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We only have one week until we ship out Beautiful/Decay Book 5. To celebrate the occasion we are offering a discounted subscription rate for the first time ever. We have never discounted the B/D Book subscriptions in the past and we will most likely only do this one more time this year so if you’ve been putting off getting that subscription now is the time to do it. Use discount code Discountdecaysub and get a one year subscription for only $34.00! This deal will only be good for one week and will expire on February 23rd.

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Melissa Steckbauer

Photography and collage collide in the works of  Melissa Steckbauer.

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Tomas Januska’s Gravity Series Defies The Laws Of Nature

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In his photographic series, Gravity, Tomas Januska takes snapshots of human bodies in unnatural and usually impossible poses. Beautifully photographed with clean crisp backgrounds, Januska highlights the absurdities of the forms and figures of his subjects. These are frozen moments that we normally would not be able to witness. Girls look as if they have been caught in a hurricane, skirts and hair billowing out around them. Boys are snapped mid-flight, shoes, caps and props flung to the side.

Januska manages to capture either violent and frenetic energy in his subjects, or a very still and quiet introverted moment. Some people seem as if they have been woken from their slumber, picked up and dangled mid-air. Individual’s clothes add to their narrative – a business woman leaping in heels and twirling her jacket seems caught in a triumphant post-meeting moment, or celebrating the latest merger at work. Another girl arches her back, with her hand resting on her head, as if regretting a wrong decision recently made.

In these portraits we can see the full range of human expression – each twist, bend, tilt, grimace tells it’s own story. Every tilted head, crooked limb and flexed muscle doing so for a reason. “Gravity” is not only about capturing postures and poses, but also about the natural drama and theatricality inherent in our bodies. (via Juxtapoz)

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Jasper White’s Brothel Field Trip

Today is your lucky day if you’ve ever wondered what the inside of a brothel looks like. Photographer Jasper White takes us on an intimate tour of brothels where colored lights are king and mundane things like paper towels, bed sheets, and body lotions turn into charged objects that take your imagination down a dark and erie path.

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Sabato Visconti’s Glitch Art

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Sabato Visconti - Photography

Sabato Visconti - Photography

Sabato Visconti - Photography

Sabato Visconti is a photographer, visual artist, and digital puppeteer. He fine-tunes his art on an atomic level by using a number of techniques that manipulate code and scramble pixels into what is often surprising results. “Glitch art,” as the aesthetic is called, uses a palette of static, snow, and other shadowy artifacts to create art that is, despite its hi-tech nature, exceedingly organic.

The intense colors and bio-rhythmic patterns that emerge from Visconti’s glitched-out photographs are raw and still retain an emotional connection to their subjects. Some are more abstract, emerging like clouds of texture that seem by turns woven and crumpled and, when it gets particularly noisy, crunchy. Though it might be counterintuitive, it makes sense that glitch art is organic; after all, artifacts in old-school photographs and film footage have always occurred spontaneously. Now, artists are harnessing that force of microcosmic nature and using it creatively.

“You’re trying to find this really fine balance where something doesn’t break fully, but breaks just to the point that you can see it breaking,” Visconti explains. The tension between form and disintegration is palpable in his work; at times, it’s like staring into a digital void or a watching a snapshot of an identity crisis. He takes it one step further in a collection called, “Vertigo by Alfred Glitchcock,” which takes stills and remixes them into evocative visual mayhem.

Do androids dream of electric sheep? If they do, then this is what they see when they close their eyes.

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Jeff Koons And Other Art Stars Bring Awareness To Scarcity Of Clean Water Around The World

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Mary Jordan’s Water Tank Project brings to the New York skyline a beautiful and pertinent reminder that water is, in most respects, sacred. The project has brought glorious eye candy into the periphery, yet its first and foremost mission is to spread awareness regarding the dire water situation the majority of this world experiences.

The backstory to the effort reads like a movie: filmmaker Mary Jordan was working on a documentary in Ethiopia back in 2007. Three months in she became deathly ill from accidentally ingesting contaminated water. Nursed back to health by the women of the village she was living in, Jordan survived and was urged by these women to thank them through working to increase awareness on the water crisis within their country and the world.

One day, while back in New York, Jordan gazed up at a water tower and had an epiphany: “They’re like these little temples that hold water,” she thought, and realized the inherent symbolism of the structure itself, and the potential power to communicate that it held. Thus, the Water Tank Project was born. Jordan founded Word Above The Street, with the intent of utilizing the city’s water-related infrastructure to showcase water-related art and increase awareness.

The project gained an impressive level of momentum as artists Jeff Koons, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy, Jeppe Hein, John Baldessari, and many, many others have signed up to produce graphic wraps for the over 100 water towers included in the project. With the tag line: Art Above NYC, Water Above All, Jordan is doing a remarkable job at fulfilling her promise, and getting you to think about your relationship with water and what effects the conservation of water can mean to those in countries less fortunate than ours.

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Best of 2011: GREG BOGIN’S EMPTY PAINTINGS

It’s really hard to pull off a painting with a white center but somehow Greg Bogin has done it. With a minimal amount of paint and some carefully shaped canvases greg manages to create beautiful work that packs a powerful punch. It also doesn’t hurt that he jam packs his work with one of my favorite things in life…gradients!

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Made With Color Presents: Garrett Haye’s Odd Altars To Everything And Nothing

Garrett Hayes sculpture

Garrett Hayes sculpture

Garrett Hayes sculpture

Beautiful/Decay has partnered with premiere website building platform Made With Color  to bring you some of the most exciting contemporary art work today. Made With Color allows you to build a website that is professional and easy to use with just a few clicks and no coding. It’s so easy, you can start a website and finish it in one afternoon. So if you’re thinking about a website redesign or building a new website, get started on your free trial today. This week we bring you the mixed media sculptures of LA artist Garrett Hayes.

No material is safe when it comes to the dynamic and inventive sculptures of Garrett Hayes. Trained originally as a ceramist, Hayes takes the technical know-how of the world of ceramics and combines it with both found and hand made objects to create shrine like sculptures that are full of disparate materials, surfaces, and textures. His work is a collage of the odd and the ordinary, becoming totemic shrines to anything and nothing in particular.

About his use of materials Hayes states:

These things have all become relics: remnants from time, nature and life, now united in sculpture.  They are collected specifically for my desire to see that artifact live on in the new context of my choosing.  I consider myself the savior of these things.  Without me, they would sit hidden on shelves, end up in the dump, rot away completely, or some other variation on the fate of discarded objects.  So, I collect; cut, burn, suspend, stain, paint, sand, wax and sometimes I do nothing.  I stack, attach, drape, stretch and alter.  I make the pieces that blend in and stick out.  Putting on display things that never were intended to be displayed the way they now exist. 

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