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Norwegian design firm Grand People create bold graphics, rich illustrations, and identity systems for a wide variety of projects from simple brochures to international ad campaigns.

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Build Your New Portfolio Site Before You Finish Your Morning Coffee!

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Here at Beautiful/Decay we know a thing or two about what makes an artist’s portfolio successful; each day we receive dozens of artist portfolio submissions from all over the world showcasing art, design, photography, and more. When it comes to artist portfolio sites, we’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly- we wanted to share our favorite artist-friendly website builder with our readers, it’s called Made With Color.

Made With Color is an online website building platform created by artists for artists. You can build your website in minutes without touching a line of code and customize it to fit your needs. It’s inexpensive, has great customer service, and best of all every Madewithcolor.com site is mobile and tablet optimized so that your site looks good no matter what device it’s viewed on.

Sign up for a free trial today, no credit card required. You’ll have your site up and running before you finish your morning coffee.

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Drew Leshko’s Miniature Buildings Are A Study Of Neighborhood Gentrification

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When Philadelphia-based artist Drew Leshko cycles around his neighborhood, he can’t help but look at the buildings, windows, doors, posters, trash cans and signs around him in a very different way than most people do. For him, they are the beginning of his next project – shrinking them into miniature replicas of themselves on a scale of 1:12. He cuts, glues, builds, layers, and sculpts 3D versions of different store fronts from wood and paper. Leshko says his art form is a way of preserving and archiving the condition of the buildings on his street, the rate and speed of gentrification and also comments on what people consider worth preserving, and what is worth destroying.

His paper sculptures are nostalgic of a time past; a look at his local life when he was younger; a recreation of what was. He has created versions of his grandfather’s camper from the 80s, a local church, a strip bar, a cigarette outlet, a deli, dumpsters, even vending machines. The accuracy of his miniatures and the attention to detail are what make his sculptures as impressive as they are. He even paints rust on over the old gutters or windows and puts acid rain deposits on the footpaths.

Leshko has not only been busy making building facades and details, he has also turned his attention to replicating campervans.

The buildings are huge undertakings and take a lot of time and patience. So I began to think about some smaller sculptures I could make, but most importantly, what type of objects can be constructed of paper? I started to think about tractor-trailers, vans, food trucks, and similar vehicles when I landed on camper trailers. My work has always included commentary on the temporal nature of things, so the transient nature of “RV culture” fits right in to that idea. (Source)

Leshko’s celebration of a particular moment in time is a good reminder to appreciate the way things are in our own neighborhoods – because they will certainly be changing, for better or worse.

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Moment Factory’s Crazy Video Projection Piece On the Huge Facade of a Catalan Cathedral

Recently, Canadian installation/performance studio Moment Factory put on a really ambitious show in Barcelona. The group designed and executed a video projection piece using the facade of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia cathedral. Looks incredible. MF pulled off the piece three nights in a row during the recent La Merce Festival. It would kill my brain if I tried to engineer a video projection piece using a structure as complex as the Sagrada Familia. More images after the jump. (via)

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This Is What People Would Look Like If They Were Shredded Into Thin Lines

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“Scribbled Line People” is a digital collaboration between New York-based illustrator Ayaka Ito and programmer Randy Church. Part of a “3D Motion and Particle” course, the two decided to embark on this project after discussing how to create an interface that could incorporate 3D scribbled lines into photography. Mutually inspired by Rachel Ducker’s wire sculptures and Erik Natzke’s Flash paintings, the duo uses both Flash and Photoshop to reconfigure photographic subjects into shredded images that are gracefully incorporated into their background compositions. Ito says, “Our objective in approaching the visual, was to create a series of answers to show how scribbled lines could develop normal portraits into abstract art.” (via the creator’s project)

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For two weeks only Beautiful/Decay will have all Apparel and headwear at 50% off. You can even save 50% off items that are already on sale getting you shirts for as low as $5.00! Just enter discount code: MAYSHIRTSALE And let the savings pour in!

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Gorgeous and juicy oil paintings by Joseba Eskubi.

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B/D Biannual Subscription Sale! Only 3 Days Left!

There’s only 3 days left until we ship out Beautiful/Decay Book:7!  To celebrate the occasion we are offering a discounted subscription rate to you our loyal readers. We only discount our subscriptions twice a year so if you’ve been putting off getting that subscription now is the time to do it.

Enter in discount code discountdecaysub during your check out and receive $6.00 off a one year subscription! This deal will only be good for until this monday at midnight PST (12/5/2011). So act now or get stuck paying full price!

 

 

 

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