Who can forget the gripping scene in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket (1987), where Private Gomer Pyle is sitting in the bathroom, having mentally flown the coop, speaks eerily to Joker, proceeds to recite the Rifleman’s Creed and swiftly blows his brains out? This is but one of many great scenes in an equally great movie.

Alex Pardee has immortalized this infamous moment with this brilliant limited edition ‘This Is My Rifle’ giclee print.

However sad, sick and twisted, it’s undeniably a fantastic piece.  It is available now at Zerofriends for $50.00. Each print is hand signed by Pardee.

Ethereal video of human flight experience by Betty Wants In. Skydiving in slow motion; an adrenaline rush never looked so tranquil.

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Have you ever been skydiving?

For the last 40 years Gerhard Steidl has spent printing and publishing books. Due to his legendary, unconditional obsession with his trade, has has become the publisher of choice for A list artists such as Martin Parr, Ed Ruscha, Robert Adams, Jeff Wall and Robert Frank to name a few.

Watch as Steidl meets with Karl Lagerfeld in Paris and Günter Grass in Schleswig-Holstein, and get a glimpse the process of what goes into the process of “making” a book in this video (from Wallpaper Magazine).

The New York Minute exhibition which opens April 30th and runs through June 5, 2011 at the Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, features over fifty artists who live in and around New York City, providing an overview of the most exciting new tendencies coming out of the city and its extended networks. Works are expressed in three main thematic arenas: Street Punks, Wild Figuration and New Abstraction, which captures the drama, danger and speed of New York, showing a rapid and resourceful response to current cultural events and issues specific to their generation and to the city.

Exhibition curator, Kathy Grayson states, “All these artists have exhibited together, partied together, dated each other, studied together or painted together with less than two levels of removal from each other. This exhibition truly represents a cross-section of an expanded artist community.

Artists include:

Cory Arcangel; assume vivid astro focus; Tim Barber; Aaron Bondaroff; Lizzi Bougatsos; Joe Bradley; Mat Brinkman; Dan Colen; Cody Critcheloe; Rosson Crow; Jules de Balincourt; Dearraindrop; Jim Drain; Gardar Eide Einarsson; Martha Friedman; Ry Fyan; Tomoo Gokita; Patrick Griffin; Evan Gruzis; Xylor Jane; Chris Johanson; Ben Jones; Terence Koh; Andrew Kuo; Robert Lazzarini; Hanna Liden; Nate Lowman; Brendan Lynch; Eddie Martinez; Barry McGee; Ryan McGinley; Keegan McHargue; Taylor McKimens; Takeshi Murata; Ara Peterson; Kembra Pfahler; Steve Powers; Sterling Ruby; Kenny Scharf; Aurel Schmidt; Allison Schulnik; David B. Sherry; Dash Snow; Francine Spiegel; Spencer Sweeney; ThreeASFOUR; Kon Trubkovitch; Alan Vega; Banks Violette; Jaimie Warren; Michael Williams.

Visit Art Nectar’s Art Gallery & Museum page for gallery links.

Neomorphus, by Animatorio based in Brazil, is the second movie created for the series of free mini-shorts named Praepostere, the first being “Adiantum pedatum” – made with stop-motion technique with the theme of unusual developments in a morbid visionary.

Transformation trough mutations stages. Evolution as a function gain is called neomorphic. Imaginary creatures adapt into an Ecosystem and the transformation of these habitats for these creatures generates a fantastic cycle. The mutation symbolism is part of our experiences in that trajectory, changing places, finding a new spectrum, a new phase, evolving.

Here is the Making of Neomorphus short film…

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Electronica, Collage, and the Meaning of Everything

By Lorette C. Luzajic

When electronic music first came out, there was a big-to-do over its legitimacy. Detractors grumbled that it wasn’t “real” music since there weren’t any instruments. Others dismissed its pastiche sensibilities, denouncing the very idea of sampling previously recorded music to make new songs.

I had other ideas about it. Clearly, the technological devices used to make it were “real” musical instruments, in my mind, even if they didn’t look like a French horn or didgeridoo. I didn’t foresee the annihilation of the symphony or opera. I saw instead a whole new art form, an expansion rather than a reduction. I went so far as to call it the “new classical.” It was a universal tongue, without lyrics. It had the power to create emotions in any language. And as for sampling, hadn’t humans been doing cover versions of the Eagles since kingdom come? Using a killer beat phrase to build a song, or mixing new life into an old classic was homage of the highest kind. Suing some poor unknown DJ who mixed your beats in his basement was kind of missing the point. And the point is this: there is nothing new under the sun.

Kurt Schwitters – Contramerk 1923

Perhaps it was easier for me to understand the whole sampling idea because I was a collage artist. Collage has been slow to earn formal recognition as a legitimate medium of creativity. By definition, it depends on “sampling.” Too many museums and galleries view us as vampires. Our inspiration depends on dismantling and deconstruction and reconstruction. In this view, we are not originators- we are thieves.

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The sculptor duo known as Dallas and Angel at The DNA Factory have wild imaginations and a gift for the bizarrely creative. Take a look at some of these sculpture creations and many adjectives come to mind. Gruesome, fantastical, wicked, sad and the macabre. Besides being hauntingly bizarre, you know, something you might find in a serial killers basement, you cannot deny the intrigue these works of art possess.

Private Dancer

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