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

Dark Accessories as Wearable Art

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

Dark Accessories as Wearable Art

I rarely post fashion up here, but these two artists, Wren Britton and J. L. Schnabel, do amazing work that obliterates any lines that separate fashion from fine art. I’ve watched Wren Britton and his line of found object accessories and clothing PureVile climb up the ladder to success. He’s due to pop up in San Francisco soon (we New Yorkers are spoiled and get to have at him all the time). I may have found out about this too late  – he’s due to be at Five and Diamond in San Francisco this Thursday, the 28th of...

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ISAM – Control over Nature | Tessa and Tobin Collaborate

Posted by on May 31, 2011 in Art On View, Art Shows | 0 comments

ISAM – Control over Nature  |  Tessa and Tobin Collaborate

How upset am I that I’m not in London?  There are no words. Not only is Tessa Farmer currently showing new work at Danielle Arnaud gallery in London (check out Wurzeltod‘s images here), but she has collaborated with none other than aural genius, Amon Tobin, in conjunction with his new album ISAM – Control over Nature.  Performances of this collaboration will be shown in London’s Crypt Gallery. If that wasn’t enough to make me cry like a little girl, the Crypt Gallery just happens to reside in the Crypt of St Pancras...

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Here Comes the Rain

Posted by on May 21, 2011 in Announcements, Video | 0 comments

Here Comes the Rain

Dan Ouellette‘s latest video, Here Comes the Rain, directed for JG Thirlwell of Foetus, has just been released.  It is quite apocalyptic and thus the perfect thing to view on the first day of the rapture.  Thirlwell has a great presence in this video as does his lovely kept friend.  Really, this is quite a beautiful work. Dan is currently in post production mode with his short film Dreams from a Petrified Head.  If you missed my interview with Dan last year, check it out here. ** Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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Ina Jang’s Cheeky Minimalism

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Announcements, White Rabbit | 0 comments

Ina Jang’s Cheeky Minimalism

One of the first artists that Anagnorisis curated into the White Rabbit’s White Box space was Ina Jang.  Still a student at the School of Visual Arts, Ina was already showing great promise.  Her works are intelligent and uplifting and aesthetically fit perfectly well into the White Rabbit’s atmosphere. Ms. Jang’s photography is extraordinarily unique. We most often expect photography to literally document our world around us, yet Ms. Jang’s work is much more abstract. Her compositions are collaged explorations of language...

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Babble Report | Bye Bye Kitty!!! Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art

Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Art Shows | 0 comments

Babble Report  |  Bye Bye Kitty!!!  Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art

Babble Reports are short posts that lead to Samantha’s writing outside of SLFA: Earlier this year Ms. Kristen Sollee of the Japan Society invited me to take a peek at the institution’s new exhibition of contemporary Japanese art, Bye Bye Kitty!!!   She figured I might take a liking to the grotesque elements in the show; she had gotten a strong impression of my interests when she viewed the Anagnorisis group exhibition Another Roadside Attraction this past fall, 2010.  I cannot express how right she was and how excited I am about Bye...

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Cute & Creepy | Carrie Ann Baade Curates

Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Art Shows, Artist Spotlight | 0 comments

Cute & Creepy  |  Carrie Ann Baade Curates

Cute & Creepy, the upcoming group exhibition curated by Carrie Ann Baade, will be opening up soon!  Mark your calendars for this October 7th, 2011, for a trip to the Florida State Museum of Fine Arts in Tallahassee. Featuring this, dare I say, badass lineup: Kris Kuksi, Kathie Olivas, Jessica Joslin, Kelly Boehmer, Timothy Cummings, Thomas Woodruff, Scott G. Brooks, Elizabeth McGrath, Marion Peck, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Chris Mars, Richard A. Kirk, Laurie Hogin, Judith Schaechter, Laurie Lipton, Lori Field, Chet Zar, Christian Rex van...

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Who Doesn’t Want a Yeti for Their Family?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Announcements, Art On View, Art Shows | 0 comments

Who Doesn’t Want a Yeti for Their Family?

Travis Louie just sent me a little sneak peek image from his up and coming exhibition at Roq la Rue opening tomorrow night (Friday April 8th).  Makes me wonder why we all don’t have huggable yetis for our homes. Wouldn’t that just fix everything that’s wrong with the world? What makes me want to hop on a plane to Seattle right now is that Travis is showing simultaneously with Kris Kuksi, so the whole gallery is likely bursting with some heavy talent. Travis Louie will be showing a series of his signature monster infused...

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Anagnorisis Picks | April Flowers?

Posted by on Apr 7, 2011 in Anagnorisis Picks, Art On View | 0 comments

Anagnorisis Picks  |  April Flowers?

Again, there is simply too much going on to list, so here are a couple of the best exhibits we’re aware of!  If you missed my last set of picks, you can see it here – some of those shows are still up. One, Tiny Trifecta, which includes a whole bunch of Anagnorisis friends, is about to open this coming Saturday the 9th.  Jeremy Hush, Paul Romano, Esao Andrews, Molly Crabapple, Seldon Hunt, Travis Louie, Angie Mason, Martina Secondo Russo, Adam Wallacavage, Chet Zar and a million billion others will have work on view. But you...

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Art For Japan | Thanks from the ISE Cultural Foundation

Posted by on Mar 31, 2011 in Announcements, Charity | 0 comments

I’m excited to announce that this past Tuesday’s event, ART FOR JAPAN, the ISE Cultural Foundation‘s fundraising event for the earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan, raised $6,535.00 via three hours of sales of donated artwork.  Since the ISE Cultural Foundation plans on matching that amount with its own donation, the total amount will come to $13,070.00! 100% of these funds will be donated to the NPO in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures though the Japanese American Association of New York. The ISE Cultural...

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ART FOR JAPAN Benefit | ISE Cultural Foundation

Posted by on Mar 18, 2011 in Announcements, Charity | 0 comments

As many of us are so painfully aware, on March 11 a massive earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a huge Tsunami hit Northeast Japan causing catastrophic damage. Thousands of people were killed and many more are still missing. Even more are living in substandard temporary shelters. This coming Tuesday March 29th from 5pm – 8pm, the ISE Cultural Foundation, where we recently exhibited Another Roadside Attraction, will be holding an affordable art sales event to benefit the Earthquake and Tsunami victims in Japan. All of the artworks will be...

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