featured artist: Tyler Spangler

discover the bright and captivating works of Tyler Spangler

the work of Tyler Spangler is unlike most digital art we stumble upon. his work is completely addictive. his clients range from Chanel, Hermès and Nike to Outkast, Penguin, Red Bull, to even Samsung, Tumblr,  and Volcom.. and we’re sure many more…

his playful aesthetic fully captivates the senses. he’s sending you ironic phrases and a redefined definition of  “pop”

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the amazing body of the “tortured genius”

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. And people crowd around the poet and say to him, “Sing again soon”–in other words, may new sufferings torture your soul, and may your lips continue to be formed as before, because your screams would only alarm us, but the music is charming. And the critics step up and say, “That is right; so it must be according to the rules of aesthetics.” Now of course a critic resembles a poet to a hair, except that he does not have the anguish in his heart, or the music on his lips.
–Søren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

“May new sufferings torture your soul.”

photograph by @montcarver

An ominous request from a supposed fan. But this piece from the 19th century existentialist philosopher seems to say more about the nature of the artist than the desires of a follower. It speaks of a sort of transformation occurring within the body of the artist and sees the gap between the composer’s creating and the passerby’s hearing.

I’m sure we’ve all listened to a song or some other work and really enjoyed it, then later came to find out “I made this when I was going through…” What did we appreciate–a piece that slaps, or a process that is truly a biological masterpiece? How often do we marvel at those lips which Kierkegaard spoke of, the lips which belong to the bodies who have such compassion for themselves (and for you) as to reconstruct healing artistry from ruin?

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Chester Watson releases a new lo-fi Instrumental Tape

in October Chester Watson gave us a truly new and dynamic album called Project0. this album was featured in a number of music blogs across the internet. later he released a visual companion to his song 40 Acres. it’s with excitement that today January 21st he released the Instrumental Tape he tweeted about near the end of 2018.

i’m listening to this as i’m writing.

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life cycles

art by ello.co/whackoink

as a species we’re always seeming to ask why. its a thirst for definition guiding our every step. we often ask our selves why did i chose to do the things that i do. or why am i always putting myself in this situation. addiction. bad habits. poor choices. or how come was it that i have been dealt this hand.

the human experience is an enigma we constantly seek to find meaning of. some days we spin into cycles of self care and being conscience of choices made. we even are capable of monitoring our thought patterns- making choices more of a positive and optimistic look at this all. that if whatever meaning it may be or have, it is that of a grander purpose- a mark of miracles.

cycles.

by nature. we are giving choices. two doors at the end of every choice. making two completely different realities.

– icarus

Bombay Bicycle Club announces their recent surge of inspiration

it was an unknown day in late 2012 or so that i was able to be blessed by the song Always Like This by Bombay Bicycle Club. it was right around the time insanity struck and i didn’t leave my parents house for three months. during this period of time i had this song on repeat. since then it has been a gem to every playlist i created.

this morning i awoke to a tweet speaking of the inspirational return of this group. i couldn’t even believe it. JUST last week i played this song and did some research to find they haven’t really been publishing anything new for quite some time.

the universe has a really funny way of responding to you if you’re paying attention.

Monday January 14th Bombay Bicycle Club shared this tweet:


we’re highly anticipating the latest from them and will keep our eyes out for any more news.

-icarus

listen to: How To Act by N3JI feat. H20 (prod. by DJENKO)

Our brother N3JI is undergoing a transformation right now.

Formally known as Neji Vibez, N3JI is heading off on a journey now. His hard work has been deeply paying off. From performing all over Louisiana’s favorite cities, he’s recently been finding himself in Atlanta, to Los Angeles, and more. We haven’t gotten any updates from N3JI concerning the next city he will be performing in.

NEW to the internet is How To Act produced by another brilliant member of teamkilleveryone, DJENKO. Watch the official video below:

(currently at 2.4k views congrats fellas 1/12/19 7:43pm central time)

experience: Nobody by Mitski from STARBEAM

Enjoy the official video for Nobody by Mitski

To me Mitski is the human version of the low key Jamaican spot that nobody knows about in town but they have the 10.99 special with enough food to bring home. Her vocal range is surprising and she has this aura about her that makes her seem like she probably wears Bape and Cvlt Aesthetics. Her music is really sad but also hopeful. I think she is more honest than a lot of other artist with her emotions and the things she goes through. Her vibe fits most moods and her songs and metaphors are almost nostalgic in a way. She reminds me of a based version of Lorde if that possible. “Bury me at Makeout Cove” is an earlier album that’s perfect to start at if you want to dive in. This song “Nobody” was making me cry all summer. Enjoy

featured artist: Jolene Lai

Meet Los Angeles based artist Jolene

Most of her works are oil / acrylic based paintings. She uses her tools to bring us to a surreal, almost hyper realistic, storybook realm. Creating porcelain like doll figures- Jolene surrounds her subjects with off the wall fantastic settings with convincing concepts. Every scene painted is unique in each way capturing several meanings left to the observation and interpretations of the viewer.

“I often frown when I hear comments about the need to fit into the mold to be deemed complete.

I understand where they are coming from, but i more so want to believe in the value of individuality and the importance of freedom to express our own uniqueness through what we choose to do.

The new year’s here, are you going to fit into the mold, or step out of your comfort zone?” [x]

For more of Jolene Lai’s works:

If you find yourself at Think Space Art Gallery in LA Jolene tends to have work hanging there.

www.jolenelaiart.com

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