Photographer Gray Malin (@graymalin) takes us on a journey in his colorful, idyllic series titled Dreams. The sun-soaked images feature a herd of sheep whose coats are decorated with pink, purple, yellow, blue, and green pigment. Malin had the idea years before he actually made the work; he was inspired by a story about a Scottish sheep farmer who had colored the fleece of his flock in order to deter the thieves who had been stealing his sheep at night.
This powerful visual stuck with him for seven years. “I dreamed of creating a series where I could give these often overlooked animals a way to shine, bringing a rainbow of color to help inspire others to stand out and follow their own dreams.”
Malin consulted with a team of experts and eventually travelled to rural Australia where he worked hand-in-hand with a family of third-generation sheep farmers to make this series a reality. “Utilizing a non-toxic, vegetable dye that rinses off with water, the farmers misted each sheep with the same tool they use to administer a spray for ticks and lice,” he says.
Sheep yearn to be apart of a crowd; they prefer to blend in rather than stand out. So, each of Malin’s images are meant to encourage others to “wander from the flock” and go after their desires.
Baltimore-based artist, Dan Everett, has a great body of work that really packs in a detailed glimpse into the artist’s comedically strange mind. With inspiration coming form Indian miniatures and Buddhist Mandalas, Everett’s pieces feature bizarre characters that are born from a stream-of-conscience making process. As a way to give back to the city he works in, Everett displays his work throughout the town by hanging them on abandoned buildings. We’ve got a great selection posted here, but be sure to take a peak at his portfolio site.
Working from the philosophical theory that all things–living and inanimate hold life, and therefore are universally related, Emily Nachison constructs grand geologic environments from the man-made synthetics.
Mark Khaisman, born in Kiev, Russia and now living in Philly, has much more love for packaging tape than I can attest to. Using it as a “wide paint stroke,” Khaisman uses the packaging tape on light boxes, essentially creating a look that embodies pixels on a screen, but much more hands on.
Ben Bunch lives and works in New York. Using EVA foam, foamcore, chipboard, glue, paper collage, paint marker and spray paint Ben Bunch constructs intricate small-scale sculptures that resemble organized electronic components. The contraptions show a reverence for the color and geometry of 80’s consumer devices and sometimes cross over into the video game world. Because of the heavy use of foam in the work Bunch’s sculptures are soft to the touch even though they represent hard objects. “Bunch is interested in the intersection of craft and industrial fabrication. Consumer and fashion trends saturate our life in an endless echo chamber of branding and nostalgia. Bunch enjoys peering into this chasm through a solitary hands-on sculptural practice. Nowadays, many artists employ the same methods of manufacturing that are found in the consumer landscape. Outsourcing, fabrication, and mass production are well-established tools in the contemporary artist toolbox. However, Bunch rejects these processes of artistic industrial fabrication to address the issues of pop imagery and consumerism in a different way. Using materials of humble scale, weight and substance (mostly foam) his objects are hand-made employing basic tools in the most time consuming manner. The end result is an object that mimics the look of industrial fabrication and relishes the geometry and beauty of consumerism.”
Artist Tristram Lansdowne is a Canadian born artist currently living and working in Toronto. His paintings focus on “ideas of permanence and function inherent in our constructed environments”. Lansdowne references the 19th century Romantic ruin and juxtaposes it within an isolated urban setting, thus exhibiting his pessimistic view of human progress.
Kelsey Brookes‘ figurative paintings are a surreal manifesto of Hindu and Buddhist dieties, eroticism, animals and American quilt patterns. His work embodies an explosion of energetic colors, culture and anxiety represented with the ghostly characters in his paintings.
We’ve been getting a lot of emails asking what we’re doing for Book 2 of after having Kyle Thomas hand draw all 1,500 hundred copies of Book 1. If you haven’t seen Book 1 yet rush over to our shop and check them out!
After months of planning and scheming I’m excited to announce that each issue of Book 2 will come with a limited edition, silk screened, hand signed & numbered 4″x6″ print by Cody Hoyt. For those of you not familiar with Cody, he is one of the main guys behind the Apenest books as well as an amazing artist. The print was silkscreened locally by our friends over at Two Rabbits Studios.
This print is nothing short of bonkers featuring a skeleton, zombie, four armed creature practicing yoga, eating a taco, eating cereal, vomiting, pouring glue in its eye, and taking bong hits all at once! I wish I could multi-task like that!
The only way to get this limited edition print is through purchasing Beautiful/Decay. They will not be sold separately anywhere. Head over to our shop and reserve your copy of Book 2 by subscribing.