Month: March 2016

L’Amour Fou

Recommendation list by Joey Shapiro A French phrase that translates literally as “crazy love,” l’amour fou is also an apt descriptor of these five eccentric films of romance, passion, and obsession. Punch-Drunk Love (2002, Paul Thomas Anderson) A film in which the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts, Punch-Drunk Love is a revitalizing jolt to the heart of the traditional romantic comedy. The most immediately striking aspect of the film is that it stars Adam Sandler, of all actors, in what is easily the most mature and complex role of his career. Sandler plays Barry Egan, a novelty item salesman plagued by anger issues and a multitude of emotionally abusive sisters, who falls unexpectedly in love with one of his sisters’ co-workers, Lena (Emily Watson). Punctuated by ethereal visual interludes by video artist Jeremy Blake  and featuring such unforgettable pillow-talk as “I want to chew your face, and I want to scoop out your eyes,” the film stands far apart from the prior works of both Sandler and director Paul Thomas …

AH/LEE/SEE/UH : form

Alicia Marulanda is a 23 year old artist and designer from Montreal, Quebec. She graduated in 2012 in Illustration and Design from Dawson College. ALICIA SPEAKS: “While more recently I’ve found my niche doing mostly graphic and apparel design, I’ve been an artist my whole life and the process of creating comes very naturally to me. Drawing is something that I’ve always found so much joy in, especially when I was younger and much more shy. It was difficult for me to make friends, express myself, and share what I was feeling, so as I grew up art and design became a way for me to communicate. My characters are liberated and unapologetically themselves. They allow me to personify my emotions and create artwork that people have come to empathize with. I’ve also stripped down my style of art quite a bit over the years and try to say as much as possible with the most simple and sensual lines. I am always trying to find a way back to the ‘bare bones’ of what makes a …

semantic satiation

Words by Amelia Anthony Photography by Pablo Gaeta PRUFOCK’S PERVIGILIUM a partial case study of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T.S. Eliot i hadn’t seen Michealango yet and i hadn’t seen god. sure i miss the way i used to write now and I think i have seen both In the past week. funny how Things like this work out “that’s a thing people say but it has NO meaning. neither do i tell myself. suddenly this month heaven sounds delicious. spiritual people live differently and i am so optimistic about death and am confused about the tears on deaths. i can’t cry about anything but myself. no sign from God to confirm. am i ever going to change the world? why does it matter when i can go to Washington. a body of mine is a body of yours Michael- angelo. ON SPACE (IN SPACE) Is feeling cold an emotion? Sometimes, it’s so much more than a temperature. Or a lack of heat I know that space is cold I am …

Colorful Day

TEI SPEAKS: ” thank you so much for lending your eyes to my pictures for a few moments of your wonderful colorful day i hope some of these things may have caused you to think fun or weird thoughts and i would love to listen to you in any way that you may want to share things you want to share at any time!!” Tei Park is an A1 hooman bean and one of Tunnel’s rolling artists. You can check out more of her work here, and find out more about our rolling artists/becoming a rolling artist here.

GHOST

Words and film by Angel Fabre Your eyes are a continuous shot constantly rolling through the events you may see. But your mind is so closely connected to your eyes, so images and thoughts and sounds flicker between the feature presentations of your everyday routine. Your views are sometimes too disoriented, too bright, too blurry. Sometimes you have to squint at the things that are too small and step back to gaze at the things that are too tall. Nobody may notice that you were there, but you were there. You are not a ghost.   Speaking with Angel: Why “YOU ARE NOT A GHOST” as the title? Well, when I go out into the world I sometimes feel transparent and I believe others my age can relate to this as well. I feel that I’m invisible and not really there even when I am with friends and family. When I was in the process of making this short film, I was really stuck in that mindset so the title reflects how I was feeling. …

On Ashton

Artwork by Ashton Carless Profile by Amelia Anthony I have enjoyed and exercised the privilege of knowing Ashton Carless for years now. He can be frequently seen in action at Carrows or in the art room where he takes AP Studio. To get him talking, ask how good kid, m.A.A.d city compares to To Pimp a Butterfly or ask what he despises most about the US Government. (It’s money in politics, which makes him also a fierce Bernie Sanders supporter.) He spends most evenings creating art and listening to vinyl. His favorite movie is Birdman, his happy song is “Goodnight Ladies” by Lou Reed, and he gets more sleep than any other teen I know. Ashton’s style is unique and hard to parallel, but sometimes his brushstrokes are reminiscent of those of Van Gogh’s lesser-known ink and paper illustrations. He also draws inspiration from pop-art movements of the 1980s and 90s, specifically from work of Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. He likes the impressionist/expressionist movements too, less concretely and more because of the way emotion is conveyed. Ashton has mentioned before …

Pieces of Pazia

Embroidery by Pazia Bermudez-Silverman Words by Somi Jun Pazia Bermudez-Silverman clutches a silver hoop in her teeth, as she growls bitch, no! at a driver who is threatening to take her parking spot. She sidles her Prius next to the curb in a moment of triumph, removing the hoop (an earring, dislocated in the heat of the moment) from her teeth and ushering us out, out of the car. Over dinner, the four of us talk about the booger on Ted Cruz’s lip during the GOP Debate, the game-changing fifth book of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the life of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Pazia’s lifestyle, which includes her fashion as well as her artwork, connects the high (political awareness, the avant garde, literary giants) and more common ground (pop culture, road rage, Pikachu accessories galore), showing how there is no meaningful difference between the two in so many modern mediums. Food-for-thought: Zapatistas, especially Zapatista women, use embroidery to document and partially subsidize the movement.  legacy of embroidery across cultures, from European to Mayan and beyond …

Pareidolia: Eric Strikes Again

ERIC SPEAKS: “Look, as though you’re only yourself. Here are some drawings for you. I want you to do your part, become susceptible, and become vulnerable to your own emotions. Whatever you feel, you feel. Whatever something reminds you of, accept that and embrace that. For instance, if you see a man and woman and the first thing that comes to your head is your lover, take that and enjoy that feeling. If the black and white of a drawing reminds you of a old romance flick, indulge in that association and whatever mood comes with it. Your brain is a work of so many experiences and dynamic and art is a way to tickle that nerve. Enjoy that tickle! This will just make viewing art more significant, enjoyable and beautiful.” “There’s another wing to art now, one that touches your heart or tickles your brain; It lets you grow a connection. Of course, when I drew these, there were certain moods or feelings I tried to convey. (Of which are very dear to me …