Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Pride, and Envy have been explored—and challenged—for centuries by artists, scholars, and writers. This issue of Beautiful/Decay features artists who explore these themes through a contemporary lens, either by explicitly calling out those deemed guilty of committing one of the Seven Deadly Sins, or by turning the sweeping notion of sin right on its head.
Twenty-one participating artists and seven writers featured within these pages bring varying perspectives to the discussion of the Seven Deadly Sins. James Gobel tackles Pride through felt portraits of colorfully clad, sexually charged, plus-size bears, and continuing the exploration of Lust, we have the raw and lascivious Polaroids of New York–based artist Jeremy Kost. View Tom Littleson's bloody portraiture drawings and their relationship with Wrath. See how cover artists Tim Noble & Sue Webster's adept use of personified garbage channels gluttony. Libby Black's paint-and-paper sculptures replicate envy-inducing luxury brand goods, while painting and drawings from Brendan Danielsson address the social and physical epidemic of Sloth. Finally, Greed lies at the center of Ghost of a Dream's hypnotically-visual sculptural art and immersive installations. We've also invited international artists, illustrators, and designers to create original pieces for our Project Pages based on all seven sins.
Other featured artists: Carolyn Janssen, Okay Mountain, Colette Robbins, Cleon Peterson, Micah Ganske, Zoe Charlton, Penelope Gottlieb, Paul Mullins, Keith Puccinelli, Travis Somerville, Kara Maria, Aideen Barry, Travis Collinson, Geoffrey Chasedy, John Knuth
164 pages, full color, 7x9 inches, hand numbered on the back cover in an edition of 1,500.