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MATT McMullen’s (Not Simply Sex) Dolls

Though at first, my reaction was to scoff and laugh, to ridicule the $6,000 price tag, to label the subculture as freakish and psychotic, I now see the truth behind it.

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Doug Aitken’s House

Doug Aitken’s House

When I saw the stills of Aitken’s work, when I read descriptions of it, I thought of a passage from Viktor E. Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning, which, for those of you who haven’t read it, recount’s Frankl’s harrowing life in various Nazi Concentration Camps. Despite the shear inhumanity of his surroundings and of his life, Frankl was able to come to this realization:

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Nelly Ben Hayoun’s “Other Volcano”

What we are about to embark on is mind-numbing tour of Otherness. If you have to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water, do so now. I’m not stopping this tour bus until we reach our destination.

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Photography: Greg Stimac’s Mow The Lawn

Photography: Greg Stimac’s Mow The Lawn

You can say that Stimac’s work just categorizes lawn-mowing in all its wonder. That would be an adequate explanation. But, it does more than that. It categorizes a facet of Americanism: our right of choice. We can mow that damn lawn any damn way we please, dammit.

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ART: Will Barras

ART: Will Barras

Looking at Will Barras’s work is almost like reading Raymond Chandler’s (name drop) novels. They are dark and emotive. They are moving, literally. There is a type of locomotion at work in both Barras’s and Chandler’s work.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark A. Powell Documentary Photography

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mark A. Powell Documentary Photography

Powell portrays his subjects as unremarkable heroes. He transforms the salt of the earth into the light. Though such discussion is not to discount the aesthetic properties of Powell’s work, it is important to go beyond color composition and framing. This is the “expression and experiences” that Powell notes in a 2006 interview. This is the essence that pulls us in, that tugs us closer and closer to some universal experience.

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ART: Yee Jan Bao

ART: Yee Jan Bao

Yee Jan Bao’s world is one of oil paints, and a blurred sense of the real and the imaginary. In total, there is a marked simplicity in Bao’s work that speaks of an existence which is not to be over complicated with the minutiae of realism. The result of such simplicity is a labyrinthine of aesthetics and meaning.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Dana Lauren Goldstein

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dana Lauren Goldstein

Dana Lauren Goldstein is bohemianism incarnate, or, at the very least, she photographs it. While I realize that the Punk scene is not one typically associate with other bohemian staples such as the Beats Generation of the 50’s and the Hippie Counterculture of the….

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ART: Thad Kellstadt’s Hipster Aesthetic

ART: Thad Kellstadt’s Hipster Aesthetic

If you Google “Thad Kellstadt,” you are likely to run across the term: “Hipster Aesthetic.” What is the “Hipster Aesthetic” and how does Kellstadt’s work embody it, you ask? Well, you see, um, it is really rather simple. It is the aesthetic…..

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Art: Jesse Auersalo

Art: Jesse Auersalo

I do not have much opportunity to write about graphic art, and, unfortunately for Jesse Auersalo, I saw Toy Story 3 last night, which might inhibit my ability to think critically (by inhibit, I mean degrade). Regardless, Auersalo probably needs to no introduction.

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