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aka…. (Bong Rips, Magical Potions, Mystical Flora and Avatars) is the pretty amazing title of our very own B/D founder & Creative Director Amir H. Fallah’s upcoming exhibition at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. In case you couldn’t tell, the show pretty much deals with all things next level stoner awesome, from new age crystals to plants mourning their own existential crises. If you happen to be in SF, the show opens January 9th, 4p-7pm and runs until February 13th.

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Kurt Franz

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In 2007, Kurt Franz traveled on a bus across America and Western Europe studying city peripheries where construction and entropic sites become a common occurrence. Along the way he picked up enough materials to make some intriguing work.

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Save the Polaroid with “Instant Gratification”

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Ahh, the polaroid- the quick flash, shake, peel and voila of the beloved instantaneous image-maker is the timeless trope of countless cheesy grins. In our simulacra-riddled copy of a meta-copy digital age, there is something sincere in an entirely unique and irreplacable analog copy of a photo. Sure, I have thousands of digital files amassed on my computer. But the photos that I cherish are mostly those small, square little guys called polaroids, or to use their proper name, Instant Land Photography. With polaroid’s impending death nearing, thankfully someone has taken a stand. ISM Community will be opening an entirely polaroid exhibition entitled “Instant Gratification” at Copro Gallery this Saturday, from 7 to 11pm. With hundreds of ceiling to floor polaroids, the exhibition creates awareness about this waning art form. Flyer and more polaroids after the jump!

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Kimm Whiskie

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All the way from Lithuania, Kimm Whiskie shoots the type of photographs that make my heart twinge with nostalgia for all those ephemeral moments that just slipped by…

 

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Christine Gray

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Christine Gray’s paintings might seem playful at first, but a closer look reveals ominous mythical undertones. Woven dreamcatchers, desolate landscapes, and lightning in the sky… something else is definitely going here. Christine’s show “Into the Light” opens at Okay Mountain on January 14th, so go check it out!

 

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Matter Matters

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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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