Marion Peck‘s paintings are all just a little bit twisted — and that is one of my favorite things about them. Peck has been a prolific painter these past few years, and now the art world is starting to show her some love. Her works juxtapose fluffy creatures and noble ladies with an assortment of creepy crawlers and obscene gestures. With such a mixture, there is bound to be a little something for everyone.
The installations of Jacob Hashimoto are at once huge and delicate. Here, Hashimoto fills the gallery with hanging paper kites. Though the space is saturated with the kites, they seem to be nearly floating as a giant flock, weightless for a moment. As is found often in his work, the kites appear to reference the natural world. Some kites sway like an ocean with images of water printed on them. Others are purely white and float in scattered bodies like clouds. At times, the large flowing installation even resembles a school of fish. [via]
Anita Bruce combines her love of craft and zoology and biology into her unique works of art. Creating string and wire lace pieces, Anita crochets plankton, starfish, octupii, coral… all wonderfully marine and beautiful. Surprisingly, she’s part of a whole subculture of marine crochet, just google it and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
The Beautiful/Decay: Strange Daze Book has been out for just a month and we only have 50 copies left! With only 1,500 limited edition, hand numbered copies ever printed these will soon sell out. Avoid the hassle of searching for it at inflated prices on eBay a few days from now and get your copy today!
Beautiful/Decay has collaborated with a fresh crop of explosive new talents from the art and design world to create this Summer ’09 season. As usual, the t-shirt graphics range from bold, iconic graphics to playfully eclectic….but all share B/D’s signature aesthetic of bright, creative imagery that pushes the envelope of t-shirt design. Some talents from our roster include Sakke Soini, Kittozutto, Christopher Gray, Dekore, Oliver Hibert, Clara Terne and beyond. Pick up the latest styles on our online shop!
Sarah Roesink from across the pond in London, photographs her surroundings. We really enjoy her series, as they seem to be so… not spontaneous, but .. normal. In a good way. Like she takes her camera and her skills with her wherever she goes and photographs with a series in mind that she decides while she’s walking past a field.
In Il Capo (The Chief), Italian filmmaker Yuri Ancarani exquisitely documents the unexpectedly captivating and largely unexplored process of marble extraction.
Set in an Alpine quarry, Il Capo presents the powerful dynamic between the boss and his workers, focusing predominantly on the wordlessness of their dialogue. Using seemingly enigmatic gestures and hand signals reminiscent of a conductor directing his orchestra, the boss silently and gracefully guides two lumbering bulldozers as they claw into the hillside and extract colossal wedges of marble. Juxtaposing the boss’ fluid movement with that of the bumbling machinery, Ancarani successfully conveys the astounding and paradoxical nature of the process: “how he can move gigantic marble blocks, but his own movements are light.”
In addition to the visual strategies employed in Il Capo, Ancarani has a unique approach to sound. Void of conversation, narration, and soundtrack, the short film offers only the sounds of the heavy machinery and the toppling marble—placing all emphasis on the rawness of the process, and conveying, above all else, the artistic nature intrinsic to a seemingly industrial task. (Via Nowness)
“The pictures I make are images of my idea of form . The subjects I play with represent personal experiences , which I translate into a visual experience for the viewer to engage in. The content of the work is on the surface, and in the way elements interact to create an image –“ that which presents an intellectual and emotional complex in an instant of time”. My works are fictions that deal with form on imaginary terms.”