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James Franco Dresses In Drag, Mimics Cindy Sherman’s Photographs


At current his exhibition at PACE Gallery, the actor James Franco tries his hand at self-portraiture, posing as the legendary photographer Cindy Sherman in replicas of her 1970s student project Untitled Film Stills, a series of silver gelatin prints in which she dressed as iconic women in film. In this strange mimesis of Sherman’s own impersonations, he reflects on an actor’s place, calling into question fixed notions identity, gender, and time.

Sherman, often playing the role of shape-shifting Bacchus and pushing the boundaries of selfhood, questioned the limitations of contemporary femininity, presenting clearly-defined roles for women: the femme fatale, the ingenue, the metropolitan sophisticate. Her film stills represent a sort of painful self-awareness; the film stops mid-reel, and the heroine introspects: who am I, beneath this costume?

The dialogue is complicated by Franco’s series, which in essence, presents an actor playing the role of artist playing the role of actor; what’s more, he’s a man playing at womanhood. Unlike most modern drag, where men seem to flawlessly transform into women, Franco insists on asserting his masculinity; in most of the images, he wears an unconvincing blond wig and facial hair.

Where there is a sort of anxiety in Sherman’s stills, the self-consciousness of being watched as expressed through a downturned lip and upward gaze, a housewife’s mishap in the kitchen, Franco’s New Film Stills project a self-assurance that borders on arrogance. His identity is unchanging, for unlike Sherman, his transformation is incomplete. He knows who he is, remaining forever the actor, who, in Brechtian fashion, refuses to lose himself completely to the character. Take a look. (via BUST, Art in America, and Interview)

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Overture Animations

While perusing Change The Thought recently I found this lovely video by Overture. Its like a moving watercolor of gnomes playing lutes in the pink soft clouds and ether forest. It sort of makes sense that the couple (Jason & Aya) creates these together. How cute.

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Andrew Holder


By creating a style akin to The Very Hungry Caterpillar for grown-ups, Andrew Holder has snagged some big clients, including Roxy and Urban Outfitters. His intricate patterns, clever compositions, and often bold color choices make Holder’s pieces buzz with visual interest.

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Børre Sæthre

“…By focusing on desire retold as science-fiction tableaux, theoretical constructs or fragments of myths, Sæthre taps into our need to translate raw lust into a symbolic language that conforms to socially acceptable mores.”

(via Frieze Magazine)

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Jim Callahan Interview!

Jim Callahan is a multi-talented creative who lends his bold pop-icon vibrant graphic style to a potty-mouthed vision of vulgar humor and the macabre. His humorously outlandish take on his subjects disarms their gritty gore visuals of exploding skull & brains, guts and the spray of blood. James Callahan also runs his own fledgling deck company: Nowhere Skateboards, and has illustrated comics, such as Strange Detective Tales and Rotting In Dirtville. He is also responsible for the DVD covers to the daybyday films, among art for piles of records, CD’s, shirts, toys, posters, and beyond.. James was interviewed in issue: D of Beautiful/Decay magazine and designed the three-dimensional stunner “Barf 3d” for Beautiful/Decay Apparel- which featured, of course, a three-dimensional skull puking a cacophony of vile beasts. Most recently he contributed the mind-blowing (no pun intended) graphic “Kersplat” that shows someone’s brain literally exploding from reading B/D!

Read the full interview at our Beautiful/Decay Apparel site.

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Next Day Flyers Presents: Ian Macarthur

Ian Macarthur’s rock posters, graphics, and illustrations are full of bizarre characters, experimental type, and manic detailing.


Ian Macarthur is presented by Next Day Flyers where color flyer printing is quick and efficient.

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Strange and luring, this video is amazing. The seamless transitions and mind blowing effects draw you in as the story unfolds. From Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Editor: Tim Bollinger, Cinematographer: Daniel Meinl, and Sounddesign: Michael Fakesch.

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Edward Lipski

I genuinely enjoy some of Edward Lipski’s thickly applied mixed media sculptures. He works with all kinds of materials to create these amazingly entertaining, and somewhat creepy pieces.

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