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Cut It Out.

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Fresh off of his third solo show, James Nizam, who we featured for his dazzling light sculptures, shows some versatility with Two Triangles, 2013 and Four Circles, 2013. Taking a more physical approach, Nizam gives you X-Ray vision by cutting geometric shapes into abandoned houses. Two Triangles (featured above) is perhaps the most impactful piece, the shapes provide a portal like effect–you …

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Wooly Maple.

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The folks over at Free Man & Co. recently teamed up with Faribault Woolen Mills for a warm concept that is guaranteed to spark some sense of nostalgia. Inspired by the vintage Canadian Military blankets, this is the first edition in their series with Woolen Mills. The 100% cotton blanket, adorned with a hand screen printed maple leaf and a 3″ wide woven …

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Puur Zuiveren.

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A Brita filter may seem like the easier option, but when it comes to water purification, Lukas Jager‘s Puur Zuiveren may be the low maintenance king. Made from clay, sawdust, and wood, Puur Zuiveren is a simple purification system that uses zero chemicals. The process begins with a mixture of clay and sawdust that is fired at 850 degrees Celsius. The sawdust …

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Falling Into Kaleidoscopic.

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Maria Baoli’s photo series, Kaleidoscopic, highlights a geometric tear in time and space; a tear that gives way to a realm of beautiful gestures and romantic imagery. The Brussels based artist achieves this feat by placing a triangular in quotidian surroundings. These mirrors reflect an opposing sentiment in comparison to their backgrounds. The whole experiencing is one of endearing contrast and intriguing …

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A Woman’s Place.

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Any sound minded human being understands a woman’s place. Equipped with an alluring figure and an ability to cleaned up huge messes, it is clear that a woman should be presiding over the Senate in a sharp suit. All kidding aside, women could benefit from a stronger presence in government–especially in the House and the Senate. The A Woman’s Place is …

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Maxime Ballesteros. | Entre Chien et Loup.

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French Maxime Ballesteros possesses a provocative sense of humor that often fortifies the brilliant themes in his work. His newest series entre chien et loup (Between Dog and Wolf) features sixteen new works, created in Berlin, Monaco, Provence and Paris. The solo exhibition is currently on display at We Are Teapot until December 5th–but has been extended to December 10th.   Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem …

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Why the ‘Bound 2’ Video is a Satirical Masterpiece.

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As of right now, Kanye West’s video for the single “Bound 2” is at 14,417,991 views on YouTube. Out of the 225, 368 viewers that chose to vote on the video on YouTube, 163,637 of them gave the video a “thumbs down.” Some even called it terrible. Directed by British fashion photographer Nick Knight, the video is an Americana influenced wet dream that features wingless …

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Pop On Wood.

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Pop art can seem rather artificial at times but Mitchell McGee gives the genre an organic foundation with oil on birch pieces. McGee’s work is unlike anything we’ve seen before. His solo exhibition, All About Pop, will be opening up at 1st Dibs at New York Design Center on December 2nd and will run through January 6th 2014. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem …

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A Drop in the Huebucket.

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Cool designs that appear on shirts often have a more substantial start than just being cool to enough adorn a shirt. Often times these design have a meaningful origin and concept that was thoughtfully conceived by the artist. “My work reflects the issues of natural surroundings and also social issues. What happens to the world today affects my emotions and …

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A Noise in the Clouds.

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Caged Animals recently released some visuals for their single, “The Sound of Thunder”. Directed by Mike McLean and frontman Vincent Cacchione, the video highlights the pseudo-surreal journey of a young misfit whose dream getaway suddenly turns into a frightful daymare. “The Sound of Thunder” can be found on the band’s latest album, In the Land of Giants. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our …

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Old Schooled Seating.

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Let’s face it, education in the States isn’t what it used to be–and we’re not referring to the curriculum, we’re referring to the furnishing. Long ago, when the Soviet Union was a superpower and Morgan Freeman played a pimp, school chairs (and desks) were wooden canvases. You could doodle anything you could come with: Superman, Batman, a giant penis, Superman …

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Everyone Wants a PyroPet!

