BY Dre Grigoropol
on Oct 05, 2012
Absury Park is the the rock ‘n’ roll capital of New Jersey. It is the hometown of rock legend Bruce Springsteen, my favorite media queen Wendy Williams, and now the Asbury Park Comic Con. Some of the featured guests at the Asbury Park Comic Con were Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dryer, Dean Haspiel, Larry Hama, Seth Kushner, J.C. Luz, and the shows organizers Cliff Galbraith and Rob Bruce.
As I was approaching the second Asbury Park Comic Con, the weather was dreary with dark menacing clouds twirling in the sky. Dark, unpromising weather could not discourage attendees. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Oct 02, 2012
We’re loving these minimalist posters created by Hydrogene, posted on Flavorwire, dedicated to famous female scientists!
First up is Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, anthropologist, and ethologist who’s known for her 45-year-long in-depth studies of chimps and her work with animal welfare and environmental conservation.
There’s also Grace Hopper, a famous computer scientist who worked on some of the world’s first computers. She was also an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Sep 28, 2012
Sometimes artist statements are so damn vague, that they could literally apply to half the exhibitions in a single block of galleries in Downtown Manhattan. However, David James Ross, an expert in social media and business start-ups, has recently begun a new project called Artybollocks, satirizing these very clichés of the art world. The site works as follows: by clicking a button, Artybollocks will spit out a an “artist statement,” which, as the site’s name points out, is legitimate to your interpretation. Read More
BY Emma Orlow
on Sep 27, 2012
We rarely think about how our mindless consumption affects the lives of creatures without a voice. On Midway Island, a remote cluster of islands miles from mainland human interface, albatrosses have taken a serious hit. Chris Jordan began photographing the thousands of birds that were dying on the islands, a result of their innocent feeding on lethal plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean. Jordan blurs the line between memorial ceremony and abstract art with his work as each open carcass is contrasted by piles of garbage that lies within it. Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Sep 17, 2012
Women take over, reads the provocative headline on the website for the Seattle Art Museum’s new Elles exhibits. Two photographs of blonde women stare out from the screen as a video begins playing: a woman violently displaying her kitchenware as she names it in alphabetical order.
Semiotics of the Kitchen, Martha Rosler, 1975
Elles began in 2009 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which holds the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Sep 10, 2012
If you live in New York City and have been following the 'Free Pussy Riot!' movement as closely as we have, tonight’s the night to get involved!
Amnesty International, FreePussyRiot.org, The Voice Project, and Lombard Freid Projects have joined together for a one-night-only benefit exhibition featuring five original videos of the feminist punk collective as well as various speakers from the New York cultural community.
The exhibition will take place from 6 to 10 PM at Lombard Freid Projects at 518 West 9th Street in Chelsea. Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on Aug 27, 2012
A 19th-century artist designed a "map" to the woman’s heart, “exhibiting its internal communications, and the facilities and dangers to Travelers therein." It may seem innocuous, but this piece of odd artwork spells out a lot about the culture's ideas of what was important to women back then.
The map heavily emphasizes vanity and self-centeredness: Love of Display, Love of Dress, and Love of Admiration take up a lot of the landscape. Below these areas, Selfishness is also assigned a rather large territory. Read More
BY Kaitlin Cole
on Aug 24, 2012
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a Pussy Riot!, has been created to raise awareness and keep people talking about the band and its incarceration. Read More
The ladies are out to Kill! Kill! in the latest Antony and the Johnsons music video, directed by photographer and video artist Nabil Elderkin. The video for the single, literally and appropriately titled, “Cut the World”, plays like a brief operatic, cinematic experience. It opens with Willem Dafoe staring dramatically out into the world from behind his stark office-room glass window, fondling with what may be a wedding ring. Read More
I recently had the opportunity to interview the awesome Nathaniel Russell for zingmagazine's online zingchat series, which features fascinating interviews with a variety of different, talented artists. Check out mine, below!
Although Indianapolis-based artist Nathaniel Russell acknowledges that we can turn to dust at any moment, let’s hope it doesn’t happen to him anytime soon. His pieces—created in a variety of different media including sculpture, painting, drawing, and printmaking—manage to access the rawness and honesty of being human. Read More