Obama Finally Takes the Stand.

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Unprecedented, and absolutely necessary in 2012, President Obama finally took the stand he should have taken in 2008, and announced today that he feels same-sex marriage should be legal. It almost seems absurd in 2012, living in San Francisco, to think otherwise, to deny a simple human right such as marriage, but we finally have a President (and Vice President) rightfully taking the position and proclaiming that same sex couples should be able to marry.

He said in an interview with ABC News, “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married,” Mr. Obama said.

Bravo.

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Angie Crabtree

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My work investigates what power means to modern-day societies, and more specifically, in America. At age nine, I was introduced to the concept of religion, and have since been intrigued by worship and sainthood. In 2010, I studied with a local Russian Orthodox icon painter to continue my investigation of holy subjects. I am intrigued by the materialism amongst churches, and how that ornamentation is reflected in today’s ideals.

My recent body of work, titled “All Hail,” adorns contemporary celebrities whom are glorified and controversial. The series includes Obama, Lady Gaga, Steve Jobs, Justin Beiber, Amy Winehouse, and Lil Wayne portrayed in a light that idealizes each person’s fame and stature. The pieces are photo-realistically rendered in a Christian icon stylistic method, with glowing 24 karat gold halos. They wear crowns and “bling” made of excessive sugar detailing and extravagant rhinestones. Their clothing is constructed of carefully stained veneer, and their hair is made of preserved moss to resemble the kitsch of the American Chia Pet icon. My use of natural materials is reflective of today’s Go Green trend. In my series titled, “Green is the New Bling”, I embellish appropriated material items with natural ornamentation.

These popular icons are chosen based on their level of idolization in current American culture, whether their fame be positive or negative. Ultimately, they serve as candidates up for panel discussion, and speak of the boundaries, fine lines and blurred categories between sacred religion and pop culture. This has lead me to further investigate the historical processes of canonization, and what qualifies one as a “saint.” —Angie Crabtree

Pablo de Pinho: How did you start making icon drawings?
Angie Crabtree: I had a friend growing up whose dad was a priest at a Russian Orthodox church near my house. His mom was an icon painter as well. The inside of the church was covered in beautiful frescoes, and that’s where my fascination of holy saints and icons began.

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Was gold leaf something you took from traditional icon paintings?
Yes. Last year, I got in touch with my friend’s mother who paints icons, and studied with her for a short time. Once she taught me the basics of icons, I began experimenting with 24 karat gold leaf so I could put halos on all of my own icons.

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How did you get the idea for using moss and mixed media in combination with your graphite drawings?
I like the idea of giving my icons “bling” made from natural materials because it reflects the Go Green trend that’s happening right now. Their crowns, teeth, and jewelry are made of sugar and rhinestones, and their clothing is made of wood stained veneer. Their hair is made of preserved moss to resemble the kitsch of the American Chia Pet icon.

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What other artists inspired you to use graphite as your main medium?
Aurel Schmidt is a favorite of mine.

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Your work is very realistic. How long have you been drawing realistic portraits?
I’ve always been fascinated by portraits, specifically celebrity portraiture. By the time I was 8, I was drawing the Backstreet Boys in hopes that I could get them to see and respond via snail mail — needless to say, I was pretty disappointed when that turned out to be a fail.

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What is the meaning/purpose behind making celebrity icons?
My icons are chosen based on their level of idolization in current American culture, whether their fame be positive or negative. Ultimately, the pieces serve as candidates up for panel discussion.

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How long have you been in San Francisco, and has that been an influence to the kind of work you produce?  What is the best thing about the city?
I grew up in the Northbay, and have been in the city for 6 years now. Graduating from SFAI has probably been my biggest influence — that, and going to school on exchange in Amsterdam. My favorite thing about the city is its cool people and cuddy spots.

How much do you just hate looking at this guy?

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Just the name, John Boehner, makes us cringe. How annoying was it to see this douche’s face after seeing Obama make his speech last night? This guy just reminds us of the really annoying, over-aggressive suburban dad who coached his son’s baseball team and talked shit to other kids and made his son feel way too much pressure to throw a curve ball and had the big right-wing BBQs at his big ugly house and his wife was brain-washed after her liberal swinging teens to become his mother/wife while he talked about his bank account to neighbors who actually didn’t like Reagen.

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When Willie Mays and Barack Obama met in the White House

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Pretty damn awesome today that the SF Giants made sure that the greatest of them all, Willie Mays, got to be on hand to meet President Obama for the honorary “World Series Winner Meets the President” gig. Damn cool. The Giants did proper on that. And, of course, Brian Wilson kept it clean…. cleanish. Images via SF Chronicle.

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The “Butter-Cow Lady” Dies at 81

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Norma “Duffy” Lyon was one buttered up lady. She is the one who used to sculpture tons of “U.S. Grade AA salted butter each year into life-size figures of cows, famous people and, once, a diorama of the Last Supper.” Our all-time favorite Butter-Cow Lady sculpture was her Obama bust. If that didn’t the women of Marshalltown, Iowa to vote for the big BO, we don’t know what would.

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Obama goes to Ireland, drinks a Guinness

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We were watching the telly and saw Obama drinking a Guinness while visiting an Irish town where his really Great Grandparent used to live. And isn’t that actually what every wants to be doing right now? Drinking a Guinness in Ireland? Why is Obama taking a day off? Joking. Drinking is work in Ireland. Hey-o!

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Game Over. Re-election. Osama v Obama. Obama Wins.

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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you shut Donald Trump’s motherfucking mouth up. And, you send a message to the Republicans at the same time: On Saturday I killed Qadaffi’s child and grandchildren, and on Sunday I killed Osama Bin Laden. What did you do this weekend?

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