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I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school [Listen]

Ann Arbor rapper, MR:B, shares music off his new album, Metropolis; inspired by the Fritz Lang classic and the anime remake– the man has good taste.

 

My name is MR:B hailing from Ann Arbor, MI. I’ve been a rapper/producer for 4 years.

 

I write for that kid with headphones on who’s failing school.

 

I speak for the kids living in trailer parks and smoking too much weed hoping they don’t die check to check.

 

My sound is one closely knit with rusty hip-hop, that raw, dusty vinyl, of hand crafted instrumentals.

 

Shout out to Airo, Cauz, and to you for downloading my mixtape…right?
-MR:B
To hear more music from MR:B,  visit his Soundcloud and like him on Facebook.

 

Special thanks to MR:B for sharing.

 

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Notes Of An Artistic Mad Man: Art & Crime

Above: Picasso vandal tote bag from Art Basel Miami by Brandon Dunlap.

Photo credit: Brandon Dunlap ; @brandunlap

…Crime and Art…not exactly bosom buddies but they’ve known each other long enough to enjoy a glass of Chianti and talk shop once in awhile.  Needless to say crime has a lot to talk about these days since it has inundated much of modern society’s most cherished institutions, including politics, finance, entertainment, sports, the corporate boardroom and bedroom, high tech, low tech, not to mention judicial malfeasance and police provocation, communications skullduggery and religious treasons, (stop me if you can), education transgressions, rampant racism, personal offenses, hidden agendas and pedophile atrocities.  And then there’s art crimes; not as creative as they should be, highlighted by the graffito taggers rocking their spray paint, grease and chalk illegally in urban sprawl or the forever depressing creepy essence of law suits targeting various artists appropriation of images that proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that stealing art is art.   And then there’s the wannabe artist, who is tagging National Parks with cute paintings on ancient rocks.  It’s really quite embarrassing and boring at the same time.  All I can do is yell at the top of my lungs: Long Live Banksy

…Another pathetic art crime was committed by an artist, James Meyer, who was convicted of grand larceny of millions of dollars of art created by Jasper Johns.  Meyer, better known as Jasper Johns‘ studio assistant and not an artist, admitted to a federal judge that he stole 22 paintings from the Jasper Johns’ Connecticut studio and sold them for a pretty penny.   He bought a vacation home, a yacht, not to mention cars and everything and anything that big time art thievery money can buy.  Meyer sold Jasper’s paintings under the guise that they were gifts from the his boss so he wanted to keep the sales on the down low but who knew how low James Meyer would go…

…And of course there are the usual run-of-the-mill art crimes like stealing, forging and defacing that are investigated by the FBI’s rapid deployment Art Crime Team created in 2004 surviving the acronym, ASS, short for, Art Swat Squad.  I think there is a bad television show in there somewhere. The team is composed of special agents, each responsible for addressing art and cultural property crimes in assigned geographic regions. The Art Crime Team is coordinated through the FBI’s Art Theft Program, located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Since its inception, they have recovered more than 2,650 items valued at over $150 million.  But not one of those art crimes inspire the Hollywood glitz of The Thomas Crown Affair or the spectacle of Picasso being suspected of stealing the Mona Lisa or as outrageous as Tony Shafrazi’s defacing of Guernica by Picasso with the infamous scrawled epitaph: KILL ALL LIES.  A credo all art crimes should measure themselves by…

-C.C. Long (Artistic Mad Man)

C.C. Long: A professional artist and writer for over 20 years. Has been published both in England and the United States. Desire, The Driftwood Review, Flux, Chin, Exit Art, WhiteHot Magazine, Art Nouveau Magazine, The Village Voice, The Thompkins Park Literary Review and the Boston Literary Magazine are just a few of the magazines and literary reviews that has published his works. 

Art Of The World: Collage Arte from Argentina [Ignacio Rivas]

Argentine artist, Ignacio Rivas,  shares his “collage arte” with us all the way from Buenos Aires; traveling thousands of miles (or kilometers), minus the jet lag– it was well worth the “cyberspace” trip. Enjoy!

Hi! Mi name is Ignacio Rivas. Im a visual artist from Argentina, Buenos Aires and I want to share my collage arte with you.

