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brad kunkle’s gold leafed Girls

New York based painter Brad Kunkle’s luminous paintings of girls floating through a world covered in gold and silver leaf depict a fictitious  world where precious stones cover everything and nature rules all.

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Video Watch: Allison Schulnik’s Mound


Our good buddy and past B/D featured artist Allison Schulnik just released her latest animation titled Mound. Using over 100 puppets, 6,000 frames, and over a 100 days in the making this video is sure to please fans of animation as well as Allison’s signature gooped on thick paintings. Make sure to check out the Beautiful/Decay: Underdogs book which features Allison as the main featured artist complete with wrap around cover! Get your copy of the book here and watch the full video after the jump.

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Tom Sachs Puts His Collection of Homemade Boomboxes On Display

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We all love a good boombox – but probably not as much as Tom Sachs. He has dedicated a whole exhibition to speakers, cables, and different sound system configurations. Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999–2015 is exactly what it sounds like – a display of functional boomboxes made by Sachs and play 60 minute playlist created by the artist, friends and fans created throughout the show (Kanye West being one contributor). A fan of 1980’s street culture combined with his D.I.Y and punk ethos, Sachs has been fashioning different sound systems for a long time – he has even crafted functional ceramic boomboxes in the past.

With his love for raw materials, assemblage and with his homemade aesthetic, Sachs has created many unstated feats of engineering. His past projects include recreating Knoll office furniture out of only telephone books and duct tape, building a whole McDonalds store out of plywood and glue, and making numerous Hello Kitty sculptures out of anything from foam core to bronze. But this show is the first time we see just how many time Scahs can rebuild one theme over and over again.

Louis Grachos from The Contemporary Austin explains how impressed they are with Sach’s work, and how his ideologies and attitude match the city his pieces are shown in:

I have worked with Tom Sachs on several projects in the past, and I am very excited to introduce his work to Austin [Texas]. Like Austin, Tom takes his eccentricities seriously. The maverick spirit of self-reliance and attention to hand-crafted precision that come through in his work will keenly resonate with our audiences in Central Texas and beyond. (Source)

(Via The Creator’s Project)

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FAIRspot+Beautiful/Decay Giveaway

FAIRspot and Beautiful/Decay are hooking-up one fabulous reader with a treasure chest of assorted tees and magazines. To enter, all you have to do is follow this link. One grand prize winner will be picked at random at the end of the contest period. Contest ends April 15, 2009.

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Jennifer Loeber Photographs Her Dead Mother’s Belongings To Cope With Her Grief





When photographer Jennifer Loeber’s mother died, Loeber began to photograph her belongs as a way of coping with her grief. She matched her photos with vintage pictures that her father had taken of her mother and posted the pairs on Instagram. The resulting series, “Left Behind,” is a poignant memorial, both deeply personal and universal.

The everyday objects that remain when loved one dies become an instant museum of sorts, freezing that person in time. A favorite pearl ring will never be replaced by a diamond; an unmatched glove will never be matched to its mate. A used lipstick, valueless in itself, becomes a cherished object, chosen and applied by the person so missed. Many times these everyday objects are the most touching and the most difficult to dispose of.

“I found myself deeply overwhelmed by the need to keep even the most mundane of my Mom’s belongings when she died suddenly this past February. Instead of providing comfort and good memories they became a source of deep sadness and anxiety and I knew the only way I would be able to move past that was to focus on a way to interact with them cathartically. I had recently become active on Instagram and realized that utilizing the casual aspects of sharing on the app was a way to diminish my own sentimentality towards the objects my Mom left behind.”

Reframing the objects allowed Loeber to experience them without searing grief. Instead of the items feeling haunted, they became imbued by fond memories of her mother’s life. By matching them with her father’s photos she was able to make a fitting memorial to her mother, one that was less about personal pain than about remembrance.

“My dad refused to hold a traditional funeral service because he and I believe you should celebrate a life, not mourn it. I’m sure this body of work falls in line with that concept.” (Source)

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Video Watch: Staying Relevant

Welcome to the third and last installment of Hennessy’s video featuring Elliott Wilson, the founder of Rap Radar and Editor-in-Chief of RESPECT.  Elliott sheds further light onto how he stays relevant in a world that favors youth and how he is hungrier than ever to achieve his next big goal. He also breaks down his process for writing his letter from the Editor for each issue of RESPECT. and explains the goal of his magazine— capturing the moment and documenting a time. When Wilson points his finger at an undeniable moment in the culture, hip-hop listens.  Want more? Go to to see the full episode now!

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Lola Dupré’s Exploding Collage Portraits

Distortion, illusion, and psychedelic alterations can all be found in the hand cut collage work of Lola Dupré. My favorites are the well known images that she re-imagines in her trippy explosive cut paper interpretations like the above drawing by M.C. Escher.

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Carl Kleiner


Stockholm based Carl Kleiner, is a wonderfully talented still-life photographer. I love his work on the manequins and fruit assemblage. Endearingly quirky, and cute. Make sure to check out his photographic diary! Not only will you find an extension of his style (and more,) but a wonderful example of his take on every day life.

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