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Self-taught artist El Gato Chimney rises from the street as a modern day Faust

"My Black Heart" 2014 100 x 71cm Watercolor and pencil on cotton paper

El Gato Chimney “My Black Heart” 2014 100 x 71cm Watercolor and pencil on cotton paper

El Gato Chimney is a 34-year-old self-taught former street artist who lives in Milan, Italy. Local lore has it that while he was a street artist, the devil visited him and offered him success. El Gato will himself not comment, however his work has since been featured in many prominent magazines and galleries throughout the world.

His first US exhibition open March 5 at the bewitched Stephen Romano Gallery in Brooklyn NY.

Disinfo interviewed the artist a few days ago with the assistance of curator and scholar Michela D’Acquisto who is co-curating the exhibition “El Gato Chimney: DE RERUM NATURA”  (“El Gato Chimney: On the Nature of Things”)…

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Beauty is Truth?

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E=mc2. Einstein’s great equation represents a pinnacle of mathematical purity. But as the evidence piles up which general relativity struggles to account for, is the very elegance of Einstein’s theories preventing scientists from updating them? Is there always beauty in truth, or are aesthetics a distraction from the fundamental mission of science?

Excellent interview on this with Jon Butterworth, a physics professor at University College London and author of Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs.

 

You have said in the past that beauty is found in simplicity, but isn’t it actually the complex nature of the world that inspires awe? 

Obviously it’s a subjective point of view but, for me, what inspires awe is the fact that such complexity can arise for some very simple underlying principles. It’s the combination of complexity and simplicity. If the universe was all manifestly simple, that wouldn’t be so impressive.

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Multidimensional Patterns by Justin Lovato

Prima Materia, 2014

Prima Materia, 2014

Justin Lovato is a psychedelic artist based in California. He recently wrapped up a solo show curated by Brian Chambers of the Furtherrr Collective entitled “Prima Materia” which opened on 11/7 at Space Gallery in Denver, CO. He was willing to let me interview him in which we talk about his art, J.R. “Bob” Dobbs, spontaneous combustion, and more.

You can find Justin on Instagram at @justinlovato23.

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25 Years of “Wild at Heart”

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This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of my favorite David Lynch film, Wild at Heart. Released in 1990, Wild tells the tale of Sailor and Lula, a red-hot couple who are reunited when Sailor is released from prison. The pair take off on a cross-country road trip that turns into a journey that resembles The Wizard of Oz on mushrooms. The film won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival before becoming mired in controversy. The movie’s opening scene finds Sailor (Nicolas Cage) smashing the head of a would-be attacker hired by Lula’s (Laura Dern) mother against a marble stair step until his brains slurp out of the back of his head. Commentators claimed to be shocked by the scene — and they probably were — but the reaction against the film seemed to have more to do with the overall violence of the bizarre imagery and strange set scenes that make up this weird and wonderful tale.… Read the rest

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“Mobilize” Q&A Video + Free Screenings in VA and VT

Disinformation’s Mobilize will be screening for free in Arlington, Virginia and Norwich, Vermont on January 30th. Special thanks to all of the non-profit sponsors who put together these events. More details and information about screenings can be found on the official Mobilize website.

Back in December, the San Francisco Public Library hosted a free screening of Mobilize. Above is a video of the Q&A with the filmmakers including: director Kevin Kunze, CABTA’s Ellie Marks, UC Berkeley’s Joel Moskowitz, and EHT’s Lloyd Morgan.

If you can’t make it to the Vermont or Virginia screenings, Mobilize is available as a download, stream (below video), or as a DVD. Visit the product page for more information.

Mobilize from TDC Entertainment on Vimeo.

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Mack Dryden: From a Prison in Morocco to TV and All In-Between

From the Key West Arts Scene in the 70s to a prison in Morocco to a syndicated TV show in the 80s to the press room to the stand-up stage, Mack Dryden has seen alot and is a story worth hearing. This interview was conducted by Ron Placone as part of the Indie Bohemians Morning Show. A morning show, for people who hate morning shows.

What was supposed to be a quick segment turned into the entire hour when Ron sat down with comedian Mack Dryden. Mack Dryden was a freelance journalist, traveled around the world and ended up getting involved in a conflict in Morocco, is a trained blackbelt, got a nationally-syndicated television show with his comedy duo, Mack and Jamie (Comedy Break with Mack and Jamie), spent time in the Key West arts scene in the 70s, crossed paths with Hunter S Thompson, wrote for Bill Maher, you get the idea…

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Getting Wasted in Salt Lake City with Jon Herbert

71IdRdVqpmL._SL1500_For most people in the rest of the United States, the words “Salt Lake City” conjures up images of towering, snow-capped mountains, and polite, clean living Mormons smiling at you while helping old ladies cross the street. When it comes to thoughts of partying, many people think Salt Lake City is a place where you can’t buy a drink at any price. It is the one large city in America, that does not bring up  images, of violence or urban decay.

I picture gleaming buildings, smiling blonde people, and a shitload of churches. I definitely don’t picture drunks, drugs, and people throwing themselves in bonfires during drug fueled parties.

The vast majority of people in Salt Lake City are Mormons, and if there is one thing we know about mormons (other than that they believe some really bizarre shit) is that they don’t party at all. But even a city full of Mormons can’t keep down the party forever.… Read the rest

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Lee Camp: Using Comedy to Uncover the Truth

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Un-Redacted: Activist comedian Lee Camp and his news show, Redacted Tonight use comedy to uncover the truth by covering all the stories you won’t see in either comedy or on the news.

How do you make School of the Americas, climate change, the military and prison industrial complexes, corporate personhood and income inequality funny? And perhaps more importantly, why should they be made funny?

Lee Camp, activist comedian and ‘intrepid newshound’ host of the news comedy show, Redacted Tonight, explains.

“A lot of these issues I try to tackle are simply too depressing when tackled straight on. People avoid them or look the other way,” he says.

“But with comedy, people will listen longer, they’ll forward it to friends, they’ll not feel completely defeated by everything we’re facing. Even people that disagree with me are willing to watch a comedy show.”

Art killing apathy, as it were; engagement through entertainment.… Read the rest

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