Artist Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels converts reclaimed wood into unimaginable installations that will leave you lost in their endless, repeating triangles. She builds these spaces in settings as diverse as a convent, an abandoned secret society hall, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The reclaimed wood used to build these impressively complex structures, mostly lath wood, is from unused building materials that Fels finds behind old plaster walls. This Brooklyn based artist says she has always been interested in building mechanics and how things work, which explains why her process exemplifies this curiosity as she takes pieces of the whole to create an entirely new and intricate structure.
Her process starts by creating a blueprint of the future piece, which is an artwork in itself. She then begins to use the found wood to create structures that contain abstracted patterns. Using mostly triangles, each of Fels’s pyramid shaped installations are both organic and geometric. The receding triangles and repetitive lines pull you in and demand your attention. Each triangle in her installations seems to build off of itself, as it spreads and grows across each wall like moss. The structures beautifully transform and morph its surroundings into an entirely different environment that the viewer can often enter. The artist develops her inspiration from vast landscape and cathedral ceilings, both of which are apparent as her immense artwork adds a dramatic vastness to the space it inhabits. These cave-like installations are a wonderful way to make stunning use of salvaged material!
David Maisel’s aerial photographs of open mines questions how human activity transforms land through industrial effort. Although beautifully photographed these images are reminders of how we destroy and pollute our planet for money and power.
As part of our ongoing partnership with Dailyserving, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Marilyn Goh’s article on Rob McLeod.
Even fanatic football fans would be hard-pressed to remember a Glaswegian football team called Partick Thistle, a perpetual underdog in First Division Scottish Football League that’s oft-joked about because of their non-winning ways. Getting behind a team that tries every week but gets nowhere requires no small measure of faith, an action probably synonymous with holding out hope in the long term for that which may never materialise. Supporting Partick Thistle is a show that utilizes the metaphor of supporting a losing football team that is akin to the nature and process of painting, a medium which Glasgow-born artist Robert McLeod believes most people think should be dead and buried.
McLeod’s hardly naive about this realm – he recognizes all too well the usefulness of painting in what he does – yet he remains a steadfast bearer of its gilded history and value, practicing it, then teaching it. He came to New Zealand 40 years ago wanting to continue where abstract artists such as Willem de Kooning and Alan Davie left off, looking to break away from the rigid formality of his art training in Glasgow. But after 30 years of studying minimalism and abstract expressionism, McLeod noticed a part of Micky Mouse’s ears in an abstract work and turned his practice to exploring the figurative. Most of the work in this show comes from the past decade, comprising mostly three-dimensional paintings on plywood, where layered forms and colour combine to create a motley crew of cartoonish figures that are loud, grotesque and irreverent.
French photographer Emmanuelle Brisson created this photo series, L’air frissonne des choses qui s’enfuient, which depicts a woman clad in thin white linen interacting with butterflies (moths?). The pictures are so quiet. They seem to exist independently from any worldly concerns. Looking at them, everything goes away. Each image is it’s own boundless meditation, and the loose context involved allows you to create your own significance for each one. See more from the series after the jump. (via)
The work of Johan Björkegren feels like a fairy tale, with twists and turns. It’s what I pictured when I was 5 and holding the covers hearing stories. It is decrepid and pronounced, and can, at times, feel like a house that won’t stop squeaking. It feels loved and nurtured, but it doesn’t believe in purity or the idea of white.
Last November I introduced you to Philadelphia duo, Lockets and their beautiful debut album, Camera Shy. Well, Todd Mendelsohn and Dani Mari are back with a new single, “Surrender” that they’ve graciously let us premiere down below. The two track, limited edition 7″ will be released July 9th on London based label, Beautiful Strange.
The lush song is filled with big beats and huge synths and Todd from the band says, “this is probably the most pop oriented track we’ve done”. It’s definitely a song you’ll listen to on repeat and then wait in anticipation for them to release the b-side.
Lockets will be performing in Brooklyn tomorrow night, May 3rd at Shea Stadium as well as a hometown show supporting Twin Sister at Johnny Brenda’s on May 12th. You can also still order their amazing limited edition debut LP, “Camera Shy” here. Be sure to follow them on Facebook for more news about the upcoming release and enjoy the premiere of, “Surrender”.
Batman is pretty cool, but he does naughty stuff all the time.
Benjamin Phillip’s is an illustrator/poet/music man working out of Brighton, England. His work is a mixed bag of wizadry, sad children, wicked cool parties, and leaves. His illustrations all have an underlined witty sense of humor that seems very unique and bizarre.