WATCH IT | New Year Playlist: So Over You 2017

 

2017, we’re done with you. Don’t take it personally, but looking back just takes more energy than looking ahead. We’ve had our incredible moments with some real what-the-fresh-hell thrown in. And now, it’s time to make like Bernie in that iconic car burning scene from Waiting to Exhale, and let go. So we’ve put together a playlist of breakup songs by our favorite divas and their wise words—on rejection, regret, acceptance, perseverance, pride and and ultimately redemption—to help us walk into 2018 fiercely. 

SEE IT | Mash-up: Nicolas Monterrat’s Surreal Gifs Combine Old Found Images With Modern Animation

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French photographer and animator Nicolas Monterrat has a delightful Tumblr titled Un gif dans ta gueule…, which more or less translates to ‘A gif in your mouth.’ Monterrat takes historical photos, paintings and other images and animates them to create humorous and often rather surreal gifs. The attention to detail is incredible, and if you’re feeling a bit glum, looking through his playful archive of work will definitely brighten up your day.

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Mary Iverson Blends Painting x Collage in Mixed Media Work on Globalization & the Environment

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Seattle-based artist Mary Iverson’s work is a mash-up of painting and collage, filling natural and manmade landscapes with brightly colored shipping containers. The containers—which constitute the painted portion of the works—are overlaid with a pattern of lines and interrupt the otherwise serene natural landscapes.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

READ IT | It’s Oxford Dictionary Official, ‘Mx.’ is the new Mr. or Ms. For Gender-Queer People

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The gender-neutral honorific ‘Mx’, pronounced ‘mix,’ is in the works to be officially added to the Oxford English Dictionary. ‘Mx’ is the preferred honorific for trans people or for people who don’t strictly identify with ‘Mr’, ‘Mrs’ or ‘Ms.’ In the last two years, ‘Mx’ has become an increasingly recognized prefix, with performance artist Justin Bond as one of the more notable figures who prefer the gender-queer prefix. As a response to the way words are adapting to an increasingly inclusive world, the Oxford English Dictionary is considering the addition of ‘Mx’ in its next edition.

SEE IT | Mash-up: Iconic Images in Art & Pop Culture Go Gluten-Free in ‘Gluten Free Museum’ Tumblr

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Like most diet and food trends, the whole gluten-free movement has become the butt of many a joke (unfortunate for anyone who’s actually a Celiac). The latest incarnation comes in the form of the hilarious tongue-in-cheek photo-manipulations from the Gluten Free Museum Tumblr. The anonymous but brilliant and twisted mind behind Gluten Free Museum has taken famous artworks and iconic pop culture images and has made it their mission to digitally remove all signs of the offensive protein composite. The hypersensitive, your eyes no longer have to suffer the sight of gluten when enjoying your favorite works of art and film.

WATCH IT | Mash-up: Ethiopian Students Learn English by Learning & Singing Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow”

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Anyone who sang along to “Frère Jacques” (or any other imported sing-along) as a kid gets the global impact music has on language. In an especially endearing case, Peace Corps teacher Matt Westerberg decided to use Pearl Jam’s “Even Flow” to help teach his 9th grade English students in Northern Ethiopia. “After class one day I jokingly wrote the chorus line to Pearl Jam’s ‘Even Flow’ on the chalkboard,” he explained to Alternative Nation. “I thought it would be funny to have the kids try and learn it. They laughed their way through it. The next day, they demanded to try it again. After a while we went through most of the song day by day as a motivational tool.” As a huge fan of Pearl Jam and 90’s rock, Westerberg thought it was a fun way to introduce his students to grunge music and the English language. “At first it was all just a joke, but after awhile, the students began to really build confidence through learning the song,” said Westerberg.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Colby Jones Blends Male Bodies with Greek & Roman Sculptures in ‘Cut Out For It” Series

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💪👊 "Cut Out For It" by London-based collagist Colby Jones. See the full series on Bullettmedia.com 👊💪

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Collage work that explores the commodification of the ideal female body isn’t hard to find, and we don’t have to look much further than Linder Sterling’s portfolio for the best of the best. As for the idealized male form, London-based photographer and collage artist Colby Jones has a series, titled ‘Cut Out For it,’ that mashes up cut-outs of faceless male bodies with photos of classic Greek and Roman sculptures (note, the title’s very clear double meaning). “As long as I can remember, I have always aspired to achieve a physical appearance that exuded masculinity and have always felt that this would make me a desirable human being,” Jones said to Bullett Media. “Having this standard has challenged what I consider to be beautiful as I have never been able to arrive at the peak physicality as the sculptures before me.” The contrasts—between modern and classical, soft and hard—bring an interesting perspective on seeking physical perfection. You can see the rest of ‘Cut Out For Ithere.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

SEE IT | Collage: Artist Sammy Slabbinck Repurposes Vintage Magazines & Delivers Retro Collages to the Masses via Instagram

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Here’s to collages and #FBF. Belgium-based collage artist Sammy Slabbinck repurposes vintage magazines by cutting them up, then combing them to create cheeky but beautifully surreal collages. On his art, Slabbinck explains, “Sex sells, obviously, but in magazines like Playboy, it’s not always very classy.” His collage work take female form and places it in another place or décor to communicate a different dynamic. However, the EU’s recent economic recession and instability has led to a more conservative allocation of funding in Belgium’s art industry. Like other artists, Slabbinck has taken to user-generated platforms like Instagram to display and share his work.

August 24, 2016 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Watch the Paul Thomas Anderson-Directed Video For Joanna Newsom’s “Sapokanikan”

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Guys, it’s been so long since Joanna Newsom released her last album, 2010’s Have One On Me. And even though we caught her narrating Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, that shroom-trip of a movie we’re still not entirely sure we liked, it’s not quite the same as hearing pure poetry alongside harp instrumentals. Well, Newsom has finally announced the name of her next album, titled Divers, and she reunited with Paul Thomas Anderson to make and share the video for first single “Sapokanikan.” In the PT Anderson-directed video, Newsom sings while wandering around New York City. The title of the song is a reference to the name given by Lenape Native Americans to what is now the Meatpacking district of Manhattan, and in their abstract way, her lyrics speak to New York City’s long history.

August 10, 2015 by Robert Cordero

MOMENTS | Mash-up: Not Your Typical Food Pic, Graphic Designer Matija Erceg’s Mergs Raw Meats & Veggie x Everyday Objects

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If only every food pic on Instagram looked like Vancouver-based graphic designer Matija Erceg’s food-inspired mash-ups. Using Photoshop, Erceg combines imagines of food, usually some sort of raw meat or vegetable, with images of everyday objects (sort of, there’s a mash-up of virtual reality tool Oculus Rift with a cut of Beef Wellington). The graphic designer was inspired by an image of flip-flops made of meat, Erceg started his own project, creating brightly colored hybrids of objects and food. We’re a little grossed out, but we’re also really into it. So go check out his mash-ups of bacon telephones, steak skateboards and mushroom screws to get inspired, cringe a little, then smile. Erceg’s food art can be found on his website, cheekily titled Serious Design. You can also see the rest of his work on Instagram—it’s a lot better than seeing what your friend’s friend ate for lunch today.

July 28, 2015 by Robert Cordero