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Julia Sonmi Heglund

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Visual artist Sonmi Heglund revisits pop-culture creatures of the past and presents many new characters and stories of her own, in an intricate and graphic illustrative style. Dracula, Jiminy-Cricket, and weeping eyes… oh my!

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Irma Gruenholz: Clay Illustrations

irma gruenholz cocinaIrma Gruenholz creates charming illustrations out of clay.  Treat yourself to some afternoon clay delight.

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Christian Montenegro

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Christian Montenegro some beautiful illustrations on his site that fuse idiosyncratic line work, unexpected compositions & figurative elements and bright, saturated color palettes. I am totally in love with his silkscreen above, “Glam Rock!” that seems to fuse the act of head-banging with a swirling color wheel calling to mind Kenneth Noland’s color paintings.

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The Original Video Pizza

video pizza spence & ziggyAre you ready for love?  Are you prepared for savage, unbridled, intense, ultra mega romance?  Then you might be suave enough to handle this “one of a kind way to spend the evening.”  Photographer Robbie Augspurger (who was featured in Book 3) sent us a DVD of The Original Video Pizza.  Needless to say, Ziggy and I were excited to enjoy “the soothing sound of sizzling” in a pizza-filled hour of pure retro rawness.   The DVD case is just as amazing as the actual video, featuring a quote from Rope McCord, who simply states that he loves pizza movies.  Not only does Video Pizza add “the perfect ambience to any party experience” but also, there are “no pizza boxes to clean up” and “no waiting for it to be ready”.  The party of a lifetime is waiting for you… after the jump.

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Photography Spotlight- Alva Bernadine

alva bernadine sadie-coffee-tableAlva Bernadine is a British photographer, so dedicated to his craft that he risks his freedom… literally.  He has a new book called Gratuitous Sex and Violence: My Favourites.  The images investigate the violent nature of sex and the sexual nature of violence.  The images make you feel uncomfortable, but command your attention.  Alva is a seasoned veteran, having worked for 25 years as a photographer for many publications like GQ, Elle and Vogue.  Get mesmerized by Alva’s erotic surrealism!

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Dana Schutz

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I LOVE PAINTING! Maybe this is not so much of a secret if you’ve been following Beautiful/Decay for a while– but every time I see a Dana Schutz painting I just want to scream out…..”I LOVE PAINTING!” Dana’s a painter’s painter. A painter whose techincal chops rivals only her bizarre imagination and quirky themes. A painter who’s willing to take risks and use bold color with no fear. Unfortunately for me, Dana doesn’t currently show her work in LA. So, it was a great treat to get a copy of her fantastic new monograph today, released by art publishing hereos Rizzoli.

Rizzoli has to be one of my favorite art publishers to date. They always release monographs on the best artists of  our generation. And Dana Schutz’s book is no exception: it’s filled with over 200 pages of work and essays documenting her artistic evolution. If you’re a fan of Dana, or of painting in general, you need to add this book to your collection. I guarantee it won’t disappoint!

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Naked Breakfast

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Ever wondered what your breakfast would look like, naked? Stripped of all its Emporer’s Clothes of cups, pans, saucers, toast racks, and then forced to levitate? Well, look no further- photographer Oliver Schwarzwald has answered your prayers. He’s done just that to a selection of breakfasts from around the world. It’s been 4 years now since I’ve been to England, but ah, seeing the above sure makes me miss a good cup of Grandma’s tea, fried egg, bangers & baked beans…good ol’ fashioned fry-up. Can you tell what countries the other breakfasts belong to?

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Alison Pebworth Beautiful Possibility

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In 2006, “Looking for Lost History” traveled in the form of a 19th Century American Traveling Show. This was Alison Pebworth’s first tour in a continued series of traveling exhibitions, exchanges and happenings exploring what it means to be American. The investigation continues with “Beautiful Possibility” launched first in San Francisco at Southern Exposure coinciding with a intimate exhibition of drawings and a video by Chris Sollars at Michael Rosenthal. The project will then travel May through October from California to South Dakota across the northern United States and Canada. Pebworth seeks to discover a new understanding of our past, present and future through research, conversation and survey’s comparing and contrasting opinions of those living and working in the various regions she visits along the tour.

Pebworth writes: “This interactive project combines art, history and anthropology for an investigative look at obscured people, places, stories and myths and how they contribute to our collective understanding of who we are as Americans. Venues for the traveling show are pre-scheduled and will serve as headquarters for conducting research on local histories and culture. I will be physically touring the show and living in a travel trailer for this solo journey, interacting directly with regional audiences and gathering source material for new work to be included in the second tour and culminating exhibitions in 2011 and 2012.”

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