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Ben Wheele Finds Baroque Pathos in The Unusual

 

 Ben Wheele is an artist and animator based in London who makes a variety of videos, animations, and sculptures dealing with surreal images  and worlds that are extremely compelling but  hard to describe. When asked about his work Ben says “If I were to speculate…I’d say my work is probably an attempt to find ‘Baroque pathos’ in unusual netherworlds, where logic has somehow receded. What remains is often gooey and emotional.” Watch the above videos and tell us what you think his works about! (via vvork)

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Jose Castrellon’s Priti Baiks

Jose Castrellon’s Priti Baiks project documents the young men of Panama who spend their earnings customizing and supersizing their bicycles. The bike styles are are inspired by everything from music to Afro-Caribbean culture, creating a visual aesthetic that is unique to the region and a form of self expression for these youth who oftentimes have no other form of transportation.

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Neil Dacosta’s Naughty Book Of Mormon Missionary Positions

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Commercial photographer Neil Dacosta decided to have a little fun with The Book Of Mormon. He added the words “missionary positions” to the title and created a pictorial that would have the latter day saints turning beet red. In response to a passage in the LDS handbook which says sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally wed, Dacosta proceeds to photograph two geeky males as they engage in various textbook “missionary positions” fully dressed.
The missionary position is considered the proper way for christians to engage in sexual intercourse. In the text definition, there’s a term “intercural intercourse” which is defined as the “homosexual missionary position”. The act is described as the polite way for two males to engage in sex. Its deed is described as rubbing between two thighs and has been referenced to bisexual men such as Abraham Lincoln, Alexander The Great, and lonely soldiers in the battlefield. According to most religious conservative groups, homosexuality is wrong and deviant. Dacosta’s Book Of Mormon is a clever, and forthright way to protest such absurdity.
Most of Dacosta’s other work has an edge. He has shot various campaigns involving snowboarders, runners and motorcross. In the shots, the athletes appear small against the landscape. It fits in well with another essay examining vulnerability called Astronaut Suicides. Here, the photographer shows a fully dressed astronaut in different death induced scenarios. Again, it plays against the idea that no matter what identity we choose whether on purpose or fate, we’re all human beings at the core.
(via ignant)

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Cyber Monday Sale- Save 45% Off The Entire B/D Shop!

The big sale that you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! Beautiful/Decay’s massive
45% off sale starts right now and ends at midnight tonight. Get 45% off all Beautiful/Decay books, magazines, apparel, accessories, and even items on sale. Just use discount code: HOLIDAZE during check out and save big!

 

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Sven Lukin

Sven Lukin blends minimalist painting with op art relief sculptures in his iconic “three-dimensional” paintings.

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HOTTEA Canopy Covers Williamsburg Bridge With ‘Ritual’

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“NYC is a very fast paced city.” said artist HOTTEA in an exclusive talk with Beautiful/Decay. “When I walked across the bridge people are either jogging, running for exercise, walking with friends or alone to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan or vice versa. When observing people walking or running across the bridge, there really wasn’t any reason to look up or slow down.  I like creating pieces that dramatically change the space and encourage people to re-look at a certain area.”

One of the most famous of the now-burgeoning international street arts scene that uses yarn and other non-damaging/permanent materials, the Minneapolis-based artist tried to create a similar project on a visit to New York several years ago, but was stopped by authorities. With careful planning and the help of several friends, HOTTEA was able to complete the public installation, creating a canopy of changing colors over a Williamsburg Bridge. Titled ‘Ritual‘, the artist explained that the very act of taking the bridge instead of the train became a ritual, slowing down his journey to the City and being able to process his day, the skyline and enjoy his surroundings. Realizing this, he wanted to create a signature work that would give others the same chance.

Referring to the installation, HOTTEA explained, “After about 5 hours, people continued to slow down but now more and more people were stopping.  Either to take photos or to interact with us directly.  When the piece was near completion after about 11 hours, everyone that came into contact with the piece either slowed down or stopped completely. I was in awe to see such a fast paced city slow down, stop and look up.” (via Colossal)

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Cut Paper, Part 3

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Natasha Bowdoin, "Of His Wondrous Tun (Melville and Me)", 2009

Here are the last three in B/D’s series on cut paper.

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Anya Janssen’s Hyper Portraits

Ana Janssen’s erie hyperrealistic paintings remind me of the calm before a storm. In most of the work young teenagers sit still and stare at the viewer with an intense gaze while various animals sit on their shoulders, lay in their lap, or attempt to take a bite out of the figures hand.

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