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Tom LaDuke

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I had only one class with Tom LaDuke, but he became was of my most beneficial and most enjoyed professors. Much like his work, Tom is very perceptive; I always felt he was a few steps ahead of us. He inspired many of us to notice aesthetic details, a more clever title, a deeper level of thought – just something more than where our minds stopped at.

Even outside of class, Tom is still encouraging me to be better through his work. He works with challenging mediums, such as, sculpting with graphite, pencil leads, fingernails, eyelashes, and other fragile or unorthodox materials. He is always up to something. You notice this when you start seeing the different layers he puts into all his work, most notably his recent series of paintings where you become very aware of your process of perceiving images.

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Judith G. Klausner’s Carved Oreo Cookie Portraits

Judith G. Klausner combines two of my favorite things, food and art in her Oreo Cameo series. Carving delicate portraits into the centers of Oreo cookies, Klausner’s gorgeous relief sculptures measure at only 2 inches in diameter and reference hand made crafts such as ancient placards or rare roman coins. (via 1 design per day)

 

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Michal Macku’s Manipulated Gellage Self Portraits

Since the end of 1989, Michal Macku has used his own creative technique which he has named “Gellage” (the ligature of collage and gelatin). The technique consists of transfer the exposed and fixed photographic emulsion from its original base on paper. This transparent and plastic gelatin substance makes it possible to reshape and reform the original images, changing their relationships and endowing them with new meanings during the transfer.

“I use the nude human body (mostly my own) in my pictures. Through the photographic process [of Gellage], this concrete human body is compelled to meet with abstract surroundings and distortions. This connection is most exciting for me and helps me to find new levels of humanness in the resulting work.
I am always seeking new means of expression and, step by step, I am discovering almost unlimited possibilities through my work with loosened gelatin. Photographic pictures mean specific touch with concrete reality for me, one captured level of real time. The technique of Gellage which I am using helps me to take one of these “time sheets” and release a figure, a human body, from it, causing it to depend on time again. Its charm is similar to that of cartoon animation, but it is not a trick. It is very important for me to be aware of the history of a picture and to have a sense of direct contact with its reality. My work places “body pictures” in new situations, new contexts, new realities, causing their “authentic” reality to become relative. I am interested in questions of moral and inner freedom. I do what I feel, and only then do I begin to meditate on what the result is. I am often surprised by the new connections I find in it. Naturally, I start out with a concrete intention, but the result is often very different. And there, I believe, lies a hitch. One creates to communicate what can not be expressed in any other way. Then comes the need to describe, to define.” (via)

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Anti-Graffiti Work Crew Got Collaged In The Street Art He Wanted To Erase

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Combo is protective if his street art. In response to an anti-graffiti brigade repainting one of his piece, the artist took a picture of this man and turned him into a collage a few days later. The part the man was covering was the tagged area and the part representing Donald Duck’s nephews Huey, Louie, and Dewey was left undamaged. 

Based in Paris, France; Combo depicts mischievous and entertaining street art. He feeds his obsession with interaction by opening a conversation with the walkers and his followers. He usually starts out by tagging the beginning of a sentence and seeking the end on his Facebook page. He asks his fans to finish it. The ending that has the most likes gets to be tagged.

The artist focuses on diverting visual images from their original meaning by adding foreign elements. These elements are usually familiar, coming straight from pop culture, cartoons and video games. By using popular symbols he speaks to the mass and can therefore vehicle his messages. Most of the time the topics covered are injustices within our society. Combo engages with its viewer in a disruptive manner but he always makes sure he does not cross the line of judgment. (via Lost At E Minor).

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Sponsored Post: Future Shop Presents The Bose OE2i Headphones

In just 30 years Future Shop has turned from a small one store electronics shop in Vancouver, BC to becoming Canada’s biggest retail and e-tailer of Electronics. So it should come as no surprise that Future Shop continually brings you some of the exciting and popular pieces of tech and electronics.

The above video by Future Shop showcases the Bose OE2i headphones which are some of the most lightweight yet durable headphones on the market. These headphones don’t have any of the bulk that you’re used to seeing on other premium headsets but they pack a powerful audio punch with advanced acoustic design that gives you surprising depth and clarity, adding further nuances, deeper lows and clearer highs to your favourite tunes. Best of all the Bose OE2i headphones are equipped with an inline remote and mic that’s compatible with most Apple products making it easy to control your device whether you’re in the studio painting all day or running around town.

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Hvass&Hannibal

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Hvass&Hannibal are an art and design studio based in Copenhagen. They tend to employ an exquisite mixture of modern execution and a childlike naivete. They employ many different techniques for image production, which makes each project feel different from the next and makes their portfolio a very enjoyable scroll.

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Otto Rap’s Grotesque Graphite

Otto Rap hides these grotesque imagery in a delicate, graphite-rendered haze. Otto’s illustrations exude a natural flow of dark noise that vibrates with raw energy. But the way he executes it all, in a kaleidoscope explosion of beautiful pattern making, is what really does it for me.

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Giveaway: Ladies, Time for a New Purse?

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Are you tired of totin’ around your goods in a trashed out purse? If you’re guilty of carting your art supplies, clothes, overnight gear or even puppy in a pimped out hole-filled plastic bag (as B/D mascot, Ziggy, models above)…..then it might be time for a new purse! Thankfully Beautiful/Decay and Moop are coming to your rescue! We are giving away one Market Bag (images after the jump), which features tons of pouches, d-rings for cell phones and keys, zipper pockets and more. All you have to do is send a photo of your wrecked purse (you can get creative and make one as well, like we did). Most horrifically un-stylish bag will get swapped out with a new one in any color of your choice, ’cause, we’ll probably feel sorry for you.

Submit photos to: contactbd@beautifuldecay.com

Title Subject of email: Trashed Bag= New Bag

Contest Deadline: Friday August 14th, 1pm PST

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