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Tony Hammond’s Wonderfully Minimalistic iPhone Photography

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United Kingdom based photographer Tony Hammond takes beautifully minimal photographs using only his iPhone and bit of editing before posting the images to Instagram. Each image features a simple object or subject framed by a brilliant, soft, pastel color palette. Most of Hammond’s compositions include an artful use of negative space that minimizes the objects or scenes he’s capturing. The enormity of this tinted negative space informs each captured moment by revealing its quaintness. Some of Hammond’s images feature particular shapes and lines – birds circling overhead or jet streams crossing each other’s paths. Hammond’s photography breathes soft ethereal life into simple scenes, creating moments of poetry that we recognize in our everyday experience.

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Jordan Sullivan’s American Heartland

Beautifully framed visual deposits from the American heartland, courtesy of NYC photographer Jordan Sullivan.

Just when I thought Ryan McGinley had cured me of all need to see a collection of road trip photographs ever again, Sullivan’s stark, highly involved compositions draw me back into the familiar subject matter with a mixture of guilt and elation.

Sullivan is currently showing  at Clic Gallery in SoHo with an exhibition entitled ‘Roadsongs’.

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Bill FitzGibbons’s Technicolor Underpass Installation

Using two underpasses at Commerce Street and Houston Street Installation artist Bill FitzGibbons’ Light Channels illuminates a visual barrier between San Antonio’s Convention Center and a shopping center that had minimal foot traffic with a neon hyperspectrum of light.  Light Channels encourages visitors to cross under the highway, through the barrier, opening a new flow of customers moving through the usually dark and uninviting underpass. (via)

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Matt Rota

 

Matt Rota‘s illustrations seem to mix reality and myth — equal parts Bosch and Ernst. Rota’s sensitive lines add a surreal approach to morality and belief systems and how we respond to them. Also they just look really cool (nod to you, Krampus).

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Waste Land

I’m dying to see Waste Land, a new documentary featuring photographer Vik Muniz. Shot over three years, Muniz goes to his native brazil to visit the worlds largest garbage dump to collaborate with the local trash pickers on a massive photo project. A few friends have seen this at film festivals and strongly recommended it. Who knows, maybe i’ll get lucky and get a press copy in the mail (hint, hint, hint). Keep tabs on the movies website for release dates. Looks like a good one.

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Robert Mapplethorpe – From The Formal To The Provocative

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Ken Moody and Robert Sherrman, 1984

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Calla Lily, 1984

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Raymond, 1985

Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) was an American photographer known for his stylized black and white photographs.  Mapplethorpe’s body of work is varied, he captured subject matter ranging from fellow artists to nudes.  At times his works are simply beautiful, such as his photographs of lilies, and at others controversial, such as his homoerotic and S & M images, but always his work is provocative.  In his own words he was “looking for the unexpected…looking for things I’ve never seen before.”

Mapplethorpe was born in 1946 in the suburbs of Queens.  Though he never graduated, he attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.  In the late 1960s he met Patti Smith, who would become a life-long friend.  Together they moved into the Chelsea Hotel and made art.  Smith’s book, Just Kids, wonderfully documents their time together.

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Book 2 Silk Screened Print Insert Sneak Peak!

Cody Hoyt Beautiful/Decay Print

We’ve been getting a lot of emails asking what we’re doing for Book 2 of after having Kyle Thomas hand draw all 1,500 hundred copies of Book 1. If you haven’t seen Book 1 yet rush over to our shop and check them out!

After months of planning and scheming I’m excited to announce that each issue of Book 2 will come with a limited edition, silk screened, hand signed & numbered 4″x6″ print by Cody Hoyt. For those of you not familiar with Cody, he is one of the main guys behind the Apenest books as well as an amazing artist. The print was silkscreened locally by our friends over at Two Rabbits Studios.

This print is nothing short of bonkers featuring a skeleton, zombie, four armed creature practicing yoga, eating a taco, eating cereal, vomiting, pouring glue in its eye, and taking bong hits all at once! I wish I could multi-task like that!

The only way to get this limited edition print is through purchasing Beautiful/Decay. They will not be sold separately anywhere. Head over to our shop and reserve your copy of Book 2 by subscribing.

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Painter Jenny Morgan Looks At Life Through Rose-Colored Glasses

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Jenny Morgan’s paintings are cool portraits of women (mostly self) and other odd figures that seem to recall kool-aid acid test colors and the feelings that go along with them. They speak to a lighthearted whimsey which looks at the fairer sex through rose colored glasses. The one thing the viewer notices is the positive energy which flows from them. Even though based in true realism Morgan messes the canvas up a bit with her odd use of color in places that might symbolize different feelings and aspects of someone’s personality.
Her titles give hints to some of the narratives. “Venus in Furs” is especially telling. For those who do not know the title is taken from a story about a man so obsessed with a woman that he offers himself up to her as slave. In Morgan’s rendition she incorporates a cat which is a funny metaphor to how most cat owners become willing slaves to their fur ball. In another called “Everything will be Okay” a woman is painted with a skull on top of her head and a tear in her eye. It might explain in a lighthearted way what it means to be able to overcome heartache. The key in Morgan’s case is to use the mind to find clarity over the body or aka emotion.
Morgan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She currently holds an mfa from The School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work worldwide including group shows at the Smithsonian Portrait Gallery, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville and Postmasters Gallery in New York.

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