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The Legacy of Marshall Mathers: Is Eminem Overrated?

In Audiorotic, Crumbs, The Actual Factual, The Menu by Quiet Lunch

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]ebating hip-hop’s Top 5 is never an easy or agreeable task. Although there are some familiar emcees who have somewhat solidified their spots on the coveted list, no one is truly safe. Let us examine your classic 2Pac, Jay-Z, Biggie, Eminem and Nas lineup. As much as this list is commonly agreed upon, old school rap fans who came of age …

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Water Me.| Kwesi Abbensetts at Brilliant Champions Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]wesi Abbensetts’s first solo exhibition opened at Brilliant Champions Gallery. Subtle detail lies in the layers of his photographic collages, while maintaining the graphic edge that distinguishes his work. His espousal of intuition as his leading force pays off in each of the portraits of Water Me. Black bodies, florals, and rich patterns form the images and reflect back Abbensetts’s Caribbean origins in what he …

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A Feature Shared By All. | Maja Čule at Company Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ead up to 5th floor Company Gallery and prepare to go further into the skies. The tucked away exhibit of Maja Čule’s work seeks to encapsulate the disorientation and sterility of air travel. A video of strangers making conversation and sharing Purell dominates one side of the gallery’s dividing wall. On the other a series of murky drawings hang behind a …

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NSFW | Amalgamated Fragments. | Ed Templeton at Danziger.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]katerborder turned photographer, Ed Templeton’s first New York photography show has come to Dan Zinger gallery. Shots of childhood boredom, teenagers lounging on the grass, revelers and workers, fill the walls, grouped loosely by theme and palette in what he calls “image clouds.” They retain an ease suggestive of his self-taught, SoCal background while highlighting Templeton’s eye for the unexpected …

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Exploring Nature with Castor Gallery.

In The Menu, Visual Arts by Alexandra Fanning

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you haven’t been wandering the Lower East Side Galleries, you may have missed something special at Castor Gallery on Broome Street. Nature, an exhibition of new work from Jeanette Hayes, Michael Manning, Austin Lee, Patrick Jacobs, Robert Lazzarini and Jonas Lund, explores art practice rooted in mathematics, algorithms, code and modern technology which continue to push the barrier on …

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Humanness. | Group Show at Lyons Wier.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]yons Wier’s new group show opened last Thursday. Entitled Humanness, the pieces range from an oil of Garfield clawing his way to the forefront of the painting, to a pair of glossy portraits of 18th century boys, to two ceramic jars encircled with images of “Penis Enlargement Cream.” Whatever aspect of ‘humanness’ you’re into, you’ll find something for you here.     Humanness …

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ISIS Bullet Hole Paintings. | Piers Secunda.

In The Menu, Visual Arts by Quiet Lunch

Artists are motivated to produce their work for myriad reasons. Few would take the risk of travelling to one of the world’s most dangerous places to do it. But for British artist-cum-sculptor Piers Secunda, a trip to the frontline of the fight against Isis was essential to his work. Secunda travelled to Iraq’s frontlines with Isis to take highly accurate …

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Why Is Teen Vogue Teaching Your Children About Anal?

In Crumbs, The Actual Factual, The Menu by Akeem K. Duncan.

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]et’s get straight to the point. Teen Vogue published an article titled “Anal Sex: What You Need To Know” and people are absolutely butt hurt. Pun intended. No, but really, leave it up to a modern society to prove how unmodern it actually is when faced with a test in modernity. In all honesty, when I first read the article there was …

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Big Brother Print. | Jeff Rose.

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After taking some jabs on his latest album, 4:44, it is apparent that big brother Jay-Z has a bone to pick with his little brother, Ye. Although we all know it’s still love, Jeff Rose captures the riff in a brilliant print titled “Big Brother.” The print is currently sold out but there is a good chance Rose may do a …

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Pink Genesis. | David Benjamin Sherry at Salon 94.

In by Elle Ambler

Pink Genesis, David Benjamin Sherry’s photograms dazzle at Salon 94. Out of the absolute darkness his particular analogue method requires come jewel-like works focused on light itself. Shamrock green bands of concentric light hang near a figurative self-portrait in deepest pinks. Sherry’s work feels utterly contemporary while serving as a reminder of photography’s alchemical past. Elle Ambler

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NSFW | Scar. | An Le Studio.

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Brooklyn based creative An Le‘s series, Scar, is a pleasantly painful body of work. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When we say, “Creative Sustenance Daily,” we mean it. quietlunch.com

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Robot Lamp. | The Clever Raven.

