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Yeah, I Totes Get the Best Swag

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kira

1:57 PM on March 17th, 2010 | 

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$104.3M And All I Got Was This Lousy Sculpture

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kira

10:43 AM on February 4th, 2010 | 

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The Invisible Man

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Every once and a while something comes along that’s so creative, so out-of-the-box, yet so incredibly obvious that it makes you feel like a real worthless piece of shit for not thinking of it first. Sorry kids, but I’m afraid that’s just what it feels like to appreciate art.

Liu Bolin

I’d like to introduce you to Liu Bolin — an insane man and visionary who is currently freaking me out. By now, we’ve all seen plenty of photographers goofing around with long shutters to produce what looks like shots of “ghosts.” And at a first glance, that’s almost what the photographs of Liu Bolin’s art look like. But like his art, it’ll take more than a quick glance to truly appreciate the effort and thought that went into each piece. I mean, my god, Liu Bolin could sneak up on a real fucking ghost.

Liu Bolin

The man is as much a master of disguise and camouflage as he is an artist. There’s no trick photography or digital editing going on here; in fact, his craft is both simpler and infinitely more complicated than that. Bolin literally paints himself to look exactly like the scene he is in. That’s “all” there is to it. Painstaking, remarkable, vaguely creepy.

If you were a sucker for Magic Eyes back in the day, more retinal delights await beyond the jump. Read More ›

 
aaron

10:24 AM on October 1st, 2009 | 

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Crawling Up The Walls

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Famed street artists/masochists Blu and David Ellis recently completed another one of their exercises in redefining the word “painstaking” for the Fame Festival. It’s been making the rounds in the Blogodome the past few days, but I can tell you this much if you haven’t seen it yet… it’s a pretty good replacement for mushrooms.

It’s a truly stunning work of art combining painting, video, installation, and even some demolition to create a sort of moving, growing painting that is truly more of a mixed media creation than simple animation. The environment is critical to the entire piece and certainly adds to its ability to consistently surprise the viewer.

In a word, awesome. In another, thanks a lot Mom for yelling at me for drawing on the walls as a child and crushing any chance of me actually enjoying adult life.

 
aaron

10:00 AM on September 29th, 2009 | 

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Synonyms for Testicles

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Squirrels just want to have fun

So what if it’s been sort of a squirrely week here at RA… eat my nuts.

 
aaron

5:00 PM on August 7th, 2009 | 

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Son Of A Beach!

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Chicago’s icy claws have loosened from my neck, allowing for wholesome trips to the beach a few blocks from my apartment, and some unwholesome as well — which obviously include a lot more smuggling of alcohol and much less photography.

Berwyn Beach - Photography by Aaron Hatch

What can I even say here that hasn’t already been said? Water just looks better in America. Sorry exotic beaches of the world, you just can’t compete with the Midwest’s proud collection of gigantic mud puddles. The lakes are called “Great” for a reason, and I’ll let you in on a little secret, it’s not because of their size. It’s because they’re in the U-S-mother-fucking-A. Read More ›

 
aaron

11:48 AM on June 18th, 2009 | 

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Ray of Light

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Sun showers are one of my favorite natural phenomena, which tends to conflict with my unreasonably strong hatred of rain due to an ongoing love affair with a certain hobby that demands dry asphalt. Also paradoxically, I love a fierce summer thunderstorm, as I’ve always found bowling to be fairly enjoyable and see no reason to begrudge the angels their fun.

After The Sunshower - Photography by Aaron Hatch

Obviously, when sun showers and thunderstorms collide, mother nature treats us with a blissful, albeit short-lived, source of routine wonder - the perfect storm. When the rolling, menacing rumbles in the distance finally turned into calamitous booms directly overhead, the heavy rain and wind and magic mushrooms ingested two hours prior made taking photographs an impossible feat. A few hours later, however, the storms retreated into a perfect golden hour that was probably only partially enhanced by psychoactive agents. Read More ›

 
aaron

10:28 AM on May 5th, 2009 | 

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Sunday’s To Do List

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Sunday's To Do List - Photography by Aaron Hatch

It was a busy weekend.

 
aaron

11:46 PM on April 26th, 2009 | 

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Kick, Push and Coast

Filed Under: Photography, Skateboarding

Truly, there is no better kind of happy hour than skateboarding in the dying light of an unseasonably warm Friday evening.

