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SHFT Pop Up Gallery: A Few Pieces

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A closer look at some of the artists and their work.

Our pop-up gallery in downtown LA brought together 25 artists whose work shares the loose theme of man's relationship with nature. Some of the work is violent, some of it beautiful, but taken as a whole, they reflect man's increasingly fragile relationship to our planet. Here is just a handful of what our SHFT online 'gallery' can accomodate: Deb Ris (a.k.a. Anne Shackman):......read more

Once Upon a Climate Change

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Marty Kaplan on the role of storytellers and artists in the global warming fight

Marty Kaplan for the Huffington Post: Those who tell the stories rule the world, it's said, but it's hard to tell a story unless you know the ending. We don't yet know the ending of the climate change story. The beginning of the ending, though, happened in Kyoto, Japan in 1997, where delegates from 37 industrialized nations and the European Union agreed to the binding greenhouse gas reductions......read more

All in for the 99%: Artists, Musicians and Activists Unite in Los Angeles

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One-day cultural festival goes off in the name of reform

Forget what you heard about the Occupy movement being dead. If last Saturday's All in for the 99% event is any indication, there's plenty of life left yet.  The arts and music festival on South La Brea Avenue amplified the voices of the 99 percent with Funny or Die short film screenings, Slake magazine readings, a Van Jones talk, DJ sets, and an art exhibit featuring over a hundred artists......read more

The Water Tank Project

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Ed Ruscha, Thom Yorke and Jay-Z among artists enlisted to dress up New York's water tanks

Environmental nonprofit Word Above the Street is organizing a mass public art project to promote sustainability and raise awareness of water issues. In spring 2013, several hundred of New York City's ubiquitous water towers will be adorned with designs created by a bevy of big name artists, including Ed Ruscha, Thom Yorke and Jay-Z. The exhibition in the sky is appropriately called......read more

Graffiti Calls For Demolition of Obsolete Dam

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Guerrilla artists throw up clever piece on California dam

Graffiti has long been used to make political statements, but they're rarely as clever as this. Working under cloak of night, an anonymous band of artists recently threw up this "cut here" piece on a controversial California dam. The message is simple -- bring the damn thing down. Writing in the LA Times, Steve Chawkins provides the background: Matilija Dam was built in 1947 for flood control......read more

Favela Painting

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Artists give Rio community a radiant makeover.

In Santa Marta, a hillside favela in the heart of Rio de Janeiro, two artists from Holland are using a massive art intervention to transform the community. Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn originally came to Brazil in 2005 to shoot a documentary on the vibrant favela music scene. They never left. The two stayed in Rio to form Favela Painting, an organization dedicated to creating "striking......read more

Colorful Commotion

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In Berlin, a guerrilla 'street art' project makes unwilling artists out of cars.

Late in April, on a clear and sunny afternoon in Berlin, a group of cyclists dumped 13 gallons of non-toxic, water soluble paint in a busy city intersection. When cars drove through the intersection, their wheels became paintbrushes, creating a colorful public art piece on the streets. The whole thing took only a few seconds, and the results were caught on video. Was there an anti-car, pro-bike......read more

ARS NATURA: Romance on Ice

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21st century artists call forth a new romantic relationship with one precious, melting resource.

When art history books are written about the early part of the 21st century, an entire chapter will likely be devoted to our culture’s newfound romance with ice. The Copenhagen climate talks, though a political failure, nevertheless established an important moment in history – an acknowledgement by the world’s global leadership of one simple fact – the Arctic is melting and may in fact......read more

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