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Janna Ireland’s Night Season

Janna Ireland’s Night Season’s series was borne of a cross-country move, a hellish, humbling year of sporadic employment, and the streange dreams she had after her house was broken into.

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Fallah_Mystic Shrine

aka…. (Bong Rips, Magical Potions, Mystical Flora and Avatars) is the pretty amazing title of our very own B/D founder & Creative Director Amir H. Fallah’s upcoming exhibition at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. In case you couldn’t tell, the show pretty much deals with all things next level stoner awesome, from new age crystals to plants mourning their own existential crises. If you happen to be in SF, the show opens January 9th, 4p-7pm and runs until February 13th.

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Video Watch: Staying Relevant

Welcome to the third and last installment of Hennessy’s video featuring Elliott Wilson, the founder of Rap Radar and Editor-in-Chief of RESPECT.  Elliott sheds further light onto how he stays relevant in a world that favors youth and how he is hungrier than ever to achieve his next big goal. He also breaks down his process for writing his letter from the Editor for each issue of RESPECT. and explains the goal of his magazine— capturing the moment and documenting a time. When Wilson points his finger at an undeniable moment in the culture, hip-hop listens.  Want more? Go to www.neverstopneversettle.com to see the full episode now!

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A New Library For Birmingham, England Is Not Just A Building But A Work Of Art

Birmingham Library work of art

Birmingham Library work of art

Birmingham Library work of art

Earlier this month Birmingham, England opened its grand new library in the city center.  The city hopes that the impressive metal-clad work of art, which cost around $295 million to build, will become a key element in redefining Birmingham’s image.  Currently the largest public library in the UK, and the largest public cultural space in Europe, the library is certainly hard to miss.  Mecanoo with engineers, Buro Happold, were enlisted in 2008 as the designers behind the project after winning an international competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects.  Mecanoo designed the exterior of the building, with its filigree pattern of metal rings over gold and silver glass facades, to reference the city’s artisan tradition.

Speaking at the opening was Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who the Taliban shot for campaigning for women’s right to education.  Now residing in Birmingham Yousafzai stated that “Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one teacher can change the world.”  In the first eight days of being open the library surpassed 100,000 visitors.

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Kimberly Brooks At Taylor De Cordoba

In her latest body of work, Kimberly Brooks continues to explore portraiture, specifically the complexities of representations of female identities. While in her previous series, including Mom’s Friends (2007) and The Stylist Project (2010), the artist used figures to construct narratives, here the female form is part of a broader abstracted landscape. And while earlier portraits boasted an uncanny likeness to their subjects, Brooks’ style has shifted into something that is simultaneously looser and richer. Facial features have been abstracted and bodies distorted. Fashion and costume, a longtime theme for Brooks, is also deconstructed. Once painstakingly rendered folds and drapes have been reduced to their essential shapes and color fields. In these sumptuous new images, Brooks continues to address questions about how we frame beauty, and the phenomenon of fashion as a both pop culture and artistic touchstone.   Taken as a whole, the new paintings create a meta-narrative that contemplates “threads” that define, unite and separate us across different cultures and eras.\

Make sure to catch Kimberly Brooks’ third solo show currently on view at Taylor De Cordoba through October 22nd.

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非 Pixel Brush

Hi’s (非) digital paintings are full of juicy pixel brush strokes and texture. They have all the lushness of an oil painting but  minus the chemical smells.

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Abstract Paintings Or Starks Of Brightness With A Calm Sense of Vibrancy

Caitlin Lonegan - Painting Caitlin Lonegan - Painting

Caitlin Lonegan - Painting

Helen Frankenthaler once said, “I don’t start with a color order but find the color as I go. I’d rather risk an ugly surprise then rely on things I know I can do.”

Likewise, we get the sense that LA based artist Caitlin Lonegan’s process is similar. Her color palette (collected here) meditates on the bravery of a spontaneous stark of brightness erupting from the murk. Yet, there is also an overall resonating calm sense of vibrancy that is truly understated, not forced.

As viewers, we can’t help but embrace the comfort and excitement of well laid paint in seemingly simplistic guttural compositions.

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Beautiful/Decay: Future Perfect Book Available On The B/D Shop!

 

Dear B/D Cult Members,

We are please to announce the release of our newest book,  Beautiful/Decay: Future Perfect. Presented by Toyota Prius Projects, Beautiful/Decay brings together over 100 artists from around the US creating new imagery revolving around the books “future perfect” theme.

We asked artists to “show us what your ideal future would look like.” and over 300 submissions poured in, spanning every medium, technique, and style. From the 300 submissions, one Grand Prize winner was selected and over 100 finalist’s work will be featured throughout the publication.

The book also includes a feature length article with notable, emerging, New York artist, Robin Williams whose surreal paintings give us a view into her very own Future Perfect. Only 1,500 copies were made, all of which are ad-free and hand numbered. 80% of the 1,500 books are already sent to subscribers so make sure you grab your copy before they inevitably sell out!

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