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Black Thorns in the White Cube

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Black Thorns in the White Cube is a group show that presents work by eight contemporary artists influenced by the “mystic obscurity” of Black Metal music. The exhibitors “explore haunted Germanic forests, descents into the void, visual translations of sonic experiences, ontologies of Black Metal band logos, and barren western landscapes.” Curator Amelia Ishmael is a Black Metal scholar – a mix of curator, art historian, and artist who specializes in the thorny intersections between Black Metal music and contemporary art. She is also the co-editor of Helvete, a journal of Black Metal Theory. The exhibition lands at the Chicago gallery space Western Exhibitions from Kansas City this Friday.

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2-UP

2-UP is pleased to announce its inaugural edition, a collaborative poster created by artist Monika Zarzeczna and curator Nathan Lee. This is the first in a series of collaborative poster editions to be produced by 2-UP in the coming year. Please join us for a launch party on Saturday, February 20th from 5-7 PM at Printed Matter Inc., 195 Tenth Avenue, NY, NY.

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Designer Fashion Transformed Into Grotesque Consumerism Critique

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The artwork Andrea Hasler if nothing else is a critique of consumerism. Her Burdens of Excess series resemble the strange blend of designer fashion and a slaughterhouse.  Fleshy blobs bulge between straps and buttons nearly turning the high fashion accessories into bizarre creatures.  Zippers and stitching even begin to seem like biological features. Still, our “natural” biological sides as human is a jarring contrast to ideas as contrived as fashion, luxury, even money.

The press release from her recent show at Gusford Gallery in Los Angeles states:

“Hasler’s work focuses on constructions of identity and collective desires, and is characterized by a tension between attraction and repulsion. The works in the Desire series, in particular, focus on the obsession of projections of affluence and glamor. Reworking designer bags, shoes, and accessories into organ-resemblant sculptures, Hasler’s works engage with the psychological aspects of consumerism, blurring the lines between what you are and what you must have.

Through the transformation of GUSFORD’s Melrose Avenue gallery space into an indulgent, glamorous shop, Hasler’s installation embodies the epitome of luxurious excess, and looks to a dystopic future, where branded organs may one day be the ultimate fashion accessory.”

Watch a video of her installation at Gusford Gallery as well as a short interview with the artist after the jump.

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Tomo Tanaka’s Tiny Food Becomes A Feast For Your Eyes

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As a kid I collected miniatures. I would go away with my parents and wherever we traveled there seemed to be a store that sold tiny objects. Back then they were mostly for dollhouses but I acquired these curiosities so I could display them on my desk. I thought it was cool that someone could actually make something that small. I remember some of the items in my collection included miniature coca cola bottles, tiny animals (mainly cats) and food such as jelly apples and cakes.

With a similar thought in mind Japanese artist Tomo Tanaka creates high-end miniatures.  Using clay and epoxy he constructs tiny masterpieces of mostly Parisian cuisine displaying the utmost detail. Tanaka’s creations are so mini that for documentation purposes he photographs them on his fingertips to give the viewer an idea of size. This however does not infringe on the detail involved. It’s remarkable that at such small scale they are painfully and accurately crafted to the tiniest fold and extremely appetizing. He presents a collection of eatables and household products under the moniker Nunu’s house. Within that framework he creates food spreads which would make any caterer proud in the realistic way they are rendered and displayed.
Tanaka is unique because he excels at a definitive craft which overflows into the area of fine art. He has published two books and teaches courses on the subject. (via spoon-tamago)
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B/D’s Spring 2010 Apparel Line in the News!

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To celebrate the launch of our latest Spring 2010 apparel line, we organized a weekend fashion shoot, on our very own rooftop of the B/D offices here in beautiful downtown LA. The result was our Spring 2010 lookbook, which has been getting some great reviews amongst our fellow bloggers! So, we’ve decided to round them up here and send some of the love back for all the great things they’ve been saying. Check out some quotes after the jump!

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Alex Lukas’ Superhero Screenprints

Philadelphia based artist Alex Lukas is well known for his self described “Disaster Drawings” in which desolate landscapes are presented with striking clarity in ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache and silk screen on paper. In addition to this body of work Lukas has been producing zines and screen prints through his own Cantab Publishing since 2001. Throughout the years he has expressed his love for comic books via a series of superhero screen prints that present well known characters in a signature style. Some of the work is searing and culturally relevant while others are simple tributes to beloved heroes.

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Joshua Cobos’ Photographic Athropological Investigations

Joshua Cobos lives and works in San Francisco. He has a knack for capturing subtle irony and humor wherever he takes his camera. The implications in his photographs range from bitingly satirical to piercingly veritable. His work is the most successful when presenting a scene that was in some way affected by human intervention. Our actions on this planet run the gamut from inspirational to downright bizarre. Luckily there are photographers like Cobos who present our faults and triumphs honestly.    

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Northern Lights by Sweden’s Kate Boy

Sweden’s Kate Boy are set to release their debut EP Northern Lights on IAMSOUND Records on January 22, 2013. They have kindly released two songs in advance, one a video for Northern Lights and the other, a b-side called In Your Eyes via SoundCloud. Both songs are infectious and have been on repeat since they landed in my inbox late last week.

With the success of Lykke Li, First Aid Kit, Robyn and more recently Niki & The Dove, Kate Boy is destined to be the next big think out of Sweden!

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