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Halloween is behind us, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be interested in creepy stuff. Behold, Kisa by PyroPet! Meaning “kitty” in Icelandic, Kisa is a beautiful cat shaped candle that melts down to reveal a menacing metal skeleton. First manifested as the Devil’s Candle back in 2011, Thorunn Arnadottir and Dan Koval designed the candle after a melting …

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The (Longo) Way Around.

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Artist Robert Longo catches the eye with his twisted series, Men in the Cities, 1979. The works feature Mad Men-esque subjects in convulsing poses that thrash about in the most vivid way. Despite them being purely stationary, the audience is goaded into predicting and faintly imagining their next movements. Men in the Cities is the series that made the Brooklyn native a star. …

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And I Wake Up Alone.

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Photographer Col. K. captures the essence of loneliness with his recent series Alone. Human beings, like many other mammals, rely heavily on companionship. But ever so often, companionship renders itself hard to come by. For some, loneliness spurs heartbreak. For others, it births an internal culture of acceptance. Either way, the lonely all have one thing in common, and that is …

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MeLo-X |x| GOD: Piéce de Résistance |x| A Short Film.

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MeLo-X gives us a window into his upcoming album GOD: Pièce de Résistance. The project drops November 5th, but you can pre-order it → HERE. ← Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the …

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As She Lays…

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Painter Karen Ann Myers‘ work features a brilliant array of patterns and colors that seemingly leap off of the canvas. Depicting women lounging in bed amidst vividly decorated sheets, blankets, comforters, and rugs, the decor and their patterns steal the show. Myers captures these patterns with such rich accuracy that the medium starts to come into question and spur statements …

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To The Beets. (VIDEO)

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Overdoz. is back with new visuals for their single, “Killer Tofu”. An apparent ode to Nicktoon, Doug Funny, and the fictional single by The Beets, the cartoonish video showcases Overdoz.’s signature outlandishness and also sees a guest spot by Childish Gambino. There’s something infectious about Overdoz.’s fun approach to rap and is garishly featured in this playful vid. It’s a …

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Super Real.

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Painter JKB Fletcher produces some hyperrealsitic paintings that allude to some of the most recognizable comic characters of our time. Titled Dirty Faces, the series is somewhat provocative but has a very meaningful purpose. The Melbourne based artist explains below. On Dirty Faces: “Dirty Faces is a series of oil paintings depicting a figure painted in contemporary superhero colours, the …

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Just Business.

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Never give your business card to cartoonist, Hugh MacLeod. He will draw quirky and subtly melancholic illustrations on the back of them, making critical works of art that give the audience an unique window into the human psyche. Now that we’re thinking about it, maybe you should give Macleod your business card after all. He may make a masterpiece out of …

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Points Made.

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The following portraits by Jasper Smith possess a pointillistic allure that is beyond memorable. Confined within a quaint circle, Smith’s portraits are a collection of down-to-earth, around-the-way girls, astronauts, and Golden Age rappers. The intentional graininess of the portraits give them a warm, old-timey quality. It is this charming outdatedness, combined with the modern nuances of the subjects, that make …

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A Family Affair.

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Thanksgiving will be here in no time, so what better way to get into the family spirit than to sing along with the Manson Family? Taken from original recordings made in or around 1970 at the Spahn Ranch Saloon, the album features the Manson Family paying musical homage to its most illustrious member, Charles Manson. If you’re having trouble grasping the …

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The Contrast Within.

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French artist Reynald Drouhin‘s Landscape Monolith is a brilliant example of contrast within contrast. Using stunning photos found on the internet, Drouhin creates polarizing portraits by simply reversing a portion of the photographs. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx …

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ODB Bruh Bruh.

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Rapper Danny Brown recently released visuals for his single “ODB”. Directed, edited, and scrawled by RUFFMERCY, the video is a doodle plagued acid trip–the scribbles dance as the constant screen warps melt Danny Brown’s cold stares. Produced by Paul White, “ODB” will be included on his upcoming album, Old, set to be released on September 30th. Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is …

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For the Price of $FR.EE.

