Rhiannon Schneiderman‘s self portrait series “Lady Mane” takes on societies ideals for women but with a hilarious tongue-in-cheek spin. Striking the same types of poses you’d find in fashion magazines with hip accessories across a neutral background, the artist stares into the camera while long wispy ponytails, four foot hair braids, and jheri curls dangle from her crotch. In a recent interview with Design Taxi Schneiderman states about the project:
The Lady Manes is a series of eight self-portraits. In each image I’m standing in your typical feminine pose in an outfit or article of clothing, and I’ve accessorized each outfit with its own unique, stylized ‘Lady Mane.’ A ‘Lady Mane’ is just a somewhat empowering pseudonym for a bunch of pubes, a “bush,” your “hair down there”… And that’s what the series was about for me: empowerment. I can’t really pinpoint any one source of inspiration for the project because it really was a culmination of so many things going on at the time; I’d moved to and lived in Daytona Beach, the armpit of Florida and possibly all of civilization, for almost two years (for school) during which time I’d witnessed and been subject to some pretty amazingly sexist ordeals. I was moving more into my hardcore feminist phase, which I think every lesbian in their 20’s goes through, and just so happened to have a hardcore feminist, fine-arts-major professor who had been giving me a semester of the most intense and life-altering class critiques I’d ever experienced. I’d been introduced to Cass Bird’s “Rewilding”, an amazing body of work that continues to influence me. All of these things, and maybe a few Lady Gaga songs, were inspiration enough to create a series that kind of laughed at conventional gender norms. I wanted to tell people that they were ridiculous, make them uncomfortable for a change. I wanted to challenge femininity and the objectification of women that is still so incredibly prevalent in society. I guess it was my way of saying, “Fuck you. Enough is enough.”
London photographer Juno Calypso’s self portraits as her alter ego “Joyce” are hilariously deadpan images of the artist as bored receptionist, unenthusiastic sexy girl in a cake, porno modeling agent, and deranged housewife looking for the next beauty miracle. The meticulously staged retro scenes are created perfectly with the artist posing with her signature blank stare that says “My life is exhausting and void of joy.” The result is an unsettling take on the extreme efforts that women go through to be everything from homemaker to career woman and the draining effects that it produces. (via feature shoot)
Calypso states about her work:
” I recently began working with self-portraiture, which led to the creation of a character named Joyce. Within elaborately staged large format photographs and videos I draw upon personal experience to perform critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction. We find Joyce alone, consumed by artifice – trapped inside pastel-coloured encounters with beauty masks, cream cakes and polyester negligee; her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.”
Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay team up each week to bring you some of the best contemporary artists and designers using Made With Color to build their sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color helps artists create well-designed and mobile/tablet responsive websites in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are pleased to present the work of Mark Francis Williams.
The powerful black and white monoprints of Romanian artist Mark Francis Williams look like eroding ghost-like portraits of ancestors who passed many decades ago. In a constant flux between abstraction and representation, the haunting figures appear and disappear over and over again like a distant memory that you can’t quite put together but also can’t forget.
About his work Williams states:
My work explores states of impermanence and the resulting aesthetic. It is a response to the experience of living in Bucharest – a city of disparities and contrasts.
Across this city, I am unnerved by the pugnaciously glossy, newly erected shopping malls rising phoenix like, offering a hyper-real, super-beautiful sense of order that conveys certainty, purpose and fixedness. It is a vacuous grandeur that leaves no space for error. The unintentional consequence of such artificial splendor is to highlight the true soul and charm of the city. One where buildings crumble, facades crack and deterioration is pervasive. Due to Bucharest’s close location to a major earthquake fault line a further sense of impending ruin permeates. Red warning dots on exteriors signify the approaching collapse of unstable buildings.
It is in this opposing fragile state that I find the city at its most authentic and most alluring. The environmental decline presents a natural orderliness, a passing self-organisation that quietly exhibits the inevitability of the life cycle. These are the qualities that I value and connect with and the platform I use as a investigative focus for my work.
