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Beautiful/Decay Book:5- Officially Sold Out!

In less than 3 weeks since its release Beautiful/Decay Book: 5- Psychonauts has officially sold out! This is the fastest any B/D book has ever sold out. You may be able to find a few copies here or there at local shops or boutiques but the chances of finding one will now be slim. We still have four copies of Book 2 left, thirty five copies of Book 3, and fifty copies of Book 4 in our shop. Make sure to grab these before they sell out as well. As always once B/D books are sold out we will never reprint them and the only way to get them will be via ebay.

Make sure to subscribe to Beautiful/Decay to ensure that you get all future copies of B/D. All subscribers receive 33% off each book as well get books before they land in stores.

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Awesome Video Of The Day: Umbra

Follow this explorer into an unknown world that is new but somehow familiar. By Malcolm Sutherland.

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Francois Chartier’s Photorealistic Crumpled Paper Still-Lifes

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Montreal-based artist Francois Chartier creates still-life paintings with a photorealistic quality. He often pairs the still-life object with an image of crumpled tissue paper that is dramatically shaped around each object, creating an overall presentation of the still-life object. The juxtaposition of these textures – matte and crumpled with the bright and shiny – demonstrates Chartier’s level of skill as a realistic painter. Surprisingly, Chartier hasn’t always been a painter. After 30 years in advertising as a commercial artist, he entered the fine art world full-time at the age of 50.

Chartier applies the acrylic paint with an airbrush onto a smooth gesso base. He explains, “Although my paintings are realistic, my goal is to create through the layering of mediums and the play of the brush, the illusion of depth and sense of presence beyond what is found in photographs. . . I am drawn to painting large scale works where my subjects, always painted bigger then life size, are given room to seize the viewer and where life’s smaller details are revealed in their beauty and simplicity.” (via juxtapoz)

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Hatchet Hacker!

Created by Marc Lewis at The Glamorgan Centre for Art & Design Technology in 1994.

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Actop

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The people at Actop, a Barcelona based creative agency, have a new website and updated it with some new awesome projects. They collaborate with many artists and experiment on a wide range of media: print, animation, motion graphics, live visuals and new approaches to the moving image.

Their latest work is a two short piece to promote Nova, a creative event at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo. Here are some screencaps of the shorts but you can watch the full shorts here.

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Tasha Kusama

I love the use of color in Tasha Kusama’s work.  The Soft Sculptured Dolls piece remind me of some sort of urban resident aliens because of the bright converse combined with striped tube socks.

 

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Tara Donovan Transforms Index Cards And Plastic Rods Into Incredible Organic Sculptures

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Untitled, 2014. Acrylic and adhesive.

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Untitled, 2014. Styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue

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(detail) Untitled, 2014. Styrene index cards, metal, wood, paint and glue

Tara Donovan (previously featured here) has famously used inorganic materials to emulate organic shapes, resembling hives, mountains and other natural configurations. Her most recent exhibition, Tara Donovan, at Pace Gallery’s Chelsea, New York, expands on the artist’s use of inventive materials, including index cards, a first for Donovan. Featuring two large-scale works, “the artist continues to explore the phenomenological effect of work created through the accumulation of identical objects” 

The former Macarthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant recipient is known for her commitment to process, inventive materials, and evocative installations.  Says Donovan,

“There is a sense I get of wanting to choreograph someone’s experience of my work, because the surfaces of my work do often shift and follow the perspective of the viewer, there is a perceptual movement that coincides with a person’s physical movement within the gallery space.’”

(via from89 and designboom)

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Our Mega Mystery Pack Sale Ends March 15th!

Don’t forget to take advantage of our big Mystery Pack sale. For one week only we’re slashing our already discounted Mystery Packs for both magazines and t-shirts. This is your chance to save a bundle of cash, get a killer surprise package in the mail, and have fun all at once. It’s like Beautiful/Decay throwing you a surprise party and giving you the best gift ever! Sale ends March 15th!

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