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So we got an email from Mr. Matt Manos of B/D internship fame, regarding UCLA’s Design Media Arts Undergrad show on Jan 14th. In his words: “what is funny is that me, Kate Slovin, and Corinna Loo are the ones curating it. Also what is funny is that I designed the poster for it and Greg Ruben took the photo for the poster. Also, Cameron Charles will be in attendance. So the show is basically reigned upon by B/D alumni.” Well yay, B/D alumni! More official text after the jump….

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Submit to Beautiful/Decay Book 3!

Beautiful/ Decay Underdog submissions

Beautiful/Decay has saved just 10 final pages in our upcoming Book 3 to feature YOUR work! So far we’ve received hundreds of responses in all media from around the world. Due to overwhelming response we are opening up the last 10 slots just for you! PLEASE, read ALL requirements before submitting or your entry will not be considered!

The theme is “Underdogs” and is totally open to interpretation. However, it has to be a piece created especially for this issue, and not published in any other magazine, website, or in any shows before its release in March 2010. So go wild- what does your idea of “Underdogs” look like?

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Rona Pondick

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Combining steel cast human body parts with various members of the animal kingdom, Rona Pondick has been riffing on the art world’s fascination with physical transformation for over a decade. Her animal/human hybrid sculptures look like the monsters in my nightmares!

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Estelle Hanania

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French born and Paris based photographer Estelle Hanania is obviously interested in ritualistic worship and folklore culture. Find more of her work at FAT Galerie.

 

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Light Bulb Music

Not sure if I would categorize Michael Vorfeld’s performance as “music” but it’s an interesting installation incorporating sound & light.

On another note It might be taboo to say this but I find it hard for myself to get into noise art or noise music in general. What do you guys think? Is noise just noise or more?

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Casey Jex Smith

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Casey Jex Smith makes work which draws images sacred to high-geekdom, art, and religion together until they are inseparable.  I have been into his work since seeing it in person at the Drawing Center a couple of years ago.  Some of Smith’s influences are: Dungeons & Dragons manuals, Agnes Martin paintings, Mormon architecture, and Sunday School flannel-board cut-outs.  Casey and his wife – who is also an artist, Amanda Michelle Smith, both teach high school art in CA.

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Brendan Monroe

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Painter, sculpture, and all around amazing artist Brendan Monroe recently moved his operation from the bay area all the way to Stockholm, but he’s still making paintings that will stop you dead in your tracks. Blobs, trash, organic structures, and cosmic explosions are just a few of the subjects you will encounter in his hauntingly beautiful work. Monroe has been one of my favorites for a long long time, and not just because we share the name.

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Cursor Kite

Cursor Kite

Is that a plane? A bird? Or perhaps, a Cursor Kit? Nerd alert! Very little is known about this kite. It seems to be bringing the desktop of your computer outdoors (pfff, finally). Quad-line control, asymmetrical framing, nearly invisible hand-formed stainless fittings, and opposed-bow tensioning for the sail make this incredible kite look digitally pasted right into the sky. Read more to watch a video of it in motion.

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