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Daniel Rozin’s Interactive Mirror Sculptures

Daniel Rozin lives and works in New York City. From his bio: “As an interactive artist Rozin creates installations and sculptures that have the unique ability to change and respond to the presence and point of view of the viewer. In many cases the viewer becomes the contents of the piece and in others the viewer is invited to take an active role in the creation of the piece. Even though computers are often used in Rozin’s work, they are seldom visible. Many of his pieces have video cameras, motors and computers on board and produce a soothing sound as the viewer interacts with them.” (via)

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Kristofer Porter’s Bugged Out World

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The bug eyed, bizarre world of Kristofer Porter is one that I could stare at all day.

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Mike Calway-Fagan’s Mixed Media Collage

Mike Calway-Fagan’s collage work mixes dissimilar photography with a sense of urgency. The artist asserts that his works hopes to ‘critique complacency and aestheticise catastrophe’ by creating dis-ordered imagery that evoke disaster. See more after the jump.

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Jason Horowitz’s Larger-Than-Life Drag Queens

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No, I don’t just admire Jason Horowitz’s photos of renowned New York drag queen, Shi-Queeta Lee for her strikingly similar name to my own. These up close-n-personal, hyper-realistic shots elegantly straddle the realms of glamour and repulsion, real and ideal, portraiture and abstraction. His show opens at Curator’s Office February 20th.

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A New Still Life from David Brandon Geeting

The photography of David Brandon Geeting is a new kind of still life.  His photographs capture everyday objects, found or arranged.  The compositions of the pieces almost seem to reference classical art.  However, the content reflects an ultra-modern obsession with objects, picture-taking, and boredom.  His pieces have a definite fine art aesthetic though they’re populated with banal household items.  Geeting’s work reflects a new kind of still life, that in turn reflects a new kind of modernity.

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Dallas Clayton’s Awesome World

B/D friend Dallas Clayton has been busy touring the states giving away copies of his children books and helping kids dream big. For every copy of a book that Dallas sells he gives one away, spreading the message of staying positive, never giving up, and using your imagination. Check out the tour page of his site for images and stories from his adventures.

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Made With Color Presents: Emily Silver’s Work Celebrates The Comic And Tragic In Everyday Life

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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we join forces to bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Made With Color helps makers build their artists space on the web. Every Made With Color site comes with a built-in mobile site and is totally responsive for smart phones and tablets. This week we’re excited to bring you the exuberant sculptures, paintings, and videos of Made With Color user Emily Silver.

The mixed media work of Los Angeles artist Emily Silver seeks to examine the space between the celebratory and tragic moments that simultaneously exist in the life of an event. As subject matter Silver look to funerals, parties, parades, and carnivals, in their finite nature, for the work to be actively a part of these sensual celebratory spaces. The materials hold a metaphor of the ephemeral and the cherished creating objects and videos that play with what is monumental or decorative, comic or tragic, and beg the viewer to reconsider their relationship to these ideas.
Many of the sculptures that she creates become part of short humorous animations that shift our perception of what is real, what is desired, and what is anticipated. This work mashes the individual and group, the celebratory and discarded, the monumental and diminutive. Though these pieces seem overtly playful, there is an under current of the tragic, absurd and unexpected invading these spaces. About her work Silver states:

“I spent many years working doing floral arrangements for major events, and for a time I worked in a mortuary doing only large funeral arrangements, where I found myself spending a lot of time in the cemetery (maybe too much time). I have always had a fascination with the celebratory in relation to death, and the things that we don’t talk about at the/an actual party/event. That is a large influence in the making and research of the work.”

See more of Silver’s work as well as her animations after the jump.

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Kehinde Wiley’s Bold Paintings Reconfigure The Way African American Culture Is Portrayed

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Kehinde Wiley‘s impressive painting career is being celebrated at the Brooklyn Museum in a grand exhibition that is open right now. For fourteen years, he has been painting bold, decorative oil paintings that are reconfiguring the way African American culture is portrayed in art. He takes the techniques from the old European portraiture masters and turns them into modern and fresh images, relevant to a post-colonial culture. Old stuffy aristocrats and patrons wearing flouncy blouses and ridiculous wigs from centuries gone by, are replaced by black subjects with a certain street style to them.

Wiley asks different people – most of whom are regular passer-bys on the streets in Harlem, to sit for his portraits. They are given different art history books full of ornate backgrounds to choose from to complement their portrait. Wiley then paints them reenacting certain poses, imitating the European subjects and places the chosen embellishments behind and over their image. His style is a fusion of many different elements – French Rococo and the High Renaissance, Islamic architecture, West African textile design and urban hip hop, and is a result of his own mixed heritage.

Wiley later went on to create a series called The World Stage, where he traveled to Mumbai, Senegal, Dakar and Rio de Janeiro to portray different cultures and traditions in his work. He explains more:

One of the reasons I chose Brazil, Nigeria, India and China is that these are all the points of anxiety and curiosity and production that are going on in the world that are changing the way we see empire. As I’ve been traveling, I started to notice that the way many people in other parts of the world interact with American culture is through black American expression. It’s an interesting phenomenon. (Source)

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic is an exhibition showing over 60 of his paintings and sculptures, and is on until the 24th of May.

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