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Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam’s Hand-Knit Playground

Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam began her career as a textile artist.  While exhibiting a piece titled “Multiple Hammock No. 1” a couple of children in the gallery asked if they could use it.  Surprisingly she allowed the children to play on her sculpture.  The amusing incident led to an idea, and her work has since become much larger and fun.  Adding color, size, and interactivity, her work soon transformed from sculpture to public art and finally to playground.  The playground pictured here is hand knit by MacAdam and located in Tokyo.

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Sex, Drugs, Murder And General Debauchery Staged And Shot In A Beijing Motel Room

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 Chi Lei photography

 Chi Lei photography

As part of our ongoing partnership with Feature Shoot, Beautiful/Decay is sharing Amanda Gorence’s article on Chi Lei.

Red Star Motel is the clever, action-packed series by Beijing photographer Chi Lei, “Chili”, that reads like an unraveling drama brimming with sex, drugs, murder and chaos. Each scene is set in an identical divey Beijing motel room where Chili supplies us with plenty of voyeuristic moments to witness. The images are linked together through subtle visual clues that have been woven throughout, encouraging the viewer to take part and piece together the story.

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Gareth Pugh’s Mind-Bending Fashion With A Ritualistic Twist

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We’ve covered designer Gareth Pugh’s funhouse fashion before, and his 2015 ready-to-wear line is no less delightfully deranged. Pugh drapes his models in the regalia of pagan rituals, occasionally borrowing from the mind-expanding sensibilities of modern glitch art.

One design harkens back to the scarecrows of ye olde corn fields, complete with a material reminiscent of burlap; at the same time, another figure is shrouded in geometric mystique like a Magic Eye illusion.

“I wanted it of the earth, rather than landed from a spaceship,” Pugh said of the collection. To do so, he draws on raw textures of chiffon thistles and gauzy silk, and for inspiration, he reimagines a time when masquerades and ritualistic sacrifice were still a thing. One of his designs calls up the image of a court jester, reincarnated as something slicker and more sinister. A woman stands under the brim of what brings to mind a stalk of wheat, dressed in virginal white. Some of them are crowned with papier-mâché skulls.

The result, even with the modern twists, is nothing short of raw occultish charm, a wonderful mixing of the ethereal and the profane. (via Style.com)

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Pearl C. Hsiung

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LA based artist Pearl C. Hsiung paints out-of-this-world scenes that are just breath taking. It’s almost like you are entering a surrealist realm.  A lot of her work incorporates heavy use of spray paint and stencils. Her latest series, Never Ends, will be showing at the Steve Turner Contemporary later this year. It will show case her newest painting, installations, and video art.

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Adela Holmes

Adela Holmes

 

Adela Holmes’ photograph is otherworldly. While you know what you’re looking at, the way Adela injects movement and mystery into the composition makes for fascinating pieces of work.

 

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Hirotoshi Itoh’s Humorous Stone Sculptures

Tokyo based sculptor Hirotoshi Itoh learned the art of stone carving through his family business of Stonemasons. However he take the ancient art  and puts a modern and humorous twist to it using the found stones natural forms to create clever images that make you question the history of the material and laugh out loud all at once. (via)

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Michael Willis

Exciting illustrations by graphic designer and illustrator Michael Willis. I love color palate and use of texture!

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Made With Color Presents: Hidenori Ishii’s Pixelated Utopia

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Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website 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 accessible with just a few clicks and no coding. This week we bring you the explosive work and sleek website of Hidenori Ishii.
Working in-between modes of abstraction and representation Hidenori Ishii’s pixelated and psychological work come to focus and self deconstruct over and over again. Following constellations reminiscent of the realization and submerged mind, Ishii rigidly depicts the structure of fantasy with a sense of utopian hope.
“My work suggests integrated psychological and environmental systems that allude to a self-contained biosphere built on a lifetime of collected idiosyncrasies. 
 
I believe painting is where actuality and possibility meet with one’s intention. As a landfill utilizes the progresses of nature of a long period of time, I’m interested in visual and symbolic dialogue of between man’s intention and nature’s inevitabilities. Using combination of patterns both from nature and man-made, my paintings suggest transformations, erosions and constructions of improbable environments. Through its evident execution, my work creates a space where submerged human or natural potentials are rendered visible over time.”

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