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Zbigniew Libera

594a_1228158430-copy594b_1228158430Polish artist most well known for his Lego Concentration Camp piece. Apparently Lego gave him the pieces without knowing too much about his true intentions and alas, refused to have anything to do with him when they realized it. There’s a whole bunch of other amazing work on his site, like this little hairy baby that you can shave. By the way, we at Beautiful/Decay in no way shape or form, support Facism or baby-shaving..

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Alex Robbins

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Staples: usually a necessary evil based on time constraints or lack of paper clips. Who knew they could look this good? An illustrator and type designer, Alex Robbins was obviously listening when we were urged him not to ignore the negative space. His ability to transform mundane materials– be it finishing nails or fingerprints– into delicate, blooming bits of information always leaves me wanting more.

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Life Of Cats: An Exhibition Exploring Japan’s Historical Obsession With Cats

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In the age of the internet, we are used to seeing cats, cat videos, and cat-related memes permeating our social media. But delve into the archives of art history and you’ll see that people have always been a little obsessed with cats (it was no secret in ancient Egypt). In a show held at Manhattan’s Japan Society last spring, over 120 artworks—consisting largely of ukiyo-e prints from the Edo period—were exhibited that explored Japan’s own infatuation with their feline companions. Most of the pieces were on loan from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation and the rest were gathered from collections around the US.

The show was divided into five sections: “Cats and People,” “Cats as People,” “Cats versus People,” “Cats Transformed,” and “Cats and Play.” The animals were represented in a variety of ways—sometimes in the cute, domesticated contexts we recognize from the internet, and sometimes in courtly (and even eroticized) scenarios. Many are anthropomorphized to partake in human activities, from argumentative social gatherings to traditional dances. In other prints, they take on a more sinister appearance, conjured as muses for cryptic samurai duals. Coupled with nude or reclining women, cats take on a sensual symbolism.

The exhibition ended last June, but you can learn more about it on the Japan Society website, and there is a video tour available here. (Via Hyperallergic)

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Mondrian Pong

 

 

Everyone loves a good Gift and I thought this Mondrian pong Gif is one of the more clever Gif’s i’ve found lately. Enjoy!
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Erased Lynchings

649_12297252891Ken Gonzales-Day creates a series of photographs in which the ropes and lynched victim have been removed from the scene.

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Erik A. Frandsen

 

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Danish-born Erik A. Frandsen has studied ceramics, sculpture, and graphics in many locations including Greece, Italy, and France. But now Frandsen resides in his native country of Denmark, where he has created many installations that intertwine many different components. His work is known for being created in multiple layers. There is the layer that are appealing to the viewer at first and then repel the viewer after a second glance. The construction of his installations happen when he combines a drawing or a piece on canvas with lights, rubber tires, or boxes. And in one piece he even uses butter.

 

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Peter Hoffman’s Bryan House

Peter Hoffman’s series about The Bryan House, a unique institution in Aurora, Illinois, where legally established refugees are allowed to reside for periods of a year or more at a time while saving up for a new home, or college tuition, etc. More images after the jump.

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Thanksgiving!

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I’ve always felt like it was the Jan of the Brady Bunch in terms of winter holidays…

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