issue 13

Black Portrait 1, Xavier McFarlin

Xavier McFarlin | Selected works

The following selected works explore various performative poses as the artist becomes both model and creator, passive poseur and provocateur. McFarlin utilizes bold colors, costumes, props and different scenic designs to satirize the artifice of western culture—an artifice that we may recognize, but often ignore. By using his own image,…

Please step out of the frame | Karissa Hahn

Please step out of the frame uses Super 8, a desk, and a laptop to create a playful and thoughtful visual study of the “frame-within-frame” concept and the choreography between body and screen. Hahn manipulates the zoom of her camera to dive into various layers of frames, and through various…

Mascing, Xavier McFarlin

Xavier McFarlin | Q+A

In this interview, Xavier McFarlin talks about the process behind his artistic decisions as well as his experience growing up in Japan as a Mexican, Queer, Black, male and how the cultural difference has influenced his work. He also talks about his works, Black Portrait 1, and Black Portrait 2, in reference to the…

Google Gardening, Judith Sönnicken

Google Gardening | Judith Sönnicken

Judith Sönnicken’s Google Gardening replicates the street view function within Google Maps in which panoramas try to mirror the physical experience of a place. Situated in the Googleplex’s Garden, a physical representation of the search engine, humanoids enter the scene and begin planting foreign species into the landscape. The viewer…

Onions Kia Miakka Natisse

Kia Miakka Natisse | Q+A

Kia Miakka Natisse is a passionate storyteller. She has a Master of Arts from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies — where she concentrated in transmedia storytelling — and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Howard University. Natisse works to create pieces that “go beyond genres to create rich…

Escape by Vi Trinh

Escape | Vi Trinh

Escape is an existential horror interactive experience disguised as a video game. After the end of the world, the absurdly rich have built an underground bunker to survive.  The bunker begins with rich aesthetics through its more absurd iterations. The room designs start with luxurious spaces and move into utilitarian…

The Human Touch, Jody Zellen

The Human Touch | Jody Zellen

Jody Zellen’s The Human Touch is a series of Los Angeles street art animations that playfully opens a new dimension to public art. Zellen’s digital animations can be seen as collaborations with unaware street artists that create permanence with often ephemeral street art. Through movement, Zellen pays homage to the…

Onions Kia Miakka Natisse

Onions | Kia Miakka Natisse

Onions places the viewer in the moment when a writer struggles to construct an honest narrative about her struggle with “hiding or ignoring” her “blackness”. While simultaneously replicating the frustrations of being American and being black, when the world tries to erase the latter through the forced assimilation of the…