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Julie Cockburn - Mixed Media
Julie Cockburn - Mixed Media Julie Cockburn - Mixed Media

London-based artist Julie Cockburn revises old throw-away photographs and paintings with embroidery thread, shears, and other sundry items to create new contemporary curiosities. Each delicately considered piece contemplates craft culture in relation to the industrial age or mass production, and the identities that roam invisibly from one transmission to the next.

Of her work, Flowers Gallery suggests, “Julie introduces ideas to found objects that generate dialogue about modernity and art history, gender and identity, nature and urbanity and the relationship between process and idea.”

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The Beautiful Songs of Mutual Benefit, Love’s Crushing Diamond

Photo by Danny Dorsa

Photo by Danny Dorsa

Jordan Lee aka Mutual Benefit is giving Justin Vernon a run for his money. His debut album, Love’s Crushing Diamond out on Other Music Recording Co. is a beautifully crafted, lush sounding pop record that falls somewhere in the neighborhood of Fleet FoxesBon Iver, and Youth Lagoon.

The songs are heartfelt and powerful with Lee’s fragile and beautiful voice as the centerpiece, and the recordings are an instantly engaging blend of high and low fidelity, mixing lush studio productions, featuring keys, guitar, violin and banjo, with clattering homemade percussion and found sounds. While the album is certainly Lee’s brainchild, the recordings are very much a collaborative effort featuring contributions by friends and others met along the way.

Mutual Benefit is currently on a US tour with European dates to follow. Check out his video for Advanced Falconry and then catch him live this Tuesday, January 28th at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock in Los Angeles. He’ll also be playing some East Coast dates in early February before heading off to Europe.

 

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Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae
Lucy McRae straddles the world of fashion, technology and the body. Classically trained as a ballerina and architect, her work inherently is fascinated by the human body and how behaviour constantly shapes the ways in which our body interacts with the world and vice versa.

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Tom Bingham’s Portraits

Loving this series of portraits by Tom Bingham. At first glance they seem a bit clunky but I think it adds a bit of charm. Check out the great details like the chest hair. I’m hoping the image above is Chuck Norris. More portraits and a few animations after the jump!

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James Kirkups

Poster design for Justice

Poster design for Justice

James Kirkups is a 21 year old graphic designer, and he already has a portfolio bursting with great works. Kirkups’ geometric designs work so well because he’s great with simple colors. His posters are clean and effective, I find them to be striking in their simplicity. I can’t wait to see what else comes out of this young prodigy.

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Ben Venom’s Heavy Metal Quilts At Guerrero Gallery

Ben Venom’s current solo show at Guerrero gallery in San Francisco looks amazing. If you’re in the Bay Area make sure check the only art show that both headbanging heshers as well as your 80 year old grandma will enjoy.

Guerrero Gallery is pleased to present, I Call The Shots, an exhibition of new works by Ben Venom. Presenting a reinterpretation of two seemingly opposing forces, the extremes of Heavy Metal culture and the tradition of handmade craft, Venomʼs juxtaposition of the two forces results in a collision that is vibrant and intricate. His ability to associate each component of his primary medium, old band t-shirts which he personally connects with in some way or another, with the grand scheme of his pieces, is evidence of the thoughtful and enduring process behind his craft. Venomʼs work lends to his ability to masterfully develop relevant concepts, sketch the designs in consideration of the large-scale puzzle piece patterns they will evolve into, and then patiently execute with needle and thread. In Venomʼs words, his work “is serious, yet attempts to take on a B movie Horror film style, where even the beasts of Metal need a warm blanket to sleep with.”

The exhibit runs through July 7th, 2012.

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Jesjit Gill

Jesjit Gill
Canadian artist Jesjit Gill’s screen printing. Awesome band flyers and posters!

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Count Me Out Zine

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T. Reilly Hodgson
sent in his ‘zine to the offices today.  Another edition of raw photography from the 22 year old Canadian.

Hodgson started taking pictures of graffiti and his friends skateboarding with an old point and shoot in the 6th grade. But it wasn’t until high school when he started taking art seriously. Hodgson uses photography to document his life as a memory building experiment. It seems that he has a very easy going approach to art and doesn’t like to force it out. At the moment he and a friend, Dimitri Karakostas work on a zine called “Blood of the Young Zine” as a means to share the photos and art work with the public.

Prior to opening up this gem, I had no idea what to expect from T. Reilly Hodgson. Especially since this was my introduction to his work. What I found between these covers were shockingly raw, snapshot-esque photos. These are not your everyday photos. The content may offend some, but I feel there’s something magically alluring about the subject and message behind each image. It’s life in its purest form. It just goes to show, that you don’t need the fanciest equipment to make the biggest statement.

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