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Angela Bacon-Kidwell

Fine art photographer, Angela Bacon-Kidwell, creates incredibly nostalgic, and poetically narrative works that lull us into a dreamy state of mind.

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Standard Operating Procedure

Another gripping documentary recently watched care of Netflix.

 

 

Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed Americas image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains. Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few bad apples?

 

 

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Megan Whitmarsh

What can I say, I can not get enough of Megan Whitmarsh’s pastel-colored embroidered day dream doodles and soft-sculptures of fabric cigarettes and pizza slices. It’s like Klaus Oldenberg ate an entire 20 lb. bag of Valentine’s day Sweethearts and grew up in the 70’s….or that adorable (but geeky) little girl was allowed to ditch the kittens and actually embroider what she wanted- flying V guitars and monsters in space boots. The best!

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A Very Awesome Book

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Dallas Clayton’s “An Awesome Book” is something I wish I had when I was a little girl. I probably would’ve died for the cluster of multicolored prismatic rocket powered unicorns. I would’ve dreamed of riding them into Candyland castle playgrounds filled with cabbage patch doll knights with Queen playin’ on My First Sony! Maybe I’ll have a kid so I can do that all over again. Anyways… his fanciful illustrations are playful and imaginative and can be enjoyed young and old, yesterday and tomorrow, ten years ago and one hundred from now…

 

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New Print by Erik Mark Sandberg

Previously B/D interviewed artist Erik Mark Sandberg recently sent in this beautiful new print! I believe its a cosmic rainbow-vision ghome appearing between two prismachrome portals, that also happened to let in a couple visitors from beyond. Just a guess. Some detail shots below- now hanging in my office!

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John Parot

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Check out these lovely works by up and coming artist, John Parot. This recent Chicago—-> LA transplant, has great use of color, pattern, composition and collage technique, plus he’s starting to delve into the realms of sculpture and animation! Looking good.

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Electronic Duo Matmos Release The Marriage of True Minds

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Matmos – ESP (Live at Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary) from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.

You do remember electronic duo Matmos, don’t you? They’re the DJ’s that worked with Björk on Vespertine and also toured with her around the world, that’s how I first heard of them anyway. Well, they just released a new album, The Marriage of True Minds on Thrill Jockey earlier this week and from their press release it looks like it could be something very special.

“The Marriage Of True Minds is Matmos’ first new full-length album in five years and follows 2012’s The Ganzfeld EP, which was the culmination of four years of parapsychological experiments based on the Ganzfeld (“total field”) experiment. Test subjects were put into a state of sensory deprivation by covering their eyes and listening to white noise on headphones, and then Matmos member Drew Daniel attempted to transmit “the concept of the new Matmos record” directly into their minds. The resulting transcripts of the videotaped psychic experiments became poetic and conceptual scores used by Matmos to generate the nine songs on this album, which prominently features vocalists and voices for the first time in Matmos’ work. Guest musicians include Dan Deacon, Dominique Leone, DJ Dog Dick, Leslie Weiner and Holger Hiller (Palais Schaumberg), Jason Willett (Half Japanese), Angel Deradoorian, Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and more.”

See what I mean? The whole project sounds incredible and they’re currently on tour in the U.S. with only a handful of shows left, including a date at Public Works in San Francisco on  Sunday, February 24th and a show at the Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Monday, February 25th. The last two shows before heading to Europe in March are at The ND in Austin, TX on February 28th and Zanzabar in Louisville, KY on March 2nd.

Check out their amazing version of the Buzzcocks‘ ESP that was shot live at Thrill Jockey’s 20th Anniversary show last September in Baltimore where they are currently based. This should cement the idea of seeing one of their upcoming shows.

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Simon Gerbaud’s Fascinating Stop Motion Films Of Him Filing Objects Down To Nothing

Simon Gerbaud - Animation Stills

Simon Gerbaud - Animation Stills

Simon Gerbaud - Animation Stills

Simon Gerbaud’s artwork is kind of like an MRI for household objects. He disintegrates an item and photographs the process for a stop motion animation that reveals the insides of computers, shoes, and toy dinosaurs, among others. With some, like the chair, he carefully saws away larger chunks and then reconstructs it. The second life of the chair is much more fragile. It’s like the chair has been teleported and its atoms were all mixed up in the reassembly. It’s mesmerizing the watch the objects disappear seemingly into nothing in the animations, and fascinating to witness the innards of a computer, however messy the process becomes.

Another of his animations, Misterio No. 8, also focuses on everyday objects. Gerbaud animates chairs and bicycles to seem as if they are being pushed by a shadow of a flower or a hand. The wind sounds create an eerie feeling that make the shadows feel more ghostlike, but the animation mostly feels playful, experimenting with the non-existent force of the shadow. Gerbaud studied at the Sorbonne. His aesthetic – apart from when a hair dryer is half dust from disintegration – is very cool and clean. Gerbaud now lives and works in Mexico. (Via Design Boom)

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