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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

Time-Bending Photos by Jay Mark Johnson

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Nope, they're not Photoshopped

Our mate Jay Mark Johnson, whose work hung on the walls of the first SHFT pop-up shop, uses an $85,000 slit camera to create these abstracted images that emphasize time over space. It's a complicated process, as Slate's Judith Herman explains:  This unique look is possible because the fixed-position slit camera registers only a vertical sliver of a scene. Whatever passes that slit by......read more

Rap Quotes

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Street artist Jay Shells pays tribute to places mentioned in rap lyrics

New York street artist Jay Shells channels his love of hip hop with "Rap Quotes," in which he combines site-specific rap lyrics with homemade signage. The results are gathered in this clip produced by Animal NY. For the ongoing project, Shells creates official-looking street signs quoting famous rap lyrics that shout out specific street corners and locations. Shells went all city and posted over......read more

Plastic State of Mind

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A rap parody with a purpose.

Filmmaker Ben Zolno's "Plastic State of Mind" parodizes the hit Jay-Z/Alicia Keys track on behalf of a cause we hold dear around here: banning single use plastic. Commissioned by Green Sangha, a Californian spiritual and activist group, the video reminds us that even though awareness is growing of the harm caused by plastic bags, shoppers use a million grocery bags every single......read more

Wake Console Table

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From Jayson Home $1,695.00

With its reclaimed pine base, and recycled weathered sheet metal top, the Wake Console exudes an industrial vibe with 100% recycled materials. Additional sheet metal detailing on the console legs contributes to the rugged aesthetic of this responsible and good looking piece. ...read more

Ah shoot, more evidence that Mark Ronson is actually THE dude. The video for "The Bike Song," off his excellent new album with The Business Intl, follows a story about bike gang spies set in swinging '60s London. The tune itself is a big, fun glorification of two-wheeled transport, featuring Spank Rock on pro-environment raps: "I can't understand it, but I can't really stand 'em, girls love cars,......read more

SHFT Sampler 11-5-10

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Weekly links: A Mark Ronson bike contest, Ryan McGinley's new book, and longhairs in the wild.

Ryan McGinley's latest exhibition Life Adjustment Center features the photographer's trademark nudes posing with live, wild animals. Flavorwire has a slideshow of the strangeness. The book is available from Dashwood. We know you love the "The Bike Song" by Mark Ronson because how can you not? Now, the nice people at The Fader are giving you the chance to win a custom Republic......read more

Herbs Take Center Stage

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Mild-flavored herbs deserve starring roles

Is there anything in the world of food more lonely and pathetic than a single spring of parsley sitting on top of a main dish? Before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had heard of tabbouleh or pesto, that was pretty much the extent of our understanding of parsley.  Today, herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil have become important elements of our culinary culture. Just look at......read more

Who Needs Pie?

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Fruit desserts that let the season's bounty shine

If you have functioning taste buds, you probably love pie. But baking pie is really an practiced artform, one that takes skill and patience, of which we have little. More often than not, the problem's in the crust. So we were super pleased to see, in this week's NYT Magazine, a Mark Bittman piece dedicated to fruity desserts that aren't pie. Bittman dishes up a bunch of options for crisps,......read more

Slaws That Surprise

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A humble side dish gets some shine

When we think of the word "slaw," the first thing that comes to mind is a withered pile of shredded cabbage sitting sadly in mayonnaise soup. Well, forget that image. In this week's New York Times Magazine, Mark Bittman dishes out some ideas for slaw that shatter any perconceptions of what shredded veg salad can be. From fennel to brussel sprouts, celery to seaweed, there's no limit to slaw......read more

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