Margaret Nomentana’s nonrepresentational art demonstrates a fascinating balance between emotionality and restraint. Often working in a spontaneous manner, and sometimes working on several paintings simultaneously, her imagery reflects moments of clarity, caught in the act of vision and revision. Whether it’s collage or acrylic painting, her gestures evoke “abstract landscapes of the mind” or terse conversations with color and movement.
Of her own artistic desires, Nomentana states, “My strong minimalist impulse is tempered with a dry sense of humor, irony, and in spite of everything, a powerful sense of hope. Alma Thomas is my hero.”
Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with Insight to present a Sample sale Friday, March 27th from 12-6pm, & Saturday, March 28th from 9-6pm! The event will take place at 8940 Ellis Ave, in Los Angeles (90034). We will be selling rare, limited run and unreleased samples, as well as never before seen Beautiful/Decay prototypes! Some of these have as limited a run as 5 shirts made, ever! The sale will feature the insane discount of 50%- 80% ALL stock, including shirts and hoodies. Some come out, meet the B/D crew and get your hands on some great deals.
Let’s face it, sometimes artists need a little extra motivation to keep creating and challenging themselves. Based on the Drawing-a-Day style exercise, Drawlloween (generally hash-tagged so each artist’s daily offering can easily be searched on social media sites) is the month of October equivalent where artists and illustrators test their skills and dedication. Illustrator Brian Luong has taken this challenge, and come out with a completely cohesive and solid body of Halloween-themed work. The Southern California-based Luong has gone beyond mere renderings of each instructional prompt (list below), creating dark narratives that add necessary darkness, mystery and visual heft to each drawing.
Although Luong’s portfolio shows a range of strengths typical of most illustrators, Luong’s muted palate, tight hatching and large areas of shading have become more focused and with the project. On the eve of the project’s culminating date of Halloween, the drawings have developed their own distinct, chalky, monochromatic style. Dark shadows have became longer, and scenes of street stalking vampires, discovered corpses and goblin-carved pumpkins became more imaginative than most other participants. Luong’s final Drawlloween piece should be posted today, Halloween, on his Tumblr.
Courtney Woodliff‘s paintings combine ideas of industrialism and the rigorous daily lives of the women in them. As mechanical and organic forms intertwine, they metaphorically and physically become one. They struggle one another to define who is in control, the cold machine or the human that wields it.
Photographer Phil Bebbington takes pictures of mostly abandoned spaces throughout the world that once were popular like resorts and churches. His portraits can be just as haunting, people that could easily abandon where they are as well. Check out Phil’s flickr and blog too.
Legendary producer Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun, acclaimed hip hop artists who have previously gained fame from their Dah Shining & The Rude Awakening albums have joined forces for a MONUMENTAL album. Pete Rock has provided the entire production on the album, as well as vocals including on the title track MONUMENTAL. The album features their colleagues in the foundation of hip hop music including artists like: Raekwon, Sean Price, Buckshot, Freeway, Top Dog of Boot Camp Clik, Bun B, & Jahdan.
In collaboration with the release, New York based photographer Fubz, documented the entire recording process. Fubz has been shooting photographs since 1998 with his work featured by notable clients & magazines and record labels such as: Warner Bros., Rostrum Records, Antenna Magazine and The Source.This collaborative release embodies the MONUMENTAL process of creating this album and process of music within the ever changing and growing hip hop community.
With the help of a huge swarm of flies, John Knuth transforms decay into creation. Flies have long symbolized death and rot in art as well as popular culture. In medieval times, for example, it was popularly believed flies were born out of carcasses rather than eggs as larvae. Knuth, though, emphasizes the flies productive role in the larger cycle of life and death. He creates his work by first feeding the flies water mixed with sugar and paint. The flies largely digest their food outside of their body, Knuth’s flies doing this directly on the canvas. While digesting, each fly leaves a small mark of pigment, a small piece of the larger record or the swarm. Check out the video to see Knuth’s process and more of his finished paintings.