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Jessica Fortner

Jessica Fortner

Toronto based illustrator Jessica Fortner creates 3D scenes using a variety of materials, and photographs them to create a final illustration. Complete with their own story lines, her sculptures are at once repulsive and grotesque, charming and endearing, and are fabricated out of polymer clay (Super Sculpey).

Here’s the background behind The Gold Horned Hexapede Bear, pictured above:
“The Gold Horned Hexapede bear roams the Arctic in search of her long lost love. Hexa is the last of her kind, her breed having been killed off by man. Hexa is the giant of the arctic tundra. In her mouth see carries the man that killed her partner, half eaten and still alive. He stares out from the beast’s mouth motionless and starved.”

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Pierre Botardo’s Found Image

Brooklyn based Pierre Botardo’s collages of possessed ladies, satanic rituals, and naked wolf ladies are right up my alley.

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Dana Oldfather’s Globular Structures

Through an emotive abstraction, Dana Oldfather examines the transitory nature of comfort, power, and security. Globulars and structural forms float and morph, at times propped up, and at times annihilated by something hard and sharp; objects overtake one another. The scene is a dance and a battle as contrasting forms converge and a soft, lyrical, electric spreads. Dana is drawn to the combination of sweet and dangerous, solid and ephemeral, natural and man-made. This combination of diametric elements results in a bio-mechanical environment and organism as one; something that has no birth or death and is beginning to show signs of autonomy.

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The Beautiful/Decay Shop Grand Reopening!

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Beautiful/Decay is thrilled to announce the grand reopening of the B/D Shop! At first look you’ll notice a bolder, brighter layout and big crisp photos. Our books, posters, and back issues of the zine are – of course – still available for purchase. In addition, we are very excited to now start releasing limited edition prints and other products on a regular basis.

Our plan is to do multiple releases every month, beginning this month. Each release will be an opportunity to own ( and support ) an artist’s work that has moved and mesmerized you. A generous portion of the sales goes right back to each of the artists we work with.

Stay tuned for more information and announcements, and sign up for the mailing list to get updates on new print releases.

Now, take a few moments and check out the new Beautiful/Decay Shop!

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Katie Bell

Katie Bell’s portfolio is full of  engaging painterly sculptors and sculptural paintings that bring together minimalism, collage, pattern, and found objects.

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Filippo Romano’s Portraits of A Nairobi Slum’s Door-To-Door Salesmen

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In photographer Filippo Romano’s fascinating series titled Nomadic Sellers, he documents the roaming salespeople of Africa. The images are mostly focused in eastern Nairobi and specifically in the slum of Mathare, which has a population of 600,000 people within 3 square miles. Each portrait features the peddler and their wares against the washed-out backdrop of the city streets.

We see the men with shoes and bras tied around their necks and arms full of music and wooden utensils. Their earnings are meager, and the goods they sell make a tenth of what pesticide peddlers yield. Those salespeople have most lucrative product and stand to make between 1,000 to 2,000 shellini (10 to 20 euros) in profit.

Romano notes that selling on the streets and going door-to-door is one of the most common trades in the African world. A seller who travels with goods on their back has most likely created their job through the necessity to fend for themselves. They are entrepreneurs.

Nomadic Sellers points to the infectious nature of global consumerism, and how even the far parts of the world want to own a pair of Nikes. At its very core, the series is an intriguing look at the innate human desire to own stuff, no matter how necessary or frivolous it may seem. (Via Feature Shoot)

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Jessica Joslin’s Dark And Delicate Sculptures Made From Bone And Metal

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For her series “Animal Alchemy,” the sculptor Jessica Joslin uses delicate found animal bones and antique metal works to build an array of animal acrobats, who play at balancing on balls and interacting with one another. As suggested by the work’s alliterated title, her pieces present a touching marriage of the biological and chemical. The incorporation of once-living materials succeeds seamlessly for Joslin’s choice to use nostalgic and decorative out-of-date metals; against the rusted filigree of fragmented keepsakes, the time-bleached animal bones appear right at home.

Joslin’s creatures navigate a fine line between fragility and aggression; in a piece titled Troy, the reimagines the deceptively merciful figure of the Trojan Horse, fortifying a spindly neck with bullet casings. Frail skulls wear protective armor as if preparing for some ancient battle. Against the sheen of durable metals, animal bones appear unexpectedly delicate despite their sharp teeth and clawing talons.

With breathtaking precision, the artist allows her bony creatures a single mark of vitality, filling their cavernous sockets with marbly eyes. The careful emotionality of the pieces ultimately makes them more gentle than frightful; the sculptor subtly realizes their personalities and relations with one another through the downcast slant or expectant focus of a pupil. A particularly poignant two-headed tortoise is only given two inner eyes, causing each head to fixate the other without access to a peripheral world. Similarly, a horselike beast gazes upwards balefully, pulling the heavy carriage behind him.

Each piece, beautifully fashioned with discarded bones and obsolete metalworks, performs for the viewer, imploring us not to forget their purpose. Take a look. “Animal Alchemy” is now on display in Scottsdale, AZ at Lisa Sette Gallery. (via Hi-Fructose)

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Teppei Kaneuji’s Ready Made Plastics

Japanese artist Teppei Kaneuji’s assemblages of ready made objects could be described as ‘time based sculpture’, not only due to their process of making, but also because of the ideas he works with. In his White Discharge (Built-up Objects) series for example, objects are categorized by form and color, dismantled, and then piled up and connected to other objects, with white polyester resin poured gradually over the final construction. Kaneuji does not seek meaning the materials he selects or the forms he builds. Rather, he dislocates objects, depriving them of their original function and value as consumer goods. His method is rooted in his own physical senses and the rhythms of contemporary life as he experiences it; he compares his process to that of a music mix-tape, which links songs together using personal criteria.
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