Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her. Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. His track record is stellar yet his method is strict. He recommends permanently exhausting Diane’s carnal neurosis. Each unruly session will be recorded and subjected to scrutiny. Diane’s therapist promised a cure. Instead he unlocked their sickness. To traverse the nightmare, Diane must push her body to the brink. You can stream the entire film here.
Spanning 17 tracks and 69 minutes, pom pom is unfiltered Ariel Pink, a pied piper of the absurd, with infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes and Jell-O. With the Los Angeles native striking it out alone and returning to the solo moniker he has adopted for well over a decade, pom pom could very well be Ariel Pink’s magnum opus. pom pom is Ariel Pink’s third studio album for 4AD.
Listen: Ariel Pink “Black Ballerina”
Magnum photograph René Burri passed away at the age of 81 on October 20, 2014.
Artist Adam Tullie holding one of his intricate graphite drawings at Pas Un Autre headquarters. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kuppper
Abbey Meaker’s soft pastel-like photographs are composed of classical portraits of nuns that the artist culled while researching the Catholic orphanage where her family members, Arthur and Gilbert, resided in the 1930s. Meaker has projected, recomposed, blurred, and rephotographed these traditional portraits to reappropriate ideas regarding the isolated/insulated lives of religious communities of women. The exhibition will include photographs and projections. Dreams of Arthur and Gilbert will be shown at the Living/Learning Gallery, University of Vermont from September 2 – September 26, with an opening reception beginning at 5:30pm on Thursday, September 4.
Although they have been around for the past few decades, hyper-sexual music videos hit another level in 2013. For years, rap music carried a huge weight on its shoulders for its depiction of women especially. But these sexed-up images trickled more into the mainstream in 2013 and it was explored halfway through the year in a solid article over at CBC Music. [READ MORE...]
In his first US solo museum exhibition – Negation of the Universe – Richard Phillips brings his exploration of contemporary culture to Dallas. His strikingly distinctive paintings address the complex web of pop themes in our media-saturated world – sexuality, politics, power and death among them. For Phillips, critique is as much an intrinsic material in the conception and staging of his work as the materials of their making. His conflating of subject and genre continues to provide challenging comment on the condition and reach of contemporary art. Negation of the Universe will be on view August 10, 2014 at Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass Street Dallas Texas
Adarsha, Joe and Juniper in California. photograph by Oliver Maxwell Kupper