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Black Licorice Blues: new art installations by Amos Oaks

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By Amos Oaks in New Art on Thursday 26 July 2012

I’ve experienced a subculture of proletariat that, from the viewpoint of the air conditioned white-collar or the intellectual locked in his office with a stack of Marxist literature, is nothing more than a stoic backbone. Sunburned roofers, dust-coated concrete finishers, swollen knuckled carpenters – drunk, high, toothless, bruised and broken – are dreamers, too. My recent opening was a semi-autobiographical look at that life.

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New art by Bill Conger

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By Amos Oaks in New Art on Thursday 26 July 2012

The incessant barrage of social media imagery has almost numbed my ability to discern the holy from the profane. The work of Bill Conger has blessed me with pause from that chaos. Conger’s work has a sense of documenting something beautiful and tragic, haunting and romantic: eulogies and love stories, all at once.

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Dark Side: video that’ll inspire you to switch off your computer

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By Amos Oaks in Video on Thursday 26 July 2012

I see a video from time to time that makes me want to retreat from the computer screen as fast as I can and live life. This is one of those pieces that I’ve come back to again and again. It’s a beautifully and brilliantly shot piece. Watch it, then go live a while.

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Skateboarding videos by Russell Houghten

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By Amos Oaks in Video on Thursday 26 July 2012

Skateboarding is a beautiful form of expression and existence. It truly is a way of life. You fall, you get back up, then you fall again until you succeed. That’s the beauty of it. Russell Houghten is a prime example of skate documentation. His pieces capture the essence of that exhilarating daily experience.

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