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Authentic Contemporary Art

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Six Cans of Authentic Contemporary Art

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What is contemporary art and how does it matter?

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For the first time in millennia, artists have the opportunity to forge new ideas that are not simply a response to human tragedy, but a propulsion towards greater human capacity, meaning, and joy.

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Word Heros of the Street

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Were they an app, we'd call them Insta-poets. We think they are awesome. They turn the economics of poetry on its head. They take literature from the page and turn it into performance art. By engaging people on the street--where they live, work, and play--they become ambassadors for poetry; emblems of living differently. And for those reasons, we think they are heros.

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Twelve Days of Christmas Gifts for Yoko Ono

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Oh, That’s JIMMY

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Independently published in the hills of Silver Lake and the heart of Hollywood, this quarterly explores the rich and diverse creative talents of the sprawling city of Los Angeles. Through photo editorials, interviews, art, and articles it discovers and promotes L.A.’s underground queer community. In a blog-cluttered world, JIMMY stands as a printed history, preserving and documenting a unique and city-specific cultural moment.

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The Pocket Shrines of Nina Gaby

Pocket Shrine: Lucky by Nina Gaby

Nina Gaby’s Pocket Shrines are intimate sacred vessels that incorporate the fragments of those old religions: Virgin Mary, Maneki Neko, dice, glitter, etc. Each Shrine is an ornamented box that contains a tassel of sacred objects reflecting its theme or purpose.

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Curious Lifeforms of Janet Van Fleet

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The materials Janet Van Fleet uses to make "Curious Lifeforms" (a series of sculptures of humans and animals) are sticks, rusty nails, buttons, and old clothespins. "As I gather (and subsequently manipulate and assemble) these materials, I become an archivist, preserving and bringing into new relationships oddities from material culture and natural history that would otherwise disappear into the planetary dumpster."

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Marie-Maude Polychuck’s Hunks of Ice

Hunks of Ice: Bobby Orr by Marie-Maude Polychuck

They walk on water with fire in their hearts and ice in their veins. They play a game that Jim Murray called Murder on Ice: High sticking, tripping, slashing, spearing, charging, hooking, fighting, unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, roughing… everything else is just figure skating. These are the Hunks of Ice. Marie-Maude Polychuck presents a dozen of hockey’s greatest players in two-color linocut on paper and mounted to old barn wood under plexiglass. The line up: Minnesota North Stars Left Wing Bob Barlow and Center Charlie Burns, Philadelphia Flyers Center Bob Clarke, Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Bobby Hull and Defense Keith...

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Seth Rogen Talks about Seth on Conan

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"I'm a muse in the creative community of the bear-loving world, like the Venus de Milo perhaps," said Rogen during the interview. Rogen and host Conan O'Brien go on to show images from the book while Rogen comments on the images. "I call that one Come and Get Me," said Rogen.

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Miguel Sorto: About the artist

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Miguel Sorto, who calls himself “The Cyclist”, is originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, but now makes his home and his art in Montreal, while also maintaining a studio in Barcelona. Originally trained in international management, he decided to retrain in the arts in 2003. He formally studied electronic music (Microsufa, Barcelona), painting (Convent Sant Augustin, Barcelona) and contemporary dance (Centro Civico de Barceloneta, Spain). He is self-taught in sculpture. Sorto devotes himself to improvising “new artistic forms of communication. His small sculptures are good examples of what he describes as “dark, socially implied expressionism.”

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Kirsten McCrea: About the artist

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Kirsten McCrea is a Montreal-based artist and illustrator, as well as the founder and publisher of Papirmasse, Canada’s only broadsheet art subscription. Papirmasse rallies forth under the slogan “Art is for Everyone!”, and so does Kirsten. McCrea, originally from Edmonton, Alberta, has won several awards for her print work and has shown extensively in Montreal, Edmonton and Toronto.

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Sophie Eisner: About the artist

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Sophie Eisner is a ceramic artist, sculptor, photographer,  jewelry maker, furniture maker and illustrator who lives and works in Burlington, Vermont. Her work is inspired by the natural world and her relationships with family and friends. In her “Fierce Old Men” series of mugs, the images on each mug are from her travels in India and are either from an image she saw or an old man that she met while she was there. Eisner is a member of the Soda Plant Artist Collective Environment (S.P.A.C.E.) in Burlington, Vermont and her work has been shown throughout Vermont and Minnesota.

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