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Wilford Barrington


Canadian artist Wilford Barrington creates portraits – portraits that will have you appear cracked and fractured & probably far more interesting that what any mirror has to offer. His portraits bring to mind Oliver Sacks’ book, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat & Other Clinical Tales – neurological case studies documenting the power of the mixed-up mind and its ability to easily play tricks on our perceptions.

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B/D Movie Time this Wed: “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?”


We continue our month long series of free outdoor screenings at Space 15Twenty this Wednesday, May 20th, with “Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?”


The screenings are projected on the large outdoor screen located next to the Snack Bar. Seating is limited so arrive early to secure a chair, but if you get there late, no worries you can always sit on the floor or bring your own chair!


“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?” takes a more tongue-in-cheek look at the inner workings of the stuffy art elite than last week’s screening, “Basquiat.” “Who the…” is seen through the eyes of a beer-drinking, sailor-mouthed woman who may have accidentally purchased a Pollock from a thrift store- and the ridiculous rigamarole she must go through to have it verified.


Drinks, snacks and popcorn as usual are available at Snack Bar!


“Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?”- Wed, May 20
Space 15twenty
1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028


See more Beautiful/Decay Movie Times for the month of May after the jump!


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Candy Coated Crisis: Lisa Alonzo’s Confectionary Paintings

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Lisa Alonzo

Lisa Alonzo’s sugary technique obscures a dark symbolic core.  The images are beautiful and the technique is divine.  In fact, the technique is a refinement of one of the high points of Modern painting, Pointillism, and Alonzo adds another, almost hysterical layer to Seurat’s Le Grande Jatte, by combining the beauty of Pointillism’s ballet of color with the designer frosting florets of a confectioner.  According to the press release from Claire Oliver Gallery, that excess of beauty, when compared with the otherwise violent or mundane subjects, a hand grenade, a gun, a beer can, is a critique aimed at consumer desire. As a painter who has often struggled with acrylic painting, I was really impressed by the freshness of these paintings.  You can see Lisa Alonzo’s new work at Claire Oliver until April 26th.  Photos courtesy of Claire Oliver Gallery.

Outdoor Landscape Installation from Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot


This is Red Bowl, an installation piece put on by Cao | Perrot studio (L.A./Paris) in Beauvais, France. The work draws its inspiration from hardship and pain (biblical lepers) but is actually quite pensive, complete with a small pond “covered with a veil of water lentils to create a soft green proliferating surface.” The concept of renewal comes forth pretty strongly as Red Bowl “recalls man’s moral dimensions and the belief in being able to purify the body of diseases by a bath of blood.” A couple more images after the jump but definitely take a look at what else is coming from this really nice landscape architecture studio. (via)

Semihandmade Is Revolutionizing The IKEA Hack

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Every artist and designer has had to find the balance between their ideal vision of their home renovation and a realistic budget. After all how can you hang your favorite artwork in a space that didn’t feel like your own? IKEA cabinets are budget friendly, but their selection can be very limiting, which is why we love Semihandmade. They’ve elevated the IKEA hack beyond your wildest dreams. With a wide variety of finishes from oak to walnut and even eco friendly woods, Semihandmade’s custom doors for IKEA cabinets can transform your IKEA based project from mass market to bespoke chic.

Geometric Digital Illustrations Inspired By Music

American artist Andy Gilmore creates beautiful and hypnotic pieces of digital art by building complex graphic structures based on a kaleidoscopical dynamic.His work is often the result of interpreting scales and notes, reflecting and shaping melodies of some of the most influential and relevant musicians and music labels on the international scene.

MSTRKRFT + SPRFKR + Beautiful/Decay Mustache & Shades Competition & Giveaway




Beautiful/Decay has teamed up with MSTRKRFT & SPRFKR to present a creative giveaway. All you have to do is send us your COOLEST drawing of two dudes sporting mustaches and shades! You can draw MSTRKRFT if you want- or any other two guys sporting this incognito look. Three lucky winners will receive a MSTRKRFT prize package of a SPRFKR poster & MSTRKRFT’s latest cd, “Fist of God.” Winning submissions will also be featured on the Beautiful/Decay blog! So get creative- submissions can be digital, painted, crocheted, Bento boxes, whatever!


Submit to: [email protected]

Or send hard copies/CD’s with images/fake mustaches to:

Attn: Mustache & Shade Competition
PO Box 2336
Culver City, CA 90231


(All snail mail submissions will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is included.)


The prizes:

-1 poster designed by SPRFKR (courtesy of GCS gallery)

-1 copy of MSTRKRFT’s latest album, “Fist of God”

-Feature on Beautiful/Decay blog


Contest ends: May 20th!

Dana Schutz

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I LOVE PAINTING! Maybe this is not so much of a secret if you’ve been following Beautiful/Decay for a while– but every time I see a Dana Schutz painting I just want to scream out…..”I LOVE PAINTING!” Dana’s a painter’s painter. A painter whose techincal chops rivals only her bizarre imagination and quirky themes. A painter who’s willing to take risks and use bold color with no fear. Unfortunately for me, Dana doesn’t currently show her work in LA. So, it was a great treat to get a copy of her fantastic new monograph today, released by art publishing hereos Rizzoli.

Rizzoli has to be one of my favorite art publishers to date. They always release monographs on the best artists of  our generation. And Dana Schutz’s book is no exception: it’s filled with over 200 pages of work and essays documenting her artistic evolution. If you’re a fan of Dana, or of painting in general, you need to add this book to your collection. I guarantee it won’t disappoint!