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Awesome Video Of The Day: Fast Times At Sugar High

Olive and Mocha: Fast Times At Sugar High is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a goody-goody and a bad seed results in havoc at a birthday party. Watch the full video after the jump!

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Marnie Weber

Marnie Weber’s unique cut’n’paste world is one where demure rabbit-headed women are the norm and fairytales are tinged with dark, sinister undertones…

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William Rugen’s Abstracted Birds-Eye-View Photographs Are The Same, Yet Different

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One of the advantages to the window seat of an airplane is the view below. Flying 35,000 feet above the sky, you see a miniaturized landscape that’s a combination of mixtures of shapes and textures. It’s devoid of the finer details and has the appearance of an abstract painting. Photographer William Rugen captures these type of fractured scenes in his series of images titled Here > There. The monochromatic photographs show roads, fields, and cities in an up-close way that they don’t immediately appear as what they actually are.

We’ve recently seen the dystopian, dizzying effect that aerial photographs have on highways. Rugen’s photographs are disorienting at times, but there is a semblance of structure in the haphazard-looking scenes. Lines of the road fracture and corral the different (yet similar) shapes of the ground and break them up like a cubist painting. They reveal a patchwork of stories, development, and planning, which is inevitably the same wherever you travel, no matter what the physical differences might be.

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Interview: Raphael Garnier

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Raphael Garnier is a digital cosmonaut, equally entranced by the flickering mystery emanating from Kirchner’s 18th century “magic lamps,” primordial symbology, and the dazzle-spaz of gif animations. Garnier finds just as much potential to explore new realms within the internet “as in the seabed.” In his travels, he has constructed a wondrous cabinet of curiosities from the binary and the bombastic, fixated firmly on both the future and the worship of magic from a near distant past.

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Ryan Lauterio

A nice mix of sculpture and painting on Ryan Lauterio’s portfolio site. My favorite piece is the above monorail. It looks like an ancient ruin from Disney Land.

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Afghan Star

Just watched Afghan Star yesterday and was extremely impressed by this Sundance Award winning Documentary….

After 30 years of war and Taliban-rule, pop culture has returned to Afghanistan. Afghan Star – a Pop Idol-style TV series – is searching the country for the next generation of music stars. Over 2000 people are auditioning and even three women have come forward to try their luck. The organizers, Tolo TV, believe with this programme they can ‘move people from guns to music’.

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Surfer Blood opened The Summer Twilight Concert Series At The Santa Monica Pier

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Thursday nights in Santa Monica, CA are going to be a lot louder now that the 29th Annual Twilight Concerts at the Pier are back. Packing in 10,000+ people to the opening night this past Thursday July 11th, Surfer Blood tore through songs off of their new album, Pythons as people on the beach danced on their blankets. The audience on the pier itself sang along and moshed which made singer, John Paul Pitts follow along jumping into the crowd himself.

This year, the recently relaunched Myspace is presenting the shows and will even be streaming a lot of them online. With the help of Rum & Humble and Spaceland Presents, the incredible lineup of upcoming concerts include Meshell Ndegeocello, No Age, Hanni El Khatib, The English Beat, Nick Waterhouse, Gardens & Villa along with Mr. Little Jeans, and Jimmy Cliff capping off the series on September 12th. All the shows are from 7-10pm, but beware that the adjacent parking lots fill up early. Also, don’t forget to visit the many vendors on the pier. I was able to grab one of the famous beef and pickle tacos from the Mas Malo stand as well as browse through the very cool collection of sunglasses from Brazil at the Chili Beans truck. Check out the schedule here and I’ll see you at the beach!

 

 

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Sam Lubicz

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I am breaking all the rules for Sam Lubicz. By that I mean featuring both his collage work and photography IN THE SAME POST. Why? Because they’re both good and because I believe a dialogue exists between the two. Despite being two different modes of expression, Lubicz’s collage work and photographs share a certain playful moodiness that emphasizes the relationship between the two mediums. Like maybe one’s a pug and one’s a schnauzer but they’re both dogs. I love dogs.

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