Rather than recreate, emulate or photograph eroding materials, I choose to use faces and figures as a story telling vehicle. The human portrait is accessible and connects immediately with a viewer. It is a device I use to examine the correlation between man and his habitat, between changes in state and concepts of beauty.
As with everything else in life technology is changing the way fashion is created, documented, and finally consumed. Long gone are the days of discovering small brands by accident while on vacation or stopping someone on the street to ask them what designer they are wearing. In todays world everyone has immediate access to everything and small fashion brands, stylists, and writers only need a few minutes to create a website or youtube channel and share their vision with the world.
In this short film “Future of Fashion” i-D explores the way in which the internet and technology is transforming the industry. Supermodel Coco Rocha recounts her experiences of multimedia catwalk performances while Net-A-Porter’s Natalie Massenet talks e-commerce; i-D’s New York Fashion Director Alastair McKimm explores 3D printing, fashion designers threeASFOUR predict the future of wearable tech, and internet wizards OKFocus explain how computers can revolutionize fashion as much as photography has. Join these fashion luminaries as they share stories of fashions yesteryear and discuss how technology will influence fashion in the future.
Photographer Henry Hargreaves and food stylist Caitlin Levin have joined forces to bring you the tastiest architectural photo series on earth! Focusing on iconic museums and institutions from around the world the duo has painstakingly recreated every little detail out of licorice, gummy bears, chocolates, bubblegum and of course gingerbread! Museums such as the Guggenheim in New York City and the Louvre in Paris are transformed into tasty morsels of architecture by Levin and then dramatically shot by Hargreaves. The result is a delicious treat that will satisfy your artsy academic side as well as your belly!
Hargreaves and Levin will be exhibiting this series during Miami Basel at Dylan’s Candy Bar. Go see them in person and have some candy for us! (via design boom)
Premiere website builder Made With Color and Beautiful/Decay have teamed up yet again to bring you exclusive artist features. Each week we bring you some of the most exciting artists and designers working today who use Made With Color to create their clean and sleek websites. Website builder Made With Color doesn’t just help artists create minimal and mobile/tablet responsive websites but allows them to do so in a few minutes without having to touch a line of code.This week we are happy to share the work hilarious and offbeat illustrations of Kyle Stewart.
Canadian illustrator Kyle stewart is currently working on his Illustration degree at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). When Stewart isn’t busy hitting the books at OCAD he is churning out his pop culture laced mixed media illustrations, in watercolor, collage, and number two pencil. Influenced by everything from 80’s and 90’s sitcoms (Alf!) and action movies (Robocop!) to his early years of skateboarding, Stewart’s strong sense of line and bold color comes through in all his works making us laugh with him at his subtle alterations to the pop icons that we all know and love.
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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere artist portfolio building platform Made With Color to bring you some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Made With Color allows you to create a website that is professional and easy to use with just a few clicks and no coding. If that’s not enough all Made With Color sites are optimized for mobile and tablet viewing so you’re site looks perfect no matter how it’s being viewed. This week we are happy bring you the work of Portland based artist and Made With Color user Wendy Red Star.
Over the course of her practice, Wendy Red Star has worked within and between the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, performance and design. Red Star’s multilayered work influences are drawn from her tribal background (Crow Nation), daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected snapshots of moments of the past and present, and stories that are both real and imagined. Through her photographs and sculpture a new cosmos is built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low, conveying ideas through representations created from suggested associations of seemingly diverse sites, objects and ideas. HUD houses, rez cars, three legged dogs, powwow culture, indigenous commoditization, and Red Star’s personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation are used to excite a response in a form that can be experienced by others.
The work represents an insider/outsider view that is rich with complexity and contradiction. Red Star’s unruly approach examines the consumptive exposure of a cross section of American cultures while also being a meditation on her own identity. Her works explore the intersection between life on the reservation and the world outside of that environment. Red Star thinks of herself as a cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.