Gaetano Pesce

Not really sure when Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce was created these mountainous waterfall sofas though it seems he’s no stranger to challenging the mass market perception of furniture design. His most famous design was the “Organic Building” in Osaka, Japan.

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Samuel Fosso

Samuel Fosso

Samuel Fosso is one of the most renowned and prodigious young African photographers. His fantastical portraits of different types of people – from African Chiefs to American women – are revealed, upon closer inspection, to be self-portraits. A witty and ironic exploration of self-identity, Fosso’s work has been shown in major global venues such as the Photographers’ Gallery in London and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

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Holi – the Festival of Colors

More than anything, these photos just made me want to travel and for lack of a better word, experience. They’re from a variety of sources, check out The Boston Globe for all their credits. Holi is celebrated in India as a welcoming of Spring, and a celebration of the triumph of good over evil. What that translates to in action is an enthusiastic dropping of inhibitions, as people chase each other and playfully splash colorful paint, powder and water on each other. People also attend bonfires to commemorate the story of Prahlada, a Hindu figure and devout follower of Lord Vishnu who prevailed over his father and the demoness Holika with the power of his devotion.

Jo Seub

Dad, I Want to Live until I marry seub!, 2000

Dad, I Want to Live until I marry seub!, 2000

Sort of in the same vein as cultural greats like Cindy Sherman, Korean artist Jo Seub explores self portraiture. But he often gives the effect that Ren & Stimpy had on me as a child who had yet to find humor in the grotesqueness of human (animated mangy animals) condition. An article by art critic Moon Young-Min on the artist’s website explains the “reason for his aesthetics of the frivolous, for his use of comedy as an art form; today’s younger generation understands comedy. Jo demonstrates clearly that one can communicate seriously while at the same time being funny…Jo Seub is not only skeptical about the ideology and religion that he is satirizing but he is also rebelling against the excessive weight and seriousness of the doctrinarian teaching and its rigid methodology. In fact, anti-Communism under the military dictatorship in South Korea, which took place in the context of South-North confrontation, is not much different from the anti-imperialism inculcated in North Korea.”

Kenneth Anger’s Lucifer Rising

Last night I finally went to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery Screenings, a true experiential landmark of living in Los Angeles, and saw a collection of Kenneth Anger (satanic moving-picture majesty) films that he worked on from 1954-1979. The most memorable one was Lucifer Rising (1973) not only for its hauntingly beautiful footage (scenes shot in Egypt with amazing amazing costumes, rituals, strange/awesome editing techniques…), but also for its backstory. The amazing psych-fuzz-rock soundtrack was composed in prison by musician and actor Bobby Beausoleil: Charles Manson Family associate and murderer currently serving life…how much more intense could it get?? Check out the video after the jump.

Artist Survey: Free Sketchbook & Discount Code

Deadline: August 3rd, 2009 6:00pm PST

Have you ever wished that your favorite brand of black pens came in different sizes? Or that paint wasn’t so expensive? Or that spray paint came in a wider variety of colors? Beautiful/Decay would like to share a survey that offers the creative community a chance to change the way art materials are packaged, sold and priced. And, there are perks for your time and wisdom! 500 artists will be randomly selected to receive a free sketchbook, and, ALL participants will receive an exclusive discount offer of 15% their next purchase from Jerry’s Artarama art supplies.

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Xavier Barrade

French designer and graduate of Fine Arts at Les Beaux Arts de Paris Xavier Barrade creates playful work that explores a variety of topics ranging from science to statistics to pizza.