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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. As I am not one to turn down an afternoon of free activities, I resolved to stop by the next day. 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 cast into a mould made from an original clay sculpture. 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 Kanagawa and Wood’s American Gothic. 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. 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 represent a greater order, as if their movement are perfectly dictated by physics and gravity. 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 common type of cancer for women worldwide. Read More
My first foray into witchcraft began two summers ago, when I decided to try a love spell.  I have always been fascinated by the concept of witchcraft – a connection of one’s body, mind and soul into the earth around us – and luckily for me, my mother is totally obsessed with witches.  My family and I would always joke that my mother was a witch in a former life (although we did find that a distant relative on my father’s side was killed during the Salem Witch Trials) and my entire life I was exposed to kitchen witches and an eternal obsession with Halloween. Read More
  “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me,” I can recall my elementary school self parroting to the school bully in response to a nasty jibe. But is it really true?   In “Weapon of Choice,” photographer Richard Johnson challenges the old saying with an emotionally charged photo gallery. These poignant and disturbingly truthful images hypostatize the emotional scarring of verbal abuse by depicting models with somewhat gruesome visible wounds. Read More
Finding women in the comic book world is kind of like shucking oysters and suddenly finding a pearl. In a world of murky sexist content you might find 1 in 15 artists working on comics are female, and “female writers and artists are sporadic at best” says Tim Hanley, a comic book blogger. Breaking into the world of mainstream comics like DC or Marvel as a woman is difficult and hard to tolerate considering the rampant sexism and misogyny associated with these companies. That’s why female artists and writers often create their own content and find outside ways of funding. Read More
Photography about womanhood is nothing new, but at the same time we always seem to be surprised by a female up n'comer. From Cindy Sherman’s iconic self portraits to… James Franco’s dumb parody of Cindy Sherman’s Self Portraits, photography remains a boys game on the surface. Men seem to have the historical advantage.  But with girls like Cassidy Paul holding cameras, it looks like woman’s photography has a promising future. Paul is a senior photography student at Parsons the New School for Design. Read More