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Rebecca Nassauer

Found objects are arranged and re-imagined into playful portraits and busts by London based sculptor Rebecca Nassauer. See more of her work on the Josh Lilley Gallery website.

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Eoin Duffy Brings You 47 Seconds Of Christmas Fun

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Snowflake from Eoin Duffy on Vimeo.

Sometimes small packages pack a big punch. For instance this short 47 second animation by Oscar nominated director/animator Eoin Duffy will start your Christmas Eve on the right foot. Enjoy!

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Edwin Rostron’s “Morris and the Other”

I kind of love Edwin Rostron’s animated short, Morris and the Other. It reminds me of a more horrifying version of The Origin of Love, which I may or may not have played on repeat in my dorm room way back when. Anyway, I have no idea how to explain this video but the artist describes it as, “a hypnotic tale of frustration and desire, lovingly drawn in 2B pencil.” Works for me. Also: which one is Morris? I feel like the Other might be the ethereal floating diamond/kite. Maybe.

Another animation by Rostron after the cut.

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Wookjae Maeng’s Uncanny Sculptures Explore The Relationship Between Man And Beast

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Wookjae Maeng creates ceramic sculptures exclusively representing animals. Most of the time hung off the wall like trophies or mixed with human body parts. His purpose is to not only to trigger a feeling but also a reaction when facing the pieces. Environment, nature and human kind are themes the artist wants to support. He is choosing ceramics to do so. 

The animals Wookjae Maeng designs are perfect depictions. Deers, rhinoceroses, mice, pigs and rams, the variety is large. The details of the features are flawlessly imitated. The artist chooses to apply neutral colors to the body of the animals. A dominant of white with a touch of grey, black and brown. The eyes are the part that’s always rendered in shiny gold no exception.

The relationship between the animals and human kind is the focus here. The artist wants to create a 3 way conversation. ‘Within this process the viewer not only intellectually comprehends the work but also viscerally appreciates it if their preconceptions are challenged or senses other than sight are stimulated.’ The presence of nature and its creatures needs nurturing and special care. In an elegant and optimistic way, Wookjae Maeng is suggesting that we all take care of each other, however small and insignificant we may appear to each other. (Via Trendland).

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ANDY BURKHOLDER

Chicago-based Andy Burkholder has been posting a consistant supply of mind-clearing one-pagers on his wonderful tumblr. He’s got something special going, and he’s just riding the wave real hard. His work outside of the one-page bits is just as impressive, but more focused on experimentation, as opposed to a formally consistent body of work. Check out his web, his flick, and visit him at CAKE. A buttery smooth man.

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Rotganzen’s Melting Disco Balls

These melting disco balls are the work of German collective Rotganzen.  The installation,  titled Quelle Fête, features scattered disco balls in various stages of melting.  No longer operable or spinning, they lie lazily on the floor. Regarding the concept, Rotganzen says:

“Our conscious choice of the material and form contains a contrast to the message. It’s a reminder of the momentousness of glamour and swiftly passing glory. What once may have been a perfect shape takes on a new character and meaning. However, rather than a cynical take on reality, our intention is to offer a playful approach to observing our object of depiction.” [via]

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Alexander Semenov’s Unbelievable Photographs Of 222 Species Of Deep Sea Worms

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Alexander Semenov

Russian underwater photographer and biologist Alexander Semenov has created a new series of images that brilliantly captures a variety of deep sea worms known as polychaetes, some of which may be unknown to scientists. Semenov has spent many hours diving in places like the White Sea and Great Barrier Reef in Australia in order to get up close and personal with this creepy, crawly sea life. Altogether, Semenov photographed 222 different species of polychaetes that are currently being studied and documented by scientists.

Semenov first began photographing sea life for fun while organizing the White Sea Biological Station underwater projects. Using basic photography equipment, he’d get a few good shots every few months, and this eventually encouraged Semenov and his team to acquire more professional equipment. Semenov now produces images like the ones seen here, as well as a series of jellyfish and tiny creature images are all just as stunning. (via colossal)

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Art We Love.

Walls, we’ve all got them. Now, it’s the New Year and there’s no better time to start decorating – or re-decorating – those blank barriers.

ArtWeLove is an innovative, curated online art store with a selective catalogue of exclusive limited edition artworks. They work directly with top contemporary artists such as Tomoo Gokita (seen above, Night and Day for $75), Francesca GabbianiShelter Serra, and Molly Dilworth to produce thought provoking, hand picked archival pigment prints and Digital C-prints.  Each piece comes immaculately packed for your artwork’s protection plus every work is numbered, embossed, and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

You can rest assured each ArtWeLove edition will enrich your walls, spar rousing conversations, and elicit pride within your collection – maybe, even, some envy among friends. Not to mention, their prints come in standard sizes, making it easy for you to add your personal touch when choosing the perfect frame to complete your interior makeover.  All of this, and we’re certain you won’t tap into your holiday bonus because ArtWeLove editions start at $15 and go up to $2,000, a bargain given the museum-quality of the prints and the caliber of artist.

To further inspire Beautiful/Decay readers to jump-start their New Year’s art collection, ArtWeLove offers an exclusive $5 off your first purchase when you sign up to their FIRST VIEW email. To join, simply go to ArtWeLove.com and follow the next steps.

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