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The past few weeks have invited a lot questions about the future, one of the most important of these being, what will our future look like in four years? Some days we want to hide in our snuggie tails and pretend we live under the sea; most days we feel a need to put our best protest gear on and march. With these feelings of anxiety over the future swirling, I have heard many artist friends questioning whether it is a good idea to continue...
It’s become a bit of a tradition here at BUST to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Adipositivity Project’s annual Valentine Series. Each year, the project’s creator, Substantia Jones, puts together a refreshing collection of photos that resist the homogenous, hetero-normative images of love we are used to seeing every February 14th. Jones understands widespread frustration with the holiday’s tendency to sell love as a product, but as an absolute lover of love, she can’t resist joining the party: “I personally find romantic love dizzyingly pleasurable, and completely...
Whether you know it or not, if you’ve scrolled Instagram in the past year, you've most probably interacted with Faye Orlove’s work. Her femme colored illustrations of Kim Kardashian and witchy tarot cards of Mariska Hargitay and Frida Kahlo have made her one of the hottest animators on the internet. Orlove is also the magic behind Junior High, a nonprofit gallery that opened its doors after raising funds from a Kickstarter campaign. Along with hosting music gigs and art shows, Junior High organizes community events...
  Brooklyn artist and general badass Amy Small has created banners and placed them on Detroit's dilapidated houses for the public to see. The banners display quotes from both pop culture and the election alike. Detroit, the city known for hardship with the auto bust of the early 2000s, is a city of grime and grit. The city has been through what most of Americans are experiencing now—-disillusionment.The pairing of "I woke up like this" on a felled door frame or "we go high" flapping amongst the...
A new exhibition in LA offers a look at the feminist memes you double tap on Instagram and scream “same” at, but this time they’re IRL. By Any Memes Necessary is a meme-centric art show about the realities of empathy and coping. The line up of meme makers for this show is truly droolworthy, including @tequilafunrise, @scariest_bug_ever, @versace_tamagotchi, @sensualmemes, @bunnymemes, @gothshakira, and @ka5sh. By Any Memes Necessary establishes the work of these meme makers as not only internet masters, but also artists. We spoke to...
“The cupcake represents what Hannah Arendt called the banality of evil,” Penny Arcade says during one of the more charged moments of her latest show Longing Lasts Longer, which had a run at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse at the end of 2016 during an ongoing world tour. The show explores the loss of art and individuality in our culture while, at the same time, refusing nostalgia. “If you’re not depressed and confused by life on earth, there may be something fatally wrong with you,” she...
  “Self-Portrait (Inn of the Dawn Horse),” ca. 1937–38, The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 The Metropolitan 
Museum of Art © 2016 Estate of Leonora Carrington/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York   In a movement dominated by male artists, 
Surrealist Leonora Carrington embraced independence to ensure her place in history as more than a museBy Lynn Peril At the heart of the oil painting Self-Portrait (Inn of the Dawn Horse) is a young woman dressed in pants, a jacket, and Victorian boots. Seated on a chair with similarly...
Every four years America hangs suspended between "This is what our President Elect said he'd do" and "This is what President Elect will actually do" for the weeks between election and inauguration. But between chants of “not my president” at protests across the country and calls from politicians to "take a wait and see approach,” people from marginalized groups have been quietly preparing for the possibilities of that a Trump presidency makes good on all, or even some, of its campaign promises. “We’re not having a debate...
When you hear the word yarn what comes to mind? Maybe a kitten fiddling with a colorful ball or that sweater that your grandma knit you for Christmas. What about an art exhibit? Artist Courtney Kenny Porto is creating breathtaking feminist art using yarn. The images showcase women in solemn positions using black, white, and gray yarn.The exhibit will be on display at Nebraska's Norfolk Arts Center from January 5 to February 24. Check out some of the pieces on display now and learn more...
After gaining fame for his Obama "HOPE" piece, Shepard Fairey is back at it again and this time, he’s supplying posters for the upcoming Women's March on Washington. Using the same colors and style, Fairey collaborated with muralist Jessica Sabogal and political artist Ernesto Yerena to create the posters, which are apart of a project titled “We the People." The project was made in the hopes of flooding public consciousness with the diversity, democracy and shared humanity that make our nation so great.While the posters...
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