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African American Artist Stacey Tyrell’s Powerful Self-Portraits Portraying Her As Her White Ancestors

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At first glance, this series by photographer Stacey Tyrell seems to portray nothing out of the ordinary, just portraits of white women living their lives. At closer inspection, however, you realize all of the women look the same; they share uncanny similarities with just a few differences in hair, eye, and skin color. In reality, Stacey Tyrell has staged these scenes representing depictions of Caucasian women using herself as a model. Interestingly enough, the artist herself is black. The title of Tyrell’s deeply memorable series is Backra Bluid. Backra, originating from West Africa, means white master or person. Bluid is a Scotch word for the blood of men or kin. These two words combined represent two different points of origin in the artist’s family heritage. Tyrell explores her ancestry in this series, which includes English, Scottish, and Irish.

Most everyone in post-colonial societies, especially in the Western world, is the descendant of a diverse range of ancestry, producing many individuals with what may appear to be ambiguous ethnicities. These individuals may identify with one, multiple, or even none of their racial or cultural identities. However, by nature, humans want to make sense of their surrounding and tend to place others in categories. Stacey Tyrell has experienced this first hand. She explains the significance of this experience in relation to Backra Bluid.

Upon viewing my physical features I am automatically assigned a racial identity by whoever is looking at me. Skin color often obscures and over-rides the features and markers of other races that may be present in my genetic make-up. By simply changing my skin color and making subtle tweaks to my features I wish to show that if someone were to take a closer look at my face they would see that it might not be that much different from their own.

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Shannon Reeds Tweaker Photocopy Machine

Shannon Reed’s psychedelic collages look like the outcome of a nightlong bender that involved healing crystals, magical photocopy machines, and an epic joyride  through an alternative universe.

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Internet Archaeology

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Founded by artist Ryder Ripps, Internet Archaeology is a project that “seeks to explore, recover, archive and showcase the graphic artifacts found within earlier Internet Culture.” It’s essentially a repository of imagery from old Geocities and Angelfire sites, including a full few mirrors of some old homepages. This is an important service because, as their mission statement points out, Yahoo will be taking down Geocities in October 2009. I miss the pre-Web 2.0 internet!

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Karen Sargsyan

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Awesome paper sculptures from Dutch artist Karen Sargsyan.

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Erina Matsui’s Squished Face

I’m loving the bizarre perspective, goofy humor, and squished faced portraits by Erina Matusi.

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Michael Velliquette’s Cut Color Explosion

I’ve been eyeballing Michael Velliquette’s ultra-detailed cut paper reliefs for a while now and they continually get better and better with every year. Having started with surreal landscapes and figurative narratives his new works pictured here have morphed into self contained, ornamental abstractions that look more like rainbow bright totem poles or stretched out musical instruments that have  just been painted by a psychedelic poster  factory.

Catch these and other works by Michael in NYC from April 2nd-May 8th at DCKT Gallery.

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High Tech Work Out

Equinox iPhone app
The iPhone has made everyone’s life more convenient than ever. Whether you’re hungry, want to see a movie or you’re wondering what other films Spike Jones has directed, it’s all a click away.

Equinox is right there with you. Their new iPhone app goes beyond finding a class and the nearest location; it also helps Equinox members set and track fitness goals, offers playlists to fit their moods, lets members book a bike and even creates a personalized calendar of all workouts, favorite classes and instructors.

Equinox has a team of designers dedicated to developing a richer experience for their members, both in-house, online and on your phone with continually updated technology.

Any gym that is this committed to making it easier for you to work out is worth checking out. Equinox has teamed with Beautiful/Decay to offer our readers a 3-day trial pass to experience the Equinox near you.

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Tim Prince and his Forgotten Boneyard Recall Little Shop of Horrors

Forgotten Boneyard is the 100% real animal bone work of artist Tim Prince. In addition to the one-of-a-kind handcrafted creatures in bone, Prince offers a growing selection of wet specimens through Etsy. To me the real standout of the entire collection is Audrii muscipula (pictured above), an homage to Audrey II, the carnivorous plant from 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors made of mink vertebrae/scapula, box turtle shells, a skunk skull, coyote teeth, and raccoon mandibles. A mouse skull and other bones decorate the soil.  

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