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Giants Carrying Power Lines from Choi + Shine

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These images are from the design studio of the architecture and design firm Choi + Shine.  The concept is to transform simple power line pylons into massive sculptures.  The firm says, “Making only minor alterations to well established steel-framed tower design, we have created a series of towers that are powerful, solemn and variable.”  The figures would be designed to interact with their function as well as the landscape.  Some figures would appear to be climbing up hill.  Others would crouch for increased strength as if to bear the weight of the wires on their shoulders.  All would serve to enhance the landscape while also serving a utilitarian purpose.

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UNO MORALEZ’s Bitmap Narratives

Moscow-based Uno Moralez creates mysteriously creepy bitmap narrative works that spin tales of sex, magic, dark humor, and other-worldly creatures. At times the perspective recalls early 90’s computer video games (not this one specifically, but that just needs to be seen), and at others, the thrill of horror manga. Something fantastic is added by the crunch and texture of the bitmap effect, and his use of highly dramatic scenes cause him to stand apart from much of the pixel art the internet has to offer, which tends to play up the flatness of its screen origins. Don’t miss his loops over at his site, and you can get physical with his comic in Chameleon 2.

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Mark Schaer

Oakland’s Mark Schaer started making collages a year ago and has already amassed some great work. Mark’s digital collages source images of fashion models, comic books, celebrities, athletes and much more and combines them in sometimes chaotic, sometimes understated ways. When the first few images had “The King of Kong” cast and Freddie Gibbs, I knew this guy was cool.

Check out Mark’s site for more, as well as his Flickr and below the jump.

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Made With Color Presents: Wendy Red Star’s Native American Perspectives

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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere artist portfolio building platform Made With Color  to bring you some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today. Made With Color allows you to create a website that is professional and easy to use with just a few clicks and no coding. If that’s not enough all Made With Color sites are optimized for mobile and tablet viewing so you’re site looks perfect no matter how it’s being viewed. This week we are happy bring you the work of Portland based artist and Made With Color user Wendy Red Star.

Over the course of her practice,  Wendy Red Star has worked within and between the mediums of photography, sculpture, installation, performance and design. Red Star’s multilayered work influences are drawn from her tribal background (Crow Nation), daily surroundings, aesthetic experiences, collected snapshots of moments of the past and present, and stories that are both real and imagined. Through her photographs and sculpture a new cosmos is built, simultaneously urban-rural and high-low, conveying ideas through representations created from suggested associations of seemingly diverse sites, objects and ideas.  HUD houses, rez cars, three legged dogs, powwow culture, indigenous commoditization, and Red Star’s personal collection of memories growing up as a half-breed on the Crow Indian reservation are used to excite a response in a form that can be experienced by others.

The work represents an insider/outsider view that is rich with complexity and contradiction.  Red Star’s unruly approach examines the consumptive exposure of a cross section of American cultures while also being a meditation on her own identity.  Her works explore the intersection between life on the reservation and the world outside of that environment. Red Star thinks of herself as a cultural archivist speaking sincerely about the experience of being a Crow Indian in contemporary society.

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Beautiful/Decay Cyber Monday Sale Starts Now!

Who needs Black Friday when you can have Cyber Monday from the comfort of your home? For only today get everything on the entire shop for a fraction of the regular price at 30% off! We won’t be having a massive sale like this until summer so stock up now and get that print for your wall, complete your Beautiful/Decay magazine collection, and buy that shirt so you can impress your sexy robot girlfriend!

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Ben F Carney’s Alternate World

In Ben F Carney’s digital world objects fly through your body, gravity takes its toll in unperdictable ways, and human skin can be strectched, torn, pulled, and bent in every which way possible. Make sure to check out the  video by Ben after the jump.

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Ahn Jun’s Photography at Dizzying Heights

The photographic images of artist Ahn Jun unfold at dizzying heights.  Ahn captures her self-portraits perched atop ledges and windowsills.  The frightening heights don’t act as a gimmick it does in the current Russian fad that may come to mind.  Rather, Ahn uses the elevation more as a narrative tool.  While clearly referencing suicide, she pushes the story beyond that also.  She nearly seems not only to be involved in an inner drama but interacting with the cityscape as a whole – she looks as if to be addressing the city personally.

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A Letter from the Editor…

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Dear Beautiful/Decay Readers-

We’ve had some exciting news as of late- we’ve recently wrapped up Book 3, which was quite a task, compiling hundreds of reader submissions from around the globe. Book 1 has already sold out, and Book 2 is nearly there. This month, we also released our latest apparel line for Spring 2010 , of which many styles are already sold out. We’ve also watched our online readership more than triple in under a year. So, whether you are a B/D subscriber, B/D Apparel t-shirt wearer, or avid B/D blog reader, we’d like to thank you for your support of Beautiful/Decay!

We’d also like to take a minute to encourage you to subscribe to Beautiful/Decay. It’s one of the best ways to stay up to date with the creative world, for inspiration, and in return support us and the emerging artist community! By now, you’ve seen the quality, attention to detail & design that the new and improved B/D book has to offer. You know that every book in the limited edition series is lovingly hand-numbered, and stocked full of special artist giveaways and personal touches. From hand-drawn covers to signed silkscreen poster inserts, we strive to make each and every copy of Beautiful/Decay a unique, collectable art & design sourcebook.

You’ll also know by now that instead of cramming our pages full of advertising, we dedicate B/D entirely to the continued support of emerging artists.

So please- subscribe today. We rely on you, the subscriber, to support not just Beautiful/Decay, but the community of up-and-coming creatives from around the world!

Thanks for all your support- expect more surprises to come!

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Amir H. Fallah

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