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Valerie Anne Molnar

You don’t often associate knitting and wall murals together but Valerie Anne Molnar combines them into bold installations full of color and texture.

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Sebastian Errazuriz Walks The Line Between Artist And Designer

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Chilean born, New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz is only 28 years old, but already his work has been auctioned at Sotheby’s Important Twentieth Century Design. He was selected as one of I.D. Magazine’s top emerging international designers, he received the title of Chilean Designer of the year in 2010, and his work has been exhibited at the many institutions such as the Cooper Hewitt, the National Museum of Design in New York, The Corning Glass Museum and in 2014 he will show at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

There is a humor to Errazuriz’s work that combines wit with a sense of irreverence. Opera d’ Inferno (Fireplace), for example, is a fireplace turned into a miniature theater set.  Or Duck Lamp, which consists of a taxidermy bird whose head has been replaced with a lamp.  Personal Registration of Time Passing are a series of previously owned wind up watches that have the hour and minute hands taken out.  Rather than indicating the time, they indicate that time is passing, so carpe diem and whatnot.

Errazuriz’s public works of art maintain the same sense of profane humor, but many of them also possess a semi-political tone.  Wall Street City, for instance, involved turning median markers into dollar signs.  American Kills is a mural, of sorts, depicting side by side the number of American soldiers killed in combat and those who died committing suicide in 2009.  In one of his more ambitions projects, Errazuriz rescued a cow from its inevitable death at a slaughterhouse and moved it to a recreated farm on the top of a 10-story building in Santiago, Chile.  The Cow became a rural icon existing in an urban environment.

As the most universally impactful works usually are, the affect of Errazuriz’s use of symbols and imagery is generally straightforward, but surprisingly efficient.  Blurring the lines between art and design with most of his work, mere objects become thought provoking and insightful.   It is exciting to see what an artist so young will do next.

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CLICK TO COLLECT- AFFORDABLE ARTIST ORIGINALS PRESENTS: Todd Ryan White

Wizard Blowing His Own Mind Again, 2009
6.5 inch in diameter, Watercolor and ink on handmade feathered paper, $500

Welcome to this weeks offering of Click To Collect, Beautiful/Decay’s campaign to help art lovers start their collection of original artists works at affordable prices. Our featured artist this week is Todd Ryan White who brings us explosively detailed drawings of wizards, warlocks, and bearded goblins all exquisitely rendred on hand featured paper. For the first time ever we are offering Todd’s original drawings for sale as part of our Click To Collect initiative to bring original works of art to the masses at affordable prices. Read more about Todd’ss fantastic work and see more pieces that are available for sale after the jump!

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Sebastiao Selgado’s Revives The Astounding World We Live In

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Although he was educated as an economist, Sebastiao Selgado understands the world most clearly in images, as demonstrated in his incredibly moving photography. His most recent series, Genesis, is his most ambitious and long-term project, spanning eight years as he visited 30 of the earth’s most pure and untouched sites. He was inspired to do the project because up until that point people had been the central subject of his work. He says that he “… wished to photograph the other animals, to photograph the landscapes, to photograph us, but us from the beginning, the time we lived in equilibrium with nature.”

His imagery is completely enthralling. It is obvious the time he spent for each one to capture just the right moment. The fact that his photographs are in black and white emphasizes their impact further, and creates a greater romanticism. What is truly incredible about Selgado is his investment that gives him such a great return in his artwork. For a while he was disillusioned by the world and his photography, having seen so much devastation as a photojournalist based mostly in Rwanda at the time.

Selgado returned home for his own health and sanity, to Brazil, where his parents had left him their land. It was almost completely cleared of the forest “paradise” it once was to him, and so he and a friend worked to replant the eco-system. This experience seems to have shaped Selgado’s view of the state of our planet as a whole. He has seen the atrocities we have inflicted upon it and ourselves, but he has also successfully restored a piece of it to its original strength and beauty. His images, therefore, are not caught in time as a momento of the world we were once a part of, but a reminder of what we might still participate in for the foreseeable future if we can recognize it as something worth reviving.

Selgado speaks about his practice and the Genesis photo-series in a TED talk that you can see here. (Quotations in this article from TED talk) (Via Dazed Digital)

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Music Spotlight- Reggie Watts

Crazy one man band beat box music machine Reggie Watts

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Eric Nehr’s Egon Schiele-Inspired Fashion Shoot

Here are a few images from a 2009 fashion shoot by Eric Nehr modeled directly after the works of Egon Schiele. For some reason, these snaps expose Schiele’s notorious vanity even further. But of course no one does self portraits like he did, with his writhing, angular paintings full of turn-of-the-century angst. A nice tribute. (via)

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Orgy Of The Rich At Sotheby’s

The group Art Against Cuts busted into a recent Sothebys while a Warhol piece was being auctioned with a large banner reading “Orgy Of The Rich” and throwing fake money into the air. the group states that they are “fighting back against the most significant governmental attack on the public sector in living memory. In the arts we are anticipating feeling the full weight of this socially irresponsible policy, especially in terms of funding for arts education. We are in solidarity with the other sectors fighting against the cuts and openly welcome co-ordinated action in creative and innovative ways.”

I think my favorite part about this performance was that so many of the wealthy in the room were actually enjoying the protest and taking photos with their phones. Guess it’s just another great story to tell while out on the yacht over the weekend. Watch the full video after the jump.

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Neon Animal X-Ray Remixes from Wonman Kim

 

Interesting digital illustration from Korean artist/designer Wonman Kim. In these works, animal anatomy is mixed and matched with random, miscellaneous items in compositions that look like neon projections of x-ray scans. You could spend a long time playing a game of “I Spy” with each one. The artist also does some great vinyl toy design as well, which you can find through his site. See more after of the x-ray pieces after the jump. (via)

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