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Zach Johnsen

Coffee Break

Zach Johnsen‘s use of graphite and watercolor in his work such as Coffee Break, and many other pieces, is what really attracts me to his work.  I like how he doesn’t use the watercolors in the most traditional style. The watercolor and graphite work well together and individually, and his subjects plus style just make me want to study all the details of his different pieces. Zach Johnsen also has a really interesting style and way of working because he uses coffee as a medium in a lot of his pieces which give them a really unique look and makes him stand out as a artist.

 

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Beautiful/Decay Issue: 1 update

Hi Everyone,

A few weeks back we announced the new format of Beautiful/Decay. It’s been great getting all the positive feedback and support from all of you. Within the first week we received over 300 new and renewed subscriptions!

We have 2 months until or first issue comes out and I wanted to urge all of those who want to get a copy of the magazine to subscribe as it’s looking like we will sell out of subscriptions within the next month. This means that issues will not be available on newsstands and only a handful of stores internationally will have copies.

If you aren’t familiar with our new direction you can read about it HERE

And to subscribe you can go HERE

The new issue is by far our best, especially the cover which will be adorned by hand drawn art by Kyle Thomas. Yes that means every single copy of Beautiful/Decay issue: 1 will be a one of a kind, unique item!

-Amir

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Interview: Erik Sandberg

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Erik Sandberg likes his school-children pink and side show circus hairy-faced and his romantic floral arrangements with eggs hollandaise. Eat your heart out, Dutch “pronk” still lives- Sandberg even has a steak with his bouquet. His paintings look like a great/horrible place to spend a hungover Sunday. Read the full interview after the jump.

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Movie Time this Wed: Basquiat!

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We continue our month long series of free outdoor screenings at Space 15 Twenty this Wednesday, May 13th, with “Basquiat.” The screenings are projected on the large outdoor screen located next to the Snack Bar. The movie examines the meteoric rise to art stardom of Basquiat, a young artist renowned for his loose and expressive style- and dating Madonna at the ripe old age of 24! If you’ve never seen this film, Basquiat is the classically Shakespearian figure of the romantic and mysterious tragic-fated artist. The film also continues to explore themes of trends and commodity.

 

Seating is limited so arrive early to secure a chair, but if you get there late, no worries you can always sit on the floor or bring your own chair! Last week we even had a couple of troopers stand and watch the film!

 

Drinks, Snacks and Popcorn are available at Snack Bar!

 

Basquiat- Wed, May 13
8:00pm
Space 15twenty 1520
N. Cahuenga Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90028

 

See more Beautiful/Decay Movie Times for the month of May after the jump!

 

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Donald Dixon

Donald Dixon’s illustrations are hilarious! His style looks really Japanese to me, maybe its because some of his characters look like Astro Boy. Kind of reminds me of a summer time a couple years ago when my friend and I, both girls, wanted to act and dress like little boys…ah…youth!  The shape of the eyes and expressions also remind me of Helen Jo’s comics.

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Deli Grand Opening!

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One of our favorite new stores, Deli in Seattle will be having its grand opening on Saturday, May 30th. Along with complimentary brewskis and wine, they will also be giving you a free item when you present the above card at their store! They have some great brands represented (besides yours truly) and if you’re in the area is definitely worth checking out.

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Pedro Paricio

 

Pedro Paricio recently sent me his catalog in the mail- some nice, colorful works from Barcelona. My fave is the study after Francis Bacon above- more works on his site!

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Amandine Alessandra

A shut book is just a block

Check out Amandine Alessandra’s clever use of objects to create typography. I have to admit that they could be at times hard to read… especially her project “Take a seat and say something” (you can see it after the jump) but it’s really refreshing to see the transformation of mundane things when you look at them in another perspective.

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