The Opening Spread, by Elvis Di Fazio

Posted April 21st by in Photography, Sex


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Mein Kulturkampf: Andres Serrano Vs. The Jesus Freaks

Posted April 21st by in Art, Culture, Photography


Piss Christ

Last Sunday French Christian fundamentalist vandals went on an all out attack on a photograph by artist Andres Serranoat the Je Crois Aux Miracles (I Believe in Miracles) exhibition at the Collection Lambert, a contemporary art museum in Avignon, France. The photograph, Piss Christ, an image of Jesus Christ on the cross submerged in the artist’s own urine, was damaged “beyond repair.”  Other photographs were damaged and museum guard’s lives were threatened.  If this was the middle ages Andre Serrano would undoubtably be burned alive at the stake, or…crucified. Religion and culture has always been an oxymoronic, delicate, and oft times violent affair, but spite begets spite and the holy war against sacrilege in art will always wage, and with no real front lines, as well as mass confusion as to who is the real enemy is, will never be won nor lost. (READ MORE…)

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[MUSIC VIDEOS] Teams vs. Star Slinger “Close to Me”

Posted April 20th by in Music

Knoxville, Tennessee’s Teams and UK’s Star Slinger have released a collaborative LP on the Mexican Summer label. The album with its all its delightful crackle includes “six blog-rockin’, booty-shakin’ rippers, culled from vinyl-sourced samples of R&B and modern soul classics and reworked, twerked, and shimmied into the matrix of hip hop rhythms, sunshine, and classy, electro-clipped states of mind.” The album A new music video, directed by Jordan Kim, for the track “Close to Me” is brilliant. (READ MORE….)

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If Six was Nine: ThreeASFOUR Fall/Winter 2011

Posted April 20th by in Fashion

Behind the scene images of New York City label threeASFOUR’s fall/winter 2011 collection. www.threeasfour.com

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Opposites Attract: Minimarket

Posted April 20th by in Fashion

Minimarket, a label based in Stockholm, is designed by three sisters: Sofie, Pernilla and Jennifer Elvestedt. The design philosophy is based on using opposites for perfect balance. It’s proper contra sensual, comfortable combined with extravagant. Pictured above is a sample of their Spring/Summer 2011 collection. www.minimarket.se

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[INFLUENCERS] The Psychomagic of Alejandro Jodorowsky

Posted April 20th by in Culture, Film


Film still from El Topo

With gallons of blood, dwarves, and maimed circus performers, weirdness is almost always guaranteed. Your money’s worth? Not so much if you’re not ready for the holy mountain that is Alejandro Jodorowsky.  A gunfighter on a violent quest for enlightenment, a feverish search for a mythical holy mountain, and a man serving as his armless mother’s arms, carrying out vengeful murders on her behalf, all summarize, albeit briefly, the trifecta of Chilean filmmaker and artist Alejandro Jodorowsky’s surreal and mystical cinematic masterpieces: El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre. Or maybe they’re a summary of all the alter-egos of the man himself, the cult legend, the auteur of weird. (READ MORE….)

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Ones to Watch: Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon

Posted April 19th by in Music

Meet Trevor Powers, a 22 year old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist from from Boise, Idaho.  His voice and lyrics speak for itself in decibles beyond the music.  There is a certain trouble in this young man’s heart that he seems to be working out with his music, and through the reverberating echoes of his voice his songs scratch on the very frosted windows of all the unanswerable questions of the universe – all with a raw, lo-fi romanticism. In that frailty and rawness Powers kind of reminds me of the romantic poet John Keats, and Power’s first album a sort of post-modern, 21st century Ode to Solitude. Powers’ debut album, The Year of Hibernation, is expected to drop May 11th on Juno Beach Records. The album is comprised of eight beautiful, nostalgic and angst laden arrangements.  www.youthlagoon.bandcamp.com

Youth Lagoon – July

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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion

Posted April 19th by in Art, Culture


Reliquary With the Man of Sorrows

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion in Medieval Europe, on view this June at the British Museum, brings together for the first time some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age. It features over 150 objects from more than 40 institutions including the Vatican, European church treasuries, museums from the USA and Europe and the British Museum’s own pre-eminent collection. It was during the medieval period that the use of relics in devotional practice first developed and became a central part of Christian worship. For many, the relics of Christ and the saints – objects associated with them, such as body parts or possessions – continue to provide a bridge between heaven and earth today. Relics were usually set into ornate containers of silver and gold known as reliquaries, opulently decorated by the finest craftsmen of the age. They had spiritual and symbolic value that reflected the importance of their sacred contents. The earliest items date from the late Roman period and trace the evolution of the cult of the saints from the 4th century to the peak of relic veneration in late medieval Europe. Relics featured in the exhibition include three thorns thought to be from the Crown of Thorns, fragments of the True Cross, the foot of St Blaise, the breast milk of the Virgin Mary, the hair of St John the Evangelist, and the Mandylion of Edessa (one of the earliest known likenesses of Jesus). Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics & Devotion in Medieval Europe – June 23 – October 9 2011 - www.britishmuseum.org

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Sons and Daughters of Fascination: Moonspoon Saloon

Posted April 19th by in Art, Fashion


Cabinet of Wounds

Moonspoon Saloon is here to take your breath away – to a magical, wonderful place where no one has been brave enough to take fashion before.  In fact, bravery, along with creativity and a healthy predilection for the weird,  all seem to be one of the many variables in the algebraic equation that is the spirit of this Danish fashion collective. Moonspoon Saloon’s collections are whimsical, but always explode with limitless imagination. You could even call Moonspoon stream of consciousness fashion.   In the Moonspoon universe fashion is performance art: a grand, dadaist experiment in the “character” behind the clothing. Their new collection, entitled Cabinet of Wounds, is inspired by “the wounds of the soul.” The current lookbook, which is set in old cemetery, looks like a voodoo scrap book. Sara Sachs of Moonspoon Saloon, a collaboration between designer Sara Sachs and painter Tal R., had some incredible answers to a few questions posed by Pas Un Autre. (READ MORE…)

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[BOOKS] PATRICK HOELCK’S POLAROID HOTEL

Posted April 18th by in Culture, Photography

LOS ANGELES – OHWOW and Leadapron are to host a book release and book signing event for Patrick Hoelck’s Polaroid Hotel.

Press, flash, picture. Simple. Then wait. And wait. And wait some more. The anticipation to see what you have captured is a thrill that has been lost with modern technology. In a world full of instant there have been unfortunate casualties. Polaroid instant film was almost one of them. It’s not just the nostalgia that makes Polaroids alluring. It’s the unpredictability. You never know if you’re going to end up with a masterpiece or a disaster but it really doesn’t matter, it’s yours. (READ MORE….)

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