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The Rise of Volta.

olta has always had potential. A quiet favorite among most, the fair has maintained a steady pace that keeps fairgoers intrigued—not necessarily wowed but definitely intrigued. This year however Volta has stepped its wow factor up remarkably. The fair has an engaging amount of electricity in its air and features some amazing works that remind art lovers why they love art. …

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Aesthetics of Contemporary Feminism at Milk and Nigh​t’s Black Mirror: 13 Artists ​Spring/Break Art Show 2017.

ysmorphic self-portraits jostle for attention with segmented body parts, limbs immersed in nature, and partially obscured studio portraits in sumptuous settings. Yet at no point in the visit to Milk and Night’s Black Mirror: 13 Artists are visitors overwhelmed. Delicately encircling the (at times) amorphous platform that is contemporary feminism, ranging from the highly conceptual to the macabre, Black Mirror: …

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The Death of SPRING/BREAK.

nce upon a time, a year ago to be exact, SPRING/BREAK Art Fair was the star of Armory Week, an up and coming fair that shined brightly against the dim, uninnovative background that is Armory Week itself. Formerly housed in the Moynihan Station, SPRING/BREAK had an organic, but organized, feel. The fact that they transformed the almost ghostly Moynihan Station …

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Megacosm. | Solo exhibition by Beau Stanton at Brilliant Champions.

rtist Beau Stanton recently debuted his latest solo exhibition, MEGACOSM, at Brilliant Champions gallery in Bushwick. Cemented by Stanton signature aesthetic, MEGACOSM is a multifaceted presentation featuring paintings, diorama-like sculptures and even a stop-motion short film. The themes in Stanton’s exhibition relate to death, rebirth and creation. February 24 – April 1, 2017 Brilliant Champion 5 Central Ave, Brooklyn, New York …

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Refresh. | Art in FLUX at RUSH Gallery. | Recap.

EFRESH recently made its debut at Rush Arts in Chelsea. Curated by Leanne Stella, founder of Art in FLUX, the group exhibition features an all-woman roster Suprina, Sui Park, Alicia Grullón, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, Elan, Leslie Jiménez, Rejin Leys and Shani Peters and examines how our environment affects the course of social justice and urban innovation. February 23 to March 24,2017 RUSH …

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Vestiphobia Cuba.

illard Morgan’s Vestiphobia, a large-scale interactive performance which will be staged at Fábrica de Arte Cubano this month, is designed to provoke a critical awareness of the systems of labor used to produce our clothing. We buy into the works of our favorite designer, in effect become a walking billboard for a certain organization of labor, but thinking about clothing …

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Music Video. | “Bag” | Fame School.

ast June, Fame School dropped Get Well Soon.  From that ‘tape, on “Bag,” the Brooklyn duo is aided by the provocative podcaster, Taxstone. Through the creative lens of director, Gee-Lock, the accompanying visual is a methodical depiction that represents the Fool’s Gold fam. Here, Telli and Slim present their collective psyche. Unadulterated  artistry ensues; do enjoy!  

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Variations. | Adele Schelling.

dele Schelling‘s Variations flirts with fetishism in this brief but sweet series. Featuring feet as the main subject, Schelling hopscotches between various motifs and textures.

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Artists We Know. | Minimal Notes: Catching up with Soren Roi.

or our third bi-weekly feature here at Quiet Lunch, we caught up with Soren Roi, a performance artist and electronic musician who also produces a weekly event at Home Sweet Home entitled ‘Nothing Changes‘. He lives in Brooklyn, NYC.  J+A: Hi Soren, thanks for meeting with us on this rainy day.  What is exciting to you as a working artist right now? …

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Even This Will Pass. | Aida Silvestri.

nspired by different of modes of travel, Aida Silvestri‘s Even This Will Pass depicts various routes from Eritrea to London—journeys and experiences of Eritrean refugees into the United Kingdom—then applies them separately over a series of blurred portraits. The series seeks to raise awareness in regards to human trafficking and immigrant hardship.

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NSFW | You Know, The Usual. | Yulia Nefedova.

llustrator Yulia Nefedova captures a certain casual carnality in her work. Whether she is depicting food play or a woman going through her menses, Nefedova never takes herself too seriously; yet her pieces always maintain a potent purpose that resonates with her audience. Nefedova is reckless but thoughtful and knows how and when to break boundaries.

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POLAROIDS. | Jonathan Leder at Castor Gallery.

ast night, photography and fashion lovers braved the blizzard to attend the opening of Jonathan Leder‘s “Polaroids” show at Castor Gallery featuring NSFW images of models including Allie Leggett and Emily Ratajkowski. Guests packed into the overflowing Castor Gallery Downtown, mingling around the portraits with Wolffer Estate Wines in hand, before heading to the VIP after party at Drexler NYC. …

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Somewhere in Between. | Alessandro Sicioldr.

oday we venture in the outré world of Alessandro Sicioldr. The Italian painter fuses surreal composition with familiar iconography to create otherworldly displays that resemble a blissful, faintly accessible dreamscape.

