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EC Salazar

Beautfiully hatched drawings by Vancouver based illustrator EC Salazar.

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Allyson Mitchell’s Humanimals


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Sesame Street: Chuck Close Painting

We’re taking a day off today but just because we love you we thought we’d share this amazing clip from Sesame Street featuring influential painter Chuck Close. Happy Memorial Day from B/D & Big Bird!

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Ji Zhou’s Civlized Landscapes Create A 3D World Out Of Maps And Books

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Beijing based Ji Zhou’s latest photo series Civilized Landscape depicts models of urban and rural areas composed of books and maps he has modelled and rearranged into mountains, skyscrapers, and other landscapes. The models, placed on backgrounds made up of soothing, cool colors make for series of visually relaxing compositions full of original forms and reliefs. The textures of the various types of paper he uses in his models give the series a sort of irregular uniformity which brings the composition together in a perfect balance.

Civilized Landscape spans beyond aesthetics in the sense that the process Zhou goes through to create the models is also fascinating in its own respects. He creates the models by stacking sets of books and composing mountains from maps. He then photographs the models and creates a sort of in depth illusion that gives his work a sort of three dimensional aspect which in turn reinforces the nature of the optical illusion his project delivers. His work is centered on the idea of the “enhanced reality of illusion” , which he depicts through this series.

His project is also interesting from the perspective of the issues it addresses. Through his artificial depiction of familiar natural and urban landscapes, he raises questions of civilization and evolution as well as a debate on the place of human beings as both creators and destroyers of landscapes.

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Pedals & Prints

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Cyclists, Bikers, Riders, Sliders and Pedal Pushers – Rejoice! This Saturday, from 6-9pm, is the opening for “Pedals & Prints”, a print show dedicated to bicycle-themed art at Crewest Gallery.  The list of artists is longer than any bike ride you could ever manage on two wheels, so you don’t want to miss this huge group show.  Just to name a few – Two Rabbits Studios (who also curated the show), Dethkills, Hit + Run, Dale Dreiling, Hammered Company, Will Manville, Swank One, Dash 2000 Fidel, and sooo many more! Check out a sneak peek of the show after the jump!

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The countdown towards Book 3 has begun! In case you missed it, we showed a little iPhone sneak peak last week at the proof from our printers. It has officially been approved, which means our lil book-babes are being born as we speak, and will be arriving in just a few weeks! This one is filled with hundreds of new artists and is a great source of inspiration to anyone creative. Be sure to subscribe today so you don’t miss out…and of course save 33% off cover!

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Robb Stone’s US Soldier’s Incriminating Acts Of Violence And Lewd Behavior

 

Robb Stone is a friend and colleague that I had the pleasure of getting to know during my time at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Stone is experimental with materials, using bleach and acrylic on satin, acrylic on drop cloth and army tent material, and even acrylic on shower curtain. He works in a very washy style and usually makes large-scale paintings, layering several of them along the wall to induce a cinematic and narrative quality.

His earlier work showed his interest in pop culture and current events as he painted what can be described as infamous, narcissistic train wrecks – Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Fleiss in particular stand out among others. The paintings are executed unsympathetically, mocking celebrities most people would like to see buried under the ground. The themes of ‘narcissism’ and ‘train wrecks’ in a more meaningful sense reoccur prominently in the work he has made over the past 3 years, which features subjects who are acutely aware of being filmed, yet appear unthreatened by the film’s permanence and choose to partake in immoral, incriminating acts of violence and lewd behavior. Robb focuses on this behavior to the extent that it has been present in the US’s recent military involvement in the Middle East. So far he has focused on a series of isolated incidences, such as US soldiers urinating on dead Afghan bodies and the US Embassy’s guards in Kabul’s hazing rituals. The content of his paintings raises many questions: were these soldiers inherently immoral individuals, or did war make them that way? Is it possible to be in a situation so far from normal reality that anyone in that situation will lose their sense of morality? Does the context of these soldiers’ surroundings allow for them to believe they are partaking in acceptable behavior? The show-off behavior of these soldiers is perplexing; they are not at all compelled by the presence of the camera to hide their face in shame. Instead, they embrace the exposure.

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Last Chance To Subscribe & Get Book 6!

Hey B/D Member! As you may have heard, the Beautiful/Decay book series highlights the most extensive interviews, and in-depth features with upcoming artists today. And in with the latest arrival of Book:6 upon us, this is your last chance to start your subscription and not miss out. With 164 ad-free pages of image heavy articles and collectible art inserts, this hand-numbered book is a source of inspiration you can re-read time and time again. So don’t, wait until it’s too late,subscribe today!

 

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