Hailing from Singapore K-NARF covers galleries, streets, and anything else he can get his hands on with his deconstructed Photograffiti images. Pulling inspiration from old amusement parks, childhood nostalgia, and street life imagery, K-NARF installations both indoors and out have a carefree and experimental bend that we at Beautiful/Decay can certainly appreciate.
Over 4700 wild animals were admitted as sick or injured in the city of Toronto last year. This may seem like a steep number for a town of less than 3 million. One might ask themselves if there might be other intentions involved in creating this statistic.
Jason Maloney’s work is clever and oh so true. His paintings and drawings obviously stem from events in his past, but when transformed into these amazing pieces everyone can relate to them. Maloney is known as a “Pop Surrealist” who received formal training in painting and drawing at Cal State Fullerton. His work can easily be identified by his consistent use of cut outs, wide range of bright colors, and attention to detail. Skateboard graphics from the 1980’s, horror films, and heavy metal music inspired Maloney throughout his life and is probably the reason why he has recently been doing graphic work for clothing and skateboard products. I find a lot of his paintings and drawings very personally inspiring. I can’t help but look at all the details in each piece and all I want to do after looking at his work is CREATE.
Jason Maloney has also painted some public murals and currently draws and paints in Newport Beach, CA.
Katharina Fritsch is a German-born artist who transforms quotidian objects or mundane figures into something new. Using manipulation of scale and color along with repetition, Fritsch’s sculptures are usually hand-molded, cast in plaster, reworked, and then cast again in polyester. Her time consuming process creates results that are uncanny and strange.
Interested in psychology and the expectations of visitors to a museum, Fritsch’s work both appeals to the popular imagination, and a more conceptual thought process. One of Fritsch’s most popular works, Rattenkönig/Rat King (1993), a circle of black polyester rats that stand 12 feet tall, was included in the 1999 Venice Biennale. Both funny and frightening at the same time, works such as Rattenkönig/Rat King border on reality and illusion. Much of Fritsch’s work has an unsettling, often religious, association that is deeply psychological. Fritch’s sculptures tug at our deepest fears or most vivid dreams.
Usually pulling imagery from her world, subjects are often otherworldly in appearance, seemingly fantastical, like something out of a dream or a distorted memory. Her more recent installation, Hahn / Cock installed in Trafalgar Square in London is located across from Nelson’s Column. The Column is a monument built to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson, who died at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Fritsch’s giant blue rooster is meant to comment on the masculinity and public pomp of the square. Again, funny with its double entendres and absurd appearance, Fritsch’s sculpture is also deeply unnerving. Installed this past July for 18 months there is plenty of opportunity to check out Fritsch’s installation.
Los Angeles based artist Michelle Kingdom creates intimate embroidered keepsakes. Working on a small scale, Kingdom is able to achieve a compact level of detail, allowing the work to fully invite the viewer into their tiny, unique worlds. Through stitching each piece with a high volume of thread, she achieves a specific density which she calls “compressed compositions.” Every embroidered work is inspired by a specific moment in time. Whether they are her own memories, emotional portraits that are personal or exploratory, literary scenes, or historical references, Kingdom’s work is formulated through building intense moments that are of intellectual importance. She refers to her work as “psychological landscapes,” in which her aim is to “illuminat[e] thoughts left unspoken…creat[ing] tiny worlds in thread to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices.” She explains further that “symbolism and allegory law bare dynamics of aspiration and limitation, expectation and loss, belonging and alienation, truth and illusion.” While her work is doubly contemporary and fun, she does note that her work does pay homage to the tradition of needlework. The delicate nature of the material and the intensive and intimate process of creation allows each piece to fully possess an aura of both elegance and fragility, mimicking the sort of nature of frail and strenuous emotional conditions. She states; “beauty parallels melancholy, as conventional stitches acquiesce to the fragile and expressive.”
It’s fun to see how something so violent, like paintball guns, could be used to make something so beautiful like Marilyn Monroe. I mean the skills and accuracy to execute this painting are amazing though… awesome teamwork guys! I am sure Andy Warhol would be oh so proud.
The Good folks at Hennessy bring you a three part mini documentary featuring Elliott Wilson, Founder of Rap Radar and Editor-in-Chief of Respect. In this first video Wilson heads to the barbershop where, he explains, the voice of the street is heard. The man with endless talking points reminds us that, “your opinion is nothing unless you can back it up.” Join Wilson and Hennessy on a trip down the rabbit hole and watch more Hennessy videos with some of the worlds leading pop culture creatives at neverstopneversettle.com.