With television game shows like Wipeout and American Ninja Warrior (and every slapstick movie, too), it’s no surprise that some of us derive pleasure from seeing people get hit. Photographer Sandro Giordoano’s twisted (both literally and figuratively) series In Extremis (bodies with no regret) capitalizes on the fall of others The staged images feature people comically posed in awkward and unflattering positions.
Always face down, the poor subjects are often garishly dressed and surrounded by their belongings. This is Giordano’s commentary on our attachments to our possessions; in every photograph, you’ll see the person clutching something like a watering can, oversized tennis ball, and even a power tool. To him, the characters in his compositions are oppressed by their appearance and the need to have things – and save them, even at their own expense. Their fall signifies that they hit rock bottom, and that they need to reexamine their life. (Via Laughing Squid)
Slick typography, illustration and design work by Sean Freeman, the brains behind THERE IS, a design studio out of the UK. Apparently this guy loves to experiment with out of the ordinary materials, including acrylic paint mixed with hair gel, powder, milk, and smoke. His attention to detail is extremely precise, so it’s no surprise his client list includes names like Nike and VH1… basically he’s killing it.
We’ve put it off for as long as possible but you can now follow me and see all the awesome, random, and random stuff I photograph all day long. I can’t promise a few occasional shots of the adorable B/D mascot Mr.Baxter but I’ll try to keep them to a minimum. What you can expect is lots of art, design, street art, studio visits and more. So jump on your phone, ipad, and any other Instagram compatible device and follow your favorite art publication at @beautifuldecayofficial !
As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing this article by Carolyn Rauch on Steve Back.
The most intriguing part of Australian photographer Steve Back’s gorgeously graphic series Hutt Lagoon is that the bright pink-colored water is all natural. “The images are not manipulated for color,” said Back. “I was commissioned to shoot some abstract landscape shots of Western Australia for a big Perth hotel. I chartered a light aircraft to explore shooting some islands off the coast of Northern WA. I had noticed these lakes on the map and Google Earth, and decided that they were worth a look. From the ground, the pink coloring is not so evident and a bit unimpressive, yet from the air, it looks fantastic. These are natural landscapes but the coloring is out of this world. And at first sight it is not easy to tell whether they are close up or far away.”
Hutt Lagoon is the world’s largest Beta Carotene farm (produced by naturally occurring algae in the water). In the middle of the lagoon are a series of manmade ponds that form the fundamental composition elements of Back’s images.
Brian walker is a contemporary digital artist whose images explore and exploit the realm between fantasy and reality, recreating scenes that meld illustration and fashion with an element of surprise.Stemming from a passion for illustration to depict his ideas and concepts of surrealist landscapes and characters, Walker first began using photography as a tool to represent these ideas of the impossible within the believable context of photography.
Walker ‘s works have featured compositions such as battery packed human figurines, fur clad models destined for the meat market and a post modern take on the beloved nursery rhyme Jack and Jill.
Walker is heavily influenced by photographer David Lachapelle, “I’m interested in his ability to iconograph a scene from popular culture and to make it look so real that it is contrived. I would say our processes are similar, I use a lot of concept sketching as my works are highly manipulated, I have to plan almost every detail before a shoot to make sure I have every element I need. I meet with the make up artist, models and stylist to make sure things run smoothly and that they share my vision.”
Imaginative tandem show of works by Eleanor Davis and Katherine Guillen going up at GR2 in Los Angeles on January 16th. “The craziest part of it is,” explains Guillen, “that, as zinesters we were always so entranced by Giant Robot and huge fans of their art shows and magazine-now it feels a little surreal to be on the other side of things (in a very very happy way.)” Go check it out!
Sculptural and mixed media work from David Nyzio. Working in material as diverse as algae and bug excrement, Nyzio’s work defies certain classification and provides a nice testament to the crossroads that can exist between concept and aesthetics.
Missouri native Kelly Louise Judd‘s illustrations are lovely, sure, but they’re also just a little bit creepy. They are the sketched equivalent of having all the lights cut out as you read aloud an old ghost story or dark fairy tale from your childhood. You may be all grown up now, but, still, something in the back of your mind suggests that you don’t turn around… The artist interjects a bit of humor just when it’s needed, though. The Big Bad Wolf snickers, carrying Little Red Riding Hood in his fat, furry belly as he strolls away from grandmother’s house. A fox sneaks a peek at his very own foxglove shoes, and a pair of Victorian ladies step out for a smoke, filling the sky with phlegmy constellations. The influences of Victorian illustration, Renaissance art, fairy tales, and abnormal psychology are evident in all her pieces, as you can see here. Check them out below.