Marc-Phillipe Coudeyre’s line, “Black Renaissance,” combines the Rococo-ruffled sensibility of cocoon-puffed panier hoop-skirted volume, the gold-stud, gold leather, feather fur glam-rock aesthetic of Ziggy Stardust, and the morosely black capelets characteristic of Victorian mourning attire. The end result is a collection that is fit for a bizarre, alien Avian-human hybrid from the future. I definitely wouldn’t mind living on one of his planet’s black moons. Hailing from Antwerp, Coudeyre epitomizes the Belgian progressive aesthetic. Courtesy of the Flanders Fashion Institute, he will be showcasing his designs at New York Fashion week, at Showroom Antwerp.
Our upcoming Book 3: The Underdogs is a doozy of an issue- compiling over 100 submissions from B/D readers around the world, including a mix of never-before-seen talents and established artists. It’s dedicated to you, dear readers. As we are an independent, ad-free publication, we depend on your support to keep Beautiful/Decay filled with pages of quality work. So, do yourself and us a favor at the same time and SUBSCRIBE (or resubscribe) today! As always, the pages are chock-full of art you need to see, as well as one of a kind collectables, stickers, rare inserts and original artwork. (You don’t want to get left in the dust- Book 1′s already sold out!)
If the still above seems uncannily familiar to you- it’s because it’s from Michael Jackson’s unforgettable music video, “Thriller;” sans MJ, flesh-eating (choreographed) Zombies, or any sign of human life, for that matter. In the video “Untitled #100, (Fantasia),” artist Josh Azzarella took two years to meticulously remove everything but the murky rolling fog of a smoke machine and ominously ambient noises. The full length feature can be viewed on the humorously titled Funk of 40,000 Years. The result is a haunting look at a seeming post-apocalyptic landscape; robbed of its ghoulish face paint and kitsch, the video is a frightening look at what is left behind. The film is certainly imbued with new symbolic meaning now that the prince of pop himself has left the building, so to speak.
Josh will be showing this video at Mark Moore Gallery this Saturday, from 5-7pm. They will also be showing artist Kim Rugg (who has a similarly “systematic” practice of cutting out every single letter from newspapers and arranging them alphabetically). Shown in conjunction, an interesting dialogue regarding notions of truth and fiction within the media ensues between the two artists. If you are in LA, this exhibition is not to be missed!
Here’s to one of my favorite designers Alexander McQueen. He had an unparalleled way of transforming fabric and fashion into uniquely outrageous creatures, seemingly coming into being from a parallel dimension. In McQueen’s world, taxidermied bird feathers become opulent headpieces fit for Marie Antoinette, or Red Riding Hood’s famous scarlet cape is given new life as a shining silk mantle ready to write its own new fairy tale. His shows always shocked and awed, featuring over-the-top performative aspects, whether a life size hologram of Kate Moss wearing flowing fabrics, or recreating the scene of a shipwreck on the runway. McQueen’s cosmic creations pulled from antiquity and the future simultaneously, creating a whole new sensational language all its own. His unique vision will be missed!
Alright folks, don’t say we didn’t warn ya. Book 1 is officially sold out. Apart from a few copies here in the office we are keeping for posterity, the only place to buy Book 1 now is on the black market. There’s still time for Book 2, of course. And, if you want to save over 33% on the cover price, at around $13 bucks a book (instead of $20 cover price), be sure to SUBSCRIBE today so you never miss another issue.
Across the great lands, in all of eternity, against time, space, and even in the third dimension, there are only FIVE, I repeat FIVE copies of Book 1 left in existence. Or at least, left on the online shop. If you missed out on Book 1: Supernaturalism, with its custom sticker inserts, 164 pages of glossy art, and hand-drawn, collectable cover by Kyle Thomas, I suggest you run (or arrive, in a cloak of smoke and lightening) to the B/D Online Shop to get your copy. And, if you never want to miss another issue (and support independent art at the same time) subscribe!
Well bless Saturn’s moon, if ain’t Mr. Roy G. Biv stoppin by to bend his multi-colored grin right on over the offices of Beautiful/Decay! And not one, but two heavenly bows of Indra gracing our window! We happened to notice this full bow, DOUBLE rainbow straight from our office window this eve, I swear! Ah, and then, it was gone….as Virginia Woolf once said, it was all just as ephemeral as a rainbow.