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Jake Walters, Photographer.

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November 7th, 2009

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London-based Jake Walters is an extraordinary photographer; he moves from fashion shoots to celebrity portraits to commercial work with style and ease. Whether the subject is still, wildly kinetic or deliberately staged, the people in Walters’ photographs are always intriguing, always demanding one’s attention longer than might be excited. And yes, folks, he is Kanye-approved, just in case you were wondering. [ Continue Reading ]

The Best Horror Films For Your Halloween Hootenany.

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October 30th, 2009

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Return of the Living Dead: See how happy you can make your guests when you pick the right movie? This guy’s having a ball!

First of all, you have to decide what kind of party you’ll be throwing. Will people be actually watching the movies? Or will the films be festive background noise? Either way is acceptable, of course; you just have to match things accordingly. To wit:

The Wild-Ass Party: [ Continue Reading ]

Mitch Breitweiser

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October 27th, 2009

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Mitch Breitweiser is an artist best known for his work with Marvel Comics. His expressive, painterly style is fresh and old-fashioned at the same time; you can see some Will Eisner and Steve Ditko influences in his work. [ Continue Reading ]

Jerusalem’s Night Garden

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October 23rd, 2009

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Designers Gaston Zahr & Merav Eitan created the Night Garden for the “Light in Jerusalem Festival” at Gan Habonim, in Israel. Giant flowers constructed of steel and mesh open and close while changing color, music and scent completing the experience. The whole project is fueled by solar power, which makes it as inspirational as it is enchanting. It would be great if this came to the states, especially when things get snowy. [ Continue Reading ]

Watch It: Paranormal Activity

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October 22nd, 2009

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In the summer of 1999, I attended a screening of The Blair Witch Project. It was at the art house theatre where myself and at least half of Rochester’s under-employed creative types enjoyed part-time work. The projectionist had set up a midnight screening the night before the film’s official release, and we were all there. The buzz was immense for Blair Witch, so expectations were high. Mine were completely met; I had never been so scared by a film. I couldn’t sleep that night because I was afraid of what my dreams might bring, something no movie had done since my 7 year-old self was terrified by the half-man/half-dog in the 70′s remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Yet at least a third of the audience that night responded with genuine disappointment: “That’s it? But nothing happened! They got lost, bitched and moaned and we never even saw the witch! What the Hell!”

A few people were saying that last night at the screening of Paranormal Activity I attended. Just like ten years ago, I wanted to smack them. [ Continue Reading ]

Zhang Peng’s lost girls.

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October 21st, 2009

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Art that is frightening or disturbing can provide a pleasing rush of adrenaline. Sometimes that is enough; I often find gallery-hopping to be akin to an old fashioned carnival sideshow in its entertainment value. But good art will use its power to frighten or disturb to make us think a little harder about things. China’s Zhang Peng makes good art. [ Continue Reading ]

Jon Langford

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October 16th, 2009

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Overpainted—not overrated.

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October 14th, 2009

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Gerhard Richter is a well-regarded German painter—perhaps best known for Sonic Youth‘s use of one of his paintings as the cover for Daydream Nation—who has been using photographs as guide material for years. But it was only recently that he noticed the interesting effect of paint dribbled onto the photos themselves. He ran with it, and the results are impressive indeed. [ Continue Reading ]

Craig Ferguson saves the day.

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October 9th, 2009

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Times are tough. If you’re not looking for a job, you’re probably anxious about losing the one you have. We’re still fighting two very questionable wars and the Democrats are proving to be just as ineffectual as the Republicans always said they were—which is especially frustrating if you thought that a Democratic majority in both the House and Senate working with a Democratic President might actually create some positive social change. Very frustrating. It all gets to be a bit much.

You need to get your silly on. So here ya go: [ Continue Reading ]

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