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Quick Draw.

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Shantell Martin could not stay in her own lane if she tried. Shantell Martin’s journey is constantly adapting. Usually artists attempt to find a niche and stay there, but Martin embraces the free-flowing nature of her craft. In fact, she actively pursues it. Martin is the ideal artistic specimen, open-minded, talented, and inspired. When I thought of an artist to …

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Pray for Reign.

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Just when Black History Month was going off without a hitch, the world discovered African Queen, a fashion editorial in Numéro featuring 16-year-old Ondria Hardin in what can easily be perceived as a watered down version of black face (it was actually a very deep bronzer). Now, let us be clear, the burden of this debacle does not rest on …

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Cruz Control.

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Anthony Cruz is quite the character–the Puerto Rican Larry David to be exact. Stopping short of having his own show on HBO, Cruz is certainly the odd man out. Growing up in Manhattan, the rhyme slinger is nothing like his counterparts. A beloved concoction of boom-bap and abstract progressivism, Cruz is more than willing to take his craft outside of …

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All Day, Every Day.

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Addressing the issue of domestic autonomy, Shadi Ghadirian‘s Like Every Day reveals a world of commonplace oppression–specifically in Iran. In the series, the subjects are draped in household fabrics (curtain, tablecloths, bedsheets, etc.) while their faces are obstructed by various household appliances. Although Like Every Day may be analyzing the Muslim world, the whole series seems to will an honest …

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Made in New York: Modern Vice.

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What’s in a shoe? If you are an average citizen who could careless, the answer may seem irrelevant, but if you are Jordan and Jensen Adoni of Modern Vice–or any other shoe obsessed individual for that matter–the answer will describe the very reason you live and breath. Shoes are not just clothes for your feet, shoe are a physical manifestation …

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The Future Is JAU.

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Fashion is constantly attempting to predict the future and rehash the past. Fashion is both a compass and a time capsule, highlighting both the familiar and the never-before-seen. While some choose to take a look back and some choose to exist in the now, Jessica Au seems to be looking ahead. Au’s JAU Label is a bazaar of futurological whimsy. …

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Get Weis.

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The ability to translate your loves, fears, and emotions is a task that not everyone is up for; it is a task that Derek Weisberg has lovingly embraced for a better part of his life.  A California native now living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Weisberg uses his sculptures to put the concept of vulnerability in an open forum where it can …

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Pillow Talk.

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Clare Elsaesser‘s paintings possess an intimate nature that invokes pangs of love and familiarity. In Elsaesser’s paintings, the star is not the person being obstructed by the pillow, but the pillow itself. It is a clever role reversal that put an inanimate object in a well deserved spotlight. Click → here ← to purchase these prints. Written by Akeem K. Duncan.↓ Akeem …

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An Ode to Sarah Moon.

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We have yet another offering from one of our favorite artists, Glenford Nunez. A quiet evolution is coming to form in Nunez’s work, an evolution that we are more than happy to document. Nunez, who is mostly known for producing portraits of beauty, has gone a step further by implementing ethereal illusions that have resulted in a conceptual masterpiece. Nunez’s …

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Surviving the aPROcalypse.

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In wake of all the hoopla and yellow bellied antics, the world did not end on December 21st, and those who decided to forgo Christmas shopping were forced to face their friends and families empty-handed. I, for one, am especially glad that the Mother Earth didn’t meet her demise, because I would have had little time to listen to Peep …

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Over At The Bureau: An Introduction to Michael Moskowitz.

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Consumerism is a double edged sword. On one hand, it is the very fiber of our natural existence; on the other hand, it is a pillar that props up a coliseum made to entertain an empire of capitalism. Michael Moskowitz, founder/CEO of The Bureau of Trade, is a gladiator in that coliseum who is gallantly overthrowing the entire empire with …

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Fool’s Gold for Christmas.

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Fool’s Gold, along with LTD, had a holiday party this week and Quiet Lunch was in there like swimwear. Held in a secret location in Manhattan, the soiree was jam packed with party-goers swigging on holiday cheer. The debauchery was for a good cause as donation were being collection throughout the night for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway, …

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Yesterday’s Trash.

