, photographer Stacy Thiot, have been collaborating on an ongoing project titled “Will It Beard” wherein the couple test the limits of what a beard can hold. Pierce tells BuzzFeed, “Over Christmas break, my mom had her grandkids do a talent show for her (she’s an adorable grandma). I tried to put as many pencils as possible in it for my ‘talent.’ I got over 20. Needless to say, my mother was very proud.”

Since then, the couple has put dried pasta, flowers, chips, matches, balloons, scissors, and even Mr. Potato Head pieces into Pierce’s beard. Through this playful series, the Thiots prove there is more to beards than just looking cool. You can keep up with the project’s progress on Tumblr and Instagram. (via moarrr)

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CLICK TO COLLECT- AFFORDABLE ARTIST ORIGINALS PRESENTS: Emilio Santoyo

Spirit, 2012
6 x 8 inches, Gouache on paper $225

Ladies Ride, 2012
6 x 8 inches, Gouache on paper $200

Welcome to this weeks offering of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. This week we bring you California native Emilio Santoyo whose boldly colored gouache paintings on paper take you on a neon fantasy through the galaxy that lives within the artist mind. Strap on a helmet, jump on your moped, and ride off into the work of our good pal Emilio and add a bit of color to your drab walls. Read more about the work, see the entire list of available works, and find out more about Click To Collect after the jump!

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Alex Wein’s Smoke-Filled Photography Series

 

Alex Wein is a recent graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. The photography work on his site is really diverse, but I’m particularly into these smoke-swathed figures in black and white. (via)

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Get Creative With The Beautiful/Decay Book Series!

We all need a bit of inspiration every once in a while. Whether you’re having a bad day in the studio or looking to add some art into your life the Beautiful/Decay Book series is the ultimate collection of art & design curated by us for you to enjoy. So get creative, get inspired, and join us in our mission to document, promote, and share the best creative minds from around the world. In other words join the cult of decay and subscribe now!

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Siggi Eggertson

siggi-eggertsonI’ve posted him before- but I can’t get enough of Siggi!

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You only have nine more days to save 50% on all Beautiful/Decay apparel and headwear! Get every single shirt we have on our shop for 50% off. You can even save 50% off items that are already on sale with some shirts costing only $5.00! Just enter discount code: MAYSHIRTSALE And let the savings pour in!

 

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