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Steve Cutts’ adorably dystopian pop art

A former adman who stopped drinking the Kool Aid, Steve Cutts is a London based illustrator who uses his experiences behind the corporate grindstone to turn dismal truths into adorable cartoon like imagery. Good times! Fun for all ages!

Even if you win the rat race you're still a rat.

Even if you win the rat race you’re still a rat.

The real Circle of Life.

The real Circle of Life.

All the news that's fit to shit.

All the news that’s fit to shit.

If Andy Warhol told the truth.

If Andy Warhol told the truth.

Freedom is Slavery.

Freedom is Slavery.

'Nuff Said.

‘Nuff Said.

For more of Mr. Cutts’ brilliant artwork, click HERE.

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Mutually Agreed Peace: Ending The Doctrine of Perpetual War

Peace-a-Chance-NukeEthan Indigo Smith via Waking Times:

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” ~ Pericles

Everything is ultimately political these days, but everything is firstly biological. Yet, ignoring our biology and our humanity, the military-industrial complex, with all its toxic modalities, still claims to operate in our best interests.

The fact is, modern politics has become the imposition of institutional formality where individuals and truth once were. Increasingly favoring institutional privilege over individual rights, politicians on all sides of the game act to reinforce and advance the standing of corporations at the expense of our physical world. They embark on resource wars for profit, destroy our environment for energy, construe zealotry as patriotism, and steer a culture of social competition – not cooperation – all the while hiding behind veils of secrecy and meaningless rhetoric.

It does not matter what caste you were born into, whether you are wealthy or poor, victor or victim of the system; as far as the big picture goes, we live in a world where commerce, politics and war are dominant and inseparable forces.

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Rithika Merchant: At The Dusk of Identity by Decadence Darling

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The Moon Devours Her Children, 2015 | 20 x 27.5 in | Gouache and Ink on Paper

Rithika Merchant: At The Dusk of Identity by Decadence Darling

Division requires a line whereby our minds process an object or concept not based on its entirety but upon independent qualities separated from the wholeness. Spirituality in its varied traditions throughout time is essentially to realize how you identify independently from the wholeness, while simultaneously crossing those intellectual lines of division to identify as part of the wholeness. It is a process of unifying duality while maintaining individuality. It is a process where one will find darkness in the light and light in the darkness. That glowing spectral satellite in the night sky reveals a host of mysteries beyond the shadows, it reveals the partitions within our psyche. It is that relationship with our individual mind and the wholeness of the universe that Luna Tabulatorum establishes a narrative to explore how natural phenomena has an effect on humanity and how division is both instituted and transcended.… Read the rest

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It should be a capitalist flop, but Banksy’s Dismaland is pure magic

Banksy Releases Promo Video for Dismaland

It’s not easy being a superstar anti-establishment art celebrity. Back in the late 1990s I was one of a group of art students who, for a time, became mildly famous as art pranksters. Within the group we could never be sure – and this despite our most earnest efforts – that our work really was the stuff of revolution. But we were in the papers. We were on the Turner Prize programme. We were even offered a book deal. Nonetheless it’s hard to maintain revolutionary kudos once you’ve been interviewed by Timmy Mallett.

And so I feel for Banksy. In Bristol, his street-pieces are still powerful landmarks even if we know, and he knows, what a dichotomy he represents, caught somewhere between art and artifice; an anarchist in capitalist giftwrap.

This being so, I was not expecting much from his latest hyped-up creation, Dismaland. I assumed it would be trying too hard to recapture that lost edginess; that old sold-out soul.… Read the rest

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The Verdict is in: Guess Who’s The Worst President in US History?

Mark Rain (CC BY 2.0)

Mark Rain (CC BY 2.0)

Jeff61b via HubPages:

Americans of all stripes love to debate which president was best or worst. This is a subject that is too important to rely on opinion polls, which are skewed by individual bias and political views. While It’s difficult to rate how good or bad any president may have been in comparison to another, a careful look at the facts shows one president failed in virtually every aspect of the job to a degree unrivaled by any other.

When you review the facts below and consider his impact on our economy, foreign policy, and domestic policy, by almost any standard, it’s difficult to find any president who did more harm and left the country in worse shape than George W. Bush.

At the same time that Bush was leaving office with a 28% job approval rating, 61% of historians rated George W. Bush’s presidency as the worst in history.

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Joseph Marr’s Raspberry-Flavored Sugar Skull

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Joseph Marr, a Berlin-based, Australian-born artist, creates stunning sugar sculptures of the human body. He explains:

Working with sugar is wonderful and difficult. Its so colourful and textural, having similarities to paint. But then there is the temperature which is firstly dangerous but also it drops so quickly which influences the viscosity, so I find myself having to work really quickly to get what I need. It’s a sensory overload, the smell, the colour, the heat and the honey like movement… it’s sharp like glass and smooth like Marble and at the same time rough like concrete… unpredictable.

His work deals primarily with consciousness, focusing on “issues of desire and mortality.” Last year, Marr contributed this life-sized, edible sugar skull to an art exhibit organized by the Skull Appreciate Society to raise money for Live Life Give Life, an organ donation charity organization.

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the nAiL

There’s a nail in the wall.
Well, no. Actually, it’s in a beam.
Across the alley on my neighbor’s roof.

I always liked that nail.
Sticks out about three inches.
It’s just so straight. So carefully hammered. With Love.

Sometimes, you can see its shadow on the beam, as the sun creeps across the sky over our roofs.
A jealous sundial.

Except, it’s not jealous.
It’s a nail.

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A Life Amongst Art

For over 50 years, Los Angeles resident Enrique Serrato has been building an impressive collection of American, Chicano and Mexican art that now exceeds 6000 pieces covering ceramics, paintings, sculpture and outsider art. Unlike the Vogels, Mr. Serrato kept his collection private for more than 35 years, and only recently opened his collection to a small group of Los Angeleno artists and collectors. Mr. Serrato lives in a two-bedroom apartment and surrounds himself with his ever-growing collection which has been called Los Angeles’ best kept secret. Filmed by Patrick Kennedy.

Watch part one of this fascinating documentary here:

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Opus Hypnagogia: Sacred Spaces of the Visionary and Vernacular

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Erna Kd “Target” 2014

This article originally appeared on Manifesto of Decadence.

The experience of death is practiced daily, rather nightly for most people. Sleep is symbolically and minutely a death experience. Whereas the death of the body severs consciousness from the corporeal identity, sleep momentarily brings our awareness from the physical body to the mental subconsciousness. In this context death is not the decay of flesh but rather the division, or even perhaps, the expansion of consciousness beyond the physical body. It is in this context that individuals for millennia have explored “death” while still living in the body, namely through meditation, astral projection and astral travel, in which they project their mental self out of the confines of the flesh and become conscious of the subtle planes of reality not perceivable by the physical senses. Within the process of astral projection are transitional stages where consciousness is not quite in the mental ether nor quite in the physical body.… Read the rest

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