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FEATURE: THE ART OF TIKI

The precise stages of the revival of tiki culture are not easy to reconstruct. For instance, does the 20 Jazz Funk Greats album, by Throbbing Gristle, with its mix of kitschy arrangements and exotic instrumentation, mark the beginning of the genre’s rediscovery? It did beget 1980’s Greatest Hits compilation by the same band, which boasted...

By: Brian
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ALEXIS PALMER KARL

Let’s be frank about one thing up front: magic, wicca, witchcraft, occultism… it’s all pretty domesticated at this point. Like those who make homemade jelly, or handcrafted bread, or soy candles or pickles, there is no shortage of sensitive, think-outside-the-box individuals living in cities and college towns who also make crystal jewelry, oracle bowls, and bottled...

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JUSTIN AMRHEIN

Barring a nuclear or environmental holocaust—both of which seem more plausible with each passing day—our reliance on machines will only deepen in the future. Ideologies may reject them; individuals can try and unplug from them; but their place in society, as an example of either human ingenuity or folly, is a foregone conclusion. One of...

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MYZTICO CAMPO

As if any further evidence of our failed institutions were needed—the presidential debate of two weeks ago summarily closed that case. What now? If you’re a self-taught artist, born in Cuba, raised near Times Square, living currently in Brooklyn, with a taste for for hallucinogenic drugs and conspiracy theory, then you paint visions. Myztico Campo...

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JJ MANFORD

Not long ago I had the opportunity to visit the studio of Brooklyn-based painter JJ Manford just as he was finishing new work for his current solo show at John Davis Gallery, in Hudson, NY. His most recent series dwells at that odd juncture between nineteenth-century Romanticism and twentieth-century psychedelia. For instance, Manford’s figurative, expressionistic, and polychromatic world strikes...

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OSAMU KOBAYASHI

Paintings that are restrained, austere, or slow to read can often be met with a prickly response when it comes to the art world. Indeed, the old war between the avant-garde and the bourgeoisie, hailing from at least as far back as the Salon des Refusés and coming into sharper focus with the Dadaist of...

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