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Simen Johan

Simon Johan‘s wilderness photographs and sculptures are like portraits of animals you’d want to meet.

Born in Norway and having studied in New York and Sweden, Johan’s work has been exhibited and showcased in many venues including LACMA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and none other than Beautiful/Decay Issue J!

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Tec’s Street Art Playfully Interacts With Brazil’s Roads

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The Brazilian artist known as Tec creates artwork whose scale is large enough for the open road. Kites, characters, and other symbols occupy the middle of the car-lined thoroughfares. Sometimes, Tec will add cast shadows that gives the illusion that his subjects are hovering above the streets. It’s additions like this that foster a sense of playfulness.

On the ground, you don’t get the full effect of Tec’s creations. They don’t translate as well and look distorted. It’s only when you’re at a bird’s eye view do you see the kite’s fluttering tail or the man clinging to the double-yellow line in the middle of the road. Although this is consequence of working at such a large size, it also changes who Tec’s audience is. Up in the air or on the roof of a tall building, it’s like he’s created a concealed messages for only certain people to see. (Via Lustik)

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Hippolyte Hentgen’s Morphing Ladies

 

Wish I could have more info about Hippolyte Hentgen’s bizarre paintings and drawings of eyeball pinups, Lizard ladies, and sausage head girls. But all I was able to find was this great collection of images by the mysterious artist.

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B/D’s Spring 2010 Apparel Line in the News!

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To celebrate the launch of our latest Spring 2010 apparel line, we organized a weekend fashion shoot, on our very own rooftop of the B/D offices here in beautiful downtown LA. The result was our Spring 2010 lookbook, which has been getting some great reviews amongst our fellow bloggers! So, we’ve decided to round them up here and send some of the love back for all the great things they’ve been saying. Check out some quotes after the jump!

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Oil Paintings That Confront Playful Vapidness In The Wake Of Communism

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Teodora Axente is associated with the Cluj School, a group of Romanian artists making work after the 1989 Revolution, which ended Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime.

There is a dark sense of carousing in her work which examines the question of boredom in a secular world. Left to his or her own devices, Axente’s adult figures conjure up spirits or flights of whimsy in seemingly childlike ways, often seeking solace in shiny and tactile objects such as tinfoil, plastic wrap, or furs. However, translated to a non-secular world, each stroke Axente makes seem satirical or political, consciously examining religion or capitalism.

According to the artist, this dichotomy is the exact intention: “One of my concepts is to transform a real fact into a game . . . It is all about play from my perspective, the playfulness is more than a world of novelty in which everything happens and is reconstituted because of the freedom to act, to think.”

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Michael Flores

Some of Los Angeles based photographer Michael Flores’ awesome work.

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Smooth Indie R&B from Tom Krell’s How To Dress Well

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It’s late Tuesday night… VERY late, well it’s actually almost 1am on Wednesday morning when Whitney Houston sings out from the speakers and Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well makes his way onto the Echoplex stage. Ten candles burn at his feet and beautiful video projections illuminate him and his backing band when his voice, a beautiful haunting falsetto hits my ears and my head starts thumping to the beat.

Playing songs from Total Loss, his newish record out now on Acéphale and a few from his debut album Love Remains, the heartbreaking, but beautiful set highlighted not only his voice, but his talent as a songwriter. When he sang the song Set It Right, it rang out like an R&B version of the late Jim Carroll‘s, People Who Died with the names of friends and family who have passed or not in his life anymore.

Tickets are still available for the few shows left on his North American tour including the final show at Chicago’s Co-Prosperity Sphere on December 14th via Ticketweb.

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Summertime Soundtrack: Brooklyn-based Savoir Adore’s, Our Nature

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Savoir Adore's Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro performing at the Echo in Los Angeles on August 7, 2013.

Savoir Adore’s Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro performing at the Echo in Los Angeles on August 7, 2013.

I was able to catch one of my favorite Brooklyn-based bands, Savoir Adore playing their first ever headlining show at the Echo in LA last week. Dressed in all white and sounding as blissed out as ever, the band performed both old and new songs to the intimate sing-a-long crowd. Stand out songs included, “Dreamers” and “Imagination”that are both on their recently re-released second full length album, “Our Nature” on Nettwerk Records after releasing it last year with a successful Kickstarter campaign which of course I supported.

The band recently premiered their new video, “Regalia” with our friends over at Buzzbands.LA and are about to perform their biggest hometown show to date next month at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Sep. 21st. You can also check them out at DC9 in Washington DC on Sep. 24th, at Philadelphia’s Boot & Saddle on Sep. 25th, and at Great Scott in Boston on Sep. 29th. Check out the video for “Regalia” and make sure to catch them next month on the East Coast!

 

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