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Beautiful/Decay wants to know what you think about us! We have put together a quick, under 30 question reader survey to find out who you are, what you like about B/D, and how we can improve your experience with our magazine, website and e-mail blast! Three entrants will be picked at random to win a mystery prize pack of B/D apparel, books, magazines, stickers and more worth over $50. So please take the time to let us know your thoughts!

 

To all who have already taken the survey, thanks so much for your input! We’ve already received a ton of response. However, the survey host recently notified us that there may be some technical difficulties- you may receive an “error” message upon completing it. To any of you who have seen this message, rest assured, your answers & email addresses have been submitted.

 

For those of you who haven’t taken the survey yet, there are still a few days left- your feedback is important to us! Please just ignore the little technological hiccup at the end.

 

Thanks again and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

 

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Helle Mardahl

The Loaded Woman 2009, acrylic on linen, 76 x 65 images via LaViolaBank Gallery

The Loaded Woman 2009, acrylic on linen, 76 x 65 images via LaViolaBank Gallery

The works of Helle Mardahl vary in medium with paintings, sculpture and collaged photographs addressing human fallacies and inventive absurdities. The artist’s background in fashion is demonstrated by the precise coordination and arrangement of shape and color embodying the figures. They don exaggerated features and contorted body parts and are masked to the point of sheer spectacle and wonderment. The artist’s interest in bedazzlement and burdened woe is a convincing combination of Rembrandt’s hobo drawings and Nick Cave’s soundsuits.

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Gaspar Lepage

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Gaspar Lepage is the pseudonym of Bristol artist Marcello Velho. His work, which is mostly animated GIFs, explores the pre-Web 2.0 era internet aesthetic (Geocities, basically) through content consisting of strange half-robot/half-monster creatures in environments inhabited by weird plants, graffitied walls, and lots of bubble writing.

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I ♥ Gen Art: 15th Anniversary Benefit

 

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In these difficult economic times, with decreased support from corporate America, Gen Art is looking to its loyal supporters of the past 15 years to help it celebrate its successes while looking forward towards insuring another great 15 years of programming. This is your chance to personally help save a company we hope you believe in. 

 

I ♥ Gen Art: 15th Anniversary Benefit will feature an exhibition of the works of over 60 of today’s most exciting emerging/mid-career artists working in mixed mediums who either are Gen Art alumni artists or have been affiliated with or supportive of Gen Art programming over the years.  Artwork will be exhibited and available for sale.

 

All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Gen Art Foundation, whose ongoing mission is to support undiscovered talent and providing a platform for emerging artists to garner increased exposure to a loyal audience of consumers and media.

 

June 24, 2009

7-11pm

*7-8pm VIP Preview

 

7 W. 34th St.

11th Floor

NY, NY

 

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Analysis Creature

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Inspired by a nightmare, “Analysis Creature” is Wonman Kim (Animabase)’s series full of  weird and strange skeletal and mechanic creatures.  Each piece is like an x-ray of a unique creature from her brain.  He is currently working as a graphic designer, illustrator, and conceptual artist in Seoul, South Korea. 

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THE Magazine reviews B/D A to Z art show!

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Beautiful/Decay was recently reviewed in the monthly arts and culture magazine,  THE. We got a glowing review for our retrospective art show, “Beautiful/Decay A to Z” at Kopeikin Gallery. In case you missed it, we celebrated the culmination of our complete alphabetic run in a traditional magazine format by compiling an all-star list of 26 of our favorite past featured artists (one for each issue of the magazine & letter of the alphabet).  A great excerpt from the review: “The art was executed with dignity and evident pride, imparting substance without calling attention to its own intelligence.”

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Crazy Love

 

Crazy Love is probably one of the more bizarre documentaries i’ve seen in a while. Here’s a great review of the film by Eric D.  Snider.

 
Ideally, you would watch “Crazy Love” without knowing anything about it beyond what’s contained in these first few paragraphs. It is a documentary about two New Yorkers who met and fell in love in the 1950s, and the turbulence their relationship has endured since then. It’s a bizarre, riveting, and outrageously original story, and it’s 100 percent true. You’ll enjoy it more if you’re surprised by what happens, which you won’t be if you continue reading this review, or any other review or summary of the film, including the one-line plot outline at IMDb.com.

 

I would love to leave it at that, but it’s impossible to review the film without talking about some of its basic elements. And the fact is, despite knowing some of the story’s more jaw-dropping developments beforehand, I was still riveted and surprised by the movie. Reading a review won’t ruin it for you; you’ll just be slightly less flabbergasted when you see it.

 

“Crazy Love” does not mince words about its protagonists: These people are not right in the head, and their love for one another defies all reason. But then again, one is compelled to consider, doesn’t all love defy reason? Isn’t its irrationality part of what makes it true love?

(Here’s where you should stop reading and go see the film.) 

 

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Santtu Mustonen

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Coming to us from Finland, Santtu Mustonen brings together illustration and animation in a wonderfully bizarre manner. We at B/D are totally digging his “slightly moving illustrations”!

 

P.S. The second animation after the jump isn’t working properly (it had to be resized), so be sure to check out his website!

 

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