Art

‘American Reflexxx': Performance Art Video Uncovers Shocking, Violent Dehumanization

A disturbing video has begun to make the rounds on Facebook. Titled “American Reflexxx,” it’s the work of performance artists Signe Pierce and Alli Coates, and it involves the former walking through a city while the latter films her. The result is 14 minutes of deeply unsettling footage. … Read More

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Artist Duo Constructs Stunningly Detailed 100,000-Item Library Out of Paper

“If your brain was a library, what would it look like? How big would the library be and what would it contain? Would it be organized or chaotic? Isn’t it intriguing that this vast storage, a life’s work if you will, is mutable?” These are the questions artist Jonny Love, one half of the duo LoveJordan, poses in describing his and collaborator Samuel Jordan’s The Unconscious Library. The only non-paper objects in their lovely and intricate installation, composed of over 100,000 annotated pieces, are tiny bottles of liquor. Taken together, the paper items, the alcohol that sits among them, and the tags affixed to both create the impression of a library containing the thoughts and memories amassed during the particular unconsciousness brought about by intoxication. Click through to see a selection of images from LoveJordan’s installation, which we discovered via JunkCulture; readers in London can see The Unconscious Library in person May 14-17 at Wimbledon’s Open Studios. … Read More

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Beautiful Paintings That Explore the Paradox of Recapturing Punk

There’s no dearth of imagery documenting the rise of punk in the ’70s and its commercial peak in the ’80s. Look in any Hot Topic and you’ll be reminded of just how abundant but thoroughly vacated the aesthetic has become, and how the very “man” it critiqued ended up turning politicized DIY into an overpriced instant-identity that pairs best with Dippin’ Dots. Yet Kelsey Henderson’s paintings (spotted on Booooooom) depicting punk’s aesthetics — head-shaving, spikily bejewling, a rejection of formalism and virtuosity — seem wholly fresh. They draw attention to the paradoxes of painting the punk scene, noting both a painting “problem” and a punk “problem” — and paying tender homage to both through the illogic of it. … Read More

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Stunning Posters Created by Pioneering Designers

Herbert Matter was a master of photomontage. Philippe Apeloig was inspired by the performing arts and treated “the letter as a choreographed body.” M/M Paris (Mathias Augustyniak and Michael Amzalag) has collaborated with musicians like Björk and fashion designers such as Jil Sander. These designers are considered pioneers in their fields and are being featured in a new exhibition from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, called How Posters Work. From May 8 to November 15, 125 works from the institution’s permanent collection will “[reveal] the design techniques behind some of the most iconic and beloved posters in the museum’s collection, from the hard-edged designs of Ladislav Sutnar to the ever popular psychedelic posters of the 1960s, which epitomize sensory overload,” according to a museum press release. “The exhibition demonstrates how some of the world’s most creative designers have employed design principles to produce powerful acts of visual communication.” From film posters to typewriter company ad campaigns, preview the striking designs featured in How Posters Work in our gallery. … Read More

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Ethereal Underwater Wedding Photos

Dynamic husband and wife creative duo Adam and Shawn-Marie Ravazzano aren’t your average wedding photographers. The couple specializes in underwater portraits, which we first discovered on Fubiz. Elegant and ethereal, the pictures take place in the depths of Maui’s crystal blue waters, where bride and groom take the plunge. The Ravazzanos got married in the pouring rain, as their bio details, so they’re used to celebrating love in an aqueous wedding setting. See how bride and groom become merpeople for a day in our gallery. … Read More

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Michael Massaia’s ‘Signals Crossed’ Photos Reveal Natural Secrets in LED Billboards

If you happen to raise your eyes to the ubiquitous LED billboards in Times Square while you’re trying to push your way past the giant amoeba of tourists, you might see a flashing, building-sized advertisement for Kodak or Pepsi. But there’s more to those corporate images than you think. … Read More

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Instagram’s Wittiest Chef Posts Photos of Junk Food Plated to Look Like Haute Cuisine

There’s no denying the beauty of the dishes an Instagram user who goes by the handle “Chef Jacques Lamerde” posts to his account. But look a little closer at them (or the chef’s pseudo-surname) and you’ll see something that spoils the illusion of sophistication — a corndog, perhaps, or a Bugle or a Pop-Tart. … Read More

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Intimate Photos Capturing Three Weeks in the Life of Legendary Designer Coco Chanel

French designer Coco Chanel created a contemporary silhouette for the modern woman with the creation of famed fashion house, Chanel. Photographer Douglas Kirkland, who shot behind-the-scenes photos for films like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sound of Music, captured the fashion icon for 21 days in 1962. Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 from Glitterati Incorporated is Kirkland’s chronicle of his Paris assignment for Look Magazine, during which he wound up living with Chanel for three weeks. The photos reveal an intimate side to the designer’s very public life. The book is available on April 13, including a French edition and limited editions of 100. Preview Coco Chanel: Three Weeks/1962 in our gallery. … Read More

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Stunning Photos of Siberian Huskies Wandering a Majestic Frozen Lake

Like most dog owners, Fox Grom enjoys exploring nature with his two Siberian huskies — except he photographs them in the wild, trotting across the icy landscape of his chilly Russian town. The gorgeous pups recently spent their playtime wandering on top of a frozen lake — its mirror-like surface and crystal clear water made for some stunning photos. Since the lake is slightly thawed, Grom’s dogs appear to be walking on water. We can’t think of a more majestic backdrop for two majestic creatures. … Read More

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How to Celebrate Riot Grrrl Day: A Primer

Yesterday, Boston mayor Marty Walsh declared that today (April 9) would be Riot Grrrl Day throughout the city, in honor of feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre, The Julie Ruin). A proclamation signed by Walsh reads, in part: “The Riot Grrrl philosophy has never felt more relevant, with misogyny still rampant in many cultural spaces… Riot Grrrls redefine the language used against them and continue to fight the newest incarnations of patriarchy. In doing so, they ironically confirm one ex-congressman’s accidental wisdom: ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that down.’ It sure does: women’s voices telling their stories can shut that down.” … Read More

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