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Virginia duo Sunny & Gabe just dropped their highly anticipated FREE CANDY EP. Containing 10 sweet, tooth rotting tracks, FREE CANDY is an amazing piecing together of the Sunny & Gabe puzzle. With their music containing so many contrasting elements, Sunny & Gabe have officially presented a new sound–a gloriously complex sound that no one can mimic, much less fully comprehend. The band …

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Signed and Sealed.

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Amanda Seales is a woman of many hats. A renaissance woman with multiple mediums of expression, her talents are boundless. Beginning her career as a child actor, Seales has since spent her career adding layer after layer to her body of work. Poetry, painting, acting, DJing, singing, Amanda Seales does it all and she does it well. A bastion of …

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Survival Guide.

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Brooklyn born, Gregory Siff is an artist with a universal approach that allows him to create a brilliant but palpable body of work. What is this universal approach, you ask? It’s simple: “Have fun.” It seems like a cliche thing to say, but if you were to see the way Gregory Siff’s eyes light up when he’s creating a piece, …

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Model Citizen.

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Transition can be a scary process. Going from the familiar to the unknown isn’t for the faint of heart. Embracing the spirit of change and evolution,  international model and actor, Louise Donegan, stands at a pivotal point of her career. Conquering the world of modeling and now venturing into the realm of acting, she is swimming in uncharted waters that …

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God Amongst Gods.

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MeLo-X is one of New York City’s most coveted artists. Sure, MeLo’s name rings bells overseas, but the headquarters of his kingdom lies here in Gotham. He takes the city’s sound, processes them, and then coats them in a rich substance that can only be described as “rhythmic freedom.” He is musical liberation in the flesh. A theoretical martyr giving …

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Unforgettable.

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Sunny & Gabe just dropped another resplendent single titled “Forget Love”. Featuring Odd Future’s Mike G, the song is a jazzy, break heavy serenade that tailspins into a jam session-like frenzy before fading with ghostly allure. Sunny & Gabe’s sound is truly evolving into something wonderful. The Virginia duo is receiving all sorts of approval, including a nod from G.O.O.D. Music …

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Kane Mayfield Shines.

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Kane Mayfield’s “Shining Star (What You Are)” recently made its way onto the Baltimore City Paper‘s Big Baltimore Playlist. We’ve credited Mayfield for honesty before, but he really outdid himself on this one. Touching on everything from his upbringing to soda allergies, the New York native turned Baltimore MC spins a soulful web of biographical honesty and painstaking nostalgia. An obvious …

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Hip Hop Postmortem.

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It’s only been about since the world laid eyes on the televised version of Jay-z’s performance at Pace Gallery and already the unique feat is getting an artistic response. Picasso Baby has whipped everyone into a frenzy, but a group of emerging artists known as 7:30 Alliance are using their newest show, Hip Hop Postmortem to show Hov up. While the troop won’t …

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Uncaged.

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Caged Animals are the ne plus ultra of artistic vulnerability. The band’s sound is therapeutic but their message comes from a place of pensive angst. Caged Animals channels a unique brand of honesty that makes their music relatable and highly infectious. In fact, the band’s name is more than a name, it is human existence defined in two words. Lead …

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Facing Your Fears (and Loathing.)

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Anthony Cruz has been on a high lately and we’re not talking about “hand-rolled cigarettes.” Cruz is on the cusp of fully unleashing his newest project Fear and Loathing in New York City and the reception so far has been nothing but positive. The buzz is nearing its summit and it seems like Cruz can’t stop smiling–not that he ever …

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Holy, Sunny & Gabe, It’s Sunny & Gabe!

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If Virginia is for lovers, then there is no reason why you shouldn’t love VA duo, Sunny & Gabe. Backed by Karbs, their diligent drummer, Sunny & Gabe’s cinematic sound is a warm, entrancing bath of bliss and rhythm. When we first discovered their music, we didn’t know what to make of it. We gave it a thumbs up, but …

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Get On the Cross.

