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Brief Encounters

“I’m only concerned with that particular moment, the moment of the picture. I really don’t have any interest in what happens before or what happens after. And in a certain way, it’s a privilege that I don’t have to think … Continue reading

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This Piece of Hope

“Through the imaginary, you conceive of another world.  And you offer this world to others. To say: ‘Here is a land’ ‘it may be surreal, fictional, but here is this land.’ ‘Here is this piece of hope.’ This piece of … Continue reading

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The Realms of the Unreal

Prior to watching The Realms of the Unreal, Henry Darger was an artist I was loosely familiar with from Art History classes of yore, where he was deemed a prominent Outsider Artist. As we barreled through the syllabus, I believe my … Continue reading

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Midnight in Paris, In Love with the Fantasy

Early on in 2011, I ran into Boston photographer Jonathan Stark who was raving about the newly released Midnight in Paris. He went on about the film’s casting, intriguing narrative, aesthetic qualities and the fact that it would be up my alley. … Continue reading

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Waste Land

Scanning through Netflix, I’m not normally one to be drawn in by heartwarming tales about the human condition, much preferring vapid romantic comedies, but when a film has 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, I tend to sit up and take notice despite my … Continue reading

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The Armour to Survive the Reality of Everyday Life

“If you don’t take money, they can’t tell you what to do. That’s the key to the whole thing.” -Bill Cunningham If I had a grandfather, I would want him to be like Bill.  Never thought I would get bleary … Continue reading

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The Art of the Steal

A friend of mine recommended I watch The Art of the Steal on Netflix, because it seemed ‘up my alley’. So I decided to queue it up one dark and stormy night. Not only is it up my dirty needle … Continue reading

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The Radiant Child: Jean-Michel Basquiat

(Untitled(Head), Jean-Michel Basquiat) Last week I was out with a friend who mentioned she recently watched a documentary about the artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat. I’m sure my face didn’t light up. Admittedly, I never really got into his work.  I viewed … Continue reading

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John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature

Last night I was working on a John James Audubon writeup for today’s FLUX. When I opened my browser this morning, I noticed the following on Google’s homepage: (!) Didn’t realize his birthday was today (April 26, 1785)! Coincidence. Conspiracy.

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Beautiful Losers

Beautiful Losers is another Netflix Instant Stream gem that follows a group of loose-knit artists who met during the early 1990’s and ultimately led one of the biggest cultural movements since the early 1970’s.

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