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Possessing a strong undercurrent of misogyny and sexism, Sit‘s Haiiro Trash series is off-putting, but nothing short of sheer genius. Essentially, it forces us to reflect on our agenda as a society. When it concerns the female form, we are constantly promoting notions of perfection, and flawlessness. We have branded women with an expiration date, making them useful for only a given …

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Now I’m Just Somebody That I Used to Know.

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Life is a journey that can be both intricate and simple; both idiosyncratic and uniform. As much as we attempt to define life–as much as we attempt to bring it down to an exact science–we have yet to come to the realization that life is a glittery grey nebula of ifs, ands, and buts. How can we seek to define something …

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Salvaging Private Ryan.

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Now that the 2012 presidential election is over and the losing party is left to pick up the proverbial pieces, many are wondering what lies ahead for the runner-ups–particularly GOP vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan,who was chosen by Mitt Romney to be his running mate in the month of August. At the time, Romney’s decision to choose Ryan as his …

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A Journey to Rock Center.

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With most galleries easing their way from underneath the after effects of Hurricane Sandy, we were more than happy to see our friends over at Lyons Weir get back on their feet. Reemerging from their hiatus with a bang, the gallery debuted their exhibit for the talented Melodie Provenzano. Titled Rock Center, the show features a series of selected works from …

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Die Entdeckung Der Langsamkeit.

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We live in an age of instant gratification. There was a time when New York was the only city that never slept, but with technology becoming even more advance, the world is becoming one restless ball of energy. Seeking to counteract this effect, designer, Susanne Westphal, is inviting us to get reacquainted with slowness. Westphal’s project, Die Entdeckung Der Langsamkeit (The …

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Taking a Picture of Your Ballot? Stop.

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Everyone and their phone toting mother is asking whether or not it is illegal to post your completed ballot on Facebook and Instagram and after much discussion and research, I finally found the answer. “Yes.” Now, the law varies from state to state but most states frown upon you posting your completed ballot on online. Voting is a serious matter …

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Recognizing Cheyenne.

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We are not going to pretend as if we haven’t featured illustration like this before. It looks vaguely familiar but still manages to stand out like a shimmering black sheep in a snow white flock. French illustrator, Laura Riedinger, who goes by the pseudonym of Cheyenne, is a sore thumb of sorts. Although her technique may resemble one you have …

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Mori’s Morose Musings.

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Cattolica native, Virginia Mori, is not one for much color or explanation. She isn’t into bending and twisting your mind with fanciful feats and artful acrobatics. Mori’s agenda is a simple one–move the pen; move the audience. Virginia Mori‘s muted taste for gore is merely a plus. What is most striking about her work is her masterful use of the ball point …

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Life with Derrick B. Harden.

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Rarely does one encounter a soul like Derrick B. Harden. Raised on the streets of Brooklyn, he is truly a master of his own destiny. He needs no wind in his sails for he is fueled by an innate drive that is unfounded in most. Currently the star curator at Lyons Weir Gallery, Harden is a modern day renaissance man. …

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For Sport.

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More often than not, women are subjected to some form of objectification–whether it be through the media or the opposite sex. But what of self-objectification? Holly Grimsrud‘s work relies on that very concept. The Minnesota native is focused on exposing not only the self-objectification of women but the self-objectification of a modern society that holds steadfast to the teat of …

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Did the World Really Need Another iPhone?

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When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, he likely envisioned a new era of communication, where important messages were delivered in a convenient time span, where distant family members were only a phone call away. Sure, he probably had a few dollar signs in his eyes, but I doubt he didn’t rub his hands together maniacally at the thought that …

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Mr. Smith & His Peach Pits.

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One year ago, I came across a picture of Roger Smith, showing him towering over his diorama of a baseball stadium. Spectators lined the balsa wood bleachers and players covered the felt field. Each person – there were more than a hundred in all – was meticulously carved from the pit of a peach. I was at the opening of …

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The Nyemiah Supremacy.