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If you’re looking to put an industrial touch on your surroundings then this Robot Lamp is a perfect find. Handmade by Brit Sigh of The Clever Raven, this Robot Lamp has an innovative charm. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When …

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On Our Way. | Les Roger at Johannes Vogt Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]“O[/dropcap]n our Way” at Johannes Vogt gallery, features the vibrant works of Les Rogers. Each of his large canvases focuses on a central form placed to suggest movement and energy. The pieces follow figurative lines just enough to project stories onto the canvases. Is that three boys on the back of a giant primordial beast or riding the escalator up …

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Lucifer Rising in Rare Form. | Kenneth Anger.

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This is an extra rare Lucifer Rising jacket by Kenneth Anger. You should have it; and if you don’t, you’re probably going to hell… where you will be the only one without this jacket—believe or not. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational …

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Summer Show at Bitforms Gallery.

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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he next time you’re in the Bowery, find respite from the heat and duck into Bitforms‘ summer show. Representing work of six different artists, the pieces’ glass and gloss put them in dialogue with one another—the changing hues of the LED board on the far wall and the opposite illuminated animation are caught in reflection throughout the room and echoed …

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Custom Sass. | Desert Moon.

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Every person has a message and they should know that message like the back of their hand. These Custom Stamped Rings by Desert Moon help you to do just that. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When we say, “Creative Sustenance …

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Rooting for the Underdog or Undermining Black Girl Magic?

In Crumbs, The Actual Factual, The Menu by Akeem K. Duncan.

[dropcap]E[/dropcap]veryone loves an underdog—especially when it comes to sports. The 1980 US Olympic hockey team versus the Soviet Union, Patrick Ewing and the Knicks versus Michael Jordan and the Bulls… everyone wants the “little guy” to have their day in the sun. But sometimes things aren’t so simple. Sometimes there are politics involved that can add meaning to the jeers …

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Q&A. | Lessons Learned: Victor Corona’s Night Class.

In by Peter Bruno

[dropcap]“B[/dropcap]eing a sociologist means being a professional voyeur, a professional people watcher,” Victor Corona told my fellow young, naïve know-it-alls assembled in our “Sexuality and Society” class at Columbia University. It’s there where we spent time thinking deeply about the identities we construct and the ways in which we police and perform those identities through the stories we tell ourselves …

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Crying Drake Patch. | Jazzelli.

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Sure, it’s summer now but soon Fall will be and you’ll be lamenting over your warm weather flings—just like October’s very own. This Crying Drake Patch by Jazzelli allows you to wear your tears on your sleeves. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational …

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Distorted Happiness. | Johan Wahlstrom at Georges Bergès Gallery.

In The Menu, Visual Arts by Mark Bloch

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]t Georges Bergès Gallery, a work called Punch Them Hard, sequestered in the back room, is a left over from a recent era of the featured artist’s previous work. It combines a sea of faces representing the masses that provides a solid background pattern for foreground imagery that, unfortunately, seems all too fresh and vivid. In silhouette, anonymous thugs are …

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The View from the Backseat. | Eric White.

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Inspired by cinema, painter Eric White creates pieces that trigger some sense of unfamiliar nostalgia. Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When we say, “Creative Sustenance Daily,” we mean it. quietlunch.com

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Ling Ling Chen for Vogue Italia.

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Ling Ling Chen photographed by Grant Thomas for Vogue Italia.   Quiet LunchQuiet Lunch is a grassroot online publication that seeks to promote various aspects of life and culture with a loving, but brute, educational tinge. When we say, “Creative Sustenance Daily,” we mean it. quietlunch.com

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Pin the Right Thing. | Radical Dreams.

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Socially conscious and certainly stylish, these pins by Radical Dreams allow us to pay homage to those who choose to put themselves on the frontline. Maxine Waters and Colin Kaepernick have chosen to use their power and influence to give a voice to the voiceless. Being that a portion of the proceeds from every product is donated to a community …

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Music Review. | Something Good. | Matteo Scher.

In Audiorotic by Niki Gatewood

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]eeming with dreamers, New York City is delicious as any red apple and explosive as Hughes’  “Harlem.” Magnetized by creativity — creators, like Matteo Scher — are drawn to the steel exterior of Gotham City. Here, while yearning to stand out, they seek solace in their art. Possessing a nostalgic, and a contemporary quality to his music, Scher, is the consummate singer-songwriter. …

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ENDLESS: ‘Ordinary-Life Looping Machines’. | Moli Studio.

In Crumbs, The Menu, Visual Arts by Bim StarLeave a Comment

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]owadays it seems we are continually searching for an explanation to our issues, quests, challenges, or problems… only to find more clues, leads, or new information but without any closure. A Buenos Aires based visual studio called Moli Studio, released a video project called ENDLESS: ‘Ordinary-Life looping machines’, a 3D motion graphic story about the constant searching each of us are …