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Roberto Bernardi… Death To Photography

Roberto Bernardi has dedicated his career to creating hyper-realistic paintings.

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Jon Rafman

The embedded video above comes from the latest project by Montreal-based media artist Jon Rafman. Kool-Aid Man in Second Life offers to give Internet users free guided tours of Second Life by Rafman’s avatar, the Kool-Aid Man. The aforementioned video is a promotional video showing scenes of the tour (by the way, apparently some of this may not be NSFW, though I watched the first minute or two and didn’t really notice anything bad). The subtlety of the video, and the entire project, is what makes it so engaging. There are all sorts of questions raised here: about the role of crafted pop culture icons in the new era of user generated content, about the nature of scenic beauty, about our interaction with kitsch. Someone take the tour and let us know how it is!

PS: Check out this essay Rafman wrote on Google Street View. Very compelling stuff.

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Sponsored Post: Respect. And G-Shock Present- Aaron Stathum And Eliot Coven

g-shock and Respect.G-Shock and RESPECT. magazine have teamed up to showcase the work of some top, emerging art makers from across a variety of disciplines. The video series interviews four innovators: artist/sculptor Christophe Roberts, industrial designers Aaron Stathum and Eliot Coven and photographer Kareem Black. These individuals are exploring their own imaginations and finding new ways to their visions to life through their respective art forms. From sculpture, to photography to developing concepts for industrial design and products that improve our every day lives.

The industrial designs of Aaron Stathum and Eliot Coven are heart-warming, moving, and inspiring all at the same time. Seeing two graduate students come up with an ingeniously simple way to address the issues of clothes washing in remote areas or underdeveloped countries is positively energizing. Stathum and Coven designed their “UpStream: Developing World Washing System” while studying together at Philadelphia University. Their foot powered washing machine is built from materials that are easy to find the world over: a 5 gallon bucket, pipes and rope. Their goal was to make it easier for people to do laundry, cut down their laundry time, make washing more sanitary and keep detergents out of the rivers where washing usually takes place. This pair is truly inspiring and their simple solution to a worldwide problem will hopefully ignite a spark in others to follow suit.

Watch the full video featuring Aaron Stathum and Eliot Coven here.

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Lina Scheynius

Lina Scheynius

Lina Scheynius has been one of my favorite photographers for a while now. The nostalgic hazy atmosphere that she creates in her photos really taps into my inner sappy-self. Her photos are always so honest, looking though her work is like looking back on photos of your past…except they’re not yours..and they look far more interesting than reality. I know it has been done before, but her point and shoot photos are some of the most beautiful and successful documentations of life that I’ve seen today. Scheynius has been working more with fashion photography, and I think she’s well suited for it because her work is incredibly romantic and she always makes the mundane fantastic.

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Ryan Lauterio

A nice mix of sculpture and painting on Ryan Lauterio’s portfolio site. My favorite piece is the above monorail. It looks like an ancient ruin from Disney Land.

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STACHE N’ SHADES COMPETITION WINNERS

May 20th has come and gone! Your submissions were awesome and we had fun here at B/D seeing them all come through.

 
Now, time for the winners (in no particular order). Drumroll, please…

 

 

WINNER #1: PEDRO FERNANDES

www.ffall.org

 

Pedro Fernandes

Pedro Fernandes

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?
PF: I love 3D volumetry and also 2D flatness. I start some hand drawing as a base then in end reconstructing shapes in the computer. The splat thing came when listening to Femme Fatale and some other Canadian punk. If it lasted longer, there would be blood everywhere…

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field – or what is your day job?
PF: Part-time designer in the furniture industry. And, part-time illustrator at my home.

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?
PF: I like the one that is looking at me. Readiness to hand. If the medium isn’t ready then it is not suitable to me.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?
PF: Currently I carry a full beard, but I recommend the Cantiflas style.

 

 

WINNER #2: TwoLobesOneBrain

www.tlob.fr

 

TwoLobesOneBrain

TwoLobesOneBrain

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

TLOB: Currently we work on a hand-drawn faces project, and when we saw the “stache ‘n shades” contest a couple of days ago, we found an interesting link between hand drawn treatment and Photofit-like illustration. We used the photofit treatment with our faces (pencil) and we saw the stache like an accessory like shades, to change our faces maybe like a criminal running.

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

TLOB: We are a little graphic design studio based in Paris (France), named TLOB (TwoLobesOneBrain).

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

TLOB: Today it’s Screenprinting.

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

TLOB: Inigo Montoya’s mustache.

 

 

 

WINNER #3: SEAN VAN PRAAG

www.rebeljester.com

 

Sean Van Praag

Sean Van Praag

 

B/D: What was your inspiration & process behind creating this graphic?

 

SVP: I came across the ad for the best shades and stache contest and thought that was a pretty bad ass contest, and I had some free time so I wanted to see what I could come up with.. The process.. for this one I really had it pictured pretty well in my head before I started. Kinda bad-ass-og-cowboy-robots cruisin’ the desert. Than I drew up a sketch… decided it would look coolest in 3D and then just went from there, playing around until I felt it had reached its full potential of awesomeness. 

 

B/D: Are you in the creative field- or what is your day job?

 

SVP: My day job, I’m a motion designer/ animator/ director. Right now I freelance at motion design studios in the LA area working on everything from commercials to music videos to network television. I’m really looking to get into directing/ creating music videos, short film animations and spend most of my spare time working on short animations. 

 

B/D: What is your preferred medium?

 

SVP: I don’t know that I have a preferred medium, they all kinda have their ups and downs, but painting/ drawing are what I do to chill out. 

 

B/D: What is your fave kind of mustache?

 

SVP: Tough call, I’d say its a toss between the twirly dali-stache, and big ass handlebars, they’re both pretty bad ass. 

 


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One Guy Depicts 6 villian beards!

Hitler

Osama

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Alison Zavos’ post of work by Photographer  Andreas Jakwerth.

Vienna based photographer Andreas Jakwerth set out to depict the evil beards of the world with One guy, 6 different beard styles, six villains and contemporary fashion!

The series ‘Beards of Evil’ combines the beard style of some of the more evil villains of mankinds history with contemporary, urban fashion. For us, it was interesting to see how nicely some of these styles would work with today’s fashion even though you cannot wear a beard like these nowadays.

I shot this series for the Austrian magazine thegap, which focuses on urban culture and music. One of their friends who had been growing a beard for about seven years, decided to finally get rid of it, so we jumped in and realized the series with the help of stylist Magdalena Vukovic and hairdresser Thomas Pavlidis. The model, a non-professional, changed his expression to fit perfectly with the style of beard he was wearing.

In the end the series never got published in the magazine because one of the fashion labels didn’t like the historical person we chose for their clothing.—Andreas Jakwerth

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Documentary Watch: Ross Capicchioni Makes Your Problems Look Petty

 

This is the unbelievable survival story of a young skateboarder named Ross Capicchioni from Detroit. I don’t want to ruin the story but if you only do one thing today watch this video. I promise that you’ll forever be changed. Watch the 2 part video after the jump.

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