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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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Dash Snow

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A nod to the passing of prodigious asinine youth culture documenter, Dash Snow, who reportedly fell victim to the same choice of poison as his photographic subjects. Most of his images are too gnarly (snorting cocaine off a penis, sexual escapades, general urban debauchery) to post on this blog but I’m sure you’ll find them very well & easily if you just Google him. Here’s some of tamer ones after the jump…

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Heike Weber

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German artist Heike Weber creates paintings and drawings by utilizing techniques of heavy repetition. Some of these pieces are purely textural, like the blue ballpoint pen drawings (after the jump), though I think the ones I like the best are in his “Kilims” series, which seem to reference Eastern calligraphic styles.

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Bryan Christie

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Inspired by the recent photography book Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, commercial illustrator Bryan Christie has begun posting some new recreations of NYC storefronts on his blog. The illustrations are done in his familiar style – very slick and clean 3D stuff, which creates an interesting disconnect from these stores’ urban environments. There are three of them so far, hopefully more to come.

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Luke Ramsey

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It’s been on the street and it’s been in shows all over – Luke Ramsey has taken his work from something rugged to something refined and maintained the exact same detailed aesthetic all through it. His illustrations really play on the versatility of the “line.” His limited use of color makes his drawings that much more intense to look at – like Meatwad, after the jump, which is primarily constructed of one kind of squiggly line. They’re funny, cynical, sometimes dark, but always captivating. – there’s something light and relatable about it.

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