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Etienne de Crecy – No Brain

Etienne de Crecy’s video for their single No Brain is a pixelated, psychedelic, electro trip through 80’s digi-visuals with just the right amount of crazy old man dancing at the end. Watch it after the jump.

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Disturbingly Real Shooting Targets Sold In The US

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For those who are not regulars at their local gun club, you might be surprised to know that shooting targets aren’t all the classic bullseye or silhouetted portrait. No, some of them are much more realistic, as the Amsterdam-based magazine Useful Photography has pointed out. The publication collects everyday images, and for issue 11 depicts several decades of targets from tens of thousands of shooting ranges in the United States. The results are disturbing, to say the least.

While traditional targets were once anonymous figures, they are now much more lifelike. You’ll find photographs of dictators, women, children, and everyday people pointing a gun back at you. It gives the target a personality, and you can practice your aim and get swept up in the grim, suggested narratives. Some manufacturers have gone too far, and which includes a line of targets called No More Hesitation that featured small children and pregnant women holding guns, and a bleeding “ex-girlfriend” (masquerading as a zombie). Both were pulled off the market.

Erik Kessels publishes the magazine and explains to Fast Company:

We found that shooting targets in the U.S. are getting more and more bizarre with what they show. Our biggest question on the topic was what scares a nation–gunman who hold children ransom or infamous terrorists? In this age of high impact gun crime, are the participants seeking protection or accelerating the violence?”

He goes on to say,

“By taking these images from their original context and putting them together in a magazine we hope that people start to look at them again.”

(Via Fast Company)

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Leaves Transformed Into Fashion Illustrations

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Malaysian based artist and designer Tang Chiew Ling creates illustrations using unconventional illustration materials. Using things like cotton and leaves, Ling will create a fashion illustration around these objects, recontextualizing them into an interesting new design. For these particular illustrations, Ling uses the natural beauty and curves of leaves found in her garden and in drains to illustrate high-end fashion for various models. With her careful and deliberate arrangement of decaying and dead leaves, Ling transforms nature into fashion. (via design boom)

Luke Painter

Luke painter’s vividly rendered drawings could be sets for dreams where everything is still, calm, and just a bit frightening.

Daniel Lai’s Contemplative Sculpture Made from Books

 

Nice wall-mounted sculptures made from books by Tennessee via Malaysia artist Daniel Lai. The sculptures feature clay figures in “Thinker” poses positioned amongst artfully folded leaves from various books. These capture the quiet, contemplative mind-space brought on by a good read, and would make good company in any studio, study, or living room. The Internet and tablet readers are alright, but there’s something about print that just can’t be beat. Always up for a good tribute to ink on paper. (via)

Vimby Love! Video Profile on Beautiful/Decay

 

 

 

Our fine friend Brian Bonus from VIMBY recently did an amazing video profile on us for our anniversary issue Z and art show. It’s a great piece- Amir discusses the very first black and white issues of Beautiful/Decay ever made all the way to our most recent issue! Watch as ten years becomes 4 minutes….

Christophe Gilbert-Photo Magician

Christophe Gilbert is a photography magician if not a full on Sorcerer. From sewing lips onto little kids to creating evening gowns with buckets of paint there isn’t much Christophe can’t pull off without a camera and a little help from our friend the computer.

Olafur Eliasson’s Somewhere Through The Rainbow

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Fall down the rabbit hole and take a walk on the wild side in Olafur Eliasson’s world of psychaledic prisms and dreams.  An “Alice in Wonderland” fantasized-like experience of kaleiscope and colorful imagination, testing all your senses.  A magical sight of both light and darkness.

His carefully constructed umbrella of mirrors resemble a mysterious and complicated visual spider’s web.  A beautiful complexity hard to resist visiting and walking through.  Face forward and step.  Look up, look down, to your sides and digest the vivid dream that surrounds you. Relax your eyes and allow light to enter your pupils.  The tunnels he creates are made out of various pieces and sizes of glass.  Walking through must be something like sitting on a rainbow.

Turning around sends you back into the depths of black, as the glass pieces lose their color—showcasing another dimension…. onyx city.  His work encourages you to walk through to the other side.  Standing dead center might feel like a cross road.  A contemplation.  A decision. Should I stay?  Should I go?  Should I continue forward? Should I go back? A moment of mindful reflection stirring up emotion.