Happy Hour - Photography by Aaron Hatch

It was 85 here today. 85 degrees Fahrenheit, here, in the frozen hell that is Chicago. Hello Retribution, I don’t believe we’ve met.

 
aaron

8:09 PM on April 24th, 2009 | 

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Better Than The Sum Of Its Parts?

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Bad Taste/Good Eats - Illustration by Aaron Hatch

(Medicinal) marijuana is good for a few things - none the least of which is creativity. Um… not that I would know. Maybe I missed Lost or whatever’s on, but making art (is that pretentious?) is really not that bad of a way to spend a Thursday night. So yeah… turns out weed’s not just for eating lots of Cheez Its and vegging out to the iTunes visualizer after all. …Or so I heard.

 
aaron

9:30 AM on April 17th, 2009 | 

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The New World Trade Center

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The New World Trade Center

The hoopla concerning the “name change” of 1WTC was a reminder that, fuck me, they’re really redeveloping the World Trade Center site. For nearly a decade anyone living or working south of Chambers has had to put up with closed streets, cranes, dump trucks, and smelly construction workers bogarting deli lines with little more than a well-organized hole in the ground to show for it.  But by 2012 (hopefully), the pain will be over.

When it was first revealed, 1WTC’s design failed to make a real impression (at least Daniel Libsekind’s piece of shit allowed me to hate it). The “Freedom Tower” branding was woefully uninspired and the symbolic height of 1,776 feet - retarded. The entire project reeked of sloppy politics. 

But as early as September 11, 2008, rumors were spreading that the “Freedom Tower” name was falling out of favor among the developers. With Pataki gone, Rudy diminished (to put it diplomatically) and the Bush Administration tarred and feathered (also a diplomatic euphemism) - the professionals were left to their own devices. The public announcement two weeks ago that the “Freedom Tower” brand has been cast aside was really an official announcement that the project is out of the hands of bumbling politicians and vision-less real estate magnates and in the control of the some of the best designers and engineers in the world. Trust me, it shows. Read More ›

 
lou

1:46 PM on April 13th, 2009 | 

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Once You Pop, You Just Can’t Stop

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Last week, I informed you all as to my ongoing struggle with onions — indeed, if my relationship with onions was listed on Facebook, it would be filed as “It’s Complicated,” although the only real complication is that I hate them but they’re fucking everywhere I look. However, Aaron is listed in another relationship, and although my companion and I are not tagged in any photos together yet, our love grows stronger by the day.

Many of you may be acquainted with the humble Pop-Tart, a seemingly boring, forgettable member of the League of Breakfast Foods. However, while Pop-Tarts may be the butt of every Toaster Strudel commercial’s joke, I’ve remained faithful after all these years, just as they too have always been by my side. They saw me off to my first day of school. They saw me off to many subsequent days of school. And they were even there, in the dark of night, sealed within paranoia-inducing crinkly wrapping during my early experiments with a certain plant that makes you lust after junk food and mediocre television offerings.

In fact, Pop-Tarts made up a very significant portion of my diet during most of my college years — and by “significant portion” I mean “almost all of.” Plus, that brief stay in the hospital was actually a nice little get away, so I don’t really have anything bad to say about the often-frosted delights other than, perhaps, that there are never enough of them in my kitchen. So without further adieu, here’s a self portrait for you, my friends stuffed with various delicious fillings. Because it really is just like they say: the best part of waking up, is a Pop-Tart in your mouth. Or something like that.

Good Eats - Illustration by Aaron Hatch

 
aaron

5:59 PM on April 9th, 2009 | 

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