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Senhor Ricardo

Illustration by  Portuguese art director Senhor Ricardo.

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Kitschy Ceramic Animals Grafted Into Cuddly, Creepy Frankenfurries

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Debra Broz, a ceramic artist in Los Angeles, has a dedication to manipulating the conventional ceramic animals used and loved for kitschy home decor. Through her art surgery, she forms nearly mythical renditions of hybrid-animals. Although they still look cute, there is something inherently off and relatively creepy about them. Starting by sourcing and finding old ceramic pieces she is attracted to, Broz then re-assembles and grafts parts and pieces of different ceramic sculptures together. Arms, legs, multiple heads- she tries it all. The doe-eyed Franken-furries still contain an element of innocent, their new freakishness framed with such subtlety that it is nearly camouflaged; for many viewers it takes a second glance to even notice that something is amiss within the structure and proportion.

Broz eloquently articulates her work in an interview, “The thing is, it all depends on perception. Though kitsch may act as if it is the antithesis of fine art, if you start trying to analyze it you run into many of the same complex issues you would if you were analyzing fine art. Personally, I enjoy the intellectual play that is part of analyzing objects. It seems funny to me that people desire to take content away from things rather than explore it. Part of what makes the world interesting is how complex it is, and I’d rather have the complexity, with all its difficulty, than a watered-down, idealized and simplified version. That is part of why I’m interested in kitsch. If you really start looking into it, it is just laden with references.” (Excerpt from Source)

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Valerie Anne Molnar

You don’t often associate knitting and wall murals together but Valerie Anne Molnar combines them into bold installations full of color and texture.

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Halloween-Inspired Beauty Photographed by John Midgley

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Jennifer Kaye’s article on John Mdgley.

Cosmetic giant MAC put their in-store makeup artists to the test this Halloween to create the most compelling looks. Artists from stores in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York will be judged by MAC’s facebook followers for their annual “Halloween Face-Off.” The portraits, which range from glamorous to macabre, were shot by photographer John Midgley. “The passion of each of the artists was a lot of fun, and it was infectious,” says John. They lived for it—they lived for the look. They lived to have their picture taken. It took it back to the simplest form of photography, which is flattery and escapism.”

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Alex Takacs

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Alex Takacs is an LA based artist. His work is a fresh spin on current illustration. His use of minimal color and line detail work reminds me of retro magazine illustration but he puts his own little twist to them, making the viewers wonder the narrative story behind each piece. Not only is Takacs an illustrator but also is part of a collaborative group  known as the Young Replicants. Young Replicant is a teenage directors label and design collective featuring Takacs as well as  Joe Nankin, Adam Kauper, and Jackson Seidenberg. Recently, they won a fan video contest that was for  M83 single “We Own the Sky“!

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“Timestack” Landscape Photographs Create Incredible Skies

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The colorful skies of Matt Molloy‘s photographs nearly seem built from dozens of chunky brush strokes.  However, these photographs are actually a type of time lapse photography which Molloy calls “timestacks”.  Molloy shoots several photographs of the same location or image over a specific period of time.  He then takes those photographs and merges them into one image.  For the timestack photographs featured here, Molloy merges huge amounts of images – up to 500 photographs for only one image!  [via]

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Jarek Puczel Outlines The Everyday

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Polish painter Jarek Puczel‘s works are arrestingly simple, yet compelling takes on the everyday. Sketching out fragments, and in-between moments pulled from everyday experiences, these pieces possess an air of the cinematic—key lighting, dramatic angles, arrested motion—all elements that tie into his overall concept of the world being one giant set for quiet, dramatic moments of ennui.

With his compositions, he explores the tension of seemingly empty moments, calling out their bare, bored elements like props on a stage. His color selections tiptoe between the real and the vivid, with punches of color tucked away in the very best places of each piece. By attempting to capture some sort of potential energy or agency within the frames of each scene, he has created a series of charged, silent stills, pulled right from the edges of someone’s daily experience. The result is a pleasing archive of slightly faded half-memories, sketched out in richly-hued oil on canvas.

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Adam Tullie

I am really enjoying Los Angeles-based artist Adam Tullie’s recent portfolio of drawings. He uses painstakingly intricate mark-making to create simple shapes, hinting at tribal masks. Adam Tullie recently featured his work in San Francisco, I may just have a friend of mine over there pick up a few of his show’s postcards for my wall.

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