In the Spirit of the Paradise Garage

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Bianca Chandôn’s Larry Levan airbrush t-shirt

Second Life Trolling

Yes, Second Life still exists… so of course there are trolls lurking everywhere. Lucky for us, one such troll records his encounters for a glimpse into the highs and lows of the virtual world.

Friday’s Vault

Jason Dill in Blockhead’s Recycled Rubbish (1991). Gotta love a part with some Ned’s Atomic Dustbin.

When Artists Get Bitten By Music Video Directors

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An image from Asger Carlsen’s Wrong series (2010) vs. Christopher Sweeney’s new video for Jessie Ware.

Mark Mothersbaugh’s Synth Collection

 

Droid Ripper

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No stitching required

Eat My Shit

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A short film by Eduardo Casanova about a girl whose butthole is unfortunately located on her face and is her mouth.

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The Most Collectible Baseball Card of 2015

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50 Cent’s Topps First Pitch card

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The Sea Rambler

Director Greg Hunt goes into the studio of Geoff McFetridge as he creates his installation for the Patagonia store in Cardiff-by-the-sea.

A True Partner in Crime

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Curve’s “Love Is…” prints are perfect for the modern day Bonnie and Clyde’s.

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Power Moves

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Heinz announces Sriracha-blended Ketchup. Now available for $2.69 at select retailers.

John Lennon from Heaven Talking to Paul McCartney About Kanye West

Dana Carvey keeping it relevant after all these years.

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The Wide World of Weed

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Pot News For Those Who Partake
 

Vanity Fair’s 10 Rules for smoking pot in the afternoon (or anytime).

“the dangers of smoking weed in the White House”

There’s too much weed in Washington state.

The First Bank of Bud would be a great name for a pot-friendly financial institution.

As marijuana use rises in the US, arrests are falling.

On Bob Marley’s Birthday, the Jamaican Senate passed a bill decriminalizing marijuana for “medical, religious and scientific purpose.”

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Here’s Jeffrey Dahmer packing his snow bong (above)
 

Letting The Current Take You Away

OCEAN GRAVITY, an underwater collaboration between free-diver Guillaume Nery and filmmaker / free-diver Julie Gautier.

Mara Teigen is…

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Wednesday’s Muse

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PAC Notes

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In a recently surfaced letter to a friend, Tupac Shakur writes about group album called “One Nation” that he planned to record with “Greg Nice, Buckshot, Smiff & Wesson, Outkast, the Outlaws, Scarface, & E40.” He also mentions that he’s been tearing Biggie Smalls a new ass “:)”. Tupac’s emoji game would’ve been tight.

50 Shades of Buscemi

7 Years of Painting: An Interview With Taylor McKimens

Brooklyn-based artist Taylor McKimens currently has a show up in Chelsea that focuses solely on artwork that has been commissioned since 2008 by Canadian super-collector Paul Bright. Here we talk with Taylor about his relationship with Paul, the work itself, and what’s been going on the past 7 years.

How did you and Paul Bright meet?

We met at an art opening in Chelsea maybe around 2005 or so. I think we may have talked by email before but after that opening was the first time we ever really started hanging out. He ended up opening a gallery in his hometown of London, Ontario and I used to show there along with Ben Jones, Barry McGee, Misaki Kawai, Matt Leines, Dearraindrop and a lot of other really great artists. I moved up there for a year too around 2007. It was a really interesting place and time.

What was your first commission?

I can’t exactly remember the first but one of the first was a group of plant sculptures that he had me make for some of his furniture friends in Toronto in exchange for a year’s rent on a house in London. That was during the time that the economy tanked and my NY gallery at that time (Clementine Gallery) closed for good.

How many pieces have made so far? Is there any process or do you have free reign?

I was surprised getting this show together how many pieces have been commissioned or bought by Paul. I can’t exactly say what a number would be. It’s all been very unofficial. He’s really believed in the work and has been a constant supporter through this time when the popularity of slacker abstraction or whatever it’s being called has been booming. A lot of boring artists who normally struggle with the process of making art found it easy to crank out “conceptual” process based artwork to supply the hungry art market for an easy payoff and some sense of quick success. All the while galleries’ art fair booths and show calendars have pandered to all the easy money leaving a lot of genuinely exceptional artists struggling financially. I can’t blame them for doing what they have to do to keep the lights on, but few people like Paul have held steadfast in their support for artists they believe in without regard for temporary trends. I’ve been lucky to have his support really. He’s never pushed to alter or restrict what I make. He requested that the two large paintings in this show be a type of diptych or pair with some sort of connection. I think it’s a loose reference for him to the pair of Dance paintings commissioned of his favorite artist Matisse by Sergei Shchukin.

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“My Couch Pulls Out, But I Don’t”

MOOOOLS, a brilliant short film by Shaka King.

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