When you think of fine art, one of the last places you’d probably consider finding it is in the laundromat. Photographer Yvette Meltzer, long fascinated with the transformation of soiled to clean clothes, first sought to explore her fascination by visiting many different laundromats in Chicago. During these visits, she documented various aspects of the laundromat experience, but it wasn’t until she saw the images of dryers tumbling clothes on her computer that she knew she had captured something beautiful – animal and human forms were revealed to her through the compositions of color and texture being tossed around in the machines. Thus, Meltzer’s “Revolution” series was born, a series that transforms an everyday, mundane image into an experience of abstract mystery. Meltzer says, “What I see is not what someone else does. But people do seem mesmerized by the images and attempt to discern what it is they are looking for. People seem to have such a need for definition and tend to be uncomfortable with the ambiguous.” (via slate)
Museum Studio is a Stockholm-based design/illustration studio which has done some very cool work for clients like Nike as well as a print publication called Museum Paper.
Agostino Arrivabene paints dreamlike visions of pain and beauty. With tentacle-like flowers growing from ethereal faces and branches reminiscent of veins encompassing bodies portrayed as saints, his paintings exist on their own plane of reality. It is almost as if they come from a time where time itself is non existent, as they seem to be simultaneously prehistoric and futuristic. His figures are almost treated in a pathological sense, yet are delicately sentimental, creating an innate sense of wonder.
His body of work aims to mimic “a room of curiosities” — referring to a collection of exotic memorabilia gathered by travelers. However, his collection is a metaphorical culmination of the excursions he has taken internally; he relates his process to that of the journey of Dante through hell. He is an artist that mainly lives in solitude, allowing him to fully immerse himself in his own bizarre world, drawing inspiration from his own dreams and the dark nature he surrounds himself in.
His extremely introverted and contemplative practice is heavily influenced by old masters. Using traditional methods such as grinding his own pigment, making his own paint, and using a near-extinct technique that combines egg tempera with oil, he allows himself to fully utilize the complexity of color. In doing so, he interjects himself somewhere in the middle of, or perhaps, within various aspects of, the history of painting.
Agostino Arrivabene transcends art history not only through technique, but also through content. His work winks at artists from multiple eras of time. There are strong connections to Italian Renaissance painters such as Sandro Botticelli, Symbolist painters such as Odilon Redon, Visionary painters such as Gustave Moreau, and the psychological darkness similar to the work of Francis Bacon.
I’m usually into very loud and boisturous paintings but there is something extremely rewarding in the quiet and subtle portraits by Shauna Born. Each modestly sized painting features a sitter looking blankly into the viewer. The sitters don’t do much in the paintings but the piercing looks in their eyes warn you of a hurricane of emotions that is to come.
The focus of Chrissy Angliker’s painting style lies in creating a balanced relationship between the controllable and the uncontrollable. Paint drips from every deliberate brush stroke, challenging it. By contrasting form and free-falling dribble, she seeks to illustrate the duality in life between our best-laid plans and the host of chaotic shit that can befall them.
Let’s face it, in this day and age, it’s difficult to be original. Tory Fair carves out her own niche in the art world with her series of semi abstract figurative sculptures. They speak volumes on the relationship between humans and their environment.
9 score and 1 year ago, our father brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation…oh wait. Wrong address! 1 Year and 9 months ago, Fei started working at Beautiful/Decay, and now today is her last day!
Back then, Fei was like a neon hyper-color baby, favoring bedazzled street-wear thrift store sartorial creations. Now, her clothes incorporate a more muted palette, some classic, feminine pieces like straight leg, form fitting dark pants, as well as some more avante-garde pieces that are on trend, like cucoon shirts, harem pants, or other ready-to-wear pieces that play with volume. OK that’s not really doing her justice either, ’cause its what’s on the inside of Fei that counts!
OK, anyway, Fei has contributed an insane amount of insanely amazing design while she’s here, from the redesign of our blog (a creation she has lovingly mothered and tended to like a small digital vegetable patch), to of course, the layout of the entire magazine, in which she has embedded secret esoteric Free-Masonic based astral symbols that, when held under the light of a full moon and wetted with a drop of a howling wolf, tells the viewer her whereabouts in the world (China.)
Throughout our time together I have delighted in the fact that Fei and I are somehow psychically linked, ostensibly heightened by the fact we eat the same lunch here at the office most every day: Albertsons soup and Trader Joe’s Italian salads. I’m a little sad to see what will become of our kozmic mynd conneksh, but hope that even across continents, our bond remains.
Among my favorite Fei memories:
-Our rollicking rendition of “Rooftop,” (a song we penned together at the old office)
-The day she wore “hoop” earrings
-Hare Krishna buffet
-How she got hit by a car on her first day on the job in the Subway parking lot
-The time Fei made me stand on the old Rooftop (yes, the famous rooftop from the aforementioned ballad) with a feather headdress on and mirrors on my hands, gently making waving motions to refract the sun’s beams for some “art” thing she did
-Singing “Ja, må hon leva” to her
-Having to say “Smultron” to interns in a Swedish accent at her behest
-How she’d sometimes eat a tamal for breakfast
-How she’d sometimes eat leftover cake that was in the freezer for a month for breakfast
….And more! Anyway, Fei, we will all miss you tons!!
Dan Gluibizzi’s work combines voyeurism with soft wash watercolor, creating pieces that feel like you’re looking in on strangers lives from a distance. He uses images from the internet, sometimes amateur porn photos but recreates his pieces in a completely refreshing manner. Viewing his work is nothing like viewing the photos they came from, he adds a sense of curiosity and innocence in his figures that comes through beautifully in his medium.