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Alícia Rius’ Car Decay

“From the Backseat of my Car” is a photographic series by Alícia Rius. You probably guessed it, but the photos are shot from the backseat of a car. From abandoned cars, specifically – these shots truly depict a beautiful decay.

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frieke Janssens’ Smoking Kids

Frieke Janssens’ dramatic photographs of kids smoking stopped me dead in my tracks as I was going through various projects on the talented Belgian Photographers website. Here is more on the project in her own words.

“A YouTube video of a chain smoking Indonesian toddler inspired me to create this series, “Smoking Kids”. The video highlighted the cultural differences between the east and west, and questioned notions of smoking being a mainly adult activity. Adult smokers are the societal norm, so I wanted to isolate the viewer’s focus upon the issue of smoking itself. I felt that children smoking would have a surreal impact upon the viewer and compel them to truly see the acts of smoking rather than making assumptions about the person doing the act. Coincidentally around the time of the “Smoking Kids” gallery opening, a law was passed, and smoking has been banned from Belgian bars. There was an outcry from the public about government intervention, feelings that freedom was being oppressed, and that adults were being treated like children. With health reasons driving many cities to ban smoking, the culture around smoking has a retro feel, like the time period of “Mad Men,” when smoking on a plane or in a restaurant was not unusual. The aesthetics of smoke and the particular way smokers gesticulate with their hands and posture cannot be denied, but among the different tribes of “Smoking Kids,” – Glamour, Jazz, and The Marginal – there is a nod to less attractive aspects, on the line between the beauty and ugliness of smoking.To assure you of the safety of the children, there were no real cigarettes on set. Instead, chalk and sticks of cheese were the prop stand ins, while candles and incense provided the wisps of smoke.”

Watch a video of the photo shoot after the jump and let us know what you think about this series.

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The Wonderful And Hedonistic World Of Don Pablo Pedro

Don pablo pedro paintingdon pablo pedro paintingdon pablo pedro paintingdon pablo pedro paintingDon Pablo Pedro’s work flutters on the edge of libido insanity. It embodies grotesquely beautiful scroll paintings featuring twisted hermaphrodites in kama sutra type positions, marked with multiple genitalia. Playing tantric wizard, Pedro takes us for a hedonistic ride through all of his rosy, maladjusted conquests. Along the way, we see fine line work and light acrylic washes on muslin. Muslin is the light cottony material used by designers to fit models before cutting a pattern. Here, the artist uses it to attain a flat surface which compliments his precise drawing ability. It seems appropriate, as the artist’s work is easily suited to T-shirts and canvas bags. It holds a pop element near, yet references the old religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.The narrative, taken directly from multi-armed Kali, the Hindu goddess associated with empowerment, shows work that is happily consumed with variations of her likeness. Substituting arms for male and female genitalia, the appendages pile on top one another turning into “third eyes” and “fourth arms”. Newer studies, concentrate on multiple partners more than parts. Also portrayed in hedonistic positions, subjects mimicking, love, lust, faith, and dreams materialize. Comparisons to Surrealism, Japanese scroll work and comic books have been made. There is a Crumb association, but Pedro goes to further lengths. He takes the psychedelic yogi route, opting for freak show characters instead of urban myths. His mysterious subject matter holding true to the power of sexual desire.

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Ballet And Geometric Patterns, And A New Sound Collide In This Awe-Inspiring Music Video

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A performance combining digital lines, monochromatic backgrounds and two individuals. The collaboration for ‘Sparks’ music video, between composer/producer Ralf Hildenbeutel and filmmaker Boris Seewald has created a dynamic choreography shrewdly synchronized with the music, a track from the composer’s new album, ‘Moods’.

The geometric motifs are shaped in lines, cubes, circles and appear sporadically while the two women dancers perform. The electro/classical sound is giving the tempo to the intertwined duo and extremely thin traced patterns. At some point, a hidden shape is moving under a black matte outstretched piece of fabric. The choreography is enhancing the voluptuous ballet moves of both dancers. They appear in order. Black, white and then together. The opposition of colors symbolized by the two dancers is unsettled by the lines, triangles and circles.

The music is leading the game. The staccato tempo in the beginning goes along the fast forwarded gestures of the first dancer. Possibly a few milli-seconds ahead of the choreography; the music is giving us the impression that our intuition is predicting the appearance of the geometric lines and the acceleration of the movements.
Taken apart, the 3 concepts (music, patterns and performance) wouldn’t have made any sense. Put together, they create a perfect synergy. (via The Creators Project)

Ralf Hildenbeutel’s new album ‘Moods’ is available for purchase. 

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Made With Color Presents Kelley Hagemes Painting Inspired By The Divine

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Beautiful/Decay is excited to bring you our exclusive artist feature in partnership with  Made With Color, the premiere platform for artist websites. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting creatives working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek sites. All Made With Color sites not only work beautifully on your computer  but also come optimized for mobile and tablet users making sure that your portfolio looks professional no matter how you view it.  For this weeks artist spotlight we bring you the illustrations of Kelley Hagemes.

Savannah, Georgia based artist and illustrator Kelley Hagemes creates mixed media works that reference various religious and mythical iconography. Imagery of the sublime is mixed with rich symbolism of life, regret, death, and the unknown.I

When I was a kid I had to go to Catholic school for a period of time, and my parents made were quite the Catholics. I feel like I was always surrounded by these images of the Sublime, dripping with symbolism and encased in ornament. Images of things that were supposed to be beautiful but also strike some sort of fear or uneasiness in you.

More broadly Kelley’s work is about dealing with lifes demons, finding happiness after sadness, transformation and strength while having to find beauty in some pretty ugly places throughout the process.

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Russell Kleyn

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Jumping between equally beautiful almost commercial shots and conceptual pieces, Russell Kleyn excels in seeing the beauty in less than ordinary situations.

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Tomorrow is Here, a solo exhibition by Suzannah Sinclair

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Samsøn is proud to present Suzannah Sinclair’s 2nd solo exhibition with the gallery: “Tomorrow is Here” from March 26 – May 1st, 2010: Artist’s Reception Friday, March 26 / 6-8pm

The new ocean paintings are 8 x 11 inches; the size of a page from these same vintage men’s magazines devoid of figures.

“They are sometimes from advertisements trying to convey a warm easy feeling that embody the beauty and stillness that I find in the women I paint. I like the pairing of ‘Sister What a Good Time’: landscape, that insane feeling of getting lost in the depths of someone’s eyes or the blue depth of the ocean.”

The works will be installed in an environment complete with lamps, rugs, Bertoia benches and pots/planters with plants setting a stage for comfort, suggestion & space-time. A mirror can be part of a scene without the figure through reflection.

“I like the word ‘quietude’. Just saying…”

Suzannah Sinclair was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1979 and currently resides in NY, NY
450 Harrison Ave. / 29 Thayer St. Boston, MA 02118
T 617.357.7177

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Jackie K. Seo’s Hyper Realism

Jackie K. Seo’s hyper realistic figurative sculptures are painstakingly created to depict every hair, skin blemish, and spot on the figures bodies. Jackie says about her work, ” In each of my pieces I like to show a moment where we feel the need to repair something in our lives and how we deal with it. I think the style of hyper-realism is a good way of showing the minute subtleties of the challenges of life, in a sculptural form.

I can show things like the wetness of tears in the eyes, the flushing of skin or the story that the fine lines and wrinkles of the face tell. The biggest challenge is balancing the overall feel of the piece without getting lost in the details.”

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