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Alexey Kondakov Explores The Daily Life Of Gods

Alexey Kondakov is a Ukrainian art director who likes to incorporate scenes and characters from classical paintings in contemporary photographs of the city of Kiev. Through these digital collages , we can observe the simple everyday life that these gods, nymphs and goddesses would have had had they lived in our time.

A Listener’s Reflection: My Moment with "The Black Album"

There is a rich beauty when it comes to our anecdotes with the music we love. it’s an understated art, actually. When music is feeding you the right way, you’ll never forget it. When it comes to Jay-Z’s The Black Album, I haven’t forgotten about my first “Moment of Clarity”. Today, fifteen years later, this reflection sticks with me just as that album did ba[...]

The Choking Kind: A Meditation on Black Queer Art

This round blue ball we call earth was stuck in my throat and my eyes were beginning to swell, and my hands were beginning to shake, and I was realizing that my death was swiftly approaching. My vision began to fade, and I could feel my body split into two. I was leaving. Like a bullet to the heart, like a shock to the brain, I was fading out of this earth[...]

Bad Haikus c/o Abe Chuang

Remember when you had to make a haiku when learning poetry in middle school? If you weren't blessed with a full blown literary talent at that age they were really bad right? Mine were. These aren't those adolescent haiku poetry. Not exactly. Artist and designer Abe Chuang takes the term "bad haikus" to task in his digital art project. Abe takes those bad [...]

Alli Coates' Short Film "American Reflexxx" Shines Light On America's Mob Mentality

American Reflexxx is a short film documenting a social experiment that took place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Director Alli Coates captured performance artist Signe Pierce as she strutted down a busy oceanside street in stripper garb and a reflective mask. The pair agreed not to communicate until the experiment was completed, but never anticipated the h[...]


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Sinner or Saint: Which One Are You?

Paved by the old and trudged upon by the present are the streets that stand for the sake of our heavy footsteps. The new world is what has become of the old; the present, a representation of the evolution, or maybe antithesis, of the past. Either way: what and whomever has at one point walked, breathed, or merely stood upon its grounds  still remains... [...]

Living Off The Map With Artist & Illustrator Ted Coconis

“Our place does not have phone or internet.” Judging by this comment from visual artist Ted Coconis, it’s understandable if you’ve concluded that he has either retreated into Amish country or fallen into one hell of a time warp. From his secluded studio in a beautifully bucolic stretch of Maine, the prolific and influential illustrator laughs incredulous[...]

Art and Aesthetic Aces: Scott G. Brooks Finds Beauty in the Grotesque

Scott G Brooks lives and works in Washington, DC. His subject matter ranges from simple portraiture to intricate narratives. In his paintings, he takes social, psychological, and political issues and injects them with a dark sense of humor. Anatomical distortions separate the figures from the photographic ideal, which gives him the freedom to create his [...]