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Geoff J. Kim

It seems like everyone is into collage these days and Geoff J. Kim is no exception. His playful and surreal collages place figures in distant yet familiar situations and lands where everything is not what it seems.

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Rachel Sugg’s Exquisite Illustrations Conjure Beauty And Intrigue

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Rachel Suggs is a Baltimore-based illustrator whose soft mixture of water-based media and (sometimes) pencil conjure both beauty and intrigue. Her colorful-yet-desaturated compositions, often fantastical,  feature people whose lives are intimately tied to nature. Tall trees, weeping branches, and florals are both background decor as well as the main characters in her illustrations.

Symbols and metaphors are prominently featured in Sugg’s works. We aren’t always given a clear sense of where a person or thing is, but based on the environment surrounding them, we can infer the emotions and motivation behind the subjects in her illustrations. Snakes and serpents show up in her work, which could communicate danger. Sometimes, we see birds and bugs, which, depending on what they are, could mean a metamorphosis or rebirth.

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Tibi Neuspiel

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Now when I think of bread and art, I definitely did not imagine art on bread. Tibi Neuspiel’s work is extremely amusing and at the same time delicious? Using bread toast as inspiration and a variety of portraits, this artist definitely takes portraiture seriously, and toast too. The amazing sculptures are esthetically engaging while also intriguing. Tibi Neuspiel serves you a sandwich made with yummy toppings of toast, Hitler, cheese, Van Gogh’s ear and greek mythology.

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Beautiful/Decay at Shelf Life


This Saturday 12:00p-4:00p Beautiful/Decay will be participating in a one-day dont-miss event at University Park Campus, USC.  Shelf Life: A Big Day for Small Press  spotlights small press writers, designers, artists and publishers address issues concerning the future of independent publishing. B/D will have a table at the bazaar, featuring all our favorite indie and small press magazines, books and other great stuff. Admission is free. Yes, there will be a taco truck. Heres a map. Harris Hall is the building with two courtyards, visible along the bottom edge (Exposition) of the campus map.

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Silly Pendants Transform Women’s Breasts Into Site-Specific Art Installations

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The goal of Japanese designer Takayuki Fukusawa’s work is “to create things that make people say , ‘he made another ridiculous thing.’” And that he did. His newest series of works is called Tanama Diver, and it features pendants that resemble human and animals who are poised to look like divers and climbers. They are positioned in a way that they appear as if they’re headed into the cleavage of whomever is wearing them.

The silly accessory includes figurines like a salaryman diver, a skydiver, an astronaut, and canyon climber. There’s even a sloth and wolf thrown into the mix. Alone, they look innocuous, but when around someone’s neck suddenly transform into provocative pieces of tiny, site-specific works of art that interact with your breasts. (Via Demilked and Spoon and Tamago)

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Ryan Biegen Hands Out 60 Disposable Cameras To 25 Artists, Capturing The Raw Essence Of Summer

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With images of fireworks, stick and pokes, young lust, and a guy who decided to shake the hand of 27 strangers, Ryan Biegen’s project, Disposable Summer, exposes an honest, memoir-like, catalog of youth. His project started with the documentation of his own travels using throw away cameras, eventually leading him to an idea for a larger project that would culminate in an exposé of the lives of 25, young, Brooklyn based artists. He states:

“I like the simplicity and the well, disposable aspect of the cameras.  They’re breakable, recycled things, often with inaccurate viewfinders, skewed lenses, light leaks etc.  Most of the time what you think will be a good shot ends up awful, and what you think will be awful, ends up as magic. Disposable cameras have a funny way of doing that; their quirky nature lends to unexpected, often unintended, results.”

Despite the diaristic nature of the work, the images seem to blur the line between art and documentation. The camera’s imperfections create a unspecific sensibility of timelessness; they act as delicate, washed out montages of ephemeral adolescence. The physical vulnerability of the film allows the combination of light and chance to guide each image into having it’s own version of reality.

A large part of the projects charm, is that the images, even within the fantastical realm of the distortion, are indeed replications of the genuine. Without the falsified nature of social media platforms, crops, filters, or hashtags, they expose the artist’s summer the way they truly happened. They have a simplicity that results in a euphoric sense of freedom — unaffected by the world outside of the specific moment. They have a true type of raw energy. The type that only ever exists in the summer.

For more of Ryan Biegen’s work, check him out on Instagram or join him tonight at the opening.

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Holton Rower’s Poured Paintings

I’m more interested in Holton Rower’s process of creating these abstract paintings than the final result. Sure the end result is beautiful but you’ll see what I mean once you watch the process video after the jump. It’s a simple technique that packs a lot of punch!

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Chadwick Gibson’s curious sculptures

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Los Angeles based artist Chadwick Gibson makes sculpture/devices that border on usability and absurdity by making the innards of various playground-use balls visible in his “Time Out Series” (can you still play tennis when your tennis balls are flipped inside out?), and combining the functionalities and inherent experiences in an elevator and a guillotine with the piece “Speed of Judgment” (mimicking a beheading followed by the sensation of floating above ones headless body).

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