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Articles, reviews, studio visits and interviews by Samantha Levin:

Babble Report | Molly Crabapple and the 99%

Posted by on Jan 10, 2012 in Artist Spotlight, Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report | Molly Crabapple and the 99%

Miz Molly Crabapple is a fancy burlesque delight, but is also politically active as fuck. Living near Wall Street in NYC gave her 24 hour access to Occupy Wall Street. To lend support, she did what she does best: draw. As a continuation of The Creep's initial post on OWS, I published some of what Molly did to support the uprising.

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Babble Report | Travis Louie’s Curious Pets

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in Artist Spotlight, Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report  |  Travis Louie’s Curious Pets

A mini sneak peek into Mr. Louie's latest solo exhibition on the west coast. Opening this weekend!

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Babble Report | Paul Komoda // The Thing Comes to Life

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in Artist Spotlight, Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report  |  Paul Komoda // The Thing Comes to Life

The artist talks a bit about his creature concepts for the movie and his experiences working on the movie. Exclusive peeks at the monsters he designed for the film!

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Babble Report | The Indispensable Import of the Cute & Creepy

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in Artist Spotlight, Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report  |  The Indispensable Import of the Cute & Creepy

This exhibition of sweet and sticky macabre art represents curator Carrie Ann Baade‘s efforts to act as ambassador between the contemporary grotesque and the academic environment.

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Babble Report | Martin Wittfooth’s Dark Water

Posted by on Jan 7, 2012 in Babble Report, Featured | 0 comments

Babble Report  |  Martin Wittfooth’s Dark Water

Babble Reports are short posts that lead to Samantha’s writing outside of SLFA: Beinart: Martin Wittfooth’s Dark Water Dark Water contains paintings from many artists whose work frequently explores these depths, curator included. Remarkable about the dark nature of such art, is its quality for redemption, relief or realization. Furthermore, each of these work’s unique elements of beauty can be simultaneously stunning and soothing, offering solace for the heavy subject matter they symbolize. Read more on the Beinart Surreal Art...

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That Which Remains

Posted by on Oct 22, 2011 in Announcements, Art Shows, Artist Spotlight, Featured, Studio Visit, White Rabbit | 0 comments

That Which Remains

What remains after all decor is stripped down to our bare bones is what makes us who we are. What happens when we are forced to see this part of ourselves? When diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, artist Yuri Leonov became forced to see his young life from a new perspective, and to rely upon modern technology to keep his angry immune system at bay. Through his art, Yuri explores how he feels rooted, stuck and limited by those tools that are intended to help him, and what Remains of his self: past and future. His explorations extend out to...

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Outside the White Box | Talk with Independent Curator, Samantha Levin

Posted by on Oct 9, 2011 in Announcements, White Rabbit | 0 comments

Outside the White Box | Talk with Independent Curator, Samantha Levin

One of the best ways to get artwork seen today is through creating your own exhibition and through social media. Samantha Levin will talk about how she got started as an independent curator, what goes into producing a show, creating an artist’s community, finding space and make an income. Her talk will be followed by a networking opportunity. Anyone working in Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography, Visual and Critical Studies, Art Criticism & Writing will have particular interest in this event. Please feel free to send your questions and...

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The Futility of Fighting with Chaos

Posted by on Sep 5, 2011 in Art Critiques | 0 comments

The Futility of Fighting with Chaos

Hurricane Irene left very little damage in New York City compared to what happened in surrounding countrysides. New Jersey, upstate NY and Vermont all got hit very hard with flooding, not to mention what happened further south. It’s as if Manhattan and its surrounding boroughs are in a protective bubble, rarely affected by natural disaster. Irene did leave her mark behind in Gotham, however. Many are reporting this mark as damage, but I see it as Mother Nature’s collaboration with artists JR and Kenny Scharf. Irene’s water...

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A Bitter Message

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Artist Spotlight, Video | 0 comments

A Bitter Message

A Bitter Message of Hopeless Grief is a dark film that follows anthropomorphized machine-beings made of metal, gears and bones through underground stone caves filled with heat and magenta.  They course slowly through dark fiery halls, interacting in morose ways, capturing and destroying lesser, more meek creatures.  To me the title of the work is over-dramatic, but the film itself has a mysterious and surreal quality to it that brings forth a grotesque beauty.  It’s depressing, yet powerful and emotional.  Should one pity...

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Meditative Melancholia

Posted by on Aug 4, 2011 in Artist Spotlight | 0 comments

Meditative Melancholia

I’m really loving Tun Myaing’s new works.  Beautiful and melancholy…as always. He’s recently done some moody evening urban landscapes and interiors.  He turns the mundane or even repulsive subjects he’s chosen to portray into pensive quite objects, teeming with gentle light and existing in their own quiet ways.   Here are a few for your ogling pleasure. Upcoming Anagnorisis artist Yuri Leonov has a similar series he’ll be revealing in September at the White Rabbit’s White Box – a little more introspective...

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