Art

Underground and Alternative Magazines from the ’70s and ’80s That Capture NYC’s Downtown Art World

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If you wanted to find out the real deal behind the fashion, culture, nightlife, music, art, and film happening in New York City during the 1970s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, there was only one place to turn. Alternative and indie publications of the time like Paper Mag, New York Rocker, and Art-Rite captured the diverse intersection of art and life — and the covers of these magazines were just as exciting as the contents within.
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Nightmarish Creatures Created From Discarded VHS Tape

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For the analog boys and girls living in a digital world, the work of French multimedia artist Philip Ob Rey should capture your interest. The Iceland-based creator was recently brought to our attention due to his use of discarded VHS tapes. Ob Rey creates nightmarish figures using the black magnetic tape and photographs them wandering the frozen Icelandic landscape. They’re fantastical, horrific, and darkly beautiful. Lovecraft would approve. The artist created an entire narrative about the creatures, which you can take in on his website. “In the form of an outstanding installation skeletonned with VHS film-rolls, he will present V, his new project. V senses, V awakenings, V Beings half-God half-Mortal staged through five medias, from the 80’s to our (analogue film, digital 8mm videos, smartphone…) sublimed within a post-modern archeologic research, V visions, V HumantropicSenses, V-HS,” Ob Rey writes of the ominous beings. See more of Ob Rey’s video giants in our gallery.
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Adorable ’90s Pop Culture-Inspired Lip Art

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Laura Jenkinson’s adorable lip art, which we first spotted on Ego-AlterEgo, is giving us all of the nostalgic feels. The London-based makeup artist uses eye-popping palettes to recreate pop culture’s most beloved characters as fun lip designs. Jenkinson clearly has a lot of love for ‘90s-era characters from series like The Simpsons and Rugrats, as well as Disney’s animated heroes. “I’d seen loads of other fantastic make-up artists on Instagram and I wanted to do something similar and on a bigger scale so I started doing about one a week,” Jenkinson said in an interview. “I find a picture and then just hold it up to the mirror as a guide and draw straight onto my face — it’s easier than you think!”
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