Review: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by Takashi Murakami

Review: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg by Takashi Murakami

The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is an exhibition curated in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, which offers an in-depth retrospective of the development of Murakami’s paintings from the 1980s to the present, featuring fifty-five paintings and sculptures across the second floor of the gallery.

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In Conversation with David Ly

In Conversation with David Ly

“That’s when I really found out that poetry doesn’t have to ambiguous or shrouded in metaphor. It can just be a description of two people at a table. That built my confidence in my creative writing—that I [could] actually write about the things that I wanted to, things that I wasn’t reading anywhere else. I learned that poetry can just be about finding the right words. That’s all it is, honestly. Poetry is just picking the right words at the right time.” Local poet David Ly's debut chapbook, Stubble Burn, is a title to look out for. Read SAD's interview, and find out more!

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Meet January's Featured Artist, Priscilla Yu!

Meet January's Featured Artist, Priscilla Yu!

Meet January's featured artist, Priscilla Yu! Priscilla's work is characterized by the artist's skilled conflation of figure and ground and the bright, vibrant colour which washes over the picture plane like waves over sand. Viewing her work is an excellent mid-day pick-me-up, which is exactly what we need this January! Enjoy learning more about Priscilla, her process, and the glorious works before you.

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You won’t solve the problem with an air freshener at grunt gallery

You won’t solve the problem with an air freshener at grunt gallery

According to Pétrin, she considered herself “more of a performer than a musician.” In her current practice, Pétrin derives much of her influence from her previous musical years, as the notion of the performance itself informs her work in terms of the human capacity: to go over her physical limitations and the achievements of the body. During a performance, Pétrin would make a connection between the “pop culture garbage,” as she states, and the body: as a performer situated in the centre of the drifting sounds and the collaging of elements, patterns, tensions, and imagery, there is an absorption of information. Through this absorption, how can we then make out the processes of the world around us?

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Review: How Star Wars Saved My Life

Review: How Star Wars Saved My Life

“Harrison was born in a cold, small town to a warm and loving family. They enrolled him in a local Catholic school, where he experienced years of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse... But one day, as if by chance, Harrison discovered Star Wars. Its allegorical fight between darkness and light, victimhood and resilience spoke to him on a critical level, and catalyzed his slow journey towards healing.”

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