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Friday
Apr032015

Varela Versus at Howard St

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Howard St
3 Howard Street
New York, NY 10013
March 6 – April 5, 2015

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Varela Versus has one of the strangest concepts you'll come across in a gallery, claiming the art included revolves around a lawsuit between Ja Rule, MTV Cribs and some rich homeowner in Miami. And while this may seem absurd, it totally makes sense when you're walking around the show. Louis Eisner's lavish and twisted palace interior shots, Dylan Lynch's mangled modernist furniture, and Erika Ceruzzi's wonky Miami workout bars all help to make it a very transformative viewing experience. The show closes this weekend, so you have just enough time to check it out for yourself.

Howard St

Friday
Apr032015

More More Now

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01. 100% cotton.
02. Silk screened in NYC.

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Artistic direction plays arguably as big a role as the actual music in launching a record label these days, and More More Now has directed some of the best, from L.I.E.S. to WT Records. A selection of these designs are included in the products section of their website, as well as the unique special projects the label undertakes.

Available from More More Now

Thursday
Apr022015

Other Nature by Ron Jude

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—01. Published by The Ice Plant, 2008.

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"In his previous book, Alpine Star, photographer and publisher Ron Jude appropriated and recast a collection of his hometown newspaper photographs as a cryptically humorous meditation on the grey area between personal history and collective memory. Jude's next series of photographs, Other Nature, adds a more intimate, diaristic strain to this line of inquiry, combining two separate sets of his own 4 x 5 color pictures (made between 2001 and 2008) to create a subtle and uncanny investigation of the 'slippery threshold of narrative' in still images. Drawing on the concerns of the New Topographics photographers, Jude's depictions of anonymous motel rooms and the stranger regions of the American landscape could, on first glance, be taken for an ecological critique."

Available from The Ice Plant

Thursday
Apr022015

Engineered Garments SS15 Printed T-Shirts

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—01. Made in Canada.

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Although Engineered Garments aren't necessarily known for their T-shirts, they always produce a quality range of printed options, featuring a chest pocket, split hem and crossover collar. Made in Canada, the shirts have a nice feel and a good weight, while the graphic treatments allow Daiki's personality to shine through in a more playful way.

Available from Haven

Wednesday
Apr012015

Paraboot at Gentry

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01. Chambord Moc.
02. Reims Penny Loafer.

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Up until recently Paraboot footwear was more widely available in Europe and Japan, but over the last couple of seasons it has started to make its way into select retailers in North America. In my fascination with the French shoemaker I’ve come across a large selection of styles and colours, but never these navy blue models with contrasting cream soles. Given the brand's fairly low profile on this side of the pond, it's a colourway that represents an especially unique choice.

Available from Gentry

Wednesday
Apr012015

William Eggleston's Stranded in Canton

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—01. Photographs by William Eggleston.

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I was recommended William Eggleston’s film, Stranded in Canton, a while ago when discussing his work with a colleague, unbeknownst to me that on top of his influential body of photographs he had also produced this bizarre and innovative piece of video art. Shot using a black-and-white Sony Portapak unit with an infrared tube attached so he could record in dark places without lights, the outcome is part Southern Gothic circus sideshow and part hallucinatory cinéma-vérité documentation. In 2009, it was released as a book featuring 40 frame enlargements and other bonus materials, as well as a DVD copy of the remastered film. This volume, published by Twin Palms, is definitely one to check out, especially if you're interested in the fringes of 1970s American artistic expression or want to gain a deeper understanding of a highly influential career that is still going strong.

Available from Photo-Eye Bookstore

Tuesday
Mar312015

Steele Canvas All Black Utility Bag

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—01. Vinyl water-resistant base.

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The durable and roomy Steele Canvas tote is a great variation of this prosaic everyday item and, for me at least, the brand’s rich history and expertise in fashioning well-made canvas products adds some life and character to an otherwise ubiquitous carryall. That being said, this colourway, released exclusively with the UK-based shop Generalgood, is a little more special; the all black treatment making an appealing change from your average natural canvas version.

Available from Generalgood

Monday
Mar302015

Adidas Energy Boost ESM

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—01. Techfit upper.

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The variety of Adidas shoes available featuring Boost technology is quite impressive. Their Pure and Ultra Boost soles are certainly standouts, but the less minimal aesthetic of the Energy Boost caught my eye and pulled me in. It's the first time I've worn any shoes with the innovative foam cushioning, and I am pretty impressed with the level of comfort. This particular model also features a Torsion midsole and Techfit upper, which combine for a great feel, inside and out.

Available from Livestock

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