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Christopher Davison

"Tossin' And Turnin", Flashe, india ink, gouache on Rives BFK 15" x 20", 2009

"Tossin' And Turnin", Flashe, india ink, gouache on Rives BFK 15" x 20", 2009

Christopher Davison currently lives in Philadelphia, working as a freelance designer and part time professor for the Tyler School of Art.His influences in drawing come from a variety of sources including Medieval European Art, Indian Miniatures, and the etchings of Goya and George Grosz.

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Shauna Born’s Quiet Glance

I’m usually into very loud and boisturous paintings but there is something extremely rewarding in the quiet and subtle portraits by Shauna Born.  Each modestly sized painting features a sitter looking blankly into the viewer. The sitters don’t do much in the paintings but the piercing looks in their eyes warn you of a hurricane of emotions that is to come.

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Moving Monument To Terror Victims Can Be Seen From Space

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On Tuesday, September 19th, 1989, UTA Flight 772, a French airline Union des Transports Aériens plane had a scheduled flight plan from Brazzaville in the People’s Republic of Congo, to N’Djamena in Chad, with a final destination of Paris CDG airport in France. The flight would end in tragedy, as a terrorist bomb went off near the front of the plane, causing a massive crash over the Sahara Desert near the town of Ténéré in Niger. All 155 passengers and 15 crew members on-board died.

The details of the memorial dedicated to terror victims of the crash has been filing around the internet recently, and was fantastically covered by a (uncredited?) writer at Viral Nova. “Eighteen years later, families of the victims gathered at the crash site to build a memorial. Due to the remoteness of the location, pieces of the wreckage could still be found at the site. The memorial was created by Les Familles de l’Attentat du DC-10 d’UTA, an association of the victims’ families along with the help of local inhabitants. The memorial was built mostly by hand and uses dark stones to create a 200-foot diameter circle. The Ténéré region is one of the most inaccessible places on the planet. The stones were trucked to the site from over 70 kilometers away. The memorial was built over the course of two months in May and June of 2007.”

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New Music: Dog Bite Premieres Single and Readies Debut LP, Velvet Changes

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Washed Out keyboardist Phil Jones’ Dog Bite is about to release their debut LP, Velvet Changes on Carpark Records on Feb. 5th. Paste Magazine recently premiered the second single Forever, Until and I’ve been playing it non-stop since I first heard it. If you like your dream-pop and 90’s lush sounds like I do, you’ll love what Dog Bite is doing.

Dog Bite will be heading out on the road with Toro Y Moi starting on January 30th at the Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ and ending on March 3rd at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles with a ton of dates in between. Definitely check out the new song and grab some tickets to an upcoming show via Ticketmaster.

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Ed Bing Lee Is Delectable

Ed Bing Lee’s delicious knotted sculptures combine two of my favorite things, food and art! Now I only have one question. Does that burger count as a veggie burger since it’s made out of linen?

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Guitardom Superhero Ben Simon

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If you thought the key-tar or Steve Vai’s triple- neck guitar was cool, try the outlandish custom musical creations of Ben Simon. They kind of look like the instruments muppets would fraggle-rock out on. The above piece also kind of looks like what San Rio’s Twin stars would shred on a cloud to. It even has a speaker built in with a sound circuit that makes a thunderclap sound! Talk about harnessing the power of Zeus! Hmm….what would your guitar look like? Mine might have to be a rhinestone studded silver leather lightening bolt that plays Queen’s “We Will Rock You” every time I do a powerslide! What’s yours…?

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Subway Emerging from a Museum Floor

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Artist Zsuzsi Csiszer’s installation may at first seem massively out of place.  An actual subway car emerges out of the floor into the Museum Kiscelli in Budapest.  It seems poised to make a stop and move on to its next otherworldly destination.  The subway clearly references a journey – one of more significance than just from one neighborhood to another.  More importantly perhaps, subway cars transport groups of people.  Maybe it sounds cheesy, but the piece is similar to a larger journey we all make.  One in which we share with various people who come and go.

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