Beautiful/Decay Book 2: What A Mess!

Published December 18, 2009 by Graham

Let’s digitally flip through the hot-off-the-press Beautiful/Decay Book 2! Subtitled “What A Mess!” in salute to the issue’s plethora of rough, rococo work, the second in their series of limited run, ad-free surveys of contemporary art is printed beautifully, includes fun bonuses like a hand-signed silkscreen by Cody Hoyt, and best of all– it’s stock full of dazzling artwork by a litany of rad people.

Amongst the aforementioned rad people are luminaries like David Altmejd, with his glorious larger than life hyper-physiological bodily distortions, and Julien Ducourthial, whose “bitmap symphonies adjoin Mondrian with Macintosh to create a kind of abstract expressionist pixel push that noisily echoes today‚Äôs digitally-induced spastic synthetic sensibility”– to borrow a spot-on description from the B/D blog. Renaissance woman Melanie Bonajo also appears, delightfully dragging along an assortment of horrific household objects. Snatch up a copy while you can (only 1,500 exist) and stop by the always-fabulous Synchronicity Space in Los Angeles this Saturday for the book release party!

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