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Best Of 2012: Alicia Martin’s Book Waterfalls

Spanish artist Alica Martin’s dynamic installations of books flowing out of buildings is the perfect example of how a pile of mundane objects can be transformed into a powerful installation. Creating a wire and aluminum structure with thousands of books attached to the outside frame, Martin’s creates a waterfall of literature that spill into the streets as if a crazed librarian turned on the mother of all book faucets. Pages and book jackets flap in the wind mimicking the spontaneous and erupting movement of water materialized in solid form. (via mymodernmet)

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Shelly Mosman’s Intensely Personal Portraits

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The strength of the portraiture tradition, and what separates it from documentary photography, lies in the skill of the photographer to attach meaning and the essence of the person in a simple image. Using metaphor, subtlety, and open-ended but vaguely familiar narrative, photographer Shelly Mosman is able to imbue an intensely personal and soft-spoken beauty to her photographs. Drawn to subjects for reasons she says she often cannot immediately describe, Mosman spends a great deal of time with her subjects, waiting for key moments when their personality is revealed through action, or the subtlest of looks or gestures. “Portraiture relies on the smallest mannerisms and expressions to offer narrative,” says Mosman, “I rely on the spontaneity of circumstance.” 

The Minneapolis-based portraitist continues:

“In my photographs I negotiate and characterize the balance between my own vision and the unknown and often powerful potential given by each portrait’s subject. I am drawn to certain people for the simple reason that I know shooting them will give me an image I could never have created on my own, and because my camera can reveal something they may not have known was in themselves.  It becomes a synthesis of us both, captured in a single photograph. These connections with each subject are often too straightforward and immediate to be conscious, but rather they are something that is felt immediately, coming straight from the gut, which is the home of our instincts.”

Mosman is currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for an upcoming exhibition titled Mercury. The show will feature new black and white works, printed with a long-standing (though rarely used) silver gelatin contact technique, overseen by a master printer. They will then be framed in a specially designed cast resin frames, the results of a collaboration with two sculptors. For more information or to donate, click here.

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Cal Arts Print Fair & Beautiful/Decay Lecture- This Sunday!

This Sunday Beautiful/Decay will be taking part in the first annual Cal Arts Print Fair. Students from the Cal Arts art & design departments will be showing off and selling their zines, posters, and other limited edition products and a series of lectures and workshops will be taking place all day long. This event is completely free and open to the public so head up to the valley and visit one of LA’s best art schools for some Sunday zine & Print fun.
Featured guest speakers:

Ed Fella, artist and CalArts Graphic Design faculty member
Amir H. Fallah, founder of Beautiful/Decay magazine (That’s me!)
Dylan Lathrop, senior editorial designer of GOOD magazine and media.

CalArts: Print Fair
California Institute of the Arts, Main Gallery
Sunday, April 15  | 11 am-5 pm |Free admission
24700 McBean Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355

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Deedee Cheriel’s Alternative Reality

Los Angeles artist Deedee Cheriel explores narrative and conflict in her paintings, drawing influence from the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, east Indian cultures, temple imagery and the punk rock scene. Her works are filled with horse headed figures encountering any number of strange creatures from humans with bird heads, to mammoth sized owls, bears and magical beings. Each piece draws you farther into her unique world with everything turned inside out, but somehow making total sense.

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Kristian Jones’ Ghostly Silhouettes

British illustrator Kristian Jones’ delicately drawn ghostly silhouettes  prey on the innocence of childhood imagination, surreal worlds and fictional creatures.

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Jen Garrido’s Bold Strokes

Painter Jen Garrido’s work is bold, simple, yet elegant. Her work reminds me of papercuts, but I love seeing the slight paint texture in each piece. Her work is a combo of small textural paintings, and small minimal works that seem to fit together just right. Her two styles compliment one another instead of challenging. I’d be curious to see what she can do with much larger works in the future. 

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Michelle Wasson

Love the brushwork in these semi-abstract still life paintings by Michelle Wasson. The mark making feels perfectly effortless but extremely precise.

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Shaun Kardinal’s Altered States

Shaun Kardinal transforms found and scavenged postcards into geometric altered spaces that are hypnotic. His site is full of places, people and things that he’s created on found images and redistributed into the world.

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