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Andre
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Simoneau
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Hello. Bonjour. I’m Andre and I gots a funk soul. Hailing from Montreal, I strive to find humanity in the frightening and poetry in the everyday. I see patterns everywhere and am always trying to make the best of whatever path I happen to be on. I live to create, shape and share things such as theatre, film, music, dance, prose, sculpture, poetry and flavour. I hope you enjoy the things I share. I know I do.

Crystals and corpses: David Altmejd

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DreJones
December 19th, 2009

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David Altmejd is a Montreal-born installation artist now residing in New York. At first glance his work can be disturbing, even horrifying: decomposing bodies, matted fur, organs covered in mold. In short, not your run-of-the-mill Disney fare. But upon closer observation, the pieces exude a colourful optimism.

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P.O.S. keeps the “hip” in “hip hop”

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April 8th, 2009
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Optimist by P.O.S.
Video directed and edited by: Maria Juranic

On his track Hip-Hop Lives, the great KRS-One says: “Hip and hop is more than music/ hip is the knowledge, hop is the movement/ hip and hop is intelligent movement”.

This statement rings especially true of Minneapolis’ P.O.S. (a.k.a. Stefon Alexander), who with his latest release Never Better has created a hip-hop album that is not only relevant and dynamic, but damn listenable, too.

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Hangin’ with the Broken Crow

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DreJones
April 7th, 2009

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John Grider (a.k.a. Broken Crow) is a stencil-and-spray-paint artist out of the Twin Cities whose huge murals have been garnering a fair bit of attention.

If the name Broken Crow sounds familiar, it might be because you heard it dropped by P.O.S. in his Optimist video (see my April 8th post on P.O.S.). [ Continue Reading ]

Bill Smith’s Biological Artfare

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DreJones
April 6th, 2009

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One gets the feeling, looking at his sculptures, that Bill Smith may have spent a lot of time looking through a microscope at the tiny organic elements that make up life. And one would be right.

In addition to an MFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois, Smith holds a Bachelors of Science in biology. No wonder his pieces possess such intricate detail and natural composition. [ Continue Reading ]

Green Droppings

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DreJones
April 1st, 2009

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In Schultz‘s recently minted style, here’s a link dump for ya.

I’ve added links to three Green-conscious websites with posts in three different categories: fashion, art and design. Read on… [ Continue Reading ]

Spike Jonze vs. The Skaters

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DreJones
March 31st, 2009
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Director Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, the upcoming Where the Wild Things Are) wants to kill skateboarders.

Don’t ask me why, but the Rockville, Maryland filmmaker who got his start as a wildly imaginative music video creator and skate film director is now intent on destroying the entire punk-on-wheels community. This video is evidence. [ Continue Reading ]

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Kim Dorland @ Parisian Laundry

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DreJones
March 30th, 2009

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Maybe this ain’t your thing, but if it is, Kim Dorland has a show going at Parisian Laundry in St-Henri, Montreal until April 19th. With a distinct style that’s at once feminine and aggressive, Dorland makes portraits into ghastly messes and skate parks into surreal suburban icons. [ Continue Reading ]

Andrew Schneider’s Cruel Beauty

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DreJones
March 24th, 2009

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Over at his website, U.K.-based photographer Andrew Schneider displays a wide variety of styles in several collections, but the one which most caught my eye was that titled Cruel Beauty. The collection – which draws its title from a quote by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu – is simply an up-close look at a series of flowers. But don’t let the simplicity mislead you: Cruel Beauty is a dark, spellbinding work. [ Continue Reading ]

This is Dre Jones (an introduction)

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DreJones
March 24th, 2009

Hello. Bonjour.

I’m Andre and I gots a funk soul. Hailing from Montreal, I strive to find humanity in the frightening and poetry in the everyday. I see patterns everywhere and am always trying to make the best of whatever path I happen to be on. I live to create, shape and share things such as theatre, film, music, dance, prose, sculpture, poetry and flavour.

I hope you enjoy the things I share. I know I do.