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Hinke Schreuders’s Embroidered Works Run The Gamut From Sinister To Playful

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Dutch artist Hinke Schreuders creates embroidered works that run the gamut from sinister to playful. Stitching directly on photographs and illustrations, Schreuders creates entirely new artworks by shifting the emphasis and adding pops of color or whole new objects and interactions. She transforms a dreary gray tree to a flowering one with little buds raining down like a curtain of beads. In other photographs, she applies her hand to texturing rivers with pale blue and adding spirals of threading forming fluffy white clouds.

In her previous work, Schreuders has said she wanted to “subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium,” and she certainly continues doing so in her new work. In one piece, a naked woman is posed confidently, outlined with thread and smoking a cigarette. In another, she lends her embroidery to a photo of a woman in a white dress, adding layers and depth and somehow making the subject less passive and more engaged with the world inside the photograph. (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)

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B/D X Sticker Robot Contest: And The Winner Is…

Last week we had a contest where you were asked to write a clever sentence using our sponsors name “Sticker Robot.” We got a lot of fun entries but after going through all of them we picked this lucky winner:  Hey Sticker Robot, I’m a stickler for stickers and know how to pick um, and unlike stamps there’s no need to lick um. Bam!

Congrats to Felisha Gonzales who will be getting a massive grab bag with copies of Beautiful/Decay Book 2Book 3, and Book 4, 3 Beautiful/Decay t-shirts, and a limited edition Fudge Factory Comics sticker pack by Travis Millard!

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Seth- The International Street Art Painter

While his street art pseudonym might not be the most creative (we’re guessing he uses his real name), the French artist simply known as Seth’s bold and colorful portraits of locals city dwellers painted in every continent is quite the creative endeavor. One of our favorite parts of Seth’s project is that he often times gets locals to pose next to murals. We’re not sure if the paintings are directly based the individuals posing in the photographs but they certainly do add a bit of extra charm and humor to the images. More images from China, India, Mexico, and everywhere else imaginable after the jump!

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Nature Meets Urban Decay In Patrick Bergsma’s Magical, Gravity-Defying Landscape Sculptures

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Last year, we featured the work of Dutch artist Patrick Bergsma. Featured today is a selection of his newer works, which demonstrate his endless creativity in sculpting floating, post-apocalyptic homes. Appearing to defy gravity, old ramshackle buildings painted in rustic shades meld with rock formations and elaborate root systems. Bonsai trees sprout from the top, creating darkly beautiful habitats for tiny, marooned people; a helicopter lands perilously atop one, and on another, a girl kneels pensively amongst the roots of a dead tree.

Aside from being objects of imagination and extreme detail, many themes seem to be occurring throughout Bergsma’s sculptures, such as the reclaiming power of nature; trees appear to be taking over the ruined buildings, returning the small, blasted fragments of earth into a more natural state. There are also dual feelings of sorrowful entrapment and isolated simplicity; the inhabitants appear lonely, but their quaint living spaces are also beautiful and calming, referring to a simpler way of life. Whatever your response to Bergsma’s sculptures is, they each tell a story that will pique your curiosity.

Visit Bergsma’s website and Pinterest to see more.

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Colorful Abstractions Transformed Into Street Art

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The pieces of Xuan Alyfe arrive from a variety of influences rarely found in street art.  His work is largely abstract, but peppered with figures and other recognizable objects.  The murals seems to subtly reference minimalist, surrealist, and even graphic design styles.  Aylfe’s art even seems to piece together various influences of other street artists into his own distinct style.  Perhaps appropriately, then, he has exhibited and painted murals worldwide.

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Philip Kwame Apagya’s Aspirational Living

Philip Kwame Apagya is a Ghanaian artist whose color photographs reflect a contemporary twist on traditional West African portraiture. In Apagya’s photos, subjects interact with his brightly painted 2-D backdrops, interiors and exteriors that catalogue the trappings and accoutrement of an affluent international culture. Subjects inhabit faux living rooms showing library shelves or consoles stuffed with expensive electronics, or chat on cell phones standing before home computers, or prepare to board that international flight to happiness. While Apagya’s photographs reflect a young and prosperous generation of consumers, one can imagine that for some, the photographs also present a “reality” beyond their means.

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Adam Batchelor’s East Meets West

Adam Batchelor is a very talented young artist from Norfolk, England. He creates work about the influence of western civilization on the developing world.

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Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell is quickly becoming a popular name in the downtown NYC art scene. Already a world-renowned tattoo artist, Campbell also dabbles in the world of fine arts, making a variety of works including his signature stacks of laser-cut currency. His recent show “If You Don’t Belong, Don’t Be Long” at OH WOW gallery in NYC had its detractors, but that didn’t stop it from being a huge success. Following in the footsteps of Mike Giant, Dr. Lakra, and Sailor Jerry, Campbell might just be on his way towards a bright and productive career.

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