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!
I’m always pleasantly surprised by the great work that artists post to our Flickr Creative Pic Pool. This time around I present the work of Brendan Lee Satish Tang . The images in this post come from Brendan’s Manga Ormolu series which “enters the dialogue on contemporary culture, technology, and globalization through a fabricated relationship between ceramic tradition (using the form of Chinese Ming dynasty vessels) and techno-Pop Art.” You can read more about Brendan’s work on his site and see a few previous bodies of work.
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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!
If you haven’t yet heard the news, Photographer Umida Akhmedova was convicted for slandering the Uzbek nation. Umida’s works under scrutiny are a short film, “The Burden of Virginity” and a published book, “Women and Men: From Dawn to Dusk”; which both investigate gender roles in rural Uzbekistan. In a strange turn of events, the judge who convicted Umida granted her amnesty, as a salute to the 18th anniversary of Uzbek independence. Umida still plans to appeal the conviction. What baffles so many is the fact that her photographs merely document, and do not really push forth an agenda or opinion. You can take a look at some of the ‘slanderous’ photographs after the jump. Do you find Umida’s portrayal of Uzbeki people as malicious? Have you ever experienced censorship? Weigh in on the matter and leave us a comment with your thoughts.
Broadcasting live from the “Black Forest”/Germany is Photographer Alexander Binder. His work is very magical and dark at times. Alex has some beautiful black and white photos, but some of my favorites shine with a rainbow spectrum across the image. See some mystical rainbow delights from Alex’s new series “Traum” after the jump.
As a huge fan of Electronic Musician Amon Tobin, I’m excited to post about Photographer and Director Celia Marais. Why, you ask? Well that would be because Celia created a series called “Field Excursion”. She constructed a group of odd creatures, built from scraps of meat and fish that were named after existing or imaginary bacteria. A few chosen ones were then animated and included as part of an interactive minisite released alongside Amon’s album, Foley Room. You can also view the animated creatures as a video.