Tag: Tony Cleasby

Oh, Yeezus: Kanye and the Cultural Omnivore

By May 10, 2015

For as long as culture has been an industry and considered an actual definable concept, it has been divided into high and low, elite and popular, etc., etc. There are many examples of this divide (think about how we engage something like Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro versus Ice Road Truckers). However, in this hyperconnected world, and with more media and ways of representation readily available at the flick of a finger tap, it is becoming increasingly clear that what we choose to consume makes up who we are—and what we choose to consume, patronize and celebrate makes up our cultural capital. In what used to be a divided world of high and low ...

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Into the Fray: Our Contributors Begin Showing Work

By February 25, 2015

After months of planning, plotting, kicking, screaming, guffawing, trialing, erring, celebrating, and staving off madness, Pair Shaped officially cuts the ribbon as a full-fledged arts platform. Following an initial soft launch period that began last December and featured our first series of pieces by Weston Lyon and Tony Cleasby, we have since whittled behind the scenes to finalize an inaugural publication schedule for exhibiting series created by artists from a variety of different backgrounds and disciplines.

And so, without additional ado, we announce the start of Series 2 showcasing the work of Heather Sten (photographer) and April Wolfe (writer):

Accented by needling wry ...

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Recap So Far: The Launch Continues…

By January 11, 2015

Now three weeks into our initial launch period, we just wanted to thank everyone again for following and supporting us! If you haven’t already, check out the following from Pair Shaped:

Series 1

All the characters and scenes captured in this series engage in the loss and weight of expectation. Treading in liminal spaces between the familiar and alien, real and unreal, the featured subjects draw on fragments of fear and possibility to negotiate encounters with the veiled unknown and experience of living in the moments after.

P.S. Genesis 

Inaugural blog entry documenting our origins and objectives. Starting with long distance phone calls surveying the various aspects of the artistic ...

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P.S. Genesis

By December 17, 2014

We had both just moved to new cities. Rovers in need of new environs. One of us, a writer, tramped off to Chicago. The other, a visual artist, landed in Los Angeles. Phone calls ensued. We wanted to collaborate on. . . something. Long conversations surveyed a range of ideas, including inquiries into the areas of medium and practice. They also involved theories on why an artist will take the steps they will from one project into the next. For both of us, these talks were a natural extension of work completed individually and together in the past, and always leading toward a shared interest in the variety of ways art develops and takes form. More than anything, the subject of process came up continually in our ...

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