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Don Porcella

Swimming Hole, 8 x 8 x 8 feet, 2008

When I first saw the work of Don Porcella, I found it to be quite humorous,  and with a second glance I realized how much detail he puts into each one of his sculptures. Each one is made of pipe cleaners and  I find all the different things he chooses to make with them quite creative.

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Rob Matthews

Rob Matthews is an east coast designer (I’ve noticed a lot of good work coming from Minneapolis!) with a penchant for the ironic. His “Wikipedia” project takes articles from Wiki’s Wikipedia’s featured articles. Other projects include: T-shirts and posters that wrap around your head to make you become his friend ‘Trevor Burks’ (who he misses), and turning drawings into photographs which is kind of like the opposite of what people are used to when they’re first practicing art.

Edit: Friend & video artist Party Food (Joe) has sent me a map to show me where MPLS is, thank you. If you are like me, geographically challenged, please refer to this image.

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Giveaway Alert! Biggest Magazine stack wins!

Magazine Rack Contest

If you’re anything like us here at Beautiful/Decay, you are no doubt avid zine/magazine readers & collectors. So, in celebration of print, we are holding a competition- whoever shows us their collection of magazines in the most creative way will win an Offi – “W” Magazine Stand in Walnut ($169 value!). The mag rack comes compliments of the online shop All Modern, which carries an excellent selection of modern furniture & housewares by brands such as Knoll, Herman Miller, Blomus, Alessi, etc. So send in your artwork/design/photographs of the craziest, biggest, messiest stack of magazines to:[email protected].

We’ll post all the entries on our blog next week and will pick a winner on Monday.

Deadline: Monday, July 6th, 10am PST!

About the Offi – “W” Magazine Stand in Walnut
Designed by West Coast product designer Eric Pfeiffer, the magazine reflects a penchant for simplicity and a useful and elegant solution to everyday living. Pfeiffer’s works evoke timeless forms that recognize a product’s usefulness and necessity while exhibiting the beauty of its material.

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Robert Ryan Cory

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Robert Ryan Cory is an animation character designer currently working on Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants. Over at his flickr (linked to his name at the beginning of this post), Cory has posted some fantastic character sketches from the show. I haven’t watched Spongebob in a few years now but I don’t remember it being quite this violent and grotesque. His drawings are like Ren and Stimpy meets Ed “Big Daddy” Roth. Perhaps the show is taking a turn towards the weird(er)?

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Mary Ann Heagerty


I found Mary Ann Heagerty on our friend Graham’s blog (Future Shipwreck): she is a sensational sculptor, chic craftswoman, radical rock collector, and also his roommate. Here are some of her work, which includes dentures made out of lollipops and wood chips, hand castings, a giant three-dimensional mirror diamond, hair trapped in wax hexagon, and a series of carefully hollowed-out eggs incubating invitations to a MOCA opening. She also does these awesome video shorts that are uploaded on her Youtube channel about crafts with unlikely materials.

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Rasmus Emanuel Svensson

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Rasmus Emanuel Svensson is a musician and designer from (I think) Sweden. His work explores a sort of DIY aesthetic, perhaps most strongly exemplified by his multiple zines. He also appears to own a sort of record label called Push the Button.

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Sarah Moli Newton Applebaum

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Sarah Moli Newton Applebaum (what a name!) creates meta-knitted sculptural installations that emphasize an overwhelming array color patterns using mostly knitted fabric and blankets. These bursting animated forms engulf and transform a space into a heavenly spectrum and in their geometric abstraction suggest a homey environment that you would only find in happy induced dreams. The costumes are inventive, creating imaginative and quirky characters that seem innocent enough to cuddle with but with a guarded stance that can be quite intimidating.

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Gallery Tour – LeBasse Projects

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We interns went exploring/gallery hoppin’ this past week, as the Beautiful/Decay office resides conveniently in the heart of the Culver City Art District.

I was particularly charmed by “Seasonal Change,” a group exhibition which just opened at LeBasse Projects on June 20th. With a line-up featuring the talents of Edwin Ushiro, James Roper, and Tessar Lo, this exhibition just sounded so promising! Some pieces are ethereal with slightly serious undertones; others are blatantly whimsical and playfully riotous, but all seem to be on the brink of something explosive…on the verge of unleashing ear-splitting noise.

“Seasonal Change” runs until mid-July, I believe, so be sure to check it out before then!

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