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Paul Schneggenburger’s Haunting Long-Exposure Photographs Of Couples Sleeping Together

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In “Sleep of the Beloved,” the photographer Paul Schneggenburger takes 6 hour exposure shots of slumbering, snuggling, writhing couples. The artist asks each pair of lovers to lay their weary bodies on a bed in his own apartment, his dark sheets lit gently by candlelight. The movements of the beloveds, sometimes sweeping and sometimes jolting, are all captured on film.

As the subjects’ fleshy tones and unconscious turning blur the lines between individuals, each couple emerges as a vital, breathing organism; the two appear to move as one, thrusting themselves beyond the confines of the charcoal bed. The long exposure serves to flatten time, creating the illusion of synchronized movement; couples appear as if reaching for one another at one precise moment, as if driven to touch, to bridge the gap between two separate dreamscapes.

Schneggenburger captures lovers at their most vulnerable; in the place of lucid, posed faces, the portraits offer slackened features glazed over by sleep, revealing startlingly intimate communications. As each pair enters into a wordless conversation, they express secret desires with the utmost abandon. Some grab and cling urgently to one another; others press their semi-nude bodies close. Pairs of lovers distance themselves, carving out private, isolated nooks within the bedding.

Each recorded face, filmed over the course of a long night, betrays countless emotions and yearnings. Capturing dreamy moments of peace and restlessness within each single frame, “Sleep of the Beloved” blurs the lines between the erotic, the lonesome, and the blissful, painting a beautifully complex, honest, and raw portrait of love and intimacy. (via Lost at E Minor and Demilked)

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Dry the River X Xavier Barrade= Amazing Ad Campaign

Xavier Barrade’s 3D posters for rock band Dry The River is nothing short of amazing! Xavier spent over 35 hours to create each 3d poster, hand cutting all the pieces and glueing them together.  What he ended up with is an ad campaign that LITERALLY sticks out from the sea of advertisting!  Watch a time-lapse sequence of Xavier building one of the horses after the jump!

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Anna Bellman’s Cut Paper Street Maps Puts A Minimalist Spin On Cartography

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Anna Maria Bellman intricately translates cartography into her own unique style by simplifying their elements into positive and negative space. She cuts precise slices into paper, constructing sections of maps of cities all over the world. Each hand cut incision represent paths on a map, building up the framework for a city. The artist’s work is heavily influenced from her extensive travels. Originally hailing from Germany, she has adventured to an impressive amount of cities including London, Berlin, New York, Paris, and Rome, just to name a few. All of these incredibly complex and diverse cities are represented in her work as a black and white composition of crisscrossing lines, intersecting and forming the streets and rivers.

Many of her cutout maps do not even appear as such, but rather an abstract grid of geometric lines, forming different shapes and patterns like tapestries. When the light shines through Anna Bellman’s maps, you can see their shadows creating a three-dimensional affect. Having explored more wilderness destinations as well, Bellman’s other works are highly floral and inspired from lush nature. Her nature-filled works include amazing patterns cut by hand, as intricate and delicate as those found naturally in the wild. Although Anna Bellman’s body of work can represent two ends of the spectrum, nature and city, the continuous monochromatic choice of using white paper unifies her brilliant work.

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Zbigniew Libera

594a_1228158430-copy594b_1228158430Polish artist most well known for his Lego Concentration Camp piece. Apparently Lego gave him the pieces without knowing too much about his true intentions and alas, refused to have anything to do with him when they realized it. There’s a whole bunch of other amazing work on his site, like this little hairy baby that you can shave. By the way, we at Beautiful/Decay in no way shape or form, support Facism or baby-shaving..

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A Day In Decay: Bicycle District & Aaron Curry

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The other day I ran around to get some food and look at some art. But before I got the art viewing festivities started, I decided to go down to the nonofficial “Bicycle District” to get some food and more importantly some delicious dessert. If you live in LA, you know how quickly this neighborhood has transformed in just a couple of years. Everyone loves this area as evident by the above graffiti.

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brian tolle’s Soft Houses

Brian Tolle’s soft silicone sculptures of mass produced houses are juxtaposed with a variety of found objects resulting in hilarious juxtapositions and unusually delightful pairings.

 

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Long Exposure Figurative Light Painting Photography

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Finnish photographer Janne Parviainen‘s mesmerizing light painting photography is created manually, with no post-production alterations or enhancements. This type of photography is created using various light sources like colored strobes, flash lights, light toys, or tools specifically designed for light painting, and manipulated during periods of long exposure. While a photograph is being exposed, it can be used like a canvas with light as a tool for painting or drawing. Parviainen’s photographs are usually figurative and evoke a ghostly surreality that is beautifully startling. Parviainen uses Finnish urban landscapes as his canvas, exploring and transforming these landscapes into scenes with haunting apparitions.

Parviainen: “What interests me most in light painting is the ability to draw in three dimensional space and the possibility to alter the reality without post processing programs. I like to use in my photos different kind of figures such as skeletons and ghostly light creatures. By using these figures I can add more humane stories into my photos and alter the cultural learned feelings they cause in the viewer of the photo. I especially like to use the skeleton figure because of it’s strong pre-learned emotional concept and place it in totally different situations and emotional stages than in which it’s usually seen in popular culture. ”

In addition to these incredible photographs, Parviainen is also a talented oil painter, creating detailed works on glass. He has tons more work on his Flickr and 500px pages. You can also purchase a book of his work here. (via the only magic left is art)

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Hello, Kitty Jelly Beans.

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Here at Beautiful/Decay, we receive lots of fun stuff in the mail. Yesterday we got a package of Hello Kitty Jelly Beans made by Jelly Belly! For some time, Hello Kitty as been the subject to much speculation. I mean Hello Kitty stands for nothing, but people adore it because it’s cute (and thanks to hundreds of famous icons and the media for embracing it). Hello Kitty is a full phenomenon that starts with it’s simplicity of design. Yuko Shimizu’s design has a mouth-less face that people can use to project their feelings to define Hello Kitty’s character. This depicts entirely different feelings for each consumer. It’s a win, win. So who wouldn’t want to collaborate with that cute little kitty?

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