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Rashaad Newsome At Marlborough Gallery

Rashaad Newsome’s obsessively-handmade collages in customized antique frames comprise a visual vocabulary that combines high neo-Baroque style with low pop-advertising imagery. His richly-detailed compositions form a kind of Rosetta stone for hip-hop culture. Newsome culls familiar images of luxury goods from glossy consumer magazines: sports gear, jewel-encrusted brooches, rings, watches, furs and yachts, which he then uses to create contemporary coats of arms set against meticulously-patterned backgrounds. See Newsome’s work from October 20th-December 3rd 2011 at Marblorough Gallery.

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Sponsored Video: Cornetto’s Tasty Cupidity Film Series

Practically everyone can remember a time in his or her childhood when they got to eat a Cornetto ice cream cone, it starts out with an ice cream and topping swirl and ends in a tasty burst of chocolate. Cornetto took the same approach in creating their new series of short films called Cupidity. Each film is highly cinematic and like the Cornetto cones themselves, reveal something new in every act. The films take us around the globe in Istanbul, Hong Kong, New York and Los Angeles, showing off a beautifully filmed vignette showcasing each city.

The Cupidity series of short films Cornetto created are tales of love from a teenager’s perspective- a time when love is grandiose and mysterious, the stuff of fairy tales. The film featured here is called Kismet Diner and is set in a cozy, fifties style diner. The story revolves around Laura, the adorably shy waitress with a gift for singing. The story reveals itself in four acts, each act getting the viewer closer to the “choclately burst” at the end. The whimsical story and storybook setting calls to mind the charm of movies like Amelie.

Cupidity is an interesting project for an ice cream company to take on and certainly one that is blurring the lines between advertising and content. We solute Cornetto for pushing the boundaries of their ad campaigns and adding a creative bend to how they market their brand.

This post is sponsored by Cornetto

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Complex Lace Graffiti Adds A Touch Of Harmony And Femininity To Urban Spaces

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Artist Nespoon, based in Warsaw, knows how to make people smile and forget, just for a second their worries. Random streets, abandoned spaces and tree trunks is where the artist chooses to install her intricate lace patterns, taking street art to another level. She stencils sidewalks, sprays signposts and hangs handmade crochet with no other intention than to create a surprise for the streetwalkers.

She calls her art “public jewelry”. Her devotion to making the streets look prettier is poignant. The lace patterns she uses are traditional, bold and extremely detailed for their sizes. She is inspired by textiles and makes sure to outsource local suppliers. The geometric and airy patterns generate harmony. Just what a busy jungle city needs: peace and beauty. By adding a touch of femininity to urban spaces, the city becomes lively and vibrant.

Lace has a special meaning for Nespoon. It has a history that speaks to the majority, mostly women. As for centuries, women were the only one crocheting, leaving a heavy heritage that can be now counterbalanced to their own benefits. They can recognize in the artist’s work a familiarity, a deja-vu and embrace the installations. (via Behance).

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Akira Horikawa’s 1000 drawings

For the past five years, NYC based Akira Horikawa has been working on the “1000 Drawing Project.” In pocket size sketchbooks, he draws and reinterpret images that come into his mind, happenings, dreams, and any and all unusual events. Akira welcome the nonsense of the world with awe and documents it for all of us to enjoy. So head over to his blog and follow along as Akira makes drawing look easy and works towards his goal of 1000 drawings!

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Cocaine Cowboys & Cocaine Cowboys 2

This is a two part documentary post. If you intrigued by lady gangsters, drugs, and Miami Vice these are the documentaries for you…

The cocaine trade of the 70s and 80s had an indelible impact on contemporary Miami. Smugglers and distributors forever changed a once sleepy retirement community into one of the world’s most glamorous hot spots, the epicenter of a $20 billion annual business fed by Colombia’s Medellin cartel. By the early 80s, Miami’s tripled homicide rate had made it the murder capital of the country, for which a Time cover story dubbed the city “Paradise Lost.” With COCAINE COWBOYS, filmmaker Billy Corben – whose first feature Raw Deal: A Question Of Consent, caused a sensation at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival – paints a dazzling portrait of a cultural explosion that still echoes as Hollywood myth, evidenced by the latest manifestation, NBC/Universal’s Miami Vice, opening July 28th. Composer of the original “Miami Vice” theme, Jan Hammer, provides the score.

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Ali Smith’s Abstractions

If you’re trying to cut back on caffeine, try replacing it with Ali Smith‘s paintings; they are pure visual energy.  “With their rough edges, fractured compositions and unpredictable scale-shifts, the L.A. artist paints energetic pictures whose wild swipes and slashes are not expressive — in any way, shape or form. Rather than standing in as authentic emblems of inner turmoil or heartfelt emotions, the whiplash gestures in Smith’s paintings take on lives of their own.” – Los Angeles Times

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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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B/D Button Pack

The talents of James Callahan, Tommy Ruets, and James Quigley are now available on 3 wildly colorful 1″ buttons. These mini treats, complete with custom full-color packaging, are ready to adorn your clothing and other accessories–take B/D wherever you go! Visit our apparel shop to order your own button pack today at the button-size price of $2.95.

For these new additions to our shop, we worked with Six Cent Press (located in Vancouver, Canada), and were extremely happy with the results!  We highly recommend their work, as they quickly prepare and ship buttons to clients worldwide. These buttons are great as promotional tools for bands, portfolio take-aways for artists, et cetera!

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