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Todd Schorr

L_tschorr_apeworship Todd Schorr has a new exhibit called “Designed for Extinction” at the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art & Design.

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Zoe-Zoe Sheen’s Whimsical Repetitions

Zoe-Zoe Sheen is an illustrator and designer living in Los Angeles. Currently, By day, she is  a designer at GOOD, but by night, she is up into the wee hours making artwork full of play and whimsy. A part of her bio pretty much nails the personality of Sheen’s work: “I love penguins, making things by hand; food, painting, sculpture, eating cheesecake and exploring.” While diverse, Sheen’s body of work is connected by pattern. Even the piece that are not traditional textiles, upon close investigation, consist of such dense repetition. On December 2nd, Zoe-Zoe will have some work up alongside a great group of artists in Los Angeles at RAW. We’ve only featured a small selection of her work here, so be sure to check out her portfolio site, and visit her shop to get a print of your own.

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Earthworks: Five Artists Sculpt The Landscape

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Lita Albuquerque

Lita Albuquerque

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Our planet is a truly magical work of art; complex, multifaceted and textural.  Perhaps this is why Andy Warhol, a name that is unlikely to be associated with this topic, once said, “Land really is the best art.”  Viewed in this simplistic yet profound light, land, or Earth, serves almost as found object in the implementation of Earthworks.  In other instances land becomes the canvas, or the sculptural negative space for installation, or even a foundation and medium to explore sociocultural patterns.

Lita Albuquerque has used the earth and its materials for decades to create ephemeral and spiritually infused work. Her incorporation of performance, photography and installation creates multiple dimensions and lenses to experience our world, our relationship to earth and the stars, as well as their rhythms and cycles.  The images featured here of her project Stellar Axis document an artistic expedition into Antarctica, which was the first and largest ephemeral work created on the continent. The installation of ninety-nine spheres across the icy landscape mimics the pattern of the ninety-nine Antarctic stars above- visually linking Earth to the cosmos.

New Beautiful/Decay holiday T-shirt release!

Beautiful/Decay New Tees!

Whoever said that the early bird gets the worm clearly did not know about the Beautiful/Decay online shop. So here we are, in the last fleeting days of 2010, announcing our newly released apparel for all you holiday procrastinators out there! What better way to bring in the new year than by joining the infamous cult of decay. We all know that fashion is a game of staying ahead, so why not update that decrepit looking closet of yours with a little bit of excitement.

And just to further reward all you late birds out there, we are now, through January 5th, 2011,offering free standard ground shipping on all orders to the Beautiful/Decay shop! Just use the discount code SECRETSHIP during checkout to save yourself some cash and worms for the holidays.

Pictures and descriptions of all the new styles after the jump!

These Illustrations Were “Painted” With Microbes And Bacterias By Microbiologists

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Microbes as paint and a petri dish as a canvas. These are the conditions in which biologists and artists collaborated together to create organic and innovative pieces of art. Organized by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the ‘Agar Art contest’ called all ASM members to demonstrate by a visual expression of their science the beauty of bacterias. The rendering of the contest led to entertaining designs and for some cases, deeper and profound interpretations.

If we look at the end results on the ASM Facebook page, without knowing the origin of the work, we could have guessed it was achieved by drawing and writing with colored sharpies on a gel texture. It’s astonishing and amazingly well done. The winners, microbiologist Mehmet Berkmen and artist Maria Penil won twice.

First with their ‘Cell to Cell’ design, a symmetrical design in orange and fuchsia colors. The captions explain the colors were obtained by isolating ‘yellow Nesterenkonia, orange Deinococcus and Sphingomonas’. Who knew bacteria existed in such superb tones?
The duo also won with ‘Hunger Games’, a 3D skeleton face literally symbolizing life and death. As explained in the description, the main bacteria which forms the textured effect of the eyes, nose and mouth grows in defense to a famine condition within its environment. Death had to be created first to generate life. The examination of the biological world via bacterias not only produced surprising designs, it also created a space for a spiritual introspection. (via Junk Culture).

A Very Awesome Book



Dallas Clayton’s “An Awesome Book” is something I wish I had when I was a little girl. I probably would’ve died for the cluster of multicolored prismatic rocket powered unicorns. I would’ve dreamed of riding them into Candyland castle playgrounds filled with cabbage patch doll knights with Queen playin’ on My First Sony! Maybe I’ll have a kid so I can do that all over again. Anyways… his fanciful illustrations are playful and imaginative and can be enjoyed young and old, yesterday and tomorrow, ten years ago and one hundred from now…


Pizza & Eating Stuff

Genevieve Gaukler created this really adorable series on the food chain- they look like 70’s Mr. Men or children’s book. Her subjects range from feeling guilty for eating meat, the digestive tract, shit, and its import to other animals, what happens to your body after you die, and stoner’s penchants for ordering pizza when they’re bored (and stoner’s penchants for also being pizza delivery men. Actually, not so cute stuff.