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  A few days ago, I was leafing through my roommate’s copy of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. Aside from having some rare photos of Gwyneth in her natural habitat (read: carelessly laughing while eating a vegan and/or gluten-free apple tart), what was so awe-inspiring about Paltrow’s foodie wisdom that was worth buying this ginormous, $55 volume?   Italian photographer Dan Bannino embodies this question in his ... Read More
IN REAL LIFE, the latest work by the young and prolific Claire Kurylowski, examines the great lengths girls go to in order to defend themselves from harassment and sexual violence. The Berlin and London based artist created the short film for Dazed Digital’s Visionaries series after watching the viral YouTube video How to Break Out of Zip Ties. The YouTube tutorial has received a little over 3.4 million hits, which so accurately represents the culture we ... Read More
At the time of her death in 2009, Vivian Maier was known only as a lifelong nanny and secretive loner. Today, she is hailed as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. It's a miracle that street photographer Vivian Maier’s remarkable work ever saw the light of day. A career nanny who worked primarily in the affluent suburbs of Chicago for 40 years, starting in the 1950s, Maier took hundreds of thousands of pictures with her ... Read More
In an age when technology continues to grow exponentially while cultural conventions are still residual from a century ago, society becomes riddled with contradictions and people struggle to cope with their conflicting social expectations.  In the incredibly relevant and scandalous play, The Feminism of a Soft Merlot or (How the Donkey Got Punched), these contradictions are thoroughly explored from a feminist perspective. The production, presented by The Ivy ... Read More
Last spring I got the opportunity to tour California with a singing group that I am a member of, and afterwards I spent a few days in San Diego, just sightseeing and wandering around.  One evening on my way back to the hostel where I was staying, I stumbled across San Diego’s Museum of Contemporary Art. It was closed for the day, but I saw a sign through the window that placed the admission price for "museum-goers 25 and under" at the low price of free. ... Read More
Don't start chatting her up--she won't respond. Not because she's busy hurrying to save the lives of the crew of a doomed space mission, but because she's made out of silicone. All Steve Scott's Behance profile says is, this is a "project of mine to see how closely I could imitate life." Scott is an artist and illustrator, but also a portrait sculptor, a model/prop maker, creature FX creator and mould maker. The silicone used to make Sigourney come to life is ... Read More
I like Classical Art…and I also like voluptuous ginger cats. I’m sure I’m not the only one. Russian artist Svetlana Petrova probably heard the art world (and me) cry for more cat-tastic representation. Our “we need moar catz!@$!” vibes were heard! Petrova has a website that we can waste away hours on appropriately named FatCatArt.  Petrova photoshops her big cat, Zarathustra, into classics like Hokusai’s Great Wave off ... Read More
  If Holly Andres isn’t on your radar, you’re missing out. Andres is a Portland-based photographer whose work feels akin to the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Cindy Sherman, but all the more fresh and exciting. Her photographs often explore the tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a darker, sometimes disturbing subtext. “I’m interested in the cognitive dissonance that can result from employing formal elements such as bright ... Read More
  Enra is a self-described “entertainment unit,” a Japanese dance troupe “which presents the ultimate fusion of images and live performance.” And they've really raised the bar with their latest production, “Pleiades.” They've created a fluid work of art in which lights and music accompany the dancers, and all the elements join together to build a powerful, strangely emotional dance.  The two dancers seem to ... Read More
It’s (almost) officially summer: school is out, days are hotter, days are longer, and people are shopping for bikini season. One important group of women that is consistently left out of our annual haul of Memorial Day bikini sales and Victoria’s Secret summer catalogs are breast cancer survivors.  According to the World Cancer Research Fund, almost 1.7 million women were newly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, making it the second most ... Read More
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