-Ignacio Rivas

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Ignacio Rivas defines himself as an “Artist by accident”. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1989. His work is varied, and now he is working with manual and digital Collage. 
To see more art from Ignacio Rivas,  visit his Behance, find him on Tumblr, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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New Music by Lucid Optics Sums Up Life In A Nutshell [Listen]

His album is, Life In A Nutshell. So is his bio…

I’m Lucid Optics. I write, record, produce, mix, and master indie rap. I’d rather not ramble so here’s some music.
-Lucid Optics

lazyrapperSF

(L to R) Airospace and Lucid Optics. They look like strangers but...
(L to R) Airospace and Lucid Optics. All love.
To hear more from Lucid Optics, find him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bandcamp, and Bigcartel.

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Notes of an Artistic Mad Man: Art & Celebrity

Above: Guests at James Franco's 'New Film Stills' exhibit at Pace Gallery.
Photo credit: Ella M ; @ellamm12 

…Art and celebrity… The latest newsbreak is Kim Kardasion’s greasy ass is art, as is her daughter’s use of a Hermes bag as a finger-painting canvass and of course everything father, Kanye, does is art after all he is a self-declared artist-god. It’s here to stay whether you like it or not the celebrity’s desire to actually make art whether it be putting a paper bag over your head or playing the kazoo.   It’s all-good, there’s plenty of room for imagination and artistic endeavor to fail or succeed…

…Another celebrity. James Franco, who makes art and other things with facile energy, has recently received a double dose of criticism for his recent show at the Pace gallery. The tag team bullying critics Roberta Smith of the New York Times and Jerry Saltz of New York Magazine, who are also husband and wife, took out their mighty pens not to review Franco’s show but to attack him viciously. Jerry Saltz’s active imagination could come up with nothing more than: “George W. Bush is actually a better artist than James Franco.”? What is sad is I’ve been reading Saltz’s reviews since the Eighties when he worked at the Village Voice. He usually makes sense, enlightening his reader not tearing down the artist, but it seems he has fallen into a brewing caldron of outrageous cynicism that the New York Times critical art staff led by Roberta Smith seems to dabble in. The great Roberta, who I have also been reading since the Eighties is plagued by jealousy fueled by her mediocre appeal. She blows up on Franco conjuring her great critical mind by declaring: “Someone or something make him stop!”    Funny, that’s what I think when I read one of her reviews.   She goes on to one liner us with a final epitaph that Franco is “clueless”. I always thought critics were usually talking about themselves and she hit it on the head with that blast. I’m wondering how those two decided to review Franco? I can see it now: them laying in bed re-reading their tweets to themselves, chortling in their superiority. Saltz says –“I’ll take his head.” Roberta answers – “Good, because I got his balls”…

…Something to look forward to by another celebrity artist is Tim Burton’s movie, Big Eyes, about the painter Margaret Keane, whose paintings of women and children are recognizable by you guessed it, big eyes, really, really big eyes. Her story is fascinating.  Her husband claimed that he was the painter of the “big eyes” phenomenon that had become so popular and valuable. So it was off to court to battle for artistic rights. After much kvetching the judge ordered them both to paint a painting in the courtroom in front of him. Margaret agreed, her husband refused, end of story. Oh for a judge like that on the Supreme Court…

…Finally, after starting this missive with a greasy ass, I’ll leave you with greasy palms as the art world is all a tizzy about record breaking sales at this years auctions, over a billion dollars paid for mostly dead artists’ work. It’s good to be alive for most people but for artists it’s better to be dead…

-C.C. Long (Artistic Mad Man)

C.C. Long: A professional artist and writer for over 20 years. Has been published both in England and the United States. Desire, The Driftwood Review, Flux, Chin, Exit Art, WhiteHot Magazine, Art Nouveau Magazine, The Village Voice, The Thompkins Park Literary Review and the Boston Literary Magazine are just a few of the magazines and literary reviews that has published his works. 

“INVISIBLE” | A Short Film by Christian Jackson [Watch]

Because stories are meant to be shared– a film by writer/director/storyteller Christian Jackson.

INVISIBLE is a glimpse into the life of a homeless man who teeters between his reality and society’s.

-Christian

INVISIBLE from Christian Jackson on Vimeo.

Christian Jackson is a storyteller. 

He honed his skills working in advertising where he wrote TV commercials and copy for other media before realizing his passion for film. Now he writes films, commercials, short stories, books, and captions for his Instagram photos all while directing commercials and playful films that will bring a little smile to your face. 

Just a little one. 

For more story time with Christian Jackson, visit his portfolio and follow him on Instagram.

Special thanks to Christian for sharing.

 

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