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Magomed Dovjenko Site Relaunch

Magomed Dovjenko updates his portfolio site with all sorts of new illustration goodness. Keep an eye out for Magomed in the June issue of Beautiful/Decay along with a killer new shirt design by him.

 

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Migy

What can I say, I like mythological gods of the forests (Pan/flutes) and vikings

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Myeongbeom Kim’s Surreal Sculptures Of Balloons, Deer, And Tree Branches Evoke Questions On Life And Growth

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Using themes of life and growth in nature, artist Myeongbeom Kim constructs stunning installations of surreal situations. His work often conveys a state of transition between two strange pairs, like he has stumbled upon bizarre metamorphoses frozen in time. Certain imagery is often repeated in Kim’s work, like deer, antlers, trees, and balloons. In one installation, a beautiful, still deer is acting as a trunk of a tree, with its antlers turning into tree branches.  In another installation, it is an inanimate object like rope or a bed that is transforming into a plant. Kim’s use of balloons is rather different than his typical nature infused environment that he creates. Balloons act in fantastical, irrational ways in the artist’s work. They hold up a three-legged chair, a noose, and even a woman’s hair. Kim’s work revolving around themes of life and nature, organic elements can also be found included with his shiny, latex objects. In an incredible piece of Kim’s, a cloud of bright, red balloons float while a tree trunk and roots miraculously come forth from its cluster. This displacement of nature found in his work creates a dialogue with the viewer, evoking questions of life, death, and nature’s place in our lives.

Originally hailing from South Korea, the currently works between Seoul, South Korea and Chicago. He has exhibited all over the world and has installed his pieces in a variety of innovative spaces.

Adult Fans Of LEGO, A Blocumentary

LEGO’s are one of the few childhood toys that don’t lose their appeal as you grow up. AFOL documents a group of adult Lego Fanatics. These are not just your runofthemill toy collectors. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on LEGOS, create new ways to use LEGOS, become LCP’s (LEGO Certified Professionals). and even have their own conventions. Watch them hunt down parts, build impressive structures, and reconnect with their youth all at once. Watch the full half hour documentary after the jump.

JUNE T-SHIRT OF THE MONTH: “MUSIC MOUNTAIN” BY LYNDSEY LESH

Lyndsey Lesh is a Los Angeles based illustrator whose whimsical works depict a world of idiosyncratic fancy, sweetness and charm. Her art is both humorous and sentimental exploring her love for nostalgia. Her images themselves have a soft spoken quality that reflect the hand-rendered application of her materials. Her shirt, “Music Mountain” depicts a sincere DJ atop a landscape of stereo equipment, musical gear and chubby hands holding records, drum sticks and microphones.

 

About T-Shirt of the Month

In case you haven’t heard, each month, Beautiful/Decay is releasing a new shirt on the Beautiful/Decay shop before they hit any retail stores. The shirts will be printed in unique color ways in a select print run of just 300 shirts. Oh, and did we mention that we’ll be giving you a 33% discount off retail prices, pricing them at just $20 a shirt?

 

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More images of Lyndsey’s art work after the jump!

 

Simon Davidson’s Australian Burnout Car Culture

Australian based photographer Simon Davidson has been documenting various aspects of car culture from drag racing to V8, to our personal favorite Australian past time, Burnout Competitions. Full of tire smoke, gorgeous cars, and passionate fans, the Burnout competitions are perfect photography subjects as well as one of the loudest and most aggressive ways one can spend a weekend. (via feature shoot)

Chun Kwang Young’s Intricate Topographical Sculptures Crafted With Newspaper, Each Telling Its Own Endless Story

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Korean artist Chun Kwang Young began sculpting when he came to New York as a means to processing what he witnessed as a materialistic society ceaselessly searching for “more.” Using newspapers, which he folds into small prisms, these sculptures form as a compilation of our verbal recording of history, opinion, and discovery. Figuratively, the sculptures emerge like topographical maps of rocky landscapes, or planetary surfaces. Points and crags describing a rocky terrain that is nearly unnavigable. Metaphorically, this work is a culmination of the floating lexicon of our time; the ongoing conversation of man compiled in a three dimensional format, echoing the voices that pass each day through our print media. Each figure is a time capsule of pieced data and voice. Although the sculptures themselves are mute, each has a strong story to tell. As Young describes his work:

“Every piece of information is the end product of a struggle for hegemony, as well as an accumulation of human experience. One hypothesis ceaselessly conflicts with another, and finally becomes a new knowledge. While these kinds of processes are sometimes made in a peaceful way through debates and publications, they sometimes happen in the shape of physical conflicts like wars led by the governing class.”

His work is a symbolic expression of how words form into actions and become words again- a speech becomes a call to action, which becomes a war, which is then recounted through story. Everything seamless weaves into itself, a cyclical timeline we hardly noticed as we are so permanently bound to it. (Excerpt from Source)