ENVIRONMENTAL LANDSCAPES BY JOSH REYES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Portland-based artist Josh Keyes received his BFA in 1992 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 1998 from Yale University School of Art.  He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and has work in private and public collections.

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Though often steeped in satire, Josh’s drawings and paintings are also suffused with a sincere admiration of our planet. His altered landscapes reveal both the intricacy of the earth as a system and the complexity of our response to the natural world, while retaining a sense of specificity and intimacy.

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POST-IT ART WAR IN NYC

You had me at “HI.” Post-It Wars broke out in NYC office buildings last week, creating a collage of Post-It street art on a battleground of creativity. What started as a simple, “Hi” message sparked Manhattan’s ad agencies and window gazers to bring on a Post-It Art War showdown on Canal Street.

Creative minds used words, pictures and images from famous pop culture influencers to out-do each other across high rises. Some big ad agencies like Havas Worldwide, Horizon Media, Cake Group, Biolumina and Harrison, Star, and Getty Images are reportedly involved. Havas Worldwide won a Post-It War contest by being the first company to post an image of the Clio Award, granting them access to a table at the awards show.

The hashtags being used to keep up with this contemporary form of street art on Instagram and Twitter: #postitwars #canalstreet #canalnotes

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Post-It recreations of famous art pieces by artists Keith Haring and Mark Rothko.

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The Latest Digital Face Manipulation Software Will Have You Questioning All Reality

Let’s face it: we’re an empire built on illusions. Media, Social Media, Politics, take your pick. But what if you could program any video, of any person, to say and do what you wanted?  Becoming a digital puppeteer of sorts.  Right now, face-swapping on Snapchat may be cool for petty amusement, but manipulating Donald Trump’s Fox News interview to advocate building Mosques in San Diego instead of a wall, in real time, might be even cooler.

Welcome to the world of Face2Face.

Visiting Stanford scientist, Matthias Niessner built upon existing Stanford research using web cameras that capture 3D facial gestures as a means of “live facial re-enactment.” As stated in The New York Times, Dr. Niessner’s goal was to use this technique to improve modern technology by means of instantaneous language translation via Skype, and improved qualities of virtual reality and dubbing in movies.

In incredibly simplistic terms, the way Face2Face works is by training itself on a Target Actor (like Donald Trump talking) and a Source Actor (like you or me) to track both facial expressions and gestures by mapping them accordingly via a commodity webcam. Once mapped, the Source Actor can seamlessly manipulate facial re-enactment in real time of the Target Actor, and let the puppeteering begin!

 

 

Lips Worth Spreading

A woman’s genitalia is often the source of news these days. What can come out of it and when, what can go inside of it and how, how to shave it or let the bush sanctuary thrive, and the like.  Social media will create a holiday and/or hashtag named, “National Vagina Awareness Day” soon enough, and we’ll all be ready.
But, on the island of Japan, artist Megumi Igarashi had another plan for her vaginal lips: to fully express vaginal glory in the form of a kayak. A really wet kayak.
Since this newest installation of pop art hit the waters in 2014, Igarashi has not only been turning heads, but defending herself in court. Having parted the seas on issues pertaining to “obscenity,” Igarashi successfully exposed the hypocrisy of the heavily influenced Japanese porn culture and its “limitations” on censorship.
In 2014, Igarashi took to the Internet to crowd-fund resources to build her art project, and as a gift to her financial supporters, emailed them the 3D instructions so they could print their own vagina kayaks. This week, the Japanese courts ruled that though the kayak itself is considered “pop art” (which is totally okay), the artist went overboard by supplying the 3D instructions to the financial backers, which according to the judge, contributed to the distribution of obscene material (totally illegal in Japan.) The correct procedure is to blur genitalia portrayed in porn, sex, anime and the like, but since this project lacked any over-pixelation censorship in its printing instructions, Igarashi was fined 400,000 yen ($3,670).
From interviews conducted after the ruling, Megumi Igarashi seems to be on the pulse of quivering climaxes. She continues to spread awareness of the double standards pertaining to the expression of female sex/organs as a notion of obscenity propagated by the male perspective.
Megumi Igarashi stated, “I work to reverse the male notion that female sex can only be understood through the prism of obscenity. I’m disappointed this concept hasn’t been understood by the judge.”
Maybe the courts will see things differently now that Igarashi has rocked the boat in international press news. For more vagina power, check out Megumi Igarashi’s memoir on Amazon: “What is Obscenity?: The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and her Pussy.”

#NationalVaginaAwarenessDay 

SHOTOPOP CONJURES THE UNIMAGINED

by Ariadna Zierold

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SHOTOPOP is a devout team of visual zealots who pride themselves on conjuring the new, the unimagined and the fantastical. In their offices, furiously snipping silver scissors give birth to a thousand paper feathers, crazy caffeine dreams turn into flashing pixel rainbows, and the most ambitious flights of fancy become their proudest moments.

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WORLD’S MOST EPIC BEARDS FROM 2015

by Ariadna Zierold

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The 2015 World Beard And Moustache Championships, held in the town of Leogang in the Austrian mountains, is back with more epic beards and moustaches to marvel at. Over 300 bearded and moustachioed men from 20 different countries descended on this small alpine town to strut their stuff.

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Contestants compete in 18 categories across three divisions; Moustaches, Partial Beards and Full Beards. Each category features three prizes for the best facial hair.

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Richard Serra, Keith Haring… and Jeremy Fish

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What a two week stretch for Jeremy Fish. First, he just released his Spring collection of superFishal gear with Upper Playground, and then his public sculpture in the Lower Haight was named #3 in the entire city by SF Weekly. Who came in first? Keith Haring. Second? Richard Serra. So now it goes Haring… Serra… Fish in the world of art. Not bad, Mr. Fish. And yours didn’t need a corporation saying okay.

Thom Yorke Tuesday: “There There” (Live Acoustic)

An stadium-sized, 3-drum tribal beat, when stripped to an acoustic number, just shows how talented a guitar player Mr Yorke can be. And then there is Jonny Greenwood, he is good too. Live in NYC in 2003, right as Hail to the Thief was released to the world.

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