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Julian Goldstein

Gorgeous gorgeous photography by Julian Goldstein that makes my feet itch for travel. Julian emphasizes the mystique of “unaltered subjects and settings while embracing their natural appeal” with these tiny glimpses of eastcoast idioms.

 

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Diana Al-Hadid

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Diana Al-Hadid’s transfixing sculptures remind me of the point in the Neverending Story where the white light castle slowly begins to disintegrate from the Nothing, as well as the prison in Lord of the Rings Gandalf is kept in. I think it’s because her sculptures are somewhat mystical, doomed to deconstruct and somehow seem in the process of changing, growing, or collapsing- possible only in some sort of imagined fantasy space. Although here they are, despite all odds, as if teleported from a strange alternate universe of kings and mages and black wizards….

 

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Jayson Mussons

How long has Barack Obama been in office? It may seem like years considering the fact that he may not have slept since his inauguration with all the progressive advances weve made; from international relations to stem cells to releasing our beloved hostages from our torture camps. Is it really that farfetched to associate our new president with the 2002 Flaming Lips Album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots? I dont think so. Jayson Mussons investigation of President Barack Obamas International status ranges from nieve exploration to something that Al Jolson might have drawn as a child. Nonetheless, 1st amendment bro: important.

 

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Without The King

 

Here is this weeks documentary pick.

 

Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the Hot Docs International Documentary Festival, Without
The King
tells an astonishing story of Africa’s last absolute monarchy, the Kingdom of Swaziland. King Mswati III, a distant figure out of touch with his home and country, rules by decree and lives a life of luxury together with his 12 wives, while his subjects suffer from crushing poverty and the world’s highest HIV infection rate. With unprecedented access, we
meet headstrong first wife Queen LaMbikiza, eldest child and teen rapper, Princess Sikhanyiso, King Mswati himself, as well as many Swazi citizens who are plotting his downfall. Filmmaker Michael Skolnik captures the birth of a nation’s revolution, and the dawning awareness of a
young Swazi princess as she realizes the contrast between her impoverished country and her lavish lifestyle.

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Shara Hughes

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Brightly colored paintings that contain rainbows and taxidermied indoor bear fountains are always good in my books. I like Shara Hughes‘ works for their subtly ironic & clever references to painting & performance and artifice.

 

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Tara Donovan

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I recently discovered Tara Donovan’s work and was blown away by her microcosmic creations that reference organic forms. Using mundane objects such as simple plastic buttons or number 2 pencils, she finds beauty in multitudes. Like schools of fish banding together to seem much larger than they are, Donovan transforms the singular and ordinary into grand and ostentatious.

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Rachel Harrison

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I don’t know why I think Rachel Harrison’s sculptures are so funny- they’re such simple sculptures. Joke shop faux-appendage (silver wig, plastic nose), mundane commercial element (cardboard box, ladder) and rough-hewn painted (polystyrene?) form.

 

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Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin


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I love these playful photos that escalate the idea of hand puppets to new and surprising heights. If you’re not familiar, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vanoodh Matadin are a photography duo from the Netherlands known for their high fashion photography and artworks. This series is coquettish/seductive, masked/revealing all at the same time.

 

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