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Brian Willmont’s Fractured Antiquity

Brooklyn based artist Brian Willmont has been featured here in the past. His striking gouache and ink works commonly feature colorful cacti and Old West imagery set against a pitch black background. His newest body of work consists of fragmented artifacts scattered across opaque geometric planes. Within these voids Willmont presents an alternate history. Items of antiquity are left frozen in time for the viewer to dissect.

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∆ (Alt-J) is Heading Back to the West Coast with a Bigger Venue to Accommodate Their Growing Popularity

Recently nominated for a Mercury Prize, ∆ (Alt-J) is stepping up venues on their next tour of the West Coast. LA’s Fonda Theatre will have them on December 12th which is sure to be a quick sell out. I recently saw them at the Bootleg Theatre and they have really come a long way since their US debut at School Night in Hollywood earlier this year. I’ve been listening to their album, An Awesome Wave since it was released in the UK this past May, thanks Rough Trade! Even though one of my friends thinks the singer sounds a little like Elmer Fudd, the music is infectious. Check out the video for Breezeblocks after the jump and buy your tickets ASAP for their show at the Fonda at Ticketmaster.

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Idan Friedman’s Ordinary People & Disposable Objects

Idan Friedman creates portraits of everyday people embossed by hand on disposable tin trays. However this series reminds me of stories you hear about someone seeing the popes image on a moldy slice of bread.

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Antic Staatsoper’s Renaissance Inspired Photo Series Examines Man’s Desire

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Antic staatsoper makes photographs which reference old religious renaissance paintings. These include themes about love, lust, faith, shame, and betrayal. The pictures created are striking and controversial. The nude and partially nude models are manipulated in such a way that they transform into more painterly forms. Staatsoper uses a technique which blurs the image to produce a hazy mind altering effect. The overall results are violently striking images which bring age old stories to light. The idea of carnal desire is present but not only in a sexual sense. There’s also the notion of an abnormal attraction to food and drugs. And a desire for power. The artist talks about our current state of spirituality which seems compromised from the old way of thinking. This is an astute conclusion as more earthly ways have come to define us and become more prevalent in “current religions”. Still, we are aware of a higher power whether imagined or real it surrounds us with the question of why am I here and for what reason? In that sense, Staatsoper captures the uncertainty we feel in extreme situations which usually define us. From an aesthetic viewpoint the work is powerfully done in its moving and raw depiction of circumstance. Using figures seemingly pulled from greek tragedy we see them in a modern light tracing our historical significance.

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Bas Princen

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Dutch photographer Bas Princen is interested in capturing desolate landscapes throughout the world. Shooting in China, the US, and elsewhere, Princen seeks out areas where man has attempted (and usually failed) to shape a stark and harsh natural environment into a more livable space.

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Sekitani Norihiro

Speaking of “festering goodness/grossness”, check out these music videos directed by artist, pervy collage-ist, animator and I guess sort of a Japanese equivalent of Paper Rad, Sekitani Norihiro. They’ll be sure to accompany you into seizures induced by metal death, mashed sound bits and flailing bloody organs. Also be sure to get a good look at the artwork on Sekitani’s site (which is hosted on Geocities, RIP Geocities free hosting!).

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J Dilla x Steve Smith

Yesterday on our Twitter we got some nice podcast suggestions, most of which were Hip-Hop oriented — shout out to all the heads out there that support B/D. To extend on the topic, I thought it would be nice to highlight the talented Steve Smith (an illustrator, animator, and all around video guy). Steve recently put together a short animated flick for the Stones Throw video contest, more specifically for the late great, J Dilla.  Smith’s video for the classic Donuts cut “Geekdown”  has been getting an insane amount of rotation since last weeks release, so if you haven’t checked it out yet do yourself a favor.

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Lynn Palewicz’s Skin Drawings

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Lynn Palewicz has taken doodling on her hands to a whole new level. Her drawings, that fuse black pen body drawings with up-close photography, teeter on the edge between illusion and reality, abstraction and figuration. These dizzying images will definitely make you do a double-take.

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