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New work by Jonathan Zawada

Jonathan Zawada

One of my most favorite designers has updated his portfolio! Actually some of the work isn’t super new, I just wanted to give it some face time on the B/D site. Also check out some of the other projects Jonathan has going on at TRU$T FUN! (where these “Glory Scarfs” came from) and FASHEMATICS.

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Sex, Murder, And Satan!

Hide yo kids, hide yo wife!

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The Surprising Beauty of Yvette Meltzer’s Tumbling Clothes

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When you think of fine art, one of the last places you’d probably consider finding it is in the laundromat. Photographer Yvette Meltzer, long fascinated with the transformation of soiled to clean clothes, first sought to explore her fascination by visiting many different laundromats in Chicago. During these visits, she documented various aspects of the laundromat experience, but it wasn’t until she saw the images of dryers tumbling clothes on her computer that she knew she had captured something beautiful – animal and human forms were revealed to her through the compositions of color and texture being tossed around in the machines. Thus, Meltzer’s “Revolution” series was born, a series that transforms an everyday, mundane image into an experience of abstract mystery. Meltzer says, “What I see is not what someone else does. But people do seem mesmerized by the images and attempt to discern what it is they are looking for. People seem to have such a need for definition and tend to be uncomfortable with the ambiguous.” (via slate)

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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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Simmons & Burke

Simmons & Burke

Loyal B/D reader, please enjoy the majestic spectacle of Simmons & Burke. Los Angeles based collaborators Case Simmons and Andrew Burke make highly intricate digital collages that will have your brain spinning in circles. If that wasn’t enough, the duo also compose unique audio clips to accompany each piece, creating a complete sensory overload. Go to their website, or the artist page at Kohn Gallery for a taste of the madness.

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Stefan Benchoam

The above picture is documentation of Stefan Benchoams 2008 installation Ejercicio de Dibujo at the XVI Paiz Biennial in Guatemala City. 

 

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Sebastian Errazuirz Crafts Shoes To Memorialize His Ex Lovers

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In Sebastian Errazuirz’s series 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, he constructed wearable memorials to the women of his past relationships. Each shoe is designed with a specific person in mind, and is accompanied by short anecdotes. They give us a context for the relationship and why it ultimately failed. For this project, the artist paired with shoe maker Melissa (who has also partnered with the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld) and made shoes featuring faux honeycombs, tiny gold men, icicles, arrows, and more.  Melissa is known for producing high-quality plastic shoes, and pairing with the artist reflects their quirky-yet-stylish aesthetic.

In Sebastian Errazuirz’s series 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers, he constructed wearable memorials to the women of his past relationships. Each shoe is designed with a specific person in mind, and is accompanied by short anecdotes. They give us a context for the relationship and why it ultimately failed. For this project, the artist paired with shoe maker Melissa (who has also partnered with the likes of  Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld) and made shoes featuring faux honeycombs, tiny gold men, icicles, arrows, and more.  Melissa is known for producing high-quality plastic shoes, and pairing with the artist reflects their quirky-yet-stylish aesthetic.

“Honey” was very touched and said she didn’t know she had that impact on me. “Heart Breaker” wrote me an email to say she didn’t know if she should feel incredibly embarrassed, enraged or honored but that if I ever revealed her real name she would kill me. “Gold Digger” hates my guts.

While this project is one-sided (none of the ex lovers offer a rebuttal), it’s a very interesting way to pay homage to relationships that, good or bad, have impacted Errazuriz’s life. Designing the shoes, recounting each episode, and sharing his personal life with the world has hopefully had a cathartic effect on the artist, in addition to delighting viewers. (Via Bored Panda)

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Jenny Odell’s Google Map Landscape Photographs

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Interested in landscapes, San Francisco artist Jenny Odell spends quite a bit of time looking at places viewed from above on Google Maps. Searching for industrial forms and shapes that, when combined create an unusual and striking kind of landscape.  Odell then creates digital prints, the likes of which have even been exhibited in the Google Maps headquarters.  Of her work Odell says:

Much of the strangest architecture associated with humanity is infrastructural. We have vast arrays of rusting cylinders, oil rigs dotting wastelands like lonely insects, and jewel-toned, rhomboid ponds of chemical waste. We have gray and terraced landfills, 5-story tall wastewater digester eggs, and striped areas of the desert that look as though they rendered incorrectly until we realize that the lines are made of thousands of solar panels. Massive cooling towers of power plants slope away from dense, unidentifiable networks on the ground and are obscured in their own ominous fog. If there is something unsettling about these structures, it might be that they are deeply, fully human at the same time that they are unrecognizably technological. These mammoth devices unblinkingly process our waste, accept our trash, distribute our electricity. They are our prostheses. They keep us alive and able, for a minute, to forget the precariousness of our existence here and of our total biological dependence on a series of machines, wires, and tubes, humming loudly in some far off place.”

Drawing attention to our dependent, but odd relationship with this infrastructure Odell is also exploring what it has to reveal about our habits, patterns and the elements of our everyday life.  She is also interested in viewing this infrastructure in a way where it takes on the quality of being the remains from a time and civilization gone by.  In other words, her images take on “tragic air: they look already like dinosaurs, like relics of a failed time from the perspective of a time when we will know better—or when we are no longer here.”

Catch Infrastructure, on view at the Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco until March 29th 2014. In April the exhibition will travel to SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine and to NY Media Center in New York. In the summer it will appear at the Futur en Seine festival at the Gaite Lyrique in Paris.

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