Five new works by Lola Montes Schnabel, created over the period of the last year, which comprise a suite of allegorically suggestive figurative paintings that use a shared five-color palette to great effect, will be on exhibit at The Hole NYC, December 16, from 6-9PM.

Each painting depicts an episode in a narrative of androgenous youth encountering each other on a remote Greek island. They depict a time of love before sexuality, with the nude youths, occasionally shrouded in sheepskins, romping playfully about the teal and tan landscape. In one work, a youth drags a dead albatross across an expanse, in another, the last in the series, the two figures come together in ecstasy, forever changing their innocent, idyllic world.

The exhibition runs through February 4, 2012.

Luke Ramsey has a new art print available titled “Law of Distraction“.

Available for a mere $20 at Society6. Visit Luke Ramsey’s website to see more of his work.

If designed right, weapons and utensils can have a sexy quality about them. We do not condone the use of weapons, (only in choice circumstances like self-defense and lost-in-the-woods survival), however…the use of utensils is a must, unless of course you live in certain parts of the desert in the Middle East.

Be that as it may, we happened upon these bad boys and couldn’t find them sexier. We deem them downright cutting-edge design. (No pun intended.)

These Pure Black Knives by Stelton & HolmBäcknordentoft are forged from a single piece of stainless steel, with the the handles segueing into the blade to form one solid piece. The knife is then covered in a special matte coating.

They were awarded the Red Dot Design Award 2011: Best of the best for the highest design quality.

Visit the A & R store for purchasing details.

Book Review: Cutting Edges: A Few Reflections on Contemporary Collage

By Lorette C. Luzajic

(Cutting Edges, Gestalten Books, 2011, ed. by James Gallagher et al.)

“Nothing is original,” said Jim Jarmusch, director of Down By Law. He took the words right out of my mouth.

“You’ve written about this theme numerous times,” said the friend who recently passed this quote to me.  Indeed, it is so relevant to me as a writer and artist most interested in collage that I’m appropriating it as my manifesto.

El Esplendor Dice La Palabra Viene – Rodrigo de Filippis

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: ‘It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.’”

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Belgian photographer Filip Dujardin has an eye for interesting architectural structures. Having studied art history and architecture at the University of Ghent, it is no surprise.

Here are some samples of his work:

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German artist Elena Belmann mixes sculptured art with information technology in this intricate QR code sculpture.

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HIDE/SEEK Interview with Arnold Lehman, Director of the Brooklyn Museum, and Tricia Laughlin Bloom, Project Curator who discuss the exhibition.

B-roll of the HIDE/SEEK exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.

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