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Mitch Epstein

Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia 2004

Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond, West Virginia 2004

Massachusetts-born photographer Mitch Epstein has been documenting life in America since the early 1970s. As Rachel Esner says, “much of Mitch Epstein’s work is…a reflection on America, on American values and ideology, on America’s place in the world today. It is the formal and associative elements in Epstein’s images that lift them to a higher plane. These are not documents in the strict sense, because they transcend and reinvent the objects photographed and in the process invest them with symbolic meaning.” Well said, Ms. Esner.

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Trashed Bag = New Bag Contest Winners!

Okay, ladies. You can stop sending us pictures of your bags now. The Trashed Bag = New Bag contest has closed and we officially have a winner! Thanks to all who entered, and sorry to those who didn’t win. We feel bad for you and your gross bags. There was, however, one bag that was the most pathetic, disgusting excuse for a bag ever…

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…and that bag belongs to Tammy. Tammy wins a new bag courtesy of Moop. Good job, Tammy. Now throw that filthy thing away. Runners up after the jump.

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Steve Powers

Steve Powers

A Love Letter For You is the name of the current project by NYC graffiti artist Steve Powers, aka ESPO. A recent recipient of a Fulbright grant, Powers is using the money to make these beautiful murals around Philadelphia with the help of local teenagers. The murals, which are clearly very heavily inspired by 20th century American sign painting/vernacular graphic design, are some of my favorite pieces of street art I’ve seen in a while.

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AIDS-3D

AIDS-3D

AIDS-3D is a collaboration between two American artists, Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas, both of whom were born in 1986. Their work, and the documentation of it, is about as cryptic and brash as their mysterious name. Their influences are clear – low brow 1990s cyber-culture, space mysticism, aliens, etc, etc – but the work revolving around said themes can be quite clever and subversive.

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Shepard Fairey Plagiarist? You Be The Judge

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Shepard Fairey’s work goes beyond traditional methods of appropriation and referencing. Some of these are exact replicas of previous works, with just a subtle color change. It wouldn’t be an issue if this work only existed in the streets as a form of political guerilla art. However Shepard profits greatly through museum shows,a multi-million dollar apparel line, and inflated art sales as the result of this decade long art project. More and more this seems like a genius marketing plan aimed at angry teenagers rather than creating a body of original artwork that opens up a dialogue about politics. Read this in-depth article by Mark Vallens and decide for yourself.

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Plywerk Your Work

B/D Contest: Plywerk Your Work
Beautiful/Decay is calling all artist and designers! We are teaming up with Plywerk to offer one talented person the opportunity to get their own artwork printed and mounted on a 12″ X 12″ environmentally friendly bamboo Plywerk panel worth $63.

Submit your artwork to our B/D Flickr Pic Pool (become a member first) and after all the artwork as been submitted, we will choose the most interesting piece as the winner. Artwork may be submitted in any medium, so long as it is scanned or in some digital format.

Deadline: August 25th, 2009 @ 6:00pm PST

Guidelines:

  • Join the B/D Flickr group if you haven’t already and submit to our Flickr group pool
  • Title your work with “Plywerk Contest Art” after uploading it so we will know to count it for the contest
  • Any genre of artwork is acceptable but it must be in some digital format (scanned or photographed)

Good luck to all! We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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Interview: James Quigley

James Quigley aka Gunsho

James Quigley, aka Gunsho, is a new breed of occult warrior attempting to restore the grandeur of epic mythology back into the awesome realms of the unreal. Paying homage to legends and ideas whispered down through alchemical charts and ancient texts, Gunsho materializes his vision of the other side. Many of his works tap into supernatural themes, from demonology and the Goetia to the black arts. Gunsho—first seen as a sign in the waking world, and later materialized in a dream, epitomizes his unique aesthetic, that plants one foot on the ground and a third eye gazing firmly at the stratosphere beyond. Gunsho recently created the shirt design “Chomp” for Beautiful/Decay Apparel.

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Colorblind Shirt!

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The Color Blind shirt just might be the craziest shirt we’ve ever released! Designed by Indonesian designer Galih Adi, this shirt features a 4-color printing process that is so detailed that every lens flare, color gradation, and microscopic detail is captured. Even with all the colors large graphic the shirt printing is still butter soft, fooling many people into thinking its a heat transfer.  Purchase it on our shop!

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