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Got a Girl Crush On: Erin M. Riley and her “Woven Selfies”

We’ve blogged about Erin before, but this is the first installment of GAGC Originals — content created solely for this website.

Erin’s been getting a lot of attention recently—interviewed by Alter Street and on the radio alike, about what it means to be a woman that creates weavings of photos of other women in states of undress. Is it perpetuating a patriarchal subjection of women? Is it commentary on social media and a younger generation seeking outside validation seeing as “selfie” was Oxford Dictionary’s word-of-the-year in 2013? Or is it just really embracing women as sexual beings and how they express that in a digital age? Could be a bit of all of the former, could just be visually interesting—regardless we think they’re freaking amazing!

She culls Google and Facebook for subjects for her wall-sized tapestries. The viewer is confronted with nudity, used tampons, remnants of sex, drugs, and women posing in front of a mirror with their iPhones. A modern discussion of the permanency of what happens once you upload a photo the the internet is tangibly captured in an ages-old art form. 

Check out more of Erin’s work at www.erinmriley.com!

Got a Girl Crush On: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians performing “What I Am”

Gotta love nonsensical music video in a prop house! Happy Friday, y’all!

Got a Girl Crush On: Artist Phoebe Little’s field recordings of Indian radio

Nebraska based artist Phoebe Little’s trip abroad yielded some magical gems she recorded and compiled for a TAPE released on new Brooklyn-based alterna distro, Standard Issue. The cassette (yes, as in pre-CD, as in PRE-MP3) is accompanied by artwork in her “signature hyper-detailed, psychedelic style with execution inspired by Indian embroidery.”

Order your copy!

Got a Girl Crush On: 13-year-old Mongolian eagle huntress, Ashol-Pan

In what has been historically a “male activity for around 2,000 years say something about Mongolia in the 21st Century.”

"The generation that will decide what will happen with every tradition that Mongolia contains is this generation," says photographer Svidensky. "Everything there is going to change and is going to be redefined - and the possibilities are amazing."

Click the photos to view larger — they are breathtaking.

(via BBC - thanks for the tip-off, Jess!)

Got a Girl Crush On: Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings’ video for “Retreat.”

Sharon was diagnosed with cancer after she finished recording her new album Give the People What They Want. In an interview with 91.3 WYEP in Pittsburgh, she said the meaning of the song “Retreat” changed during that time.

"They talked about doing an animated video and once I saw the animated video, it was no longer me telling some guy to retreat, it was like me telling the cancer to retreat,” says Sharon.

The video is directed by the crush-worthy animator/filmmaker Lizzi Akana.

Don’t miss the priceless animated booty shake at 1:12.

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are on tour now, check out show dates here.

Got a Girl Crush On: Swoon’s new art installation at the Brooklyn Museum

Run, don’t walk, to Callie’s new exhibit opening TONIGHT!

Brooklyn-based artist Swoon celebrates everyday people and explores social and environmental issues with her signature paper portraits and figurative installations. She is best known for her large, intricately-cut prints wheat pasted to industrial buildings in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

For this exhibition, Swoon creates a site-specific installation in our rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage.

Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.

Swoon studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and has become active in such humanitarian activities as Konbit Shelter Project, which helps Haitians create sustainable buildings, and Transformazium in Braddock, Pennsylvania, which works with local residents to revitalize their community.

Swoon: Submerged Motherlands
April 11—August 24, 2014
https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/swoon

    Got a Girl Crush On: Tamara from Sydney’s Heavy Metal Viking Pole Dance

    Everythingaboutthis!

    Got a Girl Crush On: The women behind Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn,and their new bi-annual publication, TAC!

    Textile Arts Center is made up of a dedicated team of entrepreneurs, artists, designers, and textile enthusiasts. It is a community space dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of textiles through creative educational programs for children and adults—and they’ve only been around since 2009!

    In the spirit of promoting and supporting independent press, we invite you to check out their latest and more far-reaching effort: TAC Magazine!

    TAC is a biannual publication that gives voice to the modern textile movement, and fits naturally into the mission of Textile Arts Center. Rooted in an educational and community-centric approach, TAC will deliver curated content that informs and inspires. Through 96 pages of ahead-of-the-curve tutorials, designer and artist studio visits, current textile news, fashion editorial spreads, and travel guides, TAC will bind a community hungry for knowledge and inspiration, and provide a missing link in connecting the international textile community, while attracting new enthusiasts.

    Video filmed by Isabelle Selby, music composed and performed by David Linaburg.

    We’re already wholly behind the work of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Stop Telling Women To Smile” campaign and now you can too:
stoptellingwomentosmile:

As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Stop Telling Women to Smile is organizing an international wheat pasting night on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Individuals and organizations around the world are encouraged to form STWTS wheat pasting groups. A PDF will be released in order to download and print posters. So that on April 5th, walls across the world will bear the faces and words from women protesting street harassment.

Request the download links for your own posters from the Stop Telling Women to Smile website!

    We’re already wholly behind the work of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh’s “Stop Telling Women To Smile” campaign and now you can too:

    stoptellingwomentosmile:

    As part of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Stop Telling Women to Smile is organizing an international wheat pasting night on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Individuals and organizations around the world are encouraged to form STWTS wheat pasting groups. A PDF will be released in order to download and print posters. So that on April 5th, walls across the world will bear the faces and words from women protesting street harassment.

    Request the download links for your own posters from the Stop Telling Women to Smile website!

    115% successfully funded! We couldn’t be more thrilled with all the support! THANK YOU to all who could help and stay-tuned to all for Issue #3 coming to print soon!! 

    115% successfully funded! We couldn’t be more thrilled with all the support! THANK YOU to all who could help and stay-tuned to all for Issue #3 coming to print soon!!