VISUAL CULTURE BY DAN LYDERSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dan Lydersen‘s recent paintings are a reconciliation between past and present, particularly in regard to Western culture’s notions of spirituality and the relationship between society and nature. Drawing from a variety of contemporary and historical sources, from the Renaissance to modern cinema, literature and popular culture, the paintings are an attempt to come to terms with the present through the immediate marriage of today’s visual culture with that of the past. In his work, the beautiful and the gory, the pop and the Neoclassical,  the fictional and the real all come to interplay – somewhat forming a utopia where all these elements live in harmony.

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Both theatrical and satirical, comical and somber, the paintings pose a view of humanity that is steeped in the existential turmoil that lies between materiality and spirituality, where society trudges persistently forward into the future while the human search for meaning and purpose as mortal animals remains unresolved.

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NEW FROM OLD BY BENNETT SLATER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bennett Slater is an illustrator, designer and graduate from the BAA interpretive illustration program at Sheridan Institute. Bennett’s work draws inspiration from the relationship the future shares with the past; new from old, life from death.

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Utilizing traditional oil methods on wood, Bennett plays with a mixture of traditional flemish and dutch disciplines, with bold geometric forms linked to the contemporary avant-garde school of design. This dichotomy of contrasting artistic disciplines and influences lends itself to the underlying dualities observed in his work.

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RIP, Maurice Sendak

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Two really sad loses over the past 5 days, as yesterday we have lost Where the Wild Things Are author, Maurice Sendak, at the age of 83. He was seeing a bit of resurgence with his legacy over the past 4 years, with retrospectives in museums such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, as well as Spike Jonze taking his masterful children’s book to the screen with a wonderful, heartfelt interpretation.

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Thom Yorke Tuesday: “Skirting on the Surface”

Back in 2009, when Thom Yorke was playing with Atoms For Peace, he played Los Angeles and debuted the track, “Skirting on the Surface.” A soft number, and a few years later, it sounds like something that the full band should be arranging, just as they did in Dallas this past month.

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Weakness Wednesday: PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose”

We can listen to the album, Let England Shake, over and over again. PJ Harvey made one of the finest albums over the past few years and “The Last Living Rose” was one of the great tracks from the stellar LP.

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New Interesni Kazki Paintings

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Every time we see the work of Ukrainian duo Interesni Kazki, we think these are two people speaking their own original language. Even though there are artists in the past who had done this storybook, fairy tale style paintings, you rarely see anything this vibrant on a massive building. The paintings are nice, too.

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