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Another Place, another time

February 16th, 2012 · 1 Comment

The media has made such a stink about Lana Del Rey. Critics say she lacks talent and doesn’t deserve the attention she’s receiving. I think their reaction is more telling than anything else. Why does the media crucify women it deems to have stepped out of line?

Putting aside the controversy, this music video for “Video Games” is heart-tugging – full of lush imagery of an idealized America circa 1960’s Hollywood. (Admittedly it may hold more appeal to me personally since it’s the the stuff of my father’s childhood.) It’s the American Dream of youth, innocence and endless possibility which is easily forgotten in this era of class warfare and political uncertainty. Is it any surprise her music and videos have struck a chord?

Back To Black

July 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Men In The Cities

July 10th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Ever wonder where this image from the band Cults came from?

I did until I came across Robert Longo’s series Men In The Cities below. The series is in charcoal and graphite on paper and spans from 1979- 1987. Longo is a big-time artist: his work is in MOMA, the Guggenheim, LACMA… you name it.

Pretty rad, huh?

It’s also amusing to see how little work attire has changed in the past 30 years.

All images from the artist’s website. The first two drawings are in the artist’s collection, the third is in the collection of  Jane Holzer and the fourth in the collection of Sherry and Alan Koppel.

Design Crush: Maricor/Maricar

June 24th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Embroidered song titles by Maricor/Maricar via Seesaw. They make it look so easy, don’t they? I love that they appropriated the corded texture to accentuate the designs and bring them to life.

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The Magnetic Fields  /  Grandaddy  /  Pavement  / Blondie  / The Postal Service

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Giveaway! “Girls” T-Shirt from Insound

September 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

Insound is a Brooklyn-based indie music e-shop that has an awesome line of posters and t-shirts featuring big indie bands of 2010. The limited edition merch was skillfully-designed by Chicago print studio, Sonnenzimmer.

What’s more Art Hound has teamed up with Insound to offer one lucky readers this Sonnezimmer-designed t-shirt for the band Girls. To enter, leave a comment below, and I will draw a name next Monday, Oct. 4th.

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And while we’re on the topic, check out these Insound posters for Broken Social Scene, Mountain Goats and Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

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Mark Warren Jacques and Seth Neefus Play House

August 25th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Yes, I know I’m kind of obsessed with house art, but I didn’t even realize this installation was a house (of sorts) until watching the video below. I swear! Reminds me of Jim Houser’s installations.

Free Life Center by Mark Warren Jacques and Seth Neefus at Needles + PensPhotos and interview by MLFU.

The Free Life Center is “…a movable gallery space, built of reclaimed materials, in a modular fashion. At its full size the structure is a pretty large free standing building (10 ft wide x 16 ft long x 10ft tall), complete with lighting, a tin roof and a wood floor… At each location along the journey we’ve been setting up the structure and filling it with our artworks, video works, process documentation, interactive installation elements, music, good vibes. Along with our own artworks we’ve asked members of each local community to join in…” – Mark Warren Jacques

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