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Alluring Bridal Photography Gorgeously Crushes Marital Norms

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The Bride With Crown Of Thorns & Cross, 2008

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The Blue Yoruba Bride, Nigeria, 2005

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The Mao Bride (Red Guard Blue holding the Little Red Book), 2010

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The Torero Bride With A Black Suit Of Lights, remembering Picasso, 2006

While we can probably all imagine what typical bridal photography looks like (maybe you’ve even been apart of it), artist Kimiko Yoshida turns this martial norm on its head. Her series Something Blue is named for the antiquated 19th century axiom that a bride should have “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, and Something Blue” on her wedding day. The portraits feature Yoshida in various costumes that are tinged with the hue, but not how you’d expect. They look like high-fashion photographs that feature elaborate headdresses, mirrors, and even a black-light suit.

These subversive images are a form of role playing for the artist as she disconnects herself through them. The M.I.A. Gallery in Seattle, who’s currently displaying Yoshida’s work, describes it as:

…she [Yoshida] borrows an identity, tells a new story and plunges the viewer into a ceremony, where the bride keeps appearing and disappearing unexpectedly. The artist recaptures time, transfigures herself into queens, muses, warriors, and uses the shadow to illuminate the mystery and hybrid nature her ceremonial attires.

Using monochromatic, as the gallery observed, has the effect of disappearance. Yoshida is here but she’s not, showing us that when we’re painted in only one color, we become a symbol rather than person.

You can view Something Blue at the M.I.A. Gallery until August 30th of this year. (Via Huffington Post)

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Jules Julien

Jules Julien’s portfolio is full of beautifully rendered digital illustrations, playful typography, and a couple mural and poster campaigns for good measure.

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Darren Goins Creates Abstract Works That Reference Computers and Digital Culture

NYC-based artist Darren Goins creates work that reference the language and aesthetics of computers and the Internet. Take, for example, these paintings done on the reverse side of acrylic panels. By forcing us to view the work from behind a layer of plastic, Goins invokes the same dynamic with which we relate to our various digital devices. And the inclusion of circuit board imagery and neon lighting further adds to this element. But Goins isn’t referencing computers solely out of celebration. He’s also trying to take back some energy and focus from the technologies that dominate our lives and put them in a place that’s maybe a little more worthy:

The computer and the web can be like a filter/lack thereof, depending on how it’s used. When I begin working on new ideas for a new art object, usually some web filter has subconsciously popped into my thinking patterns- history, current events, science and technology, popular culture- tend to pile up side by side- and this can create visual dialogue or a seemingly continuous deciphering of information that continues unhinged. This can be exhausting, and, so, I often try to exhaust all in art objects, which seems to be a better place for information to be stored.

 

See more acrylic panels after the jump, and head over to the artist’s site to see works on paper and some sculpture as well.

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PFFR-LEGACY IIX

Brooklyn based production company/art collective/band/enigma PFFR are known for their outrageous humor and lo-fi production.  They have collaborated on shows such as Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, and the sadly short-lived Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.

If you are lucky enough to be in Los Angeles you can catch their antics next month at “Legacy IIX”. The mysterious show opens April 3rd at Synchronicity Space and runs until May 1st. Your guess is as good as mine what might happen.  Flyer for the show and other works after the cut.

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Hilarious Drawings By Kids Of Their Grandparents Brought To Life

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Dutch designer Yoni Lefevre’s series Grey Power has the simple aim of honoring our old and wise grandparents in a quirky, fun, and imaginative way. Using children drawings of their grandparents Lefevre transforms the hilariously bizarre drawings into charming and playful photographs that depicts grandparents as active and fun heros.

About the project Lefevre states:

“We are living in a rapidly ageing society. A majority regards this as a negative development. Older people are perceived as standing on the sideline, having lost their independence. But I see the great value this generation can offer. For ‘Grey Power’ I used drawings made by children of their grandparents, to create an image boost for this generation. Children do not regard their grandparents as grey and withered, but as active human beings who add color to their lives. Their fresh perspective can contribute towards a more nuanced and positive view on the composition of our society.”

 

We at Beautiful/Decay abosolutely love this project as it is proof that sometimes a simple concept can pack a powerful (and hilarious) punch. (via designboom)

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Bushwick Schlacht

Picture 002If painting is your thing, there’s a very good pop-up group show up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn.  It’s only up for two days.  Hung from floor-to-ceiling, the paintings disperse across the space in the configuration of an explosion.  A bunch of artists who’ve been featured on B/D are in it: Tom Sanford, Jeremy Willis, Eddie Martinez, Aaron Johnson, and Eric Yahnker.  There’s a huge list of people in the show.

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BeMySatellite

BeMySatellite is a new public initiative founded by LA-based designer, Bora Shin, that will be officially launching it’s first “mission” at 09:32–9:38AM on Monday, 02/26/2011. Starting with Los Angeles County, the initiative aspires to help every individual on planet earth (roughly 9.83 million people – no big deal, right??) collaboratively leave their mark on commercial satellite imagery (think Google, Yahoo, Bing…). Put simply: the project reinterprets a satellite to be one that facilitates creative opportunities for self-expression, public art, and performance as opposed to one that solely documents and monitors the land. More after the jump.

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Jesse Hazelip’s Sentimental Journey

Graffiti artist Jesse Hazelip tackles major social issues in his work.  Here are some of his pieces from the exhibition Sentimental Journey in which he reflects on WWII and our occupation in North America.  For those who are curious, the name Sentimental Journey comes from an actual bomber plane.

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