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Vintage Horror Movie Posters Of Death!

It’s no surprise that the Cult Of Decay loves gobblins, monsters, and good ol’ fashion gore. In the spirit of Halloween here are some of our favorite vintage horror movie posters!

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Four Fashion Designers / Illustrators Who Create Captivating Sketches

Langley Fox

Langley Fox

Ines Katamso

Ines Katamso

Katie Gallagher

Katie Gallagher

Laura Laine

Laura Laine

Walking the line between fashion illustration and fine art these fashion designers are capable of creating beautiful drawings.  Whimsical and fanciful, each artist is able to transfer images from imagination to paper in a way that is unique and dramatic.

Langley Fox’s beautiful graphite drawings are surreal and poetic.  Sometimes purely beautiful and sometimes borderline bizarre Fox captures her subjects, often times figments of her imagination, with impressive precision and detail.

Intrigued by ancient Greek mythology, particularly the legend of the Moirai, Inès Katamso’s illustrations are enchanting and narrative.  In the legend, the Moirai, or Fates, were white-robed incarnations of destiny.  Clotho (spinner), Lachesis (allotter) and Atropos (unturnable), controlled the metaphorical thread of life for every mortal from birth to death.  Katamso became interested in the idea of the “thread of life” and the line itself.  Her beautiful illustrations capture this interest in the line, gracefully weaving lines together to create amazing compositions.

New York designer Katie Gallagher’s sketches are moody, dark and evocative.  Telling a story that is at once about fashion and something else—something more serious and haunting—they transcend mere fashion sketches and become fantastical stories.

Helsinki-based illustrator Laura Laine’s characters are serious, sometimes frightening, but ultimately incredible.  Each has a distinct personality that exudes attitude.  Her quasi gothic, certainly poignant images are intriguing and lovely.

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aka…. (Bong Rips, Magical Potions, Mystical Flora and Avatars) is the pretty amazing title of our very own B/D founder & Creative Director Amir H. Fallah’s upcoming exhibition at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. In case you couldn’t tell, the show pretty much deals with all things next level stoner awesome, from new age crystals to plants mourning their own existential crises. If you happen to be in SF, the show opens January 9th, 4p-7pm and runs until February 13th.

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David Jien

DSCN1924 Artist David Jien showed up to the B/D office last week to show off some of his new work, and to have a chat about his new book.

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Peter Olson Prints Photographs On Ceramic Urns Creating Panoramic Narratives

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Pennsylvania based artist Peter Olson has merged the ancient tradition of pottery as narrative and panoramic photography. As a professional photographer who has traveled “the world many times over,” Peter Olson has documented and experienced an extensive array of cultures and environments. Through out his journeys, from “corporate culture to religious iconography, he finds meaning in the repetition of human expression.” Each image is taken from a moment in his life, from his point of view. His pottery series, titled Photo Ceramica, refers to each piece as an “urn.” Defining the pieces as such almost allows every individualized work to act as a ceremonial ending to a specific point in time. The urns are, perhaps, a way for the artist to collect and put to rest certain times in his life. His work is created by transferring images onto the ceramic by encasing them in ink left over from his photographic prints. When the urns are then fired, the ink burns away, leaving an image from the iron oxide in which the ink is created from. The aesthetic is formed through a sort of collage, depicting personalized narratives and motifs. For example, his work “New York City Urn No. 8” is a panoramic view of the city, starting with the the iconic city street lamps, followed by a amalgamation of classic New York City imagery such as the city sky line from various points of reference along with more personalized moments including a portrait of women standing in front of graffiti. Peter Olson has created a delicate, shrine like body of work that allows him to document his own life by intimate and clever means. (via Hi Frustose)

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Photographer Alex Stoddard Combines Dark Fantasy With The Pain And Beauty Of The Human Experience

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Alex Stoddard is a Los Angeles-based photographer who produces inspiring, conceptual images exploring the beauty and pain of the human experience. Each image is charged with emotion, combining dark fantasy with images alluding to death, isolation, intimacy, and strength. Bodies lie prone on the beach, or amidst piles of torn paper; elsewhere, in a scene connoting anything from desire to sacrifice, a man collapses into the arms of a woman with arrows protruding fatally from his back. Among the images featured here are two of Alex’s series: Hunting for Pearls and Wake of Thunder, the former depicting a moon-pale water nymph wandering a dusky shoreline, the latter featuring a mysterious young woman possessed by the storm. Whether they are part of a series or standalone images, Alex’s narrative-rich works strike us with an emotional roar.

Named one of Flickr’s 20 Under 20 — a collection of the 20 most talented young photographers on Flickr — Alex has been taking the photo community by storm. His growing distinction is well-deserved, as he has worked hard to produce the images arising from his unique imagination and the fantasies of his youth. In a video posted on The Weekly Flickr, Alex describes the daring commitment that led to his burgeoning success:

“I put myself in so many different extreme circumstances. One day I would be hanging off a cliff, another day I would be throwing myself in a giant fish tank in the dead of winter, or putting a snake around my eyes. I didn’t really care if I was uncomfortable, I was just focused on creating a unique shot.” (Source)

Alex’s advice for succeeding as an artist is as equally inspiring, as he makes the astute point that “you’re never going to grow if you’re doing the same thing every day. You need to be afraid of what you’re doing to learn from it.” Just as his images depict the human body in transformative states of emotion and peril, Alex demonstrates how materializing your dreams involves staying brave and moving through the intensities and difficulties that shape our lives.

Visit Alex’s website and Flickr to see more of his inspiring work. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Black Math Draws Intricate And Mysterious Symbols Over The Faces Of Beautiful People

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Melbourne-based artist The Black Math (TBM) changes the meaning of portraits by adding simple line art to the subjects of the  photographs. This fusion results in a unique style where parts of a model’s face is completely obscured by black or white shapes and different symbols and markings are drawn over top. It shifts the emphasis from fashion and lifestyle and to something that has an entirely new narrative. Now, there’s something mystical and mysterious as we try to make sense of what TBM has drawn.

All of the photos that the artist altered are of conventionally “beautiful” people, and he transforms them into something we don’t recognize. They’re made especially eerie when the pupils are removed from the eyes. At one point these people’s aesthetically-pleasing appearance probably sold some sort of product. Now, given an entirely new voice and meaning, they are saying something entirely different, which doesn’t necessarily pertain to consumerism.

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Gregory Ito’s Celestial Installations

When Gregory Ito is not attending to Ever Gold Gallery (which he co-founded and co-owns) or The San Francisco Arts Quarterly (of which he is the co-founder and editor) he produces fantastic mixed media installations. I especially like how he often presents the viewer with a painting and the physical realization of the object depicted in the painting simultaneously. In his own words celestial imagery “…references the humanly spiritual connection to time and the eternal…” Ito’s work evokes a physical representation of time and attempts to initiate dialogue about our search for meaning on earth.

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