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Brendan Cass

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Brendan Cass has been busy turning out awesome new paintings since his studio visit in April.  Nailing the beautiful, effulgent color he’s known for, Cass is pushing into some new terrain with night-scapes.  It’s all headed to Paris for Brendan’s upcoming show, Infrared Scene, which opens September 4th at Galerie Zurcher.

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Angela Boatwright Documents The East Los Angeles Backyard Punk Scene

Angela Boatwright

Angela Boatwright

Angela Boatwright

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Documentary filmmaker and photographer Angela Boatwright spent about six months recording the punk-rock scene in East Los Angeles. The series, titled East Los, takes an in-depth look those who are active in it. This not only includes shows, but delves deeper to showcase the individual lives outside of the mosh pits. We see this facet of the Latino community in their homes, with grandparents, and their unique personal styles.

This project uses still images as well as video footage from various events. East Los gives us a glimpse into a probably unfamiliar “backyard” music scene; It champions and explores youth, catharses, and the idea of family. We see love, friendships, injuries, and ice cream. It’s not just something that these people do on the weekends, but is a lifestyle that is a framework for how to view the world. (Via Feature Shoot)

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Amy Elkins’ Thought-Provoking Project Born From Correspondence With Death Row Inmates

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Los Angeles based photographer Amy Elkins recently won the 2014 Aperture Prize for her project Black Is The Day, Black Is The Night, which explores identity, time, and masculinity through correspondence, memorabilia, and composite landscapes, involving death row inmates. Elkins based this project on a number of long-term friendships she developed with men either serving lifetime sentences or on death row. As a pen pal to these inmates, Elkins explores an alternate sense of reality, reaching toward that of the 1,500 people currently on death row in the United States.

Drawing from these conversations and histories, she formulated composite photographs representative of what she learned of these men, and then created a method of aging and manipulating the photographs based on how much time had passed since they were first incarcerated. What comes from that are these gauzy, dreamy photographs that are clotted with layers but still delicate and vague, nearly transparent. The loose metaphor of memory, clarity, and vision are entangled in this series, heightened by photographs of the actual correspondence, memorabilia, and quotes from various letters.

The title of the project comes from a poem Elkins received from an inmate, “It spoke about that environment so well. The idea of being pulled away from anything. Experiencing no variance. Everything is the same; everything is dark. The poem is mind-blowing. Better for him to describe the situation than me.” (Excerpt from Source)

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B/D Magazine Variety Pack

Beautiful/Decay Magazine Variety Pack

We’ve just added a new way to get your B/D fix on our online shop. With the B/D Magazine variety pack you’ll get  a mix of 5 issues of Beautiful/Decay for the price 3. No two packs will be the same and each pack will have 5 separate issues. We’ve even snuck in a few rare early issues into some of the packs! It’s perfect as a present or as a way to introduce fellow artists to Beautiful/Decay without breaking the bank. The B/D mag variety pack can be found on our Shop along with hundreds of other artists books, apparel, and goods.

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Fatima Ronquillo’s Contemporary Portraits Evoke Old World Charm

A self-taught painter, Fatima Ronquillo layers her portraits with the traditional symbols and charms of classic-style portraiture — objects that meant different things in different times and have to be studied to be completely understood. Ronquillo’s  subjects similarly face the viewer decorated with blindfolds, eye patches, fauns, flowers — and by pulling them into the contemporary, we are reminded us of the aesthetic value of these objects that we are free to attach our own significance to.

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Layered City By Devon T.S. Tsuno

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Paintings by Devon T.S. Tsuno

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Pedestrians Create Leaves On Trees By Walking Across Large Canvases On The Street

 

Cool project from the DDB China Group for the China Environmental Protection Foundation:

We decided to leverage a busy pedestrian crossing; a place where both pedestrians and drivers meet. We lay a giant canvas of 12.6 meters long by 7 meters wide on the ground, covering the pedestrian crossing with a large leafless tree. Placed on either side of the road beneath the traffic lights, were sponge cushions soaked in green environmentally friendly washable and quick dry paint. As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.

It’s nice to see a project that gets the public completely involved without sacrificing any quality control. See some detail images after the jump. (via)

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Katy Krantz

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Katy Krantz makes magical collage/painting hybrids.  They bring to mind the French Surrealists’ favorite quote: “beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella”.*

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