Currently on show at the Limner Gallery, in Hudson, New York, are new paintings by Slowinski, an artist that analyzes American cultural themes, influenced by the social and political issues of the moment. As the culture changes around him, the narrative element in his work changes to reflect it.

Chicken Soup

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Born into a world of numbers, where a number 9 goes onto greatness, 5 leads a mediocre life, lies an oppressed zero, who discovers that through determination, courage, and love, nothing can be truly something. This stop motion animation film Zero is written and directed by Christopher Kezelos and produced by Christine Kezelos.

Shane Harrison’s editorial illustrations have been seen in Washington Technology, New York Magazine, and the New York Times, to name a few. His pieces often have an art deco, retro feel to them, blending an old fashion style with the new. Harrison is most often recognized for the hundreds of icons she illustrated for New York Magazine’s weekly guide section.

Here are some samples of her work…

Ice Cream Icons – Client: New York Magazine

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Playing Cards with Liz Cohn

by Lorette C. Luzajic

The art of tiny possibilities is one of collage artist Liz Cohn’s specialties. Liz (seen left) and her whirlwind creativity, knack for composition, and unfettered imagination often find expression on small scale playing cards. Portable, manageable, and easy to mail, playing card collage lends itself readily to collaboration and consistency.

Another gift of Liz’s creativity is how her joy spills over to other collagists and artists, compelling them to create. She enjoys a popular presence on the artist social network, (Liz’s gallery on Deviant Art), where she shows hundreds of works, chats with other artists, and inspires us to wonderful projects and challenges.

Liz’s work is widely revered, and was recently featured in the Lark Press book, Collage Masters.

Why is collage your chosen medium? What about it do you find appealing?

I love reusing discarded paper and objects and giving them a new life. Collage can be so satisfying and immediate, and quickly executed compared to, say, painting in oils. I also make the occasional assemblage and started the first assemblage group on Deviant Art.

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For this Summer Group Exhibition, David B. Smith Gallery will feature five new artists at the gallery, who through their artwork, respond to the impact of human activity on the natural world, and the juxtaposition of civilization and nature. The exhibition will be on display beginning June 24 and run through July 16, 2011.  A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, June 24.

Hong Seon Jang – Green Forest

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British Journal of Photography’s news and online editor Olivier Laurent speaks to Moby about his first photography book – Destroyed, which was released with his new album of the same name.

Moby shot the 60 photographs in Moby: Destroyed which captures his life on tour, displaying feelings of crowdedness to isolation. Moby states “I’m able to convey the mundanity of touring, juxtaposed with those moments of the strange and/or sublime. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soulless airport, the next minute you’re flying over the most beautiful landscapes on the planet. One minute on tour you’re by yourself in a soulless backstage area, the next minute you’re on stage pouring your heart out to 75,000 people. Touring is all contrasts and strangeness, and that’s what I’m trying to convey in these pictures.

You can listen to Moby’s album for free at the Destroyed website.

Idea Fountain creator Lorette C. Luzajic‘s new book Fascinating Writers: twenty-five unusual lives dives into the lives of famed authors, via brief narratives which showcase Luzajic’s trademark irreverence, through her insightful and totally subjective experiences. Not only will you be brought on a enchanting journey to meet Lord Byron, Ernest Hemingway, and Leo Tolstoy, among many others — 10% of proceeds from this book benefits charity that advocates for freedom of speech, the most fundamental of human rights and the foundation of all others.

Here Lorette talks about why she chose these 25 people specifically, which author she admires most and her plan to write 1000 essays on fascinating people:

Why did you choose these 25 specifically?

I choose my fascinating writers the same way I choose any of the interesting figures for my Fascinating People project – with a combination of sparked inspiration and random selection. (Some of these essays were first published at Book Slut). The Fascinating People project was born out of the lifelong joy and inspiration and curiosity that I get from various interesting personalities. My original goal was to create one thousand essay length biographies over the years that would give me the chance to get to know more interesting people and share them with others. No one has the time to read full-length biographies of every interesting personage. But I didn’t want simple Wikipedia entry style fact-sheets- I wanted to immerse myself in the life and work of the person and share my own wholly subjective experience. The hope is that ultimately my audience will be intrigued by some and go on to delve further on their own. While I write about all kinds of people, this collection showcases only writers. And I went out of my way to be as diverse as possible. Hence, we have the writers considered the greatest novelists of all time, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. But we also have popular romance writer Danielle Steel. We have kids’ book writer Dr. Seuss; we also have poets Lord Byron and Vachel Lindsay, who couldn’t differ more one from another.  There’s Arthur Miller and there’s Haruki Murakami. I want readers to see their favourites but also to learn about writers they may never have read. I also wanted to push myself outside my usual genres.

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