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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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Sex Monsters: A Group Exhibition That Will Make You Blush

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This exhibition themed around sex will definitely separate the prudes from the promiscuous. Aptly titled “Sex Monsters”, 10 different artists explore the topics of gender bending, prostitution, fetishism and vice. A combination of photography, illustration, collage and assemblage, we get the chance to view some light erotica while questioning our accepted norms of sexuality.

Explicit drawings of sexual acts, photos of exposed bodies or advertisements for sexual encounters ask us to consider what is “slutty”, “indecent”, or “perverted”. More than just a simple display of modern sexuality, “Sex Monsters” is an exhibition showing something other than the normal heterosexual depictions of sex we are surrounded by. Photos of large amounts of condoms, strip clubs, and rows of newspaper listings shows the extent of the sex industry and how easily mundane these things can become in a world over-saturated with suggestive innuendo.

Encompassing genres like Sexploitation, Pornography, Soft-core, BDSM, this exhibition is intended on titillating and exciting us viewers. Aimed at the inner voyeur in us all, “Sex Monsters” will most definitely capture your attention. Unfortunately the exhibition has just closed at No Romance galleries, but you can still satisfy your curiosity by looking up the artists involved in the privacy of your own home…. Mike Krim, Pietro Cocco, Jennifer Calandra, Lorenzo Fariello, Amy Hood, Jonathan Leder, Sean Maung, Chelsea Nyegaard, Robert Farber and Kilroy Savage. (via Huffington Post)

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Wildcat Will Merges Past, Present, And Punk In A New Series Of Beautiful Collages

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In his new series of collages entitled Love is like a Butterfly, artist/musician Wildcat Will delves into the absinthe drenched demi-monde of Parisian cabaret, and uses his own pop art inclinations, and other contemporary elements to create original pieces. This new series in based on the powerful imagery of the butterfly, its transitional phases, and its ephemeral and intense beauty as a parallel for the beauty and tragedy of human life.

His collages combine photographs from the Parisian cabaret Les Folies Bergère with texts. The intricate backgrounds of his collages incorporate elements such as zebra print, oversized flowers and, butterflies. The combination of old photographs with modern typography and colorful, ornate details leave room for the viewers to get lost in his work and examine the world of cabaret from a different perspective.

The clashing of old photographs and typography work together towards creating a sort of punk aesthetic which Will attributes to his cultural upbringing . He equates the ladies of the Folies Bergère to the punk rock movement and, by doing so gives another level of depth to his collages. Through these pieces, Will has created a magical platform for us to meditate on our morals and standards.

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Hassan Hajjaj’s All-Girl Moroccan Biker Gang

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Hassan Hajjaj - Metallic Lambda on 3 mm white Dibond

Hassan Hajjaj - Metallic Lambda on 3 mm white Dibond

Hassin Hajjij - Metallic Lambda on 3 mm white Dibond

Photographer Hassan Hajjaj‘s latest project focuses on the sub culture of young women bikers from Marrakesh. Titled the “Kesh Angels”, he created striking images of groups of women wearing colorful veils and djellabah straddling worn scooters and motorbikes.
They represent something quite traditional, yet also astoundingly subversive and daring.

The women all hold strong poses, and are somewhat confrontational. Hajjaj places them within bright and beautiful frames – choosing different images and symbols from the Medina, all with a distinct Pop Art feel.

Primarily a portrait photographer, Hajjaj is well versed in bringing out the colorful character of his subjects. He started his career taking photos of friends, artists, musicians and strangers on the streets of Marrakesh. His style perfectly embodies the social, active and vitality of the culture in northern Africa, while offering a glimpse into the more unknown aspects.

Using a slight hip hop influence, Hajjaj also reflects on issues of consumerism, branding and globalization and how these issues affect a place like Morocco. The subtlety and humor he uses to approach such complex subjects is very effective. Seeing these women in traditional clothing, branded with Nike is unsettling at the very least – and that’s not even mentioning the motorbike in the middle of the scenario. Engaging in what is usually a male dominated activity, these women are breaking many taboos, and display an easy confidence about it all.

Hajjaj has been involved in many projects aimed at raising awareness of the treatment and roles of women in Morocco. With such a strong visual language, he is definitely succeeding in capturing our attention.

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Sonja Hinrichsen’s Snow Drawings

No that isn’t the latest alien crop circles. This is the work of  new media artist Sonja Hinrichsen who created this massive installation one step at a time by simply walking in circular patterns. The result is a semi-abstract pattern that mimics leaves on branches of the local snow covered trees. See more images of this simple yet extremely clever installation along with a process video after the jump.

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Only a Few More Weeks to Enter & Win $1,000!

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Ahh….fame and fortune, who doesn’t need the extra wads of cash and bragging rights? Only a few more weeks to win both for Beautiful/Decay and Talenthouse’s – shirt competition! There have been some great entries so far- so keep ’em comin!

May I remind you that the winner receives a whopping $1000 cash prize and the fame of having their design featured & promoted on Talenthouse.com and printed on a T-shirt!

The design is completely open to your interpretation and can be as creative as possible, as long as it includes the Talenthouse logo in some way. You can create any style of graphic of your choosing—the logo can be either a small element within the overall design, or you can focus on the logo in a new creative way.

This is a chance to have your design be seen and worn around the world! More details after the jump!

DEADLINE (COMIN’ UP!): NOVEMBER 5, 2009

PRIZE: $1,000!

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Save Big- The Beautiful/Decay 4th Of July Sale Is Here!

50America, it’s time! Time for you to save your hard earned American dollars and take advantage of our special 50% off sale that we’re offering to celebrate Fourth Of July. Since we consider ourselves citizens of the world we’re also extending this sale to all our international shoppers. Save on all our Books, Magazines and Apparel on our shop today through July 11th 2013. Just enter the discount code “AMERICAN50” during checkout, save big and add some creative inspiration to your life!

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A 92 Year Old Grandmother Creates Incredible Embroidered Temari Balls

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At the best of times, embroidery can be impressive and time consuming, but this project shows us just how much of an art form it can be. Flickr user NanaAkua has been uploading pictures of her grandmother’s embroidered balls for a while now, educating us all about an ancient art form popular in Japan. Called Temari balls, they are folk art that originated in China, but were quickly adopted by Japan. And this very talented Japanese grandmother in particular has been embroidering Temari balls for over 30 years – building a collection of over 500 balls. Made from the threads from old kimono, the Temari balls are intricate, full of imaginative patterns and as diverse as they are colorful.

They are traditionally cherished as objects of friendship and loyalty. The bright colors symbolize luck and happiness for the recipient of the gift. And it isn’t only considered an honor to receive a Temari ball, but also to produce them. To qualify as a Temari ball artist, the individual has to display a high level of skill and technique.

Here’s a little bit of more information on the amazing art form that are Temari balls:

Traditionally, temari were often given to children from their parents on New Year’s Day. Inside the tightly wrapped layers of each ball, the mother would have placed a small piece of paper with a goodwill wish for her child. The child would never be told what wish his or her mother had made while making the ball. (Source)

You can see the full collection here. (Via Juxtapoz)

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