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Philip Barlow’s Out of Focus Paintings

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Working in the tradition of landscape painting, South African artist Philip Barlow creates these ethereal, abstracted oil-on-linen paintings that give the illusion of blurry, out-of-focus photographs. The landscapes he paints are often figurative and full of city life, evoking both a familiarity and strangeness. Using this blurred effect, Barlow leaves much to the imagination of the viewer, hinting at forms and shapes and using the play of light and shadow to explore the line between the physical and the spiritual. Barlow notes, “The figures in the landscape serve as carriers and reflectors of the light that falls upon them. Bathed in the luminosity, it is my hope that they would become more beautiful. To me, light is the ultimate subject because it embodies the pinnacle of all reality.” (via Biritim)

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Holy Mega Bubbles!

Not much to say about this other than I know what I’m doing next summer at the beach! Watch the full video after the jump!

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A Day In Decay: Jesse LeDoux Visits Cult Headquarters

Long time B/D collaborator and mighty stache master Jesse LeDoux stopped by our offices last week to hang out, eat some sausage for lunch and sign a few back issues for you! If you’re not familiar with Jesse’s work he is by far one of the most talented guys out right now. He’s illustrated The Shins Chute Too Narrow album (and got nominated for a Grammy for it!) as well as countless illustration projects for Suicide Squeeze Records, Target and a whole lot of other brands. If that’s not enough Jesse also shows and sells his work all over the world. So I guess what I’m trying to say is “he’s kind of a big deal.”

We have a 5 copies of our Archive Book and 9 copies of B/D Issue: M signed by Jesse so get to the shop and snatch them up before they sell out!

P.S. In case you’re wondering Jesse has been rocking that stache way before all you hipsters thought it was cool. Check out the image after the jump which shows him sporting it way back in 2006 at the Archive show.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Accumulonimbus

In Andy Kennedy‘s Accumulonimbus, natural and man-made objects on a spin cycle accumulate, disintegrate, and multiply. Created by stop motion animating clay on glass, the film is a meditation on motion and the life cycle of matter… Awesome! Check out the making of post here.

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Artie Vierkant

Line-Item-Icon_web-685x1024 Artie Vierkant is an artist from San Diego, CA. His work includes paintings, sculpture, and a massive array of digital works. He has even taken Avatar the movie and superimposed it onto a spinning sphere. Most of the works “concern how digital media can constitute fully tangible objects.” His work includes too much to mention. Check out his site and more of his work.

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WET PAINT GRANT RECIPIENT: Clark Goolsby

To call Clark Goolsby a multi-media artist almost seems like an understatement. Indeed, the sheer volume of materials and techniques he expertly employs is staggering, often combining spray paint, acrylics, pencil, wood, foam, plastic, string, and even audio into one finished product – but even that far from represents the impressive span of Goolsby’s “multi-ness.” He seamlessly transitions between different styles, from abstracted, multifaceted geometric forms to realistically rendered objects, crisp lines to more impressionistic strokes and drippings. As if that wasn’t enough, Goolsby tackles a seemingly endless mix of iconography, juxtaposing rainbows and antlers, inverted crosses and trophies, pyramids and statuesque faces. Oh, and by the way, it’s all in technicolor.

The result is just as overwhelming as you might imagine, and that’s exactly the point. Goolsby’s work parallels the milieu of stimuli we are constantly barraged with every day of our lives – a combination, he suggests, which poses a persistent, sometimes surprising threat to our survival. Goolsby’s most recent solo exhibition, Strange/Love at POVevolving Gallery in Los Angeles, focuses on “how we maintain optimism in a world that is so full of potentially life ending situations.” At the center of this exhibition, an 18 foot long skeletal form made of wood and foam entitled “Dead Man” lies horizontally, suspended from the ceiling by hundreds of neon-colored threads. Goolsby’s work reminds us that, even if we are all essentially dead men grasping onto life by the threads, at least those threads are bright, illustrating a sense of playful joie de vivre which urges us to live larger than life, finding beauty in the unrelenting stream of chaos while we still can.

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Aaron Noble & Greg Lamarche @ Guerrero Gallery

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Tomorrow night Guerrero Gallery opens their 7th show with a solo presentation of long time BD favorite Aaron Noble, and a project space offering from  tinkerer of texts, Greg Lamarche. More images and proper info below.

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ERICK SWENSON

Erick Swenson started creating lifelike sculptures in varying states of decay to prove that he could. Echoing set design, museum exhibits and model creation, Swenson conjures elaborate scenes with polyurethane resin and occasional elements of taxidermy.

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