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Benjamin Phillips

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Batman is pretty cool, but he does naughty stuff all the time.

Benjamin Phillip’s is an illustrator/poet/music man working out of Brighton, England. His work is a mixed bag of wizadry, sad children, wicked cool parties, and leaves.  His illustrations all have an underlined witty sense of humor that seems very unique and bizarre.

 

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Eric Perriard’s Urban Souls

Sure to put some bees in the anarcho-primitivist bonnet, I’d wager that mass urbanization is one of the prime inevitabilities of the twenty-first century.  Obviously, the emergence of the megacity will have a serious environmental impact.  But consider the psychological impact as well.  What does it mean to be isolated–or to simply find a place to be alone–when we’re all sardined together? Through a combination of chance shots and staged photographs, photographer Eric Perriard examines this idea of private space within urban landscape of Seoul, a city spread over a mere 0.6 percent of South Korea’s land, yet crammed with nearly a quarter of the country’s population. 

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Scott Greenwalt

Scott Greenwalt peels back the skin of the world to show you what’s really inside.

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Sponsored Post: Technology And One Of The Oldest Forms Of Animation Collide In The Picture Machine

The creative brains at Studio Nos, one of the premiere independent stop motion animation studios in New York City has teamed up with Action Cam by Sony in The Picture Machine, an incredibly delicious collision between technology and on of the oldest forms of Animation.

The zoetrope is perhaps one of the best pre-film animation devices to ever be invented. This simple setup takes a sequence of drawings or photographs of progressive phases in motion and through the use of speed animates them before your eyes. Studio Nos’ contemporary twist on the age old medium consists of a remote controlled car pod rigged with the Sony Action Cam driving on a track inside a zoetrope. As the car speeds up and zips around in circles a series of animation cells come to life.

The result of this imaginative mashup was a collaboration between man and machine to bring to life a non-stop parade of hand illustrated dancing mushrooms. Watch the video yourself and dream up how you can use the Sony Action Cam to create your next video masterpiece.

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Warped Installations That Trick The Eye And Make You Do A Double Take

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Artist Justen Ladda has been living and working in New York City since 1978.  His first solo exhibit listed on his resume was in 1980 at the legendary ABC No Rio.  His perspective warping style looks surprisingly fresh considering much of it was created throughout the 1980’s.  Ladda combines painting with installation to create two-dimensional images that appear to float in space are slip into three dimensions.  Using careful proportions, perspectives, and viewpoints, Ladda painstakingly creates image that appear severely warped from all but one angle.  He often uses this technique of illusion to arrange for his paintings to interact with their surroundings in ways not often accorded to flat images.

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Massive 50% Off Sale On All Beautiful/Decay Goods!

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50% off on EVERYTHING for one week only! Do we need to say more? Beautiful/Decay is putting the finishing touches on an entirely new site, launching next week. We can’t tell you all the details just yet, but we’re super excited to show you the results!

To celebrate, we decided to say goodbye to our current website and shop with a bang by slashing our prices! ALL books, magazines, apparel, and accessories are half off. Most of our goods are already almost sold out- and none of it will ever be remade. So visit our shop and take advantage of this sale now!

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A Day In Decay: Italian Decay!

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If you noticed that I haven’t been blogging much it’s because I spent the last 2 weeks on vacation in Italy. Wifi was not always available so instead of blogging I spent my days snapping photos of various things of interest in a country that has some of the most amazing art and historical sites on earth. I’m still going through all the photos but  in the meantime here’s a small collection of textures, surfaces, and dilapidated walls, doors and buildings from Rome, Florence, Tuscany, and Venice.

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Sarah Palmer

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When looking at the photographs of Sarah Palmer you can’t help but notice the playfulness with light and colors. I find her body of work from the series, “The Riddle of Lumen”, quite interesting, and although clearly documenting an urban landscape, I also find it quite mystical. As if unfolding an urban exploration of a city, or finding a hidden gem in plain view. At least when I look at her work, it almost seems to portray and unidentifiable sentimentalism of the unknown urban setting depicted. It plays quite well with the colors and spacial composition in the photographs.

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