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Easton Miller

Easton Miller , youngster Chicago artist, combines painting and sculpture  in a pretty interesting way. An amalgam of found materials, wit, awesome, and humor. I dig it, hope you do too.

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4th of July Apparel Sale!

In celebration of the upcoming 4th of July festivities, Beautiful/Decay has decided to launch an explosive 2 week sale! All of our latest Spring ‘09 inventory is on sale from $30 down to $25.95, and all other Beautiful/Decay apparel has been discounted from 10-50%! All of these shirts are close to sold out, and once gone, will not be re-printed. So be sure to take advantage of this opportunity- the sale ends July 15th! Click HERE to visit the shop!

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Human Bread, Anyone?

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Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he living, or be he dead, I’ll grind his bones to mix my bread! Someone took the old British nursery rhyme a little too far it seems…In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ll only be posting creepy art on the blog….In case you’re wondering, no, B/D has not gone into the gruesome business of baking humans- what you see is the artwork of Kittiwat Unarrom, a Thai artist and baker who sculpts macabre edible creations. He got his inspiration from working in his parents bakery- talk about playing with your food! I found a video on YouTube of the artist at work below- it seems to only be Thai but its cool to see the 3D works…

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yoan capote

Women always say that men think with their crotch so Cuban artist Yoan Capote decided to create a series of work replacing the male genitalia with a giant brain. All of Yoan’s smart and witty conceptual sculptures mix a dash of irony with a dose of comedy such as the ladder with rocking chair legs or a pair of pristine running shoes carved out of pure marble.

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Anxious Worlds: Jordan Westre’s Collages Critique Modern Society And Sexuality

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Jordan Westre (Living Couch) is a Canadian artist who creates beautiful and critically engaging collages from amalgams of modern and vintage print media. While Westre’s works are all highly unique and nuanced, many of them share recurring imagery, including landscapes, space travel, war, and the feminine body. From a broader aesthetic perspective, her collages are seamless and evocative; Westre has a brilliant ability to weave together seemingly disparate images in a holistic way. The more you look, however, the more a deep — and often dark, or disconcerting — social commentary emerges, one that examines cross-generational anxieties regarding the state of society and its relationship to human sexuality.

Westre’s artistic process begins with a self-impelled assembly of aesthetically-pleasing images. As she explains: “I don’t set out with a definite vision, I just flip through magazines […] or books with vintage photographs or illustrations, [and] pull out anything that might serve as a good subject, background, or element.” From there, she lays everything down and seeks compelling combinations — “and that’s where the inspiration comes about.” Currently, she uses liquid glazes on canvas or canvas board, but is planning on experimenting with hot and cold-pressed papers and spray adhesives.

When it comes to the meaning behind her work, Westre says that most of it unconsciously materializes as “anxiety-riddled observation[s]” of society. The collages depict the world in an oscillating utopic/dystopic state; or indeed, as an oft-idealized place that is festering at its center. In Westre’s words: “[My work is] grappling with the awareness that a lot of our society and the path we’re on is utterly fucked — for lack of a better phrase — while we’re all smiling and laughing and consuming […]. Polish & the rot beneath.”

Westre also brings human sexuality into these critiques, exploring what she identifies as the “ultimate vulnerability and ultimate power” of sex. Desire — which is represented here by eroticized images of the female body — vacillates between states of seduction, submission, and destruction. It is unpredictable; hence why it might contribute to Westre’s fear of a world slipping into chaos. Check out Living Couch for more of her incredible work.

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Documentary Watch: Karakuri

 

Japan has always been on the forefront of cutting edge robotics. Its roots can be traced back 200-300 years during the Edo period when skilled craftsmen created automata (self-operating machines). Using nothing more than pulleys and weights they were able to make the Karakuri (Japanese automata) perform amazing tasks. Japans modern day robots can be traced back to the Karakuri. Today Hideki Higashino is one of the few remaining craftsmen who is determined to keep the history and tradition of Japanese Karakuri alive. Watch the full documentary after the jump!

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Christian Northeast

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It was hard to just pick a few of Christian Northeast’s works to post. This talented illustrator and animator work reminds me of a more contemporary Terry Gilliam mixed with Margaret Kilgallen’s folk art. He has worked with many publications like the New Yorker and Esquire to name a few. His work has much more than aesthetic appeal to it, its clever and you get a good sense of Northeast’s sense of humor.

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Hippolyte Hentgen’s Morphing Ladies

 

Wish I could have more info about Hippolyte Hentgen’s bizarre paintings and drawings of eyeball pinups, Lizard ladies, and sausage head girls. But all I was able to find was this great collection of images by the mysterious artist.

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