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Book 1: Supernaturalism Covers

Kyle has been busy drawing over 200 covers per day. It’s mind boggling to think that he has so many images stored in his head. Kyle has been going at it nonstop but judging by the covers pictured above his brain is feeling like mush after back to back 12 hour marathons of drawing. I’m happy to announce that subscriptions will be going out tomorrow. It’s a few days later than we had planned but I think we were off on our math as to how long each book cover would take. Below are a selection of covers from the last few days.

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Xavier Barrade

French designer and graduate of Fine Arts at Les Beaux Arts de Paris Xavier Barrade creates playful work that explores a variety of topics ranging from science to statistics to pizza.

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Michael Light

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San Francisco-based photographer has a few different ongoing projects, but the one I like the best is the tentatively named “The Inhabited West.” The series consists of aerial photographs parts of the American landscape: “pursuing themes of mapping, vertigo, human impact on the land, geology, and various aspects of the sublime.” Some interesting points on how we’ve constructed our world around nature, and how the two interact.

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Alex Hohlov

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Philadelphia-based designer Alex Hohlov, aka Veone, does some nice procedurally generated abstract pieces when he’s not doing commercial work. The illustrations convey a strong sense of motion…it reminds me of what flying through hyperspace might look like.

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The many ways you can groom a poodle

Not exactly art…persay in the strictest sense, I guess that’s why I filed it under New Media for lack of a better category. For example, take Sandy Paws Grooming Shop, a service “for those who are overly concerned about the dogs emotions. Cindy [the poodle] loves the attention. She will prance around and expects your attention. This is a Creative Grooming Contest and Cindy will look like this for only a few hours. After the contest Cindy will be shaved.” Some of these are kind of scary actually, like Cindy in a chicken costume (…?) looks like she formed a tumor then ran into a wall with her head…

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Darla Teagarden

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Darla Teagarden is a former make-up artist, hair stylist, model, and writer whose diverse past shines through in her photography. Included in her work are hand-made and personally staged props that she uses to create a mythical setting for the viewer, rather than using digital means such as Photoshop. The rabbits, bees, and strange body parts that make each piece unique are staged at the time of the photo shoot and are not altered.

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New Video by Sean Pecknold

A few months ago I had the pleasure of interviewing artist Sean Pecknold regarding his video work. He has a nostalgic, bittersweet charm to his works that evoke a feeling similar to discovering a sepia-toned portrait of your great grandparents and a dried rose from an undiscovered dusty cigar box in the attic. His animations often complement the music in strange ways, not creating direct narratives that “spell out” the lyrics of the song, but rather riff off the themes within the music in unexpected ways. He recently just completed a new video for Elvis Perkins in Dearland, a slowly sinking band presiding in a lit cave above a murky, watery world of ancient lion sculpture…haunting, beautiful and strange.

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Book 1 Release Party & Signing July 25!

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Join us in celebration of the highly anticipated release for Book 1: Supernaturalism, Saturday July 25th, 2009 at Gallery Nucleus. Don’t miss artist Kyle Thomas, who will be signing and taking requests for custom, one of a kind covers for each attendee. Works by Kyle as well as featured artists Ben Tegel, David Jien and Seth Curcio will also be on display until August 3rd. Artists from the book as well as the entire Beautiful/Decay team will also be in attendance.This is a rare opportunity to get a hold of a completely customized, original copy of the limited edition Book 1! Details after the jump.

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