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Aya Kato Flowers Pillow

Here’s another brand new artist series Pillow for you to rest your head on. This time we’re featuring an Aya Kato graphic called Flowers taking inspiration from both Japanese Scroll painting and Art Nouveau.  Find out more  and see detail shots of  Flowers as well as our other pillows on the B/D shop.

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Flora Borsi “Distouches” Portraits Of Fashion Models Creating Surrealist “Little Monsters”

Hungarian photographer Flora Borsi digitally “distouches” images of models. After analyzing fashion portraits, the artist took note of the overt emphasis on perfection the images took. She then decided to play with the process to perfect by attempting the opposite. Her images wink to the classic artist portrait, perhaps even take their composition from what looks like could be a model or actor’s headshot, yet instead of aiming to portray women at their most beautiful, her mission was to create something truly unusual. Her portraits highlight distorted faces of women that tend to have three eyes, peculiar brow lines, and lips that droop, giving an almost absent chin. With a thread of shiny hair and dramatic lighting, this body of work almost acts as a portrait series of genuine alien beings. The artist explains the project in her own words:

“In this project I’ve been analyzing some fashion portraits, how perfect they are. So I made the opposite of retouching, somehow I distouched these pictures of perfect models. This project is connected to surrealist painters point of view: beauty wasn’t enough to give me interest. I love imperfections as much as I love surrealism. These pictures are my little monsters, no one wants to look like them, because they are totally unique.”

Borsi’s work uses digital manipulation in order to explore her fascination with surrealism. She focuses on issues surrounding identity, relationships, emotions, and dreams with the aim to  investigate the complexity of the human psyche.

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Last B/D Movie Time event Tonight! Rivers and Tides

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Movie Time culminates with “Rivers and Tides,” an otherworldly documentary that follows renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy as he transforms and harnesses the elemental forces of ice, driftwood, rivers, and forests into works of ethereal and transient beauty.

The screenings are projected on the large outdoor screen located next to the Snack Bar. Seating is limited so arrive early to secure a chair, but if you get there late, no worries you can always sit on the floor or bring your own chair!

Drinks, snacks and popcorn as usual are available at Snack Bar!

“Rivers and Tides”- Wed, May 27
8:00pm
Space 15Twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

See more Beautiful/Decay Movie Times for the month of May after the jump!

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Taxi Driver Candidly Snaps Passengers Riding In His Back Seat

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Mike Harvey was a taxi driver in Swansea who began ferrying passengers around on the night shift to fund his trips overseas. Since beginning the job in 2010 he shared his car with so many strangers, each one with a story as varied as the distance they were traveling, he decided he would document them with his DSL camera. Harvey would take a snapshot of his customers at their final destination in return for waiving their payment for their trip. He said out of around 130 journeys, only 9 people refused their photograph being taken.

During this type of job, Harvey would have many different types of adventures and experiences. He would find out a lot about his passengers in a very short time, and would discover things they wouldn’t divulge to their friends.  He found himself in a very sticky situation one time:

I was driving out of Swansea at about 3AM, and this girl who was full-term pregnant – you know, ready to go – was sat at the side of the road, barefoot, flagging me down. So she got in and… it’s a bit of an impromptu counseling service sometimes, driving a taxi. I said that maybe getting hammered when you’re pregnant isn’t such a good idea, but, you know, we had a nice chat. Then, when I dropped her off, she legged it. I’d usually chase after someone, but she was fully pregnant, you know? She was the one that got away, but I let her get away. (Source)

Harvey has without a doubt managed to capture all walks of life in Swansea, and his images portray all types of people essentially existing in the same way – whether it is getting a ride to or back from a hard day’s work, or on their way to celebrate or commiserate something. Harvey’s photographs are on exhibit now at Monkey Cafe in Swansea. (Via Cultured Vultures)

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Lang Baumann’s Tubes of Air Taking Over Entire Buildings

The team known as Lang Baumann is made up of artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann.  Together they create large scale installations which playfully interact with the surrounding environment.  Comfort, the series presented here, fills houses, barns, apartments, and more with tubes of air.  The tubes twist through doors and windows completely overtaking the space they’re stuffed in.  The installation and its title recall homes, living spaces, and an the perpetual search for physical comfort.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: The Drug – Röyksopp

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A trippy, pyschedelic, drug induced ride through a “Tron” like world courtesy of Röyksopp‘s new music video, The Drug. Watch the full video after the jump and step into the mulit-colored world of hallucination!

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Donna Pinckley’s Photos Of Interracial Couples And The Negative Things That People Say To Them

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A black and white photograph of a couple expressing nothing but tenderness and love. Donna Pinckley captures interracial couple posing naturally in front of their homes. Nothing should be perceived as wrong in these pictures, yet some people are not only condemning these individuals’ relationships but they are throwing hateful words at them. These can be read below the photographs, “as a reminder of how part of society sees them”.

After taking photographs of young children growing up through life, becoming adults and posing with their spouses, Donna Pinckley encountered a recurrent situation where women got to reveal the loathing comments they were facing because of their partner’s race. Her reaction to these women’s confidence has been artistic. She began to photograph interracial couples and depict their resilience and refusal to let others define them.

The couple are of all ages, and they represent any individuals in any country at any given time. This cold harsh reality is however counterbalanced by the message of hope these couples are giving us, via the mean of photography and the presence of Donna Pinckley behind it. A singular and effective way to spread a notion of tolerance and acceptance.  Despite the words, the looks and the attitude towards those relationships, the love and trust created by these couples is bursting and undeniable.

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Cigdem Keresteci

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Artist Cigdem Keresteci is an illustrator and motion designer working out of Istanbul. Her inspired doodles have an ease about them that lends a youthfulness and brightness to her work. Along with animator Quba Michalski, Keresteci runs imago new media, a motion graphics studio. The pair do it all, from developing the initial concept, to script writing, illustration, photography, film, animation, and editing.

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