Don’t you hate it when this happens to your desk. Too hard to get any work done with all the commotion. By Alex Varanese.
The works of Helle Mardahl vary in medium with paintings, sculpture and collaged photographs addressing human fallacies and inventive absurdities. The artist’s background in fashion is demonstrated by the precise coordination and arrangement of shape and color embodying the figures. They don exaggerated features and contorted body parts and are masked to the point of sheer spectacle and wonderment. The artist’s interest in bedazzlement and burdened woe is a convincing combination of Rembrandt’s hobo drawings and Nick Cave’s soundsuits.
Maybe it’s because I woke up with a massive hunger in my stomach today but this just might be the most delicious pixelated mosaic I’ve ever seen. Constructed for a Japanese TV spot, British cupcake magicians Crumbs and Doilies whipped 10,000 tasty cupcakes to create this Cherry Blossom mosaic. See the original image that inspired the mosaic and some tasty detail shots after the jump. (via gaks)
There are many kinds of maps to help find our way in this world. Political, road, and topographic maps may be familiar, but in Chilean artist Rodrigo Arteaga’s hands, maps are made by and of cultivated fungi. Meticulously grown and preserved, Arteaga’s maps are simultaneously science lesson and aesthetic object.
“Convergence” is a mapamundi (map of the world); an installation composed of filamentary fungi in glass containers. The propagation these fungi propagated represented the surface of the earth. The other components of the work were elements that evidence the research process: photocopies of mycology books, pencil drawings that imitate the growth of fungi, sketches, photographs, and Petri dishes with laboratory tests.
A second project, “Atlas de Chile Regionalizado,” consists of 15 glass containers in which different types of filamentary fungi represent each one of the 15 regions of Chile. The living organic matter of the fungi is delimited and cut in the shape of each region, then preserved under resin.
These interdisciplinary works involve people from interdisciplinary areas of thought. Their beauty is in the relationship between art and science; order and chaos.
We just received Issue 1 of this photography zine called All Things Ordinary , compiling around 20 contributers addressing the theme of “girls awake in bed.” It ranges from mildly sexual to pensive snapshots of…well…girls in bed. Nice, brief survey on a topic. Some more images after the jump.
You may recognize photographer Jill Greenberg‘s series of upset (understatement for some…) children. If you haven’t seen her work before, you may notice the off-putting style through her contradicting use of detail microscopically real vs. the sense of waxy – plastic feel. This is because Jill Greenberg is that same photographer behind the advertisements of the TV show Dexter. Check out her Fine Art photography, the ideas that inspire her, and the solution she comes to for translating the concepts are a real treat.
As many of you know Beautiful/Decay was started in 1996 as a black and white zine. We may have gone full color and grown in distribution but at the core we’re still a DIY operation that holds true to all of our original zine roots. That’s why I was so excited to hear that a group of talented LA creatives had put together the LA Zine Fest taking place this Sunday (2/19/2012). Dozens of past B/D featured artists are taking part and they have some great panels (including our pal Katie from Synchronicity Space and Henry Rollins) lined up for you to enjoy. I just wish I had known about it sooner so we could have taken part in some way. Perhaps next year!
I’ll be heading down to check out all the DIY goodness and I hope you will too. Watch a promo video for the fest after the jump!