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It’s a cliche but poignant theory that hip-hop is essentially a male dominated field dominated by male ideologies that often come in the form of misogyny and female objectification. In retrospect, it would be safe to say that this is not just a theory but an actual fact. Women’s place in hip-hop has been a volatile one. Although they were right …

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The Suicidal Thoughts of Phobic Phuture.

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The world of PHobic PHuture isn’t as frightening as it sounds. Upon first hearing the name of the band, you automatically assume that you are going to met with a macabre tour de force. But after hearing songs like “Permanent Midnight”, “Redefining Motion” and “For Your Consideration”, you begin to sense that there is  a deeper meaning to their body …

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The Lullaby of Kendra Morris.

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Kendra Morris isn’t just a singer, she isn’t just a voice with a pretty a face nor is she a reincarnation of a talented free spirit. The daughter of musicians, she is a splendid creature invested in the theory of melody, song and harmonious lore. [divider]SPONSORED AD[/divider] [divider][/divider] We actually covered Morris earlier this year and remained smitten with her …

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The Tall Tale of Kane Mayfield.

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Quiet Lunch often pushes the notion of staying true to one’s self. But it is a theory that is directly injured by the nega-slogan “easier said than done”. Nonetheless, the theory still rings true for some. Not everyone is meant to chase their dream but Kane Mayfield isn’t one of them. This isn’t the story of an artistic soul who struggled …

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The Trill Life of Jeff VASH.

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“…There’s always somebody reaching for something that’s out of their reach or out of their control and they’re trying to fix it.” When you first look at Jeff VASH, you see a walking thundercloud of awesome visuals, ill techniques and supreme vision. But when you actually speak with Jeff VASH, you are met with a tranquil eye of a diligent storm. [divider]SPONSORED …

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Inside The Coiffure Project.

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Glenford Nunez is an artist with a purpose. It’s a cliche statement but when you hear Nunez speak about his craft, you know that he isn’t just merely creating with whimsy. “The Coiffure Project was never meant to be a Black thing… it was all about the hair.” The Coiffure Project, a series by Nunez that shines a modest spotlight …

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Girl 6.

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Very rarely does one come across a personality that makes you literally stop dead in your tracks and stare in awe. Upon first meeting Raye Six, also stylized as Raye 6, you can not help but bask in her overwhelming radiance; so hot it’ll make you see stars. The Brooklyn artist is liberated, eccentric and is officially — by our …

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Murtagh’s Law.

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Joe Murtagh‘s work is as dangerous as it is vibrant. The Liverpool based illustrator brews a brilliant batch of chic death and retro decay. His work is unlike anything we’ve ever seen really. Sure, there are a number of artists that do the whole “skull and bones thing” but Murtagh has that special touch. He knows what he’s doing and …

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Counterpoint.

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In Erin Cone‘s realm there are two warring forms. There is the human form, which is populated with lines that have their own eccentric characteristics and free will. And then there is the form of design, a freeflowing regime that is structured by geometry. Cone is an instigator of sorts. Her work seems to purposefully pit the two forms against one another. In many of her …

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Paper Trail.

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A Brooklynite by way of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Jean Seestadt’s approach to life seems very similar to her approach to her work. Working like a surgeon with a scalpel, Seestadt’s mood is devil-may-care but her precision is clean, sharp, and–upon even closer inspection–as accurately executed as one can do. After a digital dinner date, Seestadt invited us into her studio space …

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Mike Dean, Check Two, One, Two.

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This spring hasn’t exactly been on its best behavior. The air has been cooler than usual and the sky has had more of an autumn charm than a spring cheer. But meteorological misbehavior endured, we made our way through a rainy afternoon last week to Jungle City in Chelsea to talk shop with Mike Dean. The Grammy award-winning super producer was packing …

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Rose’s Colored Glasses.

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There is something honest and patient about Eric Rose‘s photography. He takes his time. He knows the importance of the task at hand and doesn’t feel the need to rush. Rose’s purpose isn’t just to take pretty pictures. Rose uses his photography to enrich human existence. We had the pleasure of asking Rose about the true source of his inspiration and this …