Beautiful/Decay is taking you behind the scenes of the “Art Works Every Time” exhibition! To celebrate the talented artists and designers included in the show, we thought we’d give you sneak peeks at their artwork, their studio spaces and more. Find out what their work is like, what inspires them and what advice they’d give to other creatives! Our first featured artist is Justin Nelson. We loved his dark sense of humor, laced with intricate linework and delicate detail. Read on to check out his beautiful works, and find out what makes him tick!
Ricardo Actus is an illustrator and graphic designer from Brazil. His work uses heavy textures and beautiful typography. Actus’ complex mixed media digital collages explore perspective with a fresh set of eyes.
Carmen Burguess is an artist born in Bueno Aires, now living in Berlin. Her work is grotesque… in a way that seems to make you want to see more. Her Seventeen Magazine modified covers are creepy meets couture.
Los Angeles artist Dave Tada regularly posts film photography to his blog, Analog Pics. This in itself is not unusual; except, in an age of digital photography where memory cards can be easily & quickly filled, I find Dave’s commitment to posting his strictly analog work a refreshing and disciplined approach.
Each minute, 6,000 bottles of Jarritos are introduced into shops across the US. Have you ever longed to see your original artwork published as a real-deal print advertisement alongside these shiny little glass bottles of delight? Well here’s your chance! Beautiful/Decay has been selected as a judge for the Jarritos Flavor City Art/Advertising Contest!
How do you win? Just do your thang and make a work of art that includes the Jarritos 2010 logo, slogan (“Drink Out Loud”) and a likeness of a Jarritos flavored soft drink. Then mail to: [email protected] All mediums welcome. Sorry, no ad agencies. May the best artist win!
For more details, visit: Jarritos Flavor City.
Austin Watts’ work reminds us of all the finer things the 80’s had to offer, like VCRs and Huey Lewis. It’s that fabulous, American Psycho lifestyle that Bateman personified so well, minus, of course, that nasty business about human mutilation. His unique aesthetic has attracted some big names, including MTV, and we’re excited to see where Watts will go next–as long as it’s not to his remote storage unit where he hides the bodies.
The last month or so we’ve been extremely busy, putting the finishing touches on our “Art Works Every Time” exhibition. We sifted through hundreds of submissions to pick 10 of the most exciting emerging artists around today. Since we teamed up with Colt 45 to present this one of a kind exhibition, we got to brainstorm all kinds of creative giveaways we thought you’d enjoy: free Colt 45, free T-shirts to the first 100 visitors (with Colin Strandberg’s award-winning graphic, above) and even never-before-made (or tasted) Colt 45 ice cream by local fave Scoops! Trust us, it’s delicious.
To top off the night, we’ve invited comedienne Charlyne Yi, who will perform with her band Flesh. Yi’s debut album was produced by none other than Tenacious D, and her live performance has to be seen to be believed!
Whew! Now we just have to hang the show! Can’t wait to see all of you at the opening!
Christian Cuoco is an illustrator and graphic artist working in New York. Cuoco states his fondness of “existentialism, books on improvement, and films by Stanley Kubrick.” He currently works with Gojiberry NYC building websites and does freelance graphic design. His mixed media pop art is inspiring to say the least.