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Michael C. Hsiung

831_1235762554Being an only child I’ve always been jealous of talented siblings who can team up to take over the world. So it is with great saddness and extreme envy that I post the work of the talented Michael C. Hsiung, brother of Pearl C. Hsiung who graced the pages of  Issue: V with her brilliantly disgusting yet pretty paintings.

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Carolin Reichert’s absent presence

"Fake Fridays"

"Fake Fridays", 2007

Carolin Reichert’s work deals with an inventory of the human memory as triggered by situations, encounters and objects referring to and rooted in the past, yet recurring and manifesting themselves anew in the present. She is interested in exploring the individual’s perception of reality and the role and capacities of memory and recollection within that process. The images portray brief moments, belonging to the past, frozen, re-framed and deliberately transported to their new context, with which they are at odds or incompatible, therefore ultimately dealing with the attempt, possibility and implications of visualizing ‘absent presence’.

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Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge

Geoff McFetridge is an artist based in Los Angeles California. Born in Canada, he was schooled at the Alberta College of Art and the California Institute of the Arts.  From poetry to animation, from graphics to 3D work, from textile and wallpaper to paintings, McFetridge has complete control over these various mediums. McFetridge’s work is all about inviting the viewer to participate. He gives the viewer an opportunity figure out his puzzle , a puzzle that has more than one answer. Often imitated, but never equalled, McFetridge has created a double helix of personal and commercial art projects, blending disciplines and purpose in almost every project he does. In the past ten years, McFetridge has created  a unique imagery through his work, which is detailed and abstract at the same time. Full of hats, animals, hands, heads, teeth.

Ryan Duggan

Ryan Duggan, design

Ryan Duggan‘s posters are hilariously colorful and eye catchy. Although the illustrations are simple, combined with various elements and symbols, they make up for one great event poster. He has been working for the last few years in Chicago and his greater work contains series of poster for different art and music events.

Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) was one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design who was at the forefront in promoting graphic design as an essential factor of modern society, culture and art, and whose achievements helped to establish the reputation of Japanese graphic design internationally.

The symbol and poster designs for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics were Kamekura’s best-known work. The Tokyo Olympic symbol is a powerful, concise design, while the posters capture the dynamism of athletes. The poster design also incorporated photos, marking the first time that a photograph was used in an Olympic poster. Other well-known poster designs include Hiroshima Appeals, a poetic image of falling, burning butterflies.

Robert Lazzarini’s Distorted Sculptures Challenge Perception

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Robert Lazzarini - sculpture

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Robert Lazzarini is best known as a sculptor.  But that is actually an oversimplification of what he does.  Walking the line between reality and illusion, Lazarrini creates compound distortions of common objects, challenging perception and what we understand to be the limits of the material world.

Lazzarini’s works are not mere deformities.  Using mathematical distortions and algorithm-based operations, such as mappings and translations, Lazzarini bases his alterations in reality.  Along the same lines, he chooses to fabricate the warped objects in their true material.  A skull is made of reconstituted bone, a hammer of wood and steel, etc.  This intense attention to detail is important to Lazzarini.  Earlier this year he and his team attempted to create a series of broken liquor bottle sculptures.  Despite consulting MIT experts and Dale Chihuly’s team the project was sidelined because it was too difficult to realize.  Such dedication and through research are major components of Lazarrini’s artistic practice.  Part of this obsessive thoroughness is his desire is to eliminate art-specific materials from his work.  In doing so the viewer’s experience is completely different.  There is a sense of authenticity, which makes the distortion all the more extraordinary.

Violence is another component of Lazzarini’s work and it extends beyond the fact that he chooses to work with guns, bullets, knives and skulls.  The objects themselves are disturbing, and the way they exist in our visual field is also disquieting.  We so want to make sense of them, to right the disfiguration so that we can easily understand them. Ultimately though, Lazzarini’s works completely refuse that possibility, making them all the more compelling.

Catch Lazzarini’s latest show, jam shot, at Dittrich & Schlechtriem in Berlin up now through November 2.

Xue Jiye’s Intense Paintings of Contorted Human Figures in Barren Wastelands

High level of intensity from Chinese artist Xue Jiye. No additives or preservatives.

Working mostly in earthy/flesh tones, Xue just goes for all-out anguish in his work. Contorting and mutilating his subjects, he reduces us all to our most animalistic, base tendencies. I never mind when an artist chooses to bring the pain when the work is as good as these are.

15 Days To Submit Art To Future Perfect!

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The Future is still unwritten! This is a reminder to everyone who has yet to submit to the Future Perfect project deadline that there are only 15 days until the deadline. You cannot fight the future so be embrace your destiny and submit your work before the March 29th deadline to have your art featured in Beautiful/Decay Book 6!


Create your vision for a better tomorrow and get featured in Beautiful/Decay book 6.

We want to see the world you want to live in, your Future Perfect. Submit your work of art based on the Future Perfect theme; you are free to use any medium and interpret the theme as you see fit. On March 29th we will pick one lucky person from the submissions who will get a package of Beautiful/Decay goods valued at $300 and a 10-15 page interview in Beautiful/Decay book 6! Up to 70 additional future perfect submissions will also be selected and published.

Share your vision, plan a better tomorrow and join Beautiful/Decay to create a Future Perfect.

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