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Andy Moses: A 30-Year Survey. | The Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

ndy Moses: A 30 Year Survey opens today, February 10th, at the Santa Monica College Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery. Quiet Lunch was privvy to get a sneak peek at the show which maps Andy’s progression as artist these last thirty years and is, essentially, chronologically ordered beginning with his early black and white paintings created while living in …

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Memories Passed On. | April D. Felipe

pril D. Felipe has quickly become one of our favorite ceramicists. Felipe’s quirky aesthetic and progressive usage of material makes her a standout amongst her fellow creatives. The way Felipe constructs her pieces results in a seamless transmutation of materials.

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New Music. | “Friends” | Ill Brown |Ft.| Freddie Gibbs, BJ The Chicago Kid, & G-Wiz.

hicago’s creative connoisseur , iLL Brown, is focused on the future. He remains driven by a relentless repertoire of artistic integrity; it includes producing, emceeing, and engineering.  And now, the HawkLyfe Records CEO, is prepping for the fall 2017 release of his EP,  Don’t Forget The Dope.  The project possesses unreleased songs from an array of Hip-Hop artists. On “Friends” the TeamBackPack producer unites with …

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A Cut (and Brush) Above the Rest. | Danielle Krysa.

ombining choices cuts with well placed strokes, Danielle Krysa‘s pieces are refreshing, nimble and light on their feet. In Krysa’s final weeks as a painting major, her professor said “you should never paint again”—proof of the power of persistence.

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The Vintage Type. | TuTu Vintage & Beautiful.

here is something therapeutic about the motion of typing; especially when it is accompanied by a rhythm that can only be heard through a vintage typewriter. Owned by London based couple Ivana and Veljko, TuTu Vintage & Beautiful provides Olympia Traveller De Luxe and mid-century BISER typewriters for who long for the analog typing experience. SHOP HERE!

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Music Video. | “Same Drugs” | Chance The Rapper.

rt that provokes discussion is essential. With comfortable lyricism that compels the public, Chance The Rapper, is in the midst of erecting his legacy. His third mixtape, Coloring Book — which dropped last May– continues to earn critical acclaim.  Yesterday, (Feb. 6), via Facebook Live, the innovative MC debuted the video for “Same Drugs.” A cursory listen may lead one to believe that Chance is merely reminiscing …

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Music Video. | “This Is What It Comes Too” | Raekwon.

y spitting classic lyricism that’s reinforced with the profound depth to remain contemporary, Raekwon, will always remain relevant. On March 24, The Chef is scheduled to drop his seventh solo album, The Wild.  To bolster the anticipation, the John Colombo-directed visual for “This Is What It Comes Too” recently debuted. The WU wordsmith is in supreme form. As the supple Xtreme …

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NSFW | Solarium. | Alice Wietzel.

olarium by Alice Wietzel is 28 pages of well illustrated leisure. The young French illustrator depicts curvaceous lounging poolside, adorned with vivid tan lines. With only 100 copies available, it would be wise to get yours hand on one of these perfect bound books while you still can. SHOP HERE!

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Ours is a City of Writers.

os Angeles is a virtual anthill teeming with creatives. There’s not a single coffee shop, bar or drugstore that is not, at any time of day or night, giving refuge to someone living for their art. It is like no other city in the magnitude and disparity between artistic strife and success. Therefor go we. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery …

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Music Video. | “Still Breathing” | Green Day.

Photo courtesy: Frank Maddocks ather than being bound by an austere concrete concept, Revolution Radio — the latest offering from Green Day — reinforces why the band has been rewarded with longevity. Packed with passion and politics, the rocking trio does not disappoint. The eloquent vocal intertwined with the captivating production of “Still Breathing” has landed it atop Billboard’s rock radio chart. Having cultivated over thirty years …

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Joyful Noise. | Caho Aoyama.

aho Aoyama latest series of untitled works are lively displays of color, pattern and distortion. The texture of the Japanese paper marries well with the melted and smeared acrylic. The grid-like background provides a faint sense of organization in the face of joyful noise.

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Music Review. | Glitter in the Gears. | Guy Grogan.

uy Grogan is determined to share his message. Released last December,  Glitter In The Gears, is his tenth solo release. Incredulous as it may sound, the Sante Fe, NM singer / songer who once contemplating quitting his passion, has gone on to earned acclaim for his talents. Starting off with, “Anatomy of a Crush,” Grogan attempts to show how amorous thoughts are stagnated by inactivity.   …