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Interview with Videos Collide artist Ben Bigelow

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Los Angeles Ben Bigelow is an extraordinary image-maker and narrator. His newest piece (cowboy and old-western influenced magic) debuts for the first time ever at the Videos Collide in Real 3D Space show tonight! Doors open at 8PM, show starts very promptly at 8:30PM. Bring your loved one, bring your arch-nemesis, your parents, your cyber crush, whoever it is, you’ll all walk out of it excited for the possibility of banishing YouTube and Vimeo and watching time-based art in REAL 3D SPACE.

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Jennifer Loeber Photographs Her Dead Mother’s Belongings To Cope With Her Grief

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When photographer Jennifer Loeber’s mother died, Loeber began to photograph her belongs as a way of coping with her grief. She matched her photos with vintage pictures that her father had taken of her mother and posted the pairs on Instagram. The resulting series, “Left Behind,” is a poignant memorial, both deeply personal and universal.

The everyday objects that remain when loved one dies become an instant museum of sorts, freezing that person in time. A favorite pearl ring will never be replaced by a diamond; an unmatched glove will never be matched to its mate. A used lipstick, valueless in itself, becomes a cherished object, chosen and applied by the person so missed. Many times these everyday objects are the most touching and the most difficult to dispose of.

“I found myself deeply overwhelmed by the need to keep even the most mundane of my Mom’s belongings when she died suddenly this past February. Instead of providing comfort and good memories they became a source of deep sadness and anxiety and I knew the only way I would be able to move past that was to focus on a way to interact with them cathartically. I had recently become active on Instagram and realized that utilizing the casual aspects of sharing on the app was a way to diminish my own sentimentality towards the objects my Mom left behind.”

Reframing the objects allowed Loeber to experience them without searing grief. Instead of the items feeling haunted, they became imbued by fond memories of her mother’s life. By matching them with her father’s photos she was able to make a fitting memorial to her mother, one that was less about personal pain than about remembrance.

“My dad refused to hold a traditional funeral service because he and I believe you should celebrate a life, not mourn it. I’m sure this body of work falls in line with that concept.” (Source)

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Mike Calway-Fagan’s Mixed Media Collage

Mike Calway-Fagan’s collage work mixes dissimilar photography with a sense of urgency. The artist asserts that his works hopes to ‘critique complacency and aestheticise catastrophe’ by creating dis-ordered imagery that evoke disaster. See more after the jump.

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James Powers’ Airplanes

James Powers’ paintings use airports and airplanes as a starting point to create work that shifts back and forth between abstraction and representation.

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Inquietto


Inquietto (Oscar Marchal) is a art director and creative director, specialized in Motiongraphics with background in animation, (quite convincing) 3D graphics, illustration, graphic design, cinema, tv graphics and multimedia applications.

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Christian Oldham’s World Wide Web

Christian Oldham loves the internet googles image search. By combining, manipulating, and blending found images he creates work that is playful, funny, experimental, and down right bizarre.

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Robert Montgomery’s Conceptual And Poetic Public Art

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Jean Cocteau once said,”a poet doesn’t invent, he listens.”

The pieces built by self-proclaimed “melancholic post-situationist” artist Robert Montgomery, likewise, work as interesting dreamy receivers or lightning rods, absorbing bursts of humanity’s collective subconscious in relation to varying environments.

Translating frequencies and teetering between genres, Montgomery, in Interview Magazine asserts, “Obviously my own work comes from a conceptual art tradition, but I love the graffiti artists, and I feel spiritually closer to them than to most contemporary art; they make the city a free space of diverse voices and we shouldn’t get all cynical about them just because Banksy made some money.”

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Nathan James

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London based artist Nathan James argues the idea that mass media and materialism can deliver the kind of leisure and happiness it promises but at the expense of one’s humanity. His photo based paintings are of young, trend-oriented people who are interrupted with strips of neon, cuts, graphics, typography, etc.

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