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Alexander Harding Creates Ethereal Spaces Using Sunlight As His Subject

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One of the most integral aspects of photography is the utilization of light. For his series, “Visible Light,” photographer Alexander Harding uses this vital resource as his subject. Harding manipulates natural sunlight, refracting it to create ethereal spaces filled with the soft luminescence of the sun’s rays.  Harding says,

Whether it is acknowledged or not, we all have a strong relationship with the sun. Its light enables our visual perception and at times, shapes our emotions. Although the sun affects how we feel, its light remains mysterious and ephemeral. We can feel it on our skin and in our eyes, but it seems intangible to us. We cannot hold or preserve it.

 

Through my work I explore the sun’s physical presence and quantitative character, attempting to give sunlight an environment to travel within and record its behaviors. I primarily use photography to make my work as its apparatus promotes a very critical and literal type of visual perception and it is processes are controlled by light itself.

Harding’s work asks viewers to consider the centrality and importance of sunlight, and to think of this primary energy source as an art object in and of itself. (via lens scratch)

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Tabitha Soren’s Photos Depict Moments Of Departure

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Tabitha Soren‘s most recent body of work, simply titled Running, is an interesting collection of photographs that capture individuals fleeing in a state of sheer panic. By withholding most of the context from these freeze-frame images, Soren leaves her audience hanging in a moment of suspended terror—with no option but to construct a narrative around each scenario she presents. Each highly cinematic snapshot resonates with an easily relatable range of human emotions, and the focus of her work as a whole is tied up in using her lens to investigate the messier moments of life.

A longtime journalist and documentarian, Soren seems comfortable working in the realm of subject matter that is slightly unresolved. “My work is about what people can survive and what they can’t,” she says. “It’s about decay, how life can be reckless, and how you have to keep going. I explore how people can pick themselves up.” It’s interesting to see how these themes play out across the series, leaving traces of vulnerability, fear and escape etched into their collective storyline.

See Soren’s work currently on view at Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Josh Vanover / SPACEKNUCKLE

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Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, visual artist Josh Vanover (a.k.a. SPACEKNUCKLE) combines geometric wizardry with a frenzied collage technique to explosive effect. Something about that darkly epic aesthetic seems to scream contemporary design. Outer-space overload can be a beautiful thing.

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Bruno 9li

Most animated gifs are made by purely digital means but Bruno 9li shows how much more awesome it looks with the same effect applied to his painting. The flashing light band across is the eyes is genius! You can see more of his work after the jump but they look better on his site (they’re really wide).

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Chen Long-Bin’s Meticulously Crafted Book Sculptures

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“In my artwork I always use printed matter – discarded books, magazines, and computer printouts; the cultural debris of our information society.  The sculptures I create reference Eastern and Western icons and intellectual figures, thereby exploring cultural meanings and concepts. I always use text in my work and the content of the texts are relevant to my sculptures. My finished sculptures often seem to be wood or marble, though they consist of paper. They are constructed in such a way that the various parts fit together in a seamless manner.” – Chen Long-Bin, from Volta NY

 

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Exclusive Craftsy Online Class Offer “Painting An Allegory: Concept To Canvas”

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At Beautiful/Decay we have been partnering with Craftsy, a cutting-edge, multileveled online art class platform and community that brings art classes to your home with versatility and convenient features.  One of the classes at Craftsy that we think is exceptionally strong in content, instructional style and artistic relevance is “Painting An Allegory: Concept To Canvas” taught by artist Martin Wittfooth. For a limited time only, Craftsy is generously offering this class at the deeply discounted price of $19.99 exclusively to Beautiful/Decay readers (offer expires 12/01/14).

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jannick deslauriers Transparent Soft Sculptures

Jannick Deslauriers’ large scale soft sculptures span a wide genre of themes from transparent battle tanks to a dense installation of psychedelic mushrooms. Her works flow here and there with the gentlest breeze like a jelly fish transformer that’s swam out the ocean and morphed into dry land objects of all sizes and shapes. (via empty kingdom)

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Baptiste Debombourg

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Baptiste Debombourg’s unique approach to medium and spacial presentation includes spending 75 hours pushing staples into a wall to create a “wall painting”, and UV-glueing shards of glass around an urban bus stop, with intention to “provoke some emotion or empathy”. He turns the scenario of each of his installation/sculptures from violent destruction to that of aesthetic appreciation.

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