Halloween Special: Tyler Thacker

Moving from the bedroom to airplanes, bed bugs have found a new home. A cheaper alternative to sugar, high fructose corn syrup increases the risk of fatty liver disease, obesity, inflammation, and diabetes. Tyler Thacker’s foray into hyper-realism offers an insidious snapshot of the hyper-ominous afterglow of a contemporary zeitgeist’s shelf-life in a capitalist system. Halloween is always a little frightening, sure, but what’s truly terrifying are the reverberating specters of consumers navigating globalization: aka each one of US! Itching, scratching and gouging our way toward an uncertain future.

Barn Hallows Halloween Special – Darby Milbrath

WARNING: The music you are about to hear is terrifying, not for the faint of heart. For this years’ annual Halloween mix from Darby Milbrath, we’re treated to a truly fearsome sound collage that may just bring you to tears. Spirit music, harmonic chants, nuns, and demonic whisperings from Charles Manson, Darby’s mix is a…

Halloween Special: Olga Abeleva

Is that a monster under my bed, or is it me? Olga Abeleva’s characters, while verging on fantasy, are relatable. They occupy quotidian planes in moments that seem to exist in the psychic space that prefaces a disaster—flames licking the edges of a curtain; a scorned lover chain smoking woefully outside, plotting revenge; a cockroach scuttling toward an unassuming hand; a knife dancing between flesh. Almost as if each painting is a window into the same world, these characters coexist, unaware of the inevitable tragedy doomed to befall them. Sounds pretty scary, right? What’s scarier is thinking about all the ways in which you, dear reader, are unaware of the doom that’s waiting for you—just around the corner! – Rebecca Storm

Halloween Special: Bea Parsons

In the week leading up to October 31st, we will be sharing the bone-chilling work of some of our favourite freaky artists, alongside a hair-raisingly festive little interview! What if you burned everything you feared down to the ground? A smouldering heap of ghosts. Is dominating your fears synonymous with escaping them? Bea Parsons’ work feels…

Char Esme’s Faces

Walking down a dark slanted street in Queens, NY, flickering street lamp, the faint smell of compost. Suddenly overcome with the feeling of dizziness, anxiety, and nausea, you stumble to the edge of the road, sliding yourself against the wall, step by step closer to home. Your grasp on reality is loosening rapidly, like a rope…

Faye Wei Wei at Cob Gallery

Stream of consciousness—Joyce’s pioneering practice of depicting an uninterrupted flow of a character’s thoughts, feelings, and reactions—seems to have inspired several of Wei Wei’s works. A stream of consciousness, fervor and melancholy, dribbling and splashing onto the canvas after a thaw. Harlequin spectres in cream and muted peach, the neatly angular folds of a pansy rendered in denim blue—murky phantoms of intimacy haunt the shadows of a revery in these large-scale paintings. To immerse yourself in This Golden Yesterday’s Sleep Upon the Iris is just as Joyce put it—to think you’re escaping only to run into yourself.

Delphine Hennelly’s Wandering Players

Delphine Henelly’s paintings connote the Elizabethan era as much as they remind one of thumbing through the brittle, faded pages of an old comic book—misaligned, pointillated and ink splotched. Characters wander the pastoral landscapes, idle hands plucking fruit from trees or caressing the shoulder of a loved one.

Ed Emshwiller’s Sunstone

Ed Emshwiller’s prolific, avant-garde, and under-recognized body of work spans hundreds of sci-fi book covers, early computer animation, and dance. His 1979 video art piece Sunstone is an example of early computer animation. The video is playful, a smiling sun loses it’s tongue only to have it return to it’s face and transform into a…

Lauren Satlowski presented by DM Office

Lauren Satlowski proves again her masterly over light, casting each figure in an unearthly glow. A Hollywood home undergoing a visitation, a woman realizing something is terribly wrong – the feeling that Satlowski’s choice of subjects is random only drives harder at the mystery within them. Satlowski’s paintings feel nightmarish, like something we weren’t supposed to notice, a blip in reality.

Jen Shear’s Joan’s World

There’s something that’s at once sterile and somadic about the concept of outer space. To be rocketed upward, isolated in a tiny vessel, piercing the belly of the sky and penetrating the atmosphere. The same such tension is present in Joan’s World, a solo exhibition from LA-based artist, Jen Shear. Steel walls and ceramic tiled floors are the foundation to Shear’s interdisciplinary works, creating an environment that synthesizes industrial aesthetics with the human hand. Shear’s collage pieces function as remembrances—including tokens, ephemera, and patterns, often repeating like morse code. A snapshot, or message, maybe meant for someone far off in the multiverse.

Soda Lite – Barroco Mix

Our next Editorial mix is brought to you from Soda Lite, aka Alex Last. Soda Lite’s expertly researched compilations of classical, ambient, and field recordings are essential listening for painters, writers, or those simply looking to connect with the rhythms of nature.

Cole Kush: Pub Crawl

A two page comic by Cole Kush published in Issue 19 which documents a pub crawl.  See more of Cole’s animations HERE. 

You Are Not the Father!

This is a note for Martha Nelson Thomas, RIP. Written by Claire Milbrath

Cindy Ji Hye Kim’s Verses From the Apocalypse

Kim’s compositions have all the equations of a blockbuster: Cults! Perversion! Sex! Schoolgirls! One ticket, please! At Foxy Production, sculptural puzzles made of wood are built into the stretchers of two paintings hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the room, like little easter eggs holding up the canvas. The subject matter of the two shows can be split into four categories: starlets, theatre sets, workers, and voyeurs. The starlets and voyeurs entertain, while theatre sets and workers elicit the feeling that we’re being granted a behind-the-scenes look at the world Kim has created—and implicated in it.

Hanna Hur’s Signal at the Wheel, Hover at the Gate

On Hanna Hur’s studio door there’s a piece of loose leaf printer paper with a photograph of a spider hanging in a window frame. This is an image of a sculpture that Hur made, part of a long ritual of making webs, nets, and spiders from hand-colored thread and small carefully coiled copper loops.  

Bambii’s Físico Sauve Mix

Photos by Val Myroneko Styling by Marina Nedic We’re excited to release a new mix from Toronto DJ & producer Bambii, aka Kirsten Azan. The mix is called Físico Sauve which translates to “soft physical” in Portuguese. Committed to sharing a robust variety of genres from all over the globe, Bambii’s musical projects reflect her background…

Something is Burning: Tiana Reid on Strip Culture & The Shakedown

One of the most important political stories in 2018, I think, was the stripper strike in New York City. By which I mean to suggest that strippers are often not legible as agents of politics.

By which I mean to suggest that when New York strippers were photographed by Jonathan Turton for Dazed Digital in March, alongside a feature, it could never be enough, however stunning. Red fishnets, immaculate weave, see-through platform heels, leather whips, acrylic middle fingers in the air, plastic cups with drinks half full—the accoutrements of performance (which index not actual lives but imagination and fantasy) carry stories uncapturable by the average camera, no matter how hard technologists try.

Knob Slob

Melissa Juratowitch stars in Kurt Johnson’s homage to Ryuko Azuma’s Doorknob Girl—does it turn you on? But it’s only a doorknob!