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Nintendo Characters Done In the Style of Japanese Wood Block Prints

 

Illustrator Jed Henry is pretty deep into this series. Using characters from Nintendo video games, Henry creates digital works in the style of Japanese woodblock prints. The pairing makes sense. Nintendo is, after all, a Japanese company. These lend a certain gravity to the characters, which were originally designed to be animated and simple. They establish the narratives behind the games as some sort of Aesopian fable. Donkey Kong is ten times more badass in this version than the actual games. (via)

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MARTIN HUGO’S SKETCHBOOKS

Martin Hugo’s sketchbooks détourné the commercial imagery he encountered while designing corporate fashion in the “Empire State.” These books read as Hugo’s coping mechanism for trafficking in cultures he actively disdains.  Using styles from esoteric hardcore music and quotidian visual culture, Hugo degrades and problematizes “high-brow” mainstays like the fashion industry, the contemporary art world, and our global plutocracy. But these minimal collages would be a bore if they were just well-designed, on-the-nose crits of capitalism’s look and effect; whether it’s through his deft rebranding of The Whitney (it rhymes), or by imploring us to “Support Our Predator Drones,” it’s Hugo’s gallows humor that makes them shine. He is able to look into the abyss of American culture and find the ha-has we need to get through the (last) day(s).

Two collections of Hugo’s artwork are available: Drug Topics Zine AKA Whole Hog Zine and 6 Months of Shit, which he co-authored with Shawn Khemsurov. Another publication, Marlito’s Way Zine, will come out this June. Until then, check out more of his artwork after the jump.

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Paparazzi

I’ll start this post by saying that I’m not a fan of Lady Gaga’s music but you can’t deny that this video is one of the most bizarre, creative, disturbing music videos that has been made in the last couple of years.

 

 

 

Directed by Jonas Åkerlund (Madonna, Prodigy), the epic 8 minute video starts slow but right around the 3 minute mark all hell brakes loose as she is tossed off a balcony and left a bloody mess, riding around in a tricked out wheelchair with a bedazzled neck brace, dancing in crutches and bustier and matching helmet. The costumes alone deserve an award.

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Homeland: Syrian Artist Khaled Takreti

 

Syrian artist Khaled Takreti is the spotlight of a new exhibition at the prestigious Ayyam Gallery in Dubai, debuting today and running through November 29. Although known for vibrant, saturated canvases, which seem to conjure the ghosts of Modigliani, Matisse and Warhol, his new exhibition presents a softer, more subdued approach; Takreti toning back his pigment-happy habits with a muted palette of earth tones and the occasional dramatic splashes of color in order to present a more realistic view of life. It is, in fact, Takreti’s own view of life in his homeland of Syria–the interpretation of which, with Takreti’s dramatic vacant spaces and quiet colors, is left entirely up to us.

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Mi-Zo

mi-zo kintaro1Graphic Artist Minori Murakami and Photographer Zoren Gold are a powerful team, but you can call them Mi-Zo.  They have a wonderfully bizarre body of work.  Mi-Zo has worked for many important clients and editorials, while constantly maintaing their unique style and sensibility.

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blog_logo1-565x334-1Do you know thousands of artists and designers who need to get some well deserve exposure? Do love writing about art and want an outlet? Do you want over a million monthly readers from around the world  reading and hanging on your every word? Do you want to join Beautiful/Decay in our quest for all things groundbreaking and creative? If so then send a few short writing samples (or links) as well as a cover letter about why you want to join the Beautiful/Decay blog contributor team to contactbd(at)beautifuldecay.com.

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Dan Britt & Joseph Pelling

The Lost Coin from Dan Britt on Vimeo.

Cartoons that look like they are for children but are really for adults are the best.  The colors and animation in this dryly funny fable are so natural, maybe its because the animators are from the UK and have old world taste.

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Mataerial: The Incredible 3D Drawing Machine

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Mataerial Introduction from Mataerial on Vimeo.

One of the most talked about trends in the creative community is 3D printing and its potential.  A collaboration between the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and Joris Laarman Studio created a machine that is perhaps more appropriately considered a 3D drawing tool called Mataerial.  The machine extrudes a thermosetting polymer: a material that, due to a chemical reaction, comes out of the nozzle virtually dry and set.  This means that Mataerial is able to construct designs without the need of a level base.  The tools creations can even be extruded of a vertical surface, directly off the wall.  [via]

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