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Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he living, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to mix my bread! Someone took the old British nursery rhyme a little too far it seems…In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ll only be posting creepy art on the blog….In case you’re wondering, no, B/D has not gone into the gruesome business of baking humans- what you see is the artwork of Kittiwat Unarrom, a Thai artist and baker who sculpts macabre edible creations. He got his inspiration from working in his parents bakery- talk about playing with your food! I found a video on YouTube of the artist at work below- it seems to only be Thai but its cool to see the 3D works…

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Taras Hrabowsky

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Close your eyes.  Imagine a Drive-In movie theater, huge projections covering a massive wall.  Now imagine that the projectionist is sitting in a van and has no permission.  Instead of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”, the projection is of some face melting graphics, like the above video.  That’s what you get with the work of Taras Hrabowsky.  After the jump, you can see some documentation of these guerilla projections.  Keep your eyes peeled, as Taras may be coming to a city near you with this cross country tour.

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Edgar Romanovskis’ Vertigo-Inducing Landscapes Draw Toward Infinity

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Swiss artist Edgar Romanovskis uses simple digital editing techniques to portray the illusion of infinity within his outdoor portraiture. Starting with a hand-made frame, he photographs an outdoor scene either holding or setting the frame in it, then manipulates the image in Photoshop to mirror the frame endlessly, forming a geometric gateway that sinks into oblivion. The results are captivating.

Much of his previous work involves landscape photography, with heavy use of photo manipulation to pull at the tones and contrast, achieving the fullest impact with the image, and creating a nearly other-worldly look. In comparison to that type of work, this series, titled “Concept of Infinity,” has a beautifully muted and nearly fine art quality to it. The tones are even, and although the patterns are simple there is a nearly entrancing quality to them. This is a simple way to turn a beautiful landscape photograph into something that appears to fall into another dimension.

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Carne Griffiths’ Alcohol Stained Drawings

Carne Griffith’s fluid and layered drawings are made by combining a layered mixture of calligraphy ink, graphite and liquids such as brandy, vodka, and whiskey. Using the alcohol as an agent to move the ink around the page Carne creates imagery that explores both figurative and floral motifs which move from representation to abstraction in the same stroke of the pen.

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New Beautiful/Decay wallets!

"Satellite" by Sentimental Soycheese


"Throw Up" by Skwak

Beautiful/Decay recently teamed up with Poketo to create custom wallets! The first is the  interstellar design “Satellite” by anonymous art collective Sentimental Soycheese, featuring a B/D spaceship in a gradient lit space-scape. Second is “Throw Up” by Skwak, whose main character is a multi-eyed blue behemoth barfing a macrocosmic selection of minute monsters. 

 

The wallet contains 3 slots for credit cards, a bill slot, and a change purse. It’s 8.5″ x 3.75″ open, but folds perfectly to fit in your pocket (4.25″ x 3.75″). All wallets are limited edition and all online orders come with a matching badge/pin too!

 

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Mark Addison Smith Listens To Your Conversations

 

For over two years Mark Addison Smith has been keeping a visual catalogue of strange, funny, awkward, and quirky conversations he’s overheard.  Each day he writes down things he hears and at the end of the day creates simple yet effective text based illustrations based on the one liners.  What started Mr.Smith on this epic project? Here’s what started it all in the artists own words- ” The idea for this on-going series came about in 2008 during an evening walk to the train. A girl approached me in the Chicago Loop and asked me for a cigarette. I don’t smoke. She replied, “ahh, you look like the right type” and ran off. I ran home and illustrated her words, and have been drawing dialogue ever since.”

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Stefan Strumbel

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Black Forest, German native Stefan Strumbel is another urban fine artist represented by the Circleculture Gallery of Berlin. Strumbel reinterprets embedded regional folk classics of his personal past: the cuckoo clock, the pre-lentan Alemannic Carnival mask… familiar objects of home transformed with pop-culture flair, bright colors and iconic substitutions; a confrontation to cultural cliches. Strumbel’s work will be on exhibit in October as part of Escape 2010: Escape the Golden Cage, International Exhibition of Urban Art, Austria.

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Benoit Jammes’ Amusing Skateboarding Fruits And Veggies

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Benoit Jammes attaches miniature skateboard wheels to fruits and vegetables and send them to do daring tricks and flips around the kitchen. In the series, he has an apple carve a bowl, a tomato splat after a jump, and a cut potato fly over a spoon. The images are playful, crisp, and colourful. He writes about the series: “Kickflip and nosegrind between the pan and the olive oil. The secret sporting life of our friends the fruits and vegetables.” (Bizarre Beyond Belief) Each vegetable does seem to have its own personality affected by size, colour, and the levels of daring of each stunt. The yellow bell pepper appears to be one of the more courageous of the bunch, riding the side of an oven door. If you look closely, you can see a small bit of smoke trailing off him/her (?), which is a great, little detail.

Jammes lives and works in “more or less Paris” according to his website. He does design, painting, photography, and drawing. His sense of humour and great use of household objects exists throughout his practice. In another series, he uses cassettes for various scenarios. One is made to look like pacman, another like a strange popsicle at the waters edge of a beach. (Via Bizarre Beyond Belief)

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