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Next Day Flyers Presents: Robjoe

A very nice collection of prints, graphic, typography, and apparel design from Estonian designer/illustrator Robi Jõeleht AKA Robjoe.

 

Robjoe is presented by Next Day Flyers who make postcard printing easy and affordable. For fast postcard printing services, order online.

 

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Elliot Schultz Has Combined Embroidery And Turntables To Form A Groundbreaking Zoetrope Animation

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Elliot Schultz - Mixed Media

Elliot Schultz - Mixed Media

What is more fascination than the moving image? How about a technique that creates moving images without any film? Artist Elliot Schultz has refined his own version of zoetropes, which is a method of filmless animation. This magic is created by taking a series of images and rotating them in a fast pace. Combined with the use of a strobe light, the sequence appears seamless as if it is the same image moving over and over. Schultz has taken this traditional technique and made it his own. He stitches wiggling worms, dripping water, and old men walking onto fabric in the shape of a circle. These ten-inch discs are the perfect size to be placed onto any turntable, and what is a turntable best for if not to spin! The embroidered images are rotated so fast that it appears just as if they are moving. Since strobe lights often go along with clubs, djs, and turntables, using this unique method almost seems a natural fit for a zoetrope.

Early inventions of the pin screen along with other alternative animation methods have deeply influenced Schultz’s work. He finds inspiration in engineers and animators involved with early cinema such as Claire Parker and Alexandre Alexeieff. Schultz is always experimenting with new mediums and techniques to further develop his interesting series. This incredibly innovative artist is somewhat of an engineer himself, bringing a bit of the history of animation into the contemporary world of electronic music and turntables. (via This is Colossal)

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The Highly Detailed Precarious Painted Cities of Amy Casey

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The cities of Amy Casey exist precariously.  Buildings tower, tilt, and balance about to topple.  Much like actual city life, the metropolis’ in Casey’s paintings can seem like a hard-fought existence bound by community.  Further tying her paintings with actual cities are the buildings that actually inhabit both worlds – amazingly, every single home and building in Casey’s paintings is based on one of her numerous photographs of actual structures.  In her statement, Casey says of her work:
“Cities are fascinating creatures that I am just beginning to scratch the surface of.  The work and organization that goes into a city’s creation and evolution, the constant shifting and adaptations, and the sometimes hidden history of these changes and a city’s dependence on civilian cooperation are things I like to think about.”

Also, check out a short documentary on Amy Casey here.

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Chris Nixon

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I’ve been in need of some inspiration and this morning it came by way of designer Chris Nixon, who, although still only a student at John Moores University in Liverpool, develops his pieces through in-depth conceptual processes; analyzing the content thoroughly and developing forms that create strong and lasting impressions. Although he is certainly adept at taking on just about any objective, its Chris’s work with type – in particular, creating experimental type-forms – that truly captured my attention… and delivered that much needed inspiration!

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

All of us at Beautiful/Decay would like to wish all of our readers and supports a happy thanksgiving full of food, fun and good times with family and friends. We’re taking the day off from blogging but if you must have your art fix check out some of our favorite all time posts HERE, HERE and HERE. Also keep an eye out for our Cyber Monday sale that will bring you big savings on all your favorite Beautiful/Decay books and products just in time for the holiday season.

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WPA Posters From The 30’s And 40’s Promote Everything From Curing Syphilis To Travel

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Back in the 30’s and 40’s a program called the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was an attempt to provide more jobs for people. Those with artistic inclination were commissioned to make a series of public service announcement posters which covered everything from traveling to curing syphillis. Largely stemmed in Bauhaus and modernist traditions they lend themselves to early collage and minimalism. The colors are sparse and the shapes which make up the lettering and images seem cutout from construction paper. Even though these were done solely on a commercial level the artists involved were trained and put their very specific stamp on them. Mainly shown in states such as California, New York, Illinois, Ohio and Pennsylvania, the artists involved did not sign the work and most of the pieces were discarded after use. Recently, a committee was formed to try and recover some of these posters. The WPA Recovery Program was created in 2001 to try and locate original copies of the 2000 posters made.
Looking back experts have determined that these have become notable pieces of art and a legitimate record of that time. In 2008 a book called Posters for the People was published showing many of the works and identifying artist’s different styles. (via Hyperallergic)

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Please Say Something

A short animation from the mind of David OReilly. We observe the destructive, hopeful, yet abusive marriage between a cat and a mouse. Incredibly witty, minimalistic, and very conceptual. This is a personal favorite of mine.

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2D-3D-4D!!!

 

 

Alex McLeod creates representations of reality using 3d imaging software. I’m not sure what his exact process is but the images simultaneously look real and fake… It’s interesting enough work for me to be officially intrigued….

 

 

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