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How often do you think about your body? Sure, you notice when you need a haircut, gain a few pounds, or have gone one too many days without a shower. But many of us rarely stop and take a closer look at the human form and all the mind-boggling things it really does; what it can morph into, the reactions it has to our surroundings, or the vital functions it performs. (Many of which we may not even be aware of!)
Beautiful/Decay's Exquisite Corpse assembles a collection of artists who actually consider the body—and all the strange and wonderful things it does—as the impetus for their creative practice. Although named after the very specific Surrealist-invented traditional game of Exquisite Corpse, we have re-appropriated the concept to instead reflect a group of artists who, in a broader sense, morph, bend, or break traditional renderings of the body. Far from the classical, mimetic figuration of the Renaissance, these selections of artists twist and turn corporeality into brand new forms.
Included in this book are Fumie Sasabuchi’s macabre skeletal It girls repurposed from the pages of high fashion magazines; Nick Cave’s spectacular “soundsuits” (named for the sounds they make when worn); Justyna Koeke’s absurdly humorous performative sculptures; Zhou Fan’s dream-inspired philosophical paintings brimming with the secrets of the sublime; Thorsten Brinkmann’s Neoclassical conceptual portraiture; Rachel Niffenegger’s ethereal death masks that straddle agony and transcendence; and Mark Silipo’s illustrated ghost-world of the iconic ironic.
If that’s not enough, we’ve invited 26 artists from around the world to play the actual game of Exquisite Corpse (conducted entirely through blood, sweat, tears and e-mail) with our design team. We figured we’d get submissions that included the usual standard human combo of head, torso, feet... But the final results were actually far from traditional, or expected!
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Amir H. Fallah is an artist and designer living and working in Los Angeles, CA. He started Beautiful/Decay in 1996 as a small black and white zine and has grown it into an internationally distributed brand focusing on emerging art and design.
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Book Description Beautiful/Decay, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_279433365
Book Description Amir H. Fallah, 2010. Paperback. Condition: Good. No Jacket. Pages can have notes/highlighting. Spine may show signs of wear. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0982474539I3N00
Book Description Beautiful/Decay / Feral Children Productions, 2010. Soft cover. Condition: Near Fine. Limited Edition. Feral Children Productions, Los Angeles, 2010. Softcover periodical, unpaginated. With cover art by Zhou Fan. Near fine condition. Numbered copy; the back wrap indicates this is #301 of 1500 copies printed. Featuring art by Fumie Sasabuchi, Nick Cave, Rachel Niffenegger, Karen Sargsyan, Justina Koeke, Thorsten Brinkmann and others. Near fine condition. Seller Inventory # ABE-1552241335139