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Erik Ravelo goes straight for the jugular in his series, Los Intocables (The Untouchables). Depicting children in one the most vulnerable poses of all time, Ravelo attempts to speak for those who cannot properly articulate their pain. The sick, twisted games that adults play can come at a cost to future generations and Ravelo’s series gives a voice to those …

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Travi$ Scott x Mike Dean Live at SOBs.

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Travi$ Scott massacred SOB’s at Hot97’s Who’s Next concert. With the legendary Mike Dean on the boards, Scott proceeded to get trill beyond comparison, and seemed possessed at one point during the performance. His eyes became ghost white just before he surfed the crowd–the energy was incinerating. Download Travi$ Scott’s new mixtape ‘Owl Pharaoh‘ → here. ← Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our …

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The Bluer the Jazzberry, the Sweeter the Juice.

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These groovy maps by Jazzberry Blue make you wish that all maps were this cool looking. You can get the prints → here. ←   Akeem K. Duncan.Akeem is our founder. A writer, poet, curator and profuse sweater, he is responsible for the curatorial direction and overall voice of Quiet Lunch. The Bronx native has read at venues such as the Nuyorican …

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너무 리얼.

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Paying homage to the work of Chuck Close, Kang Kang-hoon‘s photorealistic masterpieces are almost too good to be true once you find out Kang Kang-hoon’s method. Achieving a look of uncanny realism, Kang Kang-hoon’s work is airbrushed. Amazing, isn’t it? Up close, the paint is apparent. But a few steps back and technique quickly imitates the authenticity of a photograph. Capturing …

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Layers Upon Layers.

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Juan Miguel Palacios is a visionary. He doesn’t just paint paintings, he constructs them–better yet, he brings them to life. The spanish painter creates work that literally leaps from the canvas. By layering sheets of glass, each painted with a subsequent layer, Palacios achieves an eerie 3D effect that blurs the line between art and reality. Intrigued by his process …

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The Coiffure Project: The Book. Now, Where’s the Movie?!

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The Coiffure Project has reached yet another plateau. Glenford Nunez, who has been keeping this achievement relatively under wraps, just released The Coiffure Project Vol. 1! What you just read was not an illusion nor was it a hoax. One of the most unique and innovative photo projects of our young century is now available in book form. Which means you can …

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Joan of Art.

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Joan Casaramona possesses such a raw allure that it almost harkens back to an innovation soul named Pablo Picasso–perhaps you’ve heard of him? Far from an imitator, Casaramona is very much an innovator. Casaramona has picked up where  Picasso has left off. Her work is a delicate balance of both sheer simplicity and intimate intricacy, a regaling waltz between the …

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Strictly for My Ninjas.

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When you first hear the name Shinobi Ninja, you assume that it’s a title of a Sega Genesis video game or a classic Kung-Fu flick. But after you learn that Shinobi Ninja is indeed a band, an awesome one at that, the name becomes a clear nod to their swift and lethal style. A metaphorical UN of music, you easily …

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Piece of Cake.

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Rap, and hip-hop in general, has undergone a series of makeovers throughout its young life span. It is an antsy genre, never quite comfortable with being complacent or staying still. It often gets an itch that can only be scratched by reinventing itself or taking on a new meaning–sometimes to the detriment of its audience. For the earlier part of the …

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The Rebirth of Cool.

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When a deep passion resides in an artist, it is often found blaring throughout everything that they do. With Christian Coleman there is a mute devotion, a quiet hunger within that isn’t easy to detect. Usually, you can look at an artist and determine what they do, something will give them away or reveal their medium–that is if the artist …

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21 Question with Shantell Martin.

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We know how to have fun here at Quiet Lunch Magazine, and every once in a while we like to include our new found friends in our hijinks. After asking Shantell Martin a ton of no nonsense questions during her interview, we decided to end on a light note and play a game of 21 Questions. Being the cool customer …