For all apparel and great-deal lovers in Costa Mesa, the Beautiful/Decay team will be participating in “The Swap” sample sale tomorrow, from 10am- 3pm. Just one measly buckaroo buys you entrance into this one of a kind shopping event, featuring sales, unreleased samples, rare merch and more from dozens of huge brands at unbeatable prices. Please be sure to come out, say hello to the B/D team- and get some of your holiday shopping done! (Because I haven’t even started yet….)
I’m into anything called Safari Disco Club and you should be too. There’s people dancing in retro safari outfits, girls with their heads stuck in the ground, and weird french robot dancing courtesy of Yelle and backup dancers! There’s a few parts that look a little too much like a Lady Gaga video but I can look past that. Watch the full video after the jump!
In Enrique Gomez De Molina’s hands, animals become chimeras—multiple animals blended into one fantasy, nightmare creature. His taxidermied beasts are at once weird and wonderful, absorbing and off-putting. “I guess I like to play God, “ he laughs in a Thrillist interview. Two swan heads share a goat’s body. A nasty little crab/rodent sneers at the camera. Bird’s bills and fur, antlers and insects join seamlessly to make creatures that defy nature. Gomez De Molina says of his strange menagerie:
“The impossibility of my sculpture brings me both joy and sadness at the same time. The joy comes from seeing and experiencing the Fantasy of the work but that is coupled with the sadness of the fact that we are destroying all of these beautiful things.”
Ironically, Gomez De Molina may be indirectly contributing to that destruction himself. Arrested for illegally importing animal parts, he pled guilty in 2012 and received 20 months in federal prison for trafficking in endangered and protected wildlife. Though he declares the best of intentions for his actions—bringing attention to the plight of endangered animals—his purchases certainly created a deathly supply for his demand. Why take such a risk? His taxidermied chimeras sold for up to $80,000 before his arrest.
Gomez De Molina’s side is that he wants “to bring awareness to the danger faced by a multitude of species: nuclear and chemical waste, overdevelopment, and destruction of rainforests.” U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer doesn’t see it that way.
“For years, DeMolina illegally imported parts and remains of endangered and threatened species, including a cobra, a pangolin, hornbills, and the skulls of babirusa and orangutans, and used them to create taxidermy pieces. … Trafficking in endangered and threatened species, whether for personal profit or under the guise of art, is illegal.”
It remains to be seen whether Gomez De Molina will return to art now that his exotic art supplies have been confiscated.
The beautiful paintings of Eric Zener explore the great unknown beneath the water’s surface. Some of his underwater images are haunting, while others feel like an endless summer vacation. Either way his art will leave you anything but dry.
While the professional portfolio of photographer Claudia Gonzalez is comprised of portraiture spanning classic high-fashion shots and intimate boudoir photos, her personal work presents a much more touching focus. In her series, Reassign, Gonzalez teamed up with CENESEX, Cuba’s National Center for Sex Education, to offer a glimpse into the country’s transgender community through before-and-after portraits of individuals undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
Comprised of two photos—one depicting the individual as they appear pre-procedure, and the other presenting the “after”—each piece in Reassign speaks to the complexities and astonishing results of this life-changing resolution. Since the differences between the photos that comprise the pairs are remarkable, it may surprise you that each was taken on the same day; most of the before-and-after sets are merely representative of these individuals’ journeys, and do not document the literal, typically years-long process.
Clearly, the changes in clothing, addition of make up, and styling of hair indicate an obvious change in gender identity. However, it is the individuals’ expressions—often somber and aloof in the “before” shots and self-assured and radiant in those that follow—that truly demonstrate an undeniable shift in confidence, elevated happiness, and, poignantly, an uplifted sense of self. (Via Feature Shoot)
Boris Achour is an installation artist living and working in Paris. His most recent work “CONATUS” are a series of designed spaces serving as stages for performances which in turn are recorded and translated into films. This piece is broken up into “episodes” (highly influenced by Boris’ relationship to cinema). The images above are from “CONATUS : THE ONE IN THE CAVE” shown at Galerie Georges-Philippe et Nathalie Vallois in Paris. I love how the girl is urinating in so unabashedly in front of her audience. Be sure to check out the pictures after the jump as well as really awesome video
I’m loving these sliced and diced fashion collages by fashion photographer Damien Blottiere. Each figure is layered and in motion as if a Cubist had turned into a stylist for some of the leading fashion publications in the world.
Romina Ressia set out to confront the realities of life and the fallibility of our childhood inspirations in her series “Not About Death”. The captions record her relationship to her subjects and her reasoning for casting them as each character. They are humorous portraits – especially when set up beside each other in the poster format – and the humour makes them that much more appealing as